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The First Look
Couples looking for a romantic destination need not go farther than Louisiana to find the castle of their dreams. Louisiana Castle is a replica of an English Norman keep that stands on ten acres of secluded land in Franklinton, north of Lake Pontchartrain in Washington Parish. Driving down Castle View Lane, the grandiose building comes into view and guests are immediately transported to another era, despite being only minutes away from the bright lights of the big city.
Outdoor weddings are held in front of the castle, next to a picturesque little pond. The bride makes a dramatic entrance from inside the castle doors and descends down to the landscaped garden by the pond. Up to 350 guests can be accommodated in an outdoor ceremony.
The Ballroom is the main indoor reception area at Louisiana Castle, enclosed by double-leaded glass-and-mahogany doors that open up to reveal white columns, crystal chandeliers, inlaid wooden floors and white columns. The castle’s wedding package comes with all-white linen and chair covers, with touches of silver. A sea of white tables with silver trim against the ballroom’s glass and mahogany is a sight to behold. Up to 250 guests can be accommodated in the ballroom.
A 2,800 square foot area adjoining the Ballroom, the Pavilion can be used to expand the seating capacity to 350 guests. When both the Ballroom and the Pavilion are used, the band and the dance floor are normally placed in the Pavilion. The Pavilion has a 14-foot cathedral ceiling, subtle lighting that adds a delicate beauty to the room and white columns that echo those in the Ballroom. A bar area is conveniently located nearby for beverage service.
What You Should Know
Wedding packages at Louisiana Castle include the use of the ceremony site and ballroom. Decorations and amenities are part of the package, along with catering and the services of a DJ for both the ceremony and the reception. The ceremony package includes the use of an outdoor site, with the Pavilion as back-up in case of inclement weather. Seating, set-up, décor and stage are all included. This package is available only in conjunction with one of the reception packages. Exclusive use of the Louisiana Castle, including the Juliet suite for the bride and the Groom’s Room, is provided with the package.
The reception package includes the exclusive use of the castle and grounds for up to three hours. The Ballroom will be decorated in the house theme of white linen and drapery. The patio and deck will also be available for use. Floral arrangements for the buffet table area are also provided. The bride and groom’s choice of food from the various reception menu packages will be served. Full set-up and cleanup services and staff are included in the package.
For small bookings of 20 guests or below, Louisiana Castle has a limited reception package. Couples who want to elope and get married with just the two of them and the required witnesses in attendance can also opt for a special elopement package. Louisiana Castle can also accommodate requests for amenities or services not included in the current packages.
At Louisiana Castle, all wedding couples are provided with a wedding cake, a groom’s cake and a boxed anniversary cake as part of the reception package. A Guest Book is also provided, free of charge.
Couples can also book for an Overnight Castle Stay which includes:
- Overnight use of the Juliet Suite
- Overnight use of the entire Castle and grounds
- Use of the outdoor Jacuzzi and private deck
From the Vendor
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FREE OPEN HOUSE Saturday, September 10, 2016 12:00 PM TO 3:00 PM Tour the Castle and taste our cakes. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. For details to RSVP see our Website OR call 504-455-8700 for reservations and information. Very affordable prices, beautiful surroundings and the availability of full packages, including overnight accommodations. Make Louisiana Castle the venue choice of brides looking for that special place for that special day.
Amenities + Details
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$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Waterfront, Castle, Historic Venue
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
AMAZINGReviewed on 5/14/2012 kathryn b
They made everything happen so well! Very friendly!!
Beautiful venue, beautiful sceneryReviewed on 11/16/2013 Becky K
Our wedding and the planning process was flawless. Everything was explained to us upfront and in the contract. There were no surprises. You cannot beat the ceremony scenery. It was absolutely gorgeous to walk down the castle steps and have the castle and the woods as the background. The inside reception area is lovely and a cover was recently added to the outdoor patio area. The food was delicious and they provided a large variety. I got many compliments from my guests about the food. Mary, the coordinator, made sure everything flowed smoothly and even came to the rescue when our DJ, Arthur Meyer, did not show up. The in house DJ, provided with the price, did a great job. Overall my guests told me the venue was gorgeous and they had a great time. You cannot beat the price and value.
