About this Vendor

Still madly in love with the business of love.

Couture-like elegance. Because your event should be as original as you are. With elegant open spaces, a brand new high-end lighting system with projections you can customize, and cuisine tailored-made to accommodate an array of dietary needs, your day will be just that – yours.

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • Indoor

  • Reception Area

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Guest Capacity




Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff


Contact Info

4738 Utica Street, New Orleans Area, LA

Two Fantastic Weddings

Reviewed on 3/03/2014

My husband and I had our reception at The Balcony in 1981. It was fantastic. So it's only natural that when our daughter said she was getting married we hoped to return to The Balcony, but the decision was hers to make. She wanted to look at other venues and we did. We saved... Read More The Balcony for last in our reception shopping. When she saw the room, the foods you would get, the price and how nice the people were she was sold. The staff gathers all of the necessary details from you, then a week before the wedding you can bring in everything that you have to deliver to be used at your reception, (guest book, photos, cake knife, etc.) so you don't have to rush around the day of your wedding making sure everything gets where it has to go. Everything went very smoothly. Our daughter's wedding reception was at The Balcony on February 1, 2014. We were extremely satisfied with the venue, very elegant; the food was plentiful and delicious, the service was fantastic. Your drink wasn't quite empty when they were asking if you would like another drink or something to eat. We really like that they feed the bride and groom, parents and bridal party upstairs when you arrive. Once you get downstairs they will get you anything you want but you are so busy greeting your guests that you don't take the time to eat...and you really don't want to miss out on that good food! You get so much BANG for your BUCK at The Balcony. You show up the day of your wedding without a worry. Our phone didn't stop ringing after the wedding. Guests were calling to say that it was the best wedding they have ever attended. The said the food and drinks were delicious and plentiful. There is something for everyone at The Balcony. If we had another daughter we would return for a third time!

Reviewed on 5/26/2015 Allyce H

I don’t know where to begin with how amazing The Balcony staff is! Why have your wedding ANYWHERE ELSE?!!! If in life somehow you were offered the opportunity to buy a Maserati, Lamborghini, or whatever your dream car would be for a price you could actually afford, you’d jump... Read More at the chance! Having your wedding at The Balcony is that affordable dream car! My husband and I are both attorneys. We could’ve gotten married anywhere, but the night of our wedding, The Balcony solidified that we made the right decision. After our initial wedding venue BAILED ON US 1 month before the wedding (any bride’s worst nightmare!), The Balcony proved time and time again that we should’ve picked them from the start! (My fiancé at the time had his apprehensions about getting married “outside of the city.”) We were treated like ROYALTY the entire night! I got call after call from family members raving about the service! Although, I am from LA, I relocated to my husband’s home state of SC and was forced to plan my wedding from halfway across the country. The Balcony was more than accommodating with taking care of anything I needed help with even at the last minute. Not many things in life are perfect, but The Balcony is as close as you can possibly get!!!

2015-06-05T00:24:39 Response from the vendor

We are re-reading this review and are still so touched and blown away by your sincerity. We are are truly sorry you had a negative experience planning your wedding at your original venue, but we couldn't be happier that it brought you to us. xoxoxBalcony... Read Less Read More

The Most Important Day of my Daughter's Life...

Reviewed on 3/13/2015 Lindsay B

I want to thank ALL of The Balcony Staff, especially Vanessa, Jay, Mike, Colin, and Chef Wes for the MOST perfect experience I could imagine for the MOST important day of my only daughter's life - her wedding day :) I cannot say enough good things about how professional,... Read More diligent, and accommodating they all were from start to finish. The food was delicious, plentiful, and never ending, and a special thanks to Chef Wes for creating an entire menu for a nephew with Gluten issues. He didn't have to do that. I heard comments about how the bartenders would eventually learn each guest's drink preference and have it ready when they arrived at the bar! How many places do that?? Thank you so much! You all made me look good - LOL We will DEFINITELY be recommending your venue to everyone we know, and we know lots of people with adult children about to get married :) Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart, for all you did for us. I've never seen my daughter smile so much :D Sincerest Regards, Mother of the Bride (Cody & Lindsay, March 6, 2015)

