Average Base Cost: $20,000
Average base cost for a wedding at the Audubon Tea Room (part of the Audubon Nature Institute) is calculated by figuring a 125–person guest list on a Saturday night, including the rental of the Cooper Plaza Fountain. A Food/beverage minimum of $12,000 was also used. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, additional rentals, valet, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
*Prices subject to change
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee:
- Monday-Friday: $1,000
- Saturday: $2,500
- Sunday: $1,500
- Monday-Thursday: $2,000
- Friday: $3,500
- Saturday: $3,900
- Sunday: $2,000
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- 3-hour catered event
- Use of the garden
- Audubon roaming security
- Complimentary parking
- Facility management and event coordination
- Ballroom chairs
- Fine china
- Ivory liners
- $350/hour for daytime events
- $650/hour for evening events
Venue Space Additions
- Capital One Bank Stage & Lawn: $3,000
- Tea Room Lawn: $2,000
- Tea Room Garden: $650
- Hygeia Fountain – Sea Lion Exhibit: $1,000
- Cooper Plaza Fountain: $1,000
- Odenheimer Complex: $1,000
Special holiday rates may also apply.
Food/Beverage: Audubon Catering, the food and beverage outfit at the Audubon Nature Institute, was Louisiana’s first certified “green” caterer through the Green Restaurant Association. Chef Alan Ehrich, who has been selected as one of the top four chefs in Louisiana, is Audobon’s executive chef.
Food & Beverage Minimums
- Monday-Friday: $25 per person or $2,000, whichever is greater
- Saturday: $40 per person or $5,000, whichever is greater
- Sunday: $40 per person or $5,000, whichever is greater
- Monday-Thursday: $40 per person or $7,000, whichever is greater
- Friday: $50 per person or $10,000, whichever is greater
- Saturday: $55 per person or $12,000, whichever is greater
- Sunday: $50 per person or $8,500, whichever is greater
Space Type: Inside/Outside
- Reception: 750
- Seated luncheon or dinner: 400
- Dinner with dancing: 350
Bridal Suite: Yes
Parking: Yes, complimentary
Food Service Type: Your choice
How Will Grandma Get There? The Audubon Tea Room is around 8 miles from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and 25 minutes from the French Quarter. The best, closest lodging would be in the Garden District, such as the Pontchartrain Hotel, which is about a 16 minute drive away from the venue. Learn about nearby hotels and lodging here.
Party On! Daytime events must conclude by 4 p.m. Evening functions may begin at 7 p.m. and must conclude by 1 a.m.
Important Note: Outside vendors are allowed.
Audubon Nature Institute, a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of ten museums and parks dedicated to nature, houses four different venues that are often used for wedding, including the Cajun Ballroom at the Louisiana Swamp.
The Audubon Tea Room is a ballroom features 45′ tall ceilings and hardwood floors, custom silk draperies, a covered veranda with ceiling fans, a covered entrance, and lush private gardens (over 4,000 sq. feet worth!) under sprawling oak trees. The Tea Room is ideal for weddings and other social events, corporate breakfasts, meetings, luncheons, dinners and receptions. From local cuisine to gourmet dining, the Tea Room accommodates all tastes and styles and is touted as the “Premier Venue” for any special event. Ample free parking, the Tea Room is conveniently connected by private entrance to the Audubon Zoo.
Woman Getting Married Says:
A ballroom with wood floors and NO carpet? Hallelujah! New Orleans is such a dreamy location for a wedding, and the Audubon Tea Room and their family of venues are a great option. I love the additional spaces you have the choice of using, and their prices are for each are fairly reasonable. It’s not quite as central a location as a venue like Latrobe’s, which is smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter, but that could be a good thing if you want your wedding to be in a calmer, more residential neighborhood yet still accessible to the city sites.