I cannot say enough about the staff at the House of Blues. We held our wedding here on April 2nd and my friends and family have not stopped raving. I can honestly say everything went PERFECTLY.
We had the ceremony in the Voodoo Gar...
den, followed by a Second Line around that side of the Quarter, and then a reception in the Parrish. The tent in the Voodoo Garden stays up year-round, which honestly was a relief; knowing that we had a built-in rain plan. In the Spring and Summer it's a clear tent, so we still very much felt outside. They drape the tent to cover the poles, if those bother you. The atmosphere in there was so perfect. It's a quintessential New Orleans courtyard and was exactly what I was looking for. The Parrish is the smaller of their two indoor venues and holds up to 250 people. We had around 90 in there with tables and chairs and it was great. We still had plenty of room to dance. If you are looking for something "bridal" this probably isn't the place. It's funky and wooden and vintage. It was exactly the look we were going for and as a bonus, you don't have to buy or rent a bunch of furniture or decorations to fill it!
Holy cow! The food was excellent. When you have guests traveling from all over, some of whom have never been to New Orleans, you want to treat them to a meal indicative of the city, and I feel like we had the perfect New Orleans meal. Raw Oysters, Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Andouille on Grit Cakes, Crawfish Monica, and Baked Fish were all standouts. Their catering menu is extensive and they are completely patient and willing to work with you to make it work within your budget.
Kari, Britt, and Kelly were all amazing throughout the entire process. From our first tour I felt confident and knew they would be able to help me, an out-of-town bride who couldn't just drop in any time, to plan and execute the whole thing. Honestly, I have no idea how I would have been able to do it if we picked one of the other four places we looked at. They really do take care of EVERYTHING here. They even helped with things that we outside my contract with them like choosing a brass band and dj. Britt and Kelly were a calming force for me day-of. I never felt stressed or hurried.
When we were first touring venues, HOB was at the absolute top of our price point. When we took a look at what's included compared to other venues it was no contest. The higher price point was more than worth the peace of mind of knowing that they take care of everything from tables and linens to the food and bar and coordinating deliveries from vendors. It was seriously the difference between having to hire a coordinator and not.
Again, I can't rave enough about our experience. It was seriously the best day ever and I'm forever grateful to the team at HOB for making it happen!