My husband and I were married in Hawaii on October 15th. We eloped, alone, no family knew we were even out of town. I grew up in New Orleans, he in Minneapolis. We now live in Minneapolis. We want to celebrate with our friends and family in Spring 2010 - two parties, one in New Orleans and one in Minneapolis. It's a little late, but it's too darn cold here to have the kind of party we want.
Because it's so much after our elopement, it won't be like a Wedding Reception. We've already decided that the one here will be in his father's backyard, tents, table/chairs, simple catering, with a titch of Luau feel. For the one in New Orleans, we don't have the option of someone's backyard, so we need a Location. This is where you come in.
Location. Location. Location.
Here's what I need: holds 100, authentic New Orleans homecookin', simple, cash bar option, close enough to Uptown/Quarter that my out-of-town guests don't need a car, buffet-style option, no need to hire outside catering or rent any decor items, a house band would be awesome - but at least the option to bring in, Friday night or Sunday morning, AND less than $30 a head.
Right now in the running: Crescent City Brewhouse, The Columns Hotel, maybe Mother's?
I've searched and received tons of information from the typical wedding reception places. But, I'm thinking we don't need all that hoopla.
More importantly, I want authentic New Orleans, not the boxed version for the tourists.
Have you had or attended a wedding and were just impressed by the reception?
Do you have a favorite location that you know has space for receptions?
Because I'm out of town, when I get into town, I won't have too much time to jolt around sampling and scouting. So, be my eyes, ears, and tastebuds. Most important to me is giving my guests real homecookin' New Orleans food from real New Orleanians without the "jazzy-ness", cajun-ness or any other Ness's that makes it feel like a theme.
3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130