2015-03-14T17:49:38 Response from the vendor

Ms. Kelly, thank you so much for a wonderful review, but working with your family was a joy for us. Everyone was so sweet and so fun, and I love a Bride who knows what she wants and how to get it done. I look... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 2/05/2016 Julianne E

The Balcony was everything we could have imagined and MORE! My husband, MIL, my parents, and myself never had an empty glass the entire night! The food was great. They definitely know what they are doing. The night flowed beautifully and I always had an attendant near me to let... Read More me know what was going on! I highly recommend the balcony :)

2016-02-06T13:25:25 Response from the vendor

You are SO SWEET to write a review for us!! And I am not surprised that it was done in such a timely manner, as you are the most organized Bride we know!! Thrilled that you decided to begin your "Happily Ever After" with us;)... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 1/11/2016 Bianca J

Ricardo and I had our ceremony&reception at The Balcony on 12/20/15. I absolutely loved my wedding and would not change anything about it. The ENTIRE staff went above & beyond all of our expectations. Since the day we booked them we have been taken care of. On the day of the... Read More wedding the service was PHENOMENAL! They paid attention to everything we requested in music, decor, and FOOD. They made sure we ate and drank all night. My hand was NEVER empty. They went as far as to remembering our parents name and the MOH. They treated us as if we were family, they treated us and served us better than our own family does ;) I will always recommend The Balcony Ballroom to anyone! Everyone complimented the venue, the drinks, and definitely the food. Thank you Balcony for making our wedding extraordinary - Bianca

2016-01-11T16:27:26 Response from the vendor

BIANCA!!!!! You are so sweet to write a review, but I am not surprised......you and Ricardo have to be one of the sweetest couples of all time. It was SUCH A PLEASURE to serve every single one of your guests. Everyone seemed to be having... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 12/30/2015

Our wedding was more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. The Balcony Ballroom did an outstanding job for our wedding reception. I'm so grateful for all Vanessa's and her staff, working with her was a wonderful experience- I cannot say enough good things about the overall... Read More experience. The staff was very helpful, attentive, cooperative, and responsive to the parents of the couple and especially to the bride and groom. The food was outstanding! Everything was PERFECT. My wedding was on December 6 and I still keep getting compliments of how perfect everything was. It makes me want to marry my husband again and it would be at The Balcony! I moved from Miami 2 years ago and I visited so many vendors here in New Orleans, looking for a "Miami modern, high end place" trying to find that perfect place, and as soon as I stepped into The Balcony Ballroom I knew I had found my location, and it was the wedding of my dreams. I would recommend The Balcony Ballroom to anyone considering a wedding reception...from small to large. They will definitely make the occasion special! Vanessa and the entire team did an outstanding job making sure we and our guests were taken care of. Our guests, without exception, commented that this was the best wedding they had ever attended. Excellence was reflected in everything The Balcony Ballroom did.

2016-01-04T11:21:21 Response from the vendor

I just wanted to thank you for your kinds words. We had such a wonderful time with your family!! Every single one of your friends and family members were filled with so much joy and love for you both....you could really see it in their... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 12/15/2015 Amanda W

I've always loved The Balcony Ballroom. My parents had their reception there in 1984 and I loved the fact that I could have my reception in the same place as my parents. My best friend had her reception there when I was the MOH and I got to see the behind the scenes aspect of... Read More being in a wedding, and I loved how much they took care of the bride, groom, their families and the wedding party. Once I got engaged, I knew I had to use them. They took me around the entire hall and showed me everything when we went. When we went to book, everything worked out perfectly. A few days before, I was able to bring all of my favors, send-offs, and sat down with Mike and finalized everything. The day of went so smoothly and Vanessa, Jay, and Mike were always there making sure I had a drink in my hand and asking if I needed anything. They even fixed a mistake on the Groom's cake. The Balcony comes with EVERYTHING that you need for a great price and they have the best workers. There is no reason to not choose The Balcony Ballroom for your wedding!