Great venue, they do everything!Reviewed on 5/05/2013 Kate H
I planned my wedding while I was living in New Orleans, but I knew I'd be moving soon. So it was such a relief to find a place that would organize everything for me. Food, music, flowers, cake, everything. You just have to figure out the alcohol (they don't have a liquor license; I suggest bringing your own) and a photographer. The workers were so nice, and knew exactly how things should go. When to send each bridesmaid down the aisle, etc. Only caution: if you want an elaborate groom's cake I would recommend finding a different baker. The cakes the Castle's baker made were absolutely delicious, but they weren't magazine quality by any stretch. Overall I HIGHLY recommend, especially if you're on a budget.
We got married on 5/12/17 and I could not have imagined a more perfect wedding. The location is secluded, making the event very private and intimate. The venue is absolutely beautiful and the staff are extremely professional and efficient! I was worried about the rain since I wanted the ceremony to be outside (although there is A covered patio as a backup plan) but the crew were amazing and allowed us to wait a bit for weather to pass. The staff quickly dried off the pews and provided the wedding party and guests with specific instructions beforehand so we knew what to expect without feeling rushed or pressured. We were able to extend the reception time without any hassle due to weather complications. The food was phenomenal and plentiful! Our cupcake cake was stunning and delicious, as was the grooms cake. I had no issues with music as I brought my own cd's, mailed them early to check that they would work, and made extra copies just in case. Mary, the manager, was very good at keeping us on a specific time schedule and following through with specific requests. I can speak for my entire family when I say the staff did an amazing job at making us feel comfortable and welcomed since we traveled in from another state. I am so glad we chose this venue and would recommend it to anyone - good price, great value!
Last night my husband and I along with family and friends had the most beautiful time @ Louisiana Castle. The Florist Steven Thomas put an amazing touch to the decor. I loved it!!! Everything was not only gorgeous but very well put together. Hats off to Mary, I was not prepared but she put my wedding in motion and it flowed perfectly as if she and I had done a sit down conversation about it. The food tasted great, my compliments to the chef and staff. They kept everything flowing. At the last minute my bartender got sick so Mr. Steve, Mary's husband, served the drinks for us he was great. If you plan on getting married do choose The Castle, Dolly is an amazing woman also. She always check back and clarify with you on what you want. Thank you Louisiana Castle for making our day a heavenly memory!!!!
They worked with us well during the weeks leading up to the wedding. While my daughter was dressing, the staff was very accommodating and helpful. There was no discussion regarding roles and places for the wedding party regarding the ceremony. It was expected that people would just know which way to go. The Juliet Suite is very pretty, but the fixtures are dated. The reception area restrooms are dated, as well. During the reception, the WiFi went out. That meant there were about 8 songs TOTAL that were played after that. They had no backup plan. Not exactly the experience I was paying for. The DJ was rude regarding it and not helpful. We had playlists, but they had no way of playing them. Right before 10, they replenished ALL of the food, even though it had been empty for a while and no one was eating. Guess what? The responsible party signs a contract that they cannot take the food off the premises, which means the staff takes it home. The wedding cake was AWFUL. Don't expect the same cake you ordered from the sampling. As the cleanup was occurring, I was double-checking our party had not left anything. Not only was the staff drinking OUR wine, but they were talking trash about our wedding and the wedding party guests. While it is an all-inclusive spot and very unique, the staff needs training, the accommodations need to be updated, and the venue needs a real DJ. The money spent did not reflect what we received. Please note what everyone says about the coordinator-it is true. She would be great with some interpersonal training. Also, I've never seen an owner so vehemently dispute reviews. That in itself should be a huge red flag. Wedding: 03/24/2017
I had my wedding here, Mrs Dolly is amazing, since the first day i spoke to her, she was really nice. The day of the event went well according to my plans. They need to work better with comunication with the bride, i had to be calling them all the time, i bought expensive aisle that they forgot to put it :( i never got it back not even a apology letter from them. The guy that makes the arragement was really hard to contact him, i went to.my wedding not even knowing if they put the decoration as i wanted. Its a nice place but i think they need to work better.
