New Orleans Weddings: The Degas House

The Degas House is one of the most unique wedding venues in New Orleans. Tucked in the heart of the 7th Ward and just 11 blocks from the French Quarter, this world-renowned bed and breakfast has been in business for 25 years. Surrounded by tree-lined avenues and some of the oldest houses in New Orleans, it seems to be frozen in time. Built in 1853,  this Creole Mansion includes two Victorian parlors, with reproductions of Degas’ artwork. A baby grand piano and antique furniture add to the charm. With beautifully decorated rooms and a lush courtyard, this is the place for your fairy tale wedding.

The bed and breakfast sits across a courtyard from the Degas House Museum. Full of art history, the Degas house was the New Orleans home of Master artist, Edgar Degas. Guided tours are also led by his great grand-nieces, check with the museum for tour times. Take advantage of the painting classes offered in the museum before your big day. After, stop by the gift shop to find the perfect gift to remember your special day.

Weddings Venues at the Degas House

This B&B is an ideal venue for elopements and smaller weddings, and can be occupied by up to 250 guests. It also has off-street parking for 90 vehicles less than a block away. The Degas House can hold your rehearsal dinner in the parlors of the main house. Art and timeless antique furniture set the background for family photos. Outdoor rehearsals and weddings are held in the inn’s beautiful Old World style courtyard.  With lush plants and lights strung throughout,

Wedding Packages at The Degas House offer a professional wedding coordinator, event space, and so much more. While the Degas House has different options to meet your wedding needs, some things are not included, like flowers and music. A cake will be provided by the bakery of your choice for a $150 fee. The event coordinator/wedding planner provided by the Degas House can help you find the right vendors to make your day perfect.

Dressing of The Bride  

The Degas house offers an exclusive add-on package called the Dressing of the Bride. The bridal party spends the night in the beautiful Estelle Suite. The next morning, wake up to a gourmet Creole breakfast served in the dining room. A light lunch and mimosas will also be brought up to you by a personal assistant while you are getting ready for your big day. After the festivities, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries will be waiting for you and your spouse in the suite. In-room breakfast is provided the morning after your wedding. This one-of-a-kind experience is available for up to 10 people. In addition, makeup artists and hairdressers can meet you in the Estelle Suite to finish your look. 

The Estelle Suite also has a balcony that overlooks historic Esplanade Avenue. This suite can accommodate 6 people with a trundled king bed, and a day bed in its alcove. If this is not quite enough room however, the Josephine room connects to the Estelle through an adjoining door, and has a queen sized bed with an additional bathroom. Roll away beds are also available upon request.    

Degas House Accommodations

Aside from the Estelle Suite, the Degas House has gorgeous accommodations located on the second and third floors. From single rooms to spacious suites, this bed and breakfast has enough space for everyone in your party. Clawfoot tubs and natural light invite you to relax before the excitement of your wedding. Not only are there rooms in the main buiding, a separate house has larger suites perfect for families.

Each room is perfectly decorated with antiques and Victorian furniture, transporting you back in time. The pastel walls are warmed by floor-length curtains and dark hardwood floors. Classic New Orleans style welcome you and immediately makes you feel welcome. With deep alcoves and balconies, these accommodations are ideal for getting ready photos and your first looks. All rooms and suites have air conditioning and free wifi, as well as private bathrooms. Please keep in mind, however, that rooms located on the third floor do not have windows.

Dining at the Degas House

Experience an authentic Creole breakfast in the dining room at the Degas House. With classic egg and bakery options, this bed and breakfast has something to please everyone. We suggest going all out and trying the Desiree Bananas Foster, or the Impressionist’s Breakfast for a more classic Southern taste. Saturday and Sunday mornings, meet locals during brunch while you enjoy bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s in the courtyard. In true New Orleans style, the menu is full of rich foods, so don’t feel bad if you cheat on your diet.

While the Degas House does only offer breakfast and brunch options, there are plenty of amazing restaurants and bars only minutes away. For a true taste of New Orleans, head to Lil Dizzy’s Cafe for classics like shrimp po’ boys, candied yams, and gumbo. Open for lunch daily, this is a restaurant too good to miss. Classic French cuisine with a Creole flair paired with hand selected wines wait for you at Cafe Degas, located just down Esplanade Avenue from the Degas House. This bistro is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers brunch on weekends. Enjoy a glass of wine and a light snack at Swirl, on the corner of Esplanade and Ponce de Leon. Offering wines from around the world, this lounge and bottle shop is a great way to unwind and get to know the neighborhood.

Things to Keep in Mind

If you get to New Orleans a few days before your wedding, try not to set too much of a schedule for yourself. There is so much to do and see, we suggest taking a choose your own adventure approach. Visit the 24-hour cafe in City Park to enjoy beignets and the oldest city park in America. Parking fees in the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans can cost as much as $30, so it would be a good idea to research ahead to find places with free parking or cheaper rates. For more information about wedding vendors in the New Orleans area, check out some of our favorites HERE.

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