2015-12-15T16:47:07 Response from the vendor

A, you have no idea how much a second-generation review means to us!! It is everything. I am so happy that we were there to celebrate your big day with you....what a lovely couple you make. I can't wait until the next generation;) Hope you... Read Less Read More

Grade A Experience

Reviewed on 10/21/2015 Margaret A

Vanessa and Jay were the most awesome people i could imagine to work with whilst planning my wedding for October 11, 2015. Whenever i sent an email it was answered within the hour, if not within minutes. They were super heroes when it came to keeping us on schedule on the actual... Read More day. My entire family gushed about how beautiful the venue was and how they felt relaxed and extremely well tended too. Everyone ate to their hearts content and then ate some more because the food was amazing. The experience they provided to our families went above and beyond all expectations and made my day perfect. Of our 200 guests, i have not received any negative comments about their experience. I really appreciate all that went into keeping the atmosphere pleasant and everyone happy.

2015-10-22T17:55:12 Response from the vendor

Margaret!! You are so sweet to take the time to write this. I couldn't think of a more lovely couple than you and Christopher. You are both so thoughtful and considerate....having couples like you make my job so easy and fun. And you did an... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/01/2015 KoiEles L

My husband and I were married here on 9/18/2015. To say The Balcony Staff did a great job would be an extreme understatement. Every single detail that one can imagine about a wedding and reception was covered. Our guests are still raving about the food, the fully stocked bar,... Read More and the decorations. This venue provides a whimsical atmosphere of fun and glamour that won't be soon forgotten. Our experience was completely amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better wedding day. The Balcony is the stuff memories are made of. Thank you to everyone for working your magic and making our day fantastic and unforgettable. I left wanting to do it all over again!

2015-10-19T15:16:51 Response from the vendor

Mrs. Spurlock, I just wanted to thank you again for writing this glowing review. Please tell Robert hello for us;) Balcony Ballroom

Best reception venue

Reviewed on 8/11/2015 Kaci M

My husband and I visited several reception venues before booking. We instantly fell in love with the balcony. You get to pick your table cloths and lighting colors. The space is beautiful and mike and Vanessa take care of everything. I highly recommend!

2015-10-19T15:19:23 Response from the vendor

Kaci, If I could give a "sweetest couple" award, you would get it!! From you to your husband to your parents....everyone was so lovely. Y'all make a great couple, only adding more greatness to your amazing family. Send Josh our love;) Balcony Ballroom

Reviewed on 8/03/2015 Courtney D

We had our reception at The Balcony in May 2015 and it was an excellent choice for our big day. My husband and I did not even really consider any other venues, considering past experiences we had at The Balcony. Everything was perfect! Vanessa & Michael make sure that... Read More everything is easy for the bride and groom. The food is excellent and the DJ kept people on the dance floor. We had many compliments from our families and friends about how much they enjoyed themselves. I would definitely recommend The Balcony!

2015-08-04T16:28:38 Response from the vendor

Courtney, I should have known that you would write such an amazing review!!! YOU were the perfect Bride and the sweetest person 365 days a year. Michael is such a lucky guy. Side Note: I was THRILLED that your cake and wedding made our Balcony... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/23/2015 Alli S

I would like to thank the ENTIRE staff at The Balcony! Absolutely everything was amazing and perfect. I knew from the day my sister had her reception here 9 years ago that when the time came, i wanted the same! Everyone that came to our wedding is still talking about how fun it... Read More was, how nice the people were, how the food and drinks were the BEST they've ever had at a wedding! I couldn't agree more. The menu is an "all the time" menu, meaning they always serve the same foods! They are all delicious! The in house DJ played a variety of music that suited everyone's taste. The staff, what can I say, they make this place the fabulous place it is. They are there every step of the way throughout the night. We were told by staff "we've been doing this for years, and we've perfected this." They exceeded the expectations I had in mind for my wedding. My now husband was reluctant to having a huge wedding, but thanks to the wonderful people who helped us, he had the best night ever! We had both our ceremony and reception here. The turnover time was super fast! I remember walking back down the aisle and making it up the stairs, only to turn around and see the tables and chairs set up for the reception! Thank you to all who were involved in making my wedding night one of the best nights of my life! Thank you for the generosity you gave to my entire party. Thank you for absolutely EVERYTHING! To those hesitant about booking The Balcony, DON'T BE! This place will make all your dreams come true!