The castle was such a great venue for our masquerade wedding. Mary makes sure that everything runs smoothly. We used an outside vendor for our cake, which did not arrive on time and she had to redo the bottom layer, but we did not find this out until the reception was over. Nothing to worry about! The cake was fixed perfectly, I didn't even notice something happened to it. The food was amazing, our decorations were perfect (thanks Steven!), and the music was great. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Brought a cd for all the ceremony songs and reception, but because it had cd-r capabilities, their computers wouldn't run it. Dolly was amazing and easy to work with for payments and planning, but having spent countless hours on a playlist only to have it not play was a bit heartbreaking. The DJ also seemed pretty clueless in general and there was a whole minute after the "kiss the bride" moment where there was no music to walk out to, so that was awkward. We bought the honeymoon package where you stay the night, which would have been the best part if the experience, but the morning after, there were people cleaning up downstairs well before we were supposed to be out. That was a bit startling since the appeal was having the castle to ourselves. In general, not much went as smoothly as they made it seem it would be. One thing I really liked was the cottage they have available to rent, because there are no hotels in the area. The castle was beautiful and the food was great, but if I could do it again I would have done it somewhere cheaper and saved myself the trouble :/
5.0 Private User Louisiana Castle made my wedding absolutely amazing. Everyone was incredibly cooperative and kind, from my initial contact with Dolly to when I worked with Mary on the ceremony details. Dolly and Mary make a point to make everyone happy and make things run smoothly. They are very reasonable people who will do their best to make everything perfect. FYI: the review that says that the venue didn't have their music right is in the wrong. It's stated clearly in the contract that you are to provide your own music. Mary made sure my music played when I wanted it, I had it ready and on a labeled CD. We also did the overnight stay, the snack box they leave was much welcome since we didn't really have time to eat. The hot tub is amazing-bring your champagne and unwind! The bed and Juliet suite was very clean and well kept. I highly recommend Louisiana Castle!
Absolutely gorgeous venue, and VERY friendly and helpful staff! Despite the recent flooding of our decorator/florist's (the manager of the castle's son) shop, we still received nothing but high quality service! Truly a family-oriented group of people to work with...very easy-going, flexible, and helpful. I personally feel that a WEDDING is more to please everyone else, and the MARRIAGE is to please the couple, but in this case, the couple experienced a perfect WEDDING as well! The food was delicious! I highly recommend the baked fish with castle crawfish sauce and the white chocolate bread pudding if you are selecting a menu here! We spent the night at the castle as well. We did in fact have then entire place to ourselves, including the hot tub, fountain drinks, and sound system in the reception area. If you, as the couple getting married, are concerned with minute details of your wedding, rather than the future of your marriage, I guarantee that your WEDDING will NOT be perfect to you...no matter where or when or how you have it.
My mother got married at Louisiana Castle recently and I was her planner. We selected the Castle -- needless to say we could not have been more pleased with everything. We selected the Castle because the price was very reasonable and because so much was included in the package, reducing the number of vendors that I had to deal with. The prices on the internet are the REAL prices--no hidden charges. The staff was very friendly and polite. Mary, the manager, was very helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly. It is easy to get off track, but Mary, with her sweet smile would guide us saying ,"are you ready to ....." That would be our signal that it was time for the next thing that we planned to do. Even the food servers were "happy workers" because they smiled and seemed to enjoy themselves even though they were working. The cakes (by Ms Tina) were exactly what I wanted and were delicious . The food was delicious (even though I did not eat much) , the hot items were hot and the cold items we cold, the staff kept the food fresh and all the guest kept telling me how wonderful everything tasted. Our friends and family are still talking about it. We selected some music we wanted played from their list and we provided CD's of other music we wanted. The DJ did a great job--she played what we wanted,-- oldies, disco, line dances and of course some current music--something for everyone. That is exactly what we wanted The Louisiana Castle is beautiful, the staff was excellent and we all had a great time. My Mother keeps thanking me for my help and for selecting the Castle for her special day. She said her wedding day was "Magical" and that she really appreciated the Louisiana Castle's staff for making it a day she will never forget. .
