A few weeks ago I visited my sister in New Orleans, her new home for the next few years! During our trip we took a tour of a very unique southern wedding venue, Race and Religious. First of all the venue is not exclusive to any race or religion so let’s get that out of the way! Instead it is named after the two streets which cross at it’s intersection, Race and Religious! If you spend time in New Orleans you will notice many of their street names have significant meaning behind them. It is in the heart of the warehouse district, a very old but refreshed part of town. The blend of old and new is one of my favorite parts of New Orleans and the same kind of harmonious combination is embraced at this wedding venue too!
The venue has five overnight sleeping rooms which sleep up to 11 people! They have a few different houses which allow for so much privacy and a total of five bathrooms. Essentially you would rent out the full venue and all the sleeping rooms. You could use some of the rooms to get ready that morning and then invite your family or wedding party to stay the weekend! Packages are available for 1, 2 or 3 nights stay!
The space is completely usable to your preference. You may choose the location of the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception among the two houses and three courtyards! In my dream wedding I would have my ceremony near Race Street in an all brick courtyard, then move to dark blue pool and surrounding area for cocktails and appetizers. The final party would be in the lush green back courtyard and cozy Religious House!
The rooms are filled with interesting and rare art. They also have exquisite furniture pieces you could use for the wedding. Other rental items included in the price are 14 round and rectangle banquet tables with linen, cocktail tables, 75 mahogany folding chairs, one copper farm table and one copper welcome table. The onsite staff will help you with a layout design, table and chair set up, and security.
With many different tiered packages, the entire venue was extremely well priced. It is comparable to most LA DIY venues that I’ve seen but comes with a bit more included and a hint more flair! I would highly recommend Race and Religious if you are considering a southern wedding!