2015-07-28T11:28:08 Response from the vendor

And we would like to THANK YOU for all of the great reviews EVERYWHERE!!! You were such a fun couple....on the dance floor all night and that BRIDAL PARTY DANCE!!!!!!!!!! HATS and ALL!!! Love it!!! I hope you're invited to a wedding here soon so... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/13/2015 Linda Mary P

If I could give the Balcony more stars, I would! They were absolutely amazing!! They made sure nobody was stressed! My husband was deployed through most of the engagement which made wedding planning stressful. The Balcony made me feel much better about that! They take care of... Read More EVERYTHING for you!! My husband and I are both living in Texas as well as my immediate side of the family, so looking for a venue that met our needs and budget was stressful. We had spoken to family members in New Orleans who had been to weddings at the Balcony and told us how beautiful it was! We looked at pictures and immediately fell in love. I did not actually see the venue until a few months before the wedding but fell in love when I saw it. The staff members were extremely welcoming and happy to show us everything (many times). My husband did not see the venue until the day before the wedding and did not feel anxious about getting married there. The decorations were beautiful. We did not have to bring anything! They had a box to put our cards in and everything. They have so much lighting and different colors to go with your theme! So now let me talk about the food!! The food was amazing! everything was! They sat us down after the wedding and force fed us (which we loved) and nobody could come up and bother us!! We even were able to do our first dance upstairs (you can also do it downstairs around your guests). Dancing upstairs made it very intimate. Speaking of dancing, the music!! The DJ was awesome. They play a variety of music and had just about everything. Both of our families are from Honduras, so of course we needed tons we could dance to, and we got it! They made sure my husband and I did not have any problems. They sent us home with a cute box with pieces of our cake, champagne, glasses, our candy, and other cute things. They even mailed us our leftover Jenga pieces that we used as our guestbook and had forgotten. I wish I could take the whole staff home with us to Texas. My family loved them so much! We are still being told how our wedding was the best people had ever been to! I truly believe that this was because of The Balcony!

2015-07-13T18:14:44 Response from the vendor

L, THIS REVIEW IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! You are sooooo sweet to take the time out to write this. Your family was soooo spectacular.....your dad and I were exchanging some wedding pictures on Facebook...what a guy. Send M a big hug from us!!! Looking forward to y'all... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 6/17/2015

Our daughter Shyanne Dupuy​ got married on June 6. 2-15 at The Balcony Ballroom. Words can not express how exquisite and wonderful the wedding was. Vanessa and Mike were so incredibly amazing to work with and were so very helpful and organized. You made Shyanne and Bernie's day... Read More so wonderful. Countless guests told us this was the best wedding they have ever been to. We will definitely recommend to anyone to have their wedding and reception at The Balcony. Thanks again for making Shyanne's dream wedding a reality. You guys are AWESOME!

2015-06-18T10:46:26 Response from the vendor

Carei, Having YOU of all people post a review for us is amazing. Your family is so organized and sweet and fun....it makes this review hold so much weight!! Shyanna did an incredible job of jumping right into NOLA culture and having all things New... Read Less Read More

the Balcony Ballroom

Reviewed on 5/12/2015

Our reception was absolutely wonderful.I couldn't say enough good thing about it. I have had so many family and friends tell me it was the best wedding they have been to. Vanessa and Mike were so nice to work with. They kept everything calm and flowing smoothly. Great Staff with... Read More some awesome food and drinks. Thanks to the Wise Guys who kept everyone on the dance floor from start to finish. It was a perfect night and we will cherish the memories forever. Thanks again to all who made it possible. Karen & Raymond Bouffine

2015-05-13T14:08:29 Response from the vendor

You are so sweet to write a review!! What a wonderful family to work with for this occasion. Not only were y'all great, but the bride and groom were fantastic too. And what a great choice of bands!!! The Wiseguys were exceptional!!! I look forward... Read Less Read More