The Louisiana Castle is such a breath taking wedding venue. We could not have asked for a more beautiful and perfect ceremony/reception/overnight stay for our November wedding. Everyone was beyond helpful and kind. Thanks to Mrs. Dolly, Steve, and Mary for making what could have been a very stressful time for a bride a complete breeze. If I had to choose again, I would choose the Louisiana Castle everytime. All of our guest had nothing but good things to say and they all had such a good time. The food was delicious. It was so special to be able to spend the night as well. I have nothing but good things to say.
They get 2 stars because in the end, I enjoyed my wedding. BUT there are several BIG red flags. Here is a list of a few of them. First off, Mary is a headache. I could have done without her. When we arrived, the A/C was not on in the Juliet Suite or the groom's room. It was nasty hot and I was sweating while trying to get my makeup done. I wasn't allowed to be a part of the ceremony rehearsal. Mary made me sit inside the thrown room while she told everyone what they were supposed to do. I had a special order they were going to walk down and Mary told them something different so the ceremony procession was a mess!! The DJ was not there to play my ceremony music so Mary had to step in, which would have been fine if she played the music on time. I paid for an extra hour to set up before because I did not like any of the decorations they offered so I brought my own. Mary stated that her staff would be available to help set up. No one helped. We asked for water to be brought up to the Juliet suite because all the girls were hot and sweaty. That took FOREVER! The aisle wasn't swept off so I was dragging pine needles and sticks in my train all the way up to the alter. NOT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE!! I had to have an usher get his vehicle to drive my elderly guests up and down a giant hill of a driveway. We provided all of our own music for the ceremony and reception. We had each disc labeled along with a list of each song title, artist, and song length. The "DJ" aka a girl that sat behind the DJ booth and looked at Pinterest all night did not DJ. I had to go up to her and ask her to shuffle the songs. Four OutKast songs in a row was enough. Mary embarrassed me and my husband during the toast and cutting the cake. When we're supposed to be feeding each other the cake, we asked for forks. She said, "No, use your fingers." Well now we're standing there awkwardly with everyone looking at us with the manager's telling us we're not allowed to have forks. Then, when we were moving to the groom's cake, Mary snatched the glass of champagne out of my husband's hand and said that he wasn't allowed to walk with it to the groom's cake. Their contract states that my family isn't allowed to take home extra food that I paid for. As later told by Mary this was because, "They didn't want the people to get sick if it wasn't stored properly" AKA I'm feeding my staff with your food after you leave. It took forever for staff to clear the dinner plates off the tables. My guests had to start stacking them in piles to have room on the table. We did end up using Tina, their cake lady, but I told her I didn't want her decorating. I just asked for 3 plain fondant tiers. I brought ribbon, petals, and cake topper and Mary did a nice job of decorating it. Tina did not make the groom cake. Her portfolio left more to be desired. The end all be all, there were several struggles but my guests had fun, the food was good, and the backdrop is beautiful. I actually have a friend that is engaged and wants her wedding at the castle and I fully support her, but just be aware that this place is a work in progress. My advice if you want this venue - hire all of your own vendors and a wedding planner to deal with Mary.
I have only good things to say about Louisiana Castle! I had a Saturday afternoon reception at the castle and everything went smoothly and as planned. Mary, the coordinator, works with you to make sure you're staying on a timeline so I got to enjoy my time and rely on Mary to tell me when it was time for a dance, cake cutting, garter toss, etc. The food was delicious as well. I had a few guests tell me it was the best food they've ever eaten at a wedding. The castle pckage includes the food, DJ, standard table centerpiece and chair ribbons, and wedding cake. This made everything so easy for me and I didn't have to worry about finding the vendors on my own. I would recommend the castle to anyone looking for a unique and beautiful location that will blow your guests away.