Loved my experience at The Balcony Ballroom

Reviewed on 3/21/2015

My name is Alicia and my husband and I had the pleasure of having our ceremony and reception at The Balcony Ballroom on 3/14/15. It was absolutely amazing. What we paid for included everything except the cake. That's a pretty awesome deal if you ask me. From the start of our... Read More ceremony to the end of our reception, it was the best experience ever. If I could keep getting married to my husband over and over again at this place I would. The service was great, the food to die for, the music from the DJ was perfect, he listened to me on our song choices to be played and that was definitely important to us. Vanessa and Mike were awesome. They waited on my husband and I from beginning to end and didn't miss a beat. The second I had a drink out my hand one of them was right there with another. They even attended to my parents and my husbands. My dad told my Mom he enjoyed our ceremony and reception so much. Everyone who attended said how much they loved everything there and how beautiful everything was. I am in awe with how everything went and I would highly recommend this beautiful place to any bride looking for something in the New Orleans area. Its the best place to have your ceremony or reception or do like me and have both! And the fact that everything is included, a lot of brides could be that much more stress free. The Balcony Ballroom is an exceptional place and so are the people running it❤❤❤


Reviewed on 3/21/2015

I was so very happy with The Balcony . After looking at many places my daughter picked this one. I cannot compliment them enough on how they handle everything and every guest. I received nothing but winderful reviews & Mike & Vanessa made me fill important and relaxed from the... Read More minute I walked in the door until I left. The food was delicious, the service was wonderful..Just leave everything up to them,, Thanks again for such GREAT MEMORIES for my daughter & my new son-in-law. Stacey & Justin march 13,2015

2015-03-23T16:11:40 Response from the vendor

Ms. Marguerite!!! Thank you so much for your review!!! Your daughter and her family are absolutely gorgeous. So easy going and fun....couldn't ask for anything better. And how about that groom's cake?!?!? I think your grand-daughter LOVED it!!! Tell Stacey and Justin hello for me....I... Read Less Read More

Daughters Wedding

Reviewed on 3/18/2015

My daughter had her reception on March 14, 2015 at the Balcony Ballroom. I cannot say enough good things about this place. It is so beautiful and elegant. The food is some of the best I have ever eaten and it was non-stop and hot. The servers always had a smile on thier... Read More faces. Mike and Vanessa were over the top in helping this day go so smooth. We had not a single problem and not a single complaint. I had my reception here in 1985 and my daughter wanted to check it out as well as other places. In her words "No other place compared to the beauty of the Balcony, and the caring of the staff." Also the fact that all food is prepared there not frozen and shipped in was also a plus. We had the best time never a worry. I would recommend the Balcony to anyone. You won't be sorry. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

2015-03-19T22:44:29 Response from the vendor

Ms. Cheryl, This review is amazing and I can not thank you enough for it. I constantly tell the story about your daughter as she was in the process of venue shopping. I recall her coming in to see us and being very impressed with... Read Less Read More

A Priceless Wedding

Reviewed on 3/09/2015 Henry J

I will definitely recommend your services to anyone looking to plan an event. The staff interacted with the guest and made them feel welcomed. Vanessa and Mike are the best at what they do. I will miss them. Everything ran together seamlessly. Everything was perfect and everyone... Read More is raving about the quantity and quality of the food. There services are priceless. People are saying we had the wedding of the year and it's only March.

2015-03-14T17:51:11 Response from the vendor

Ash?!? Henry?!?!? Is this you?!?!? You did have the wedding of the year, because you are the couple of the year!!!!!!!!! I hope to see you soon at an event here!!!! V

LOVE the Balcony!

Reviewed on 12/06/2014 jennifer s

From the moment we walked in to see the venue, we were in love with the place. Everything was perfect. The staff were always willing to help with anything I needed all the way through the reception. The food was amazing and the music was great. Everyone we have talked to since... Read More the wedding have raved about what a great time they had and how good the food was. I would recommend The Balcony to anyone that asked.

Great Day!

Reviewed on 11/11/2014 Nicole S

The Balcony was an excellent choice for our big day. They made it so easy and seamless. All we had to do was show up and enjoy the party. I loved the renovations and everyone is still talking about the abundance of amazing food they received. It you want a stress free venue for... Read More your reception, I highly recommend The Balcony!!!

2014-11-13T17:16:45 Response from the vendor

Dear "N", Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review!! It doesn't surprise me that you would do such a sweet gesture, as you were such a delight to work with throughout your wedding planning!! You looked so beautiful for... Read Less Read More

LOVED having our wedding at The Balcony Ballroom

Reviewed on 11/03/2014 Jennifer C

My husband and I, as well as ALL of our friends and family, were extremely happy with our wedding at The Balcony. It is a beautiful atmosphere for such a special day. The service was phenomenal, the food was absolutely delicious and the list goes on. We enjoyed every moment... Read More of our wedding and received countless compliments on the venue we chose for our wedding. Our wedding day was worry/stress free thanks to the staff ~ we felt we were very important to them and they catered to all of our needs and desires for an amazing wedding. We highly recommend The Balcony for a wedding venue. We were so happy and thankful to have such a beautiful and amazing wedding. The memories are priceless!!! Jennifer and Christopher Riecke Married October 26, 2014

2014-11-06T16:12:41 Response from the vendor

Jennifer, When working with brides to make their dream day happen, every experience is different. For your wedding, our job was EASY!!!! You are so organized and friendly and considerate, the entire day was a BREEZE!!! You are always welcome to get married to Chris... Read Less Read More

Awesome Venue!!

Reviewed on 10/29/2014 Lyndsay L

We had our wedding reception at The Balcony on 9-12-14!! We could not have chosen a better place! Vanessa along with all the other staff did everything they could to make our night the best it could be!! We were so happy with all of the food as well!! Overall I wish I could rate... Read More more than 5 stars!!

2014-11-03T15:14:20 Response from the vendor

LYNDSAY!!!!!!!!!! I am thrilled that you had your reception at The Balcony Ballroom!! (along with your mom and dad years before;) James is so sweet and fun, so I enjoyed working with both of you. But your brother stole the show....not a dry eye in... Read Less Read More

Pure Elegance

Reviewed on 9/08/2014 Mary B

This venue was absolutely amazing!!!! We had our wedding + reception here and when I say it was like a dream, that's an understatement. Sheer class and elegance. I felt like we were on a wedding reality show on tv. The food was impeccable! The atmosphere was enchanting and the... Read More staff was incredible! I wish I could do it all over again!!! There was soooo much food! All inclusive and no menu to choose items because You get everything! Best bang for your buck is definitely @ the balcony ballroom. I highly recommend this venue!!! A+++++

2014-09-09T14:18:27 Response from the vendor

MAAAAAAAARY!!!! You are the sweetest...and so are your parents....and so is Greg and his parents!! Seriously, I have never had soooo many people comment on the pictures on our social media!!! You. Are. A. STAR!!!! Congrats to you and Greg...hope to run into y'all soon!!... Read Less Read More

Elegant Venue, Amazing Service, The Best in Town

Reviewed on 8/27/2014

Where do I even begin? My reception venue was one of the most important things on my list when I was planning our wedding. I went to several venues in the area but as soon as I met with Vanessa at The Balcony I just knew that this is where I wanted my reception to be. From the... Read More time we walked into the door to plan she was there to assist us in making our night special. We met several times over the course of the planning year and even the week of the wedding. We went over table linens, lighting, food, drinks and more. The best part... ITS ALL THERE FOR YOU!!! No searching for different vendors... its a one stop place and everything they have is TOP NOTCH! The night of our wedding Mike was there always making sure we were having a good time and that helped us truly enjoy ourselves! They take pictures for you and post to facebook, instagram, twitter and even youtube! It was great to see pictures the night of the wedding! After the wedding I received SO MANY compliments from friends, family and even other brides who had recently got married that said "this place is awesome"... and I TOTALLY agree! Everything was truly amazing and they made it a night to always remember! Thank you to The Balcony Ballroom for being the best! - Jen & Lance

2014-09-09T14:19:46 Response from the vendor

You and Lance will forever hold a place in my heart....thank you for letting us be a part of your day;) V


Meet The Owner

Johnny and Valerie Van Vrancken

Weddings are about families coming together to celebrate love, life and the beginning of forever. So it comes as no surprise that for over 40 years, this family-owned business has been the swellest setting for over 10,000 happily ever after’s. Now, their children, who grew up immersed in this rich familial culture of service and dedication are being handed the reins, bringing a fresh new perspective and vision to every event hosted at The Balcony Ballroom.