My sister had her wedding here. And it was absolutely stunning! The venue, atmosphere, and owners were spectacular. The bridal suite was so romantic and inviting. I was jealous that I wasn't staying the night. Every detail was covered by the venue, even midnight snacks for the bride and groom. It was the most beautiful wedding I had ever had the pleasure of attending and being a part of the bridal party. The Louisiana Castle is by far my favorite wedding venue in the south. I would strongly recommend them to everyone who wants a fairytale wedding!0
The concept is really unique, but the execution is absolutely terrible. A wedding day is supposed to be about displaying your lifelong commitment to someone; however, this venue was so overpriced, understaffed, and shockingly not thought out that the event lost every opportunity at being memorable (in a good way). Everything from the sound system, "dj" (I put that in quotes because the person playing the music was quite literally the worst), to the abrasive wedding planner, rubbed guests and the wedding party the wrong way. The wedding planner, Mary, came up to the suite while the photographer, makeup artist, and hair stylist were preparing the bride and waved the contract in her face, saying everyone MUST be out of the castle except for the groom and bride by 7:30. My sister laughed it off and tried to diffuse the situation by saying, "I assure you that nobody wants to be here past 7." The groom's cake wasn't what was selected. The rooms were quite filthy. The only enjoyable experience was that there was a wedding and that I was able to witness two lovebirds commitment to each another. So if you are looking to drop some money on a severely underwhelmed wedding with little to no thought, terrible music/ sound system, the rudest staff, then this setting is for you. (I would rate negative stars if I were able.)
Fair warning: stay away! The coordinator is so neglectful and rushes the reception. She missed all our special details and belittled us. The hot tub had sand in the bottom and a used bandaid on the side. The honeymoon suite had dead bugs and dust everywhere. It was a gross and horrible experience. Save your money and get a venue run by professionals.
My Dream WeddingReviewed on 7/17/2015 Lakiesha L
The Location was perfect. They really have a beautiful venue. It was the perfect background to my pictures and it was nicely priced. My family couldn't believe that I had such a beautiful venue.
Loved it!Reviewed on 4/07/2015 Nicole R
The service from the staff was wonderful. They were very concerned about our wishes and wanted to make sure we had our dream wedding. They made sure we had a great time and did their best to avoid any issues (that were in their control). We had a wonderful time! We made awesome memories! I would highly suggest this venue!
Beautiful wedding venueReviewed on 12/01/2013 Ashley B
Absolutely stunning venue! Would recommend a better DJ, but for the value, it was all amazing! Very helpful staff!
BEST WEDDING, BEAUTIFUL AND MAGICAL LOCATION! DREAMS DO COME TRUEReviewed on 7/17/2013 Brittany F
Let me start by saying, I cannot thank the Castle staff enough for my perfect, beautiful, and magical wedding. The castle is a gorgeous venue but on top of that the staff will make you feel like family which is comforting. The food was delicious and still talked about 5 months later. I highly recommend the bread pudding and crawfish sauce on top of fish! the venue is at a reasonable and affordable price which is great because a lot of people are on a budget when it comes to a wedding! Overall I could not be any happier with the way my wedding was at the Castle! I miss working with Ms Mary and Ms Dolly and I want to say that yall are wonderful ladies who make every girls dreams come true! You are both doing an amazing job :)
Love!Reviewed on 1/17/2013 Elvina C
Love the castle, it's just a little too far away.
AwesomeReviewed on 12/10/2012 Shonagh F
We absolutely loved it! Everything was beautiful and the owners and staff helped make sure our wedding was well coordinated. Loved that the place is more or less a package deal with food, cake, music and basic decor included
Very happy bride!Reviewed on 12/01/2012 Sheylynne S
I was very pleased with the castle. The food was good, service was excellent, staff was very nice, & everything was very organized throughout all of the planning. It was truly my fairytale wedding!