Wedding Wednesday: Luck of the Irish

IrishCulturalMuseum

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Friends!  I'm here with a venue review about the Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans located off of Conti Street (one block from Bourbon for all you brides looking to host a wild after party!).  The museum is home to a variety of informational exhibits and displays about Irish heritage and culture in New Orleans, and is situated in a charming French Quarter venue complete with courtyard.  Also doubling as a prime venue location, their incredibly inclusive wedding packages made the Irish Cultural Museum (ICM) number two on the list of possible venues for this bride!  Read on for more information! Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans

The Venue Space

The ICM facility (933 Conti Street) is adorned with beautiful, vintage architecture, brick walls, and an upper balcony overlooking the courtyard.  A front room off the street offers interactive kiosks and historical Irish artifacts, and also doubles as the bridal suite during ceremonies and receptions.  Outside of the front room is the courtyard, which reaches across to the back building that has two levels.  There is a beautiful staircase leading to the upper level room with a balcony, which can be used as the bridal entrance during your event.  The upstairs also has artifacts, and televisions for use as well. The downstairs has more historical pieces, as well as a research library, and is utilized for the buffet space during receptions.

I absolutely love the wrought iron gates that open up into the courtyard; very picturesque!  It is also the best location for Second Lining out of the venue with your guests!

Photo Credit: ICMnola.org
Photo Credit: ICMnola.org

The Details

  • Price

The ICM as a venue offers rental of the facility on its own, inclusive packages, and additional services, so brides have a wide range of options to fit their needs.

Those wanting to rent only the facility (for a maximum of 125 guests) can do so with the following options:

  • Monday through Thursday-> 1 hour- $1,200; 2 hours- $1,500; 3 hours- $2,000
  • Friday through Sunday-> 1 hour- $1,500; 2 hours- $2,000; 3 hours- $2,500

(This will include access to only the courtyard, balcony, and rear building {1st floor room} for the time allotted.  Additional hours start at $500.)

The packages (listed in the section below) include the facility rental fee in the pricing and charge by the number of guests/day of the week, rather than set minimums.

  • Monday through Thursday:
    • The Cocktail Package- 1-34 guests = $78/person; 35-49 guests = $65/person; 50-84 guests = $50/person; 85-125 guests = $49/person
    • The Ceremony Package- Up to 125 guests = $1,750 total
    • The Reception Package- 1-34 guests = $99/person; 35-49 guests = $95/person; 50-84 guests = $90/person; 85-125 guests = $80/person
    • The Complete Ceremony and Reception Package- 1-34 guests = $125/person; 35-49 guests = $112/person; 50-84 guests = $99/person; 85-125 guests = $85/person
    • Friday through Sunday:
      • The Cocktail Package- 1-34 guests = $80/person; 35-49 guests = $69/person; 50-84 guests = $60/person; 85-125 guests = $55/person
      • The Ceremony Package- Up to 125 guests = $2,250 total
      • The Reception Package- 1-34 guests = $105/person; 35-49 guests = $99/person; 50-84 guests = $93/person; 85-125 guests = $89/person
      • The Complete Ceremony and Reception Package- 1-34 guests = $129/person; 35-49 guests = $119/person; 50-84 guests = $109/person; 85-125 guests = $95/person

The ICM does offer the option of outside caterers if so desired, at no extra cost.  However, beverage and bar service are only to be provided by the ICM.  Cash bar and on-demand consumption is also available if desired.  There are a few additional options that are offered, including NOPD security detail (4 hours minimum) at $40/hour, an in-house DJ (should you not choose a package including it) at $125/hour, ceremony chair rental (rental from ICM required if not utilizing a package deal) at $5/each, and white rope lighting over courtyard at $250/event.

Photo Credit: ICMnola.org
Photo Credit: ICMnola.org
  • The Package

The ICM offers several different package options including a cocktail party package, a wedding ceremony package, a reception package and a complete ceremony and reception package.

  1. The Cocktail Party Package:
    1. Includes access to the facility for two hours, full open bar (beer, wine and mixed drinks), bartender service, catered hors d'oeurvres, chairs, tables, linens, sound system and programmable LED lights.
    2. The Ceremony Package:
      1. Includes access to the facility for two hours, ceremony chairs with set up and breakdown, altar candles, bridal suite, a balcony, sound system, programmable LED lights, and a 30 minute rehearsal.
      2. The Reception Package:
        1. Includes dedicated access to the facility for three hours, full open bar (beer, wine and mixed drinks), bartender service, 5-item buffet style menu, chairs, tables, linens, an in-house DJ (YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT), sound system, television sets, and programmable LED lights.
        2. The Complete Ceremony and Reception Package:
          1. Includes dedicated access to the facility for 5 hours, ceremony chairs, chair set up and breakdown, altar candles, a 30 minute rehearsal, a bridal suite, a balcony, full open bar (beer, wine and mixed drinks), bartender service, 5-item buffet style menu, chairs, tables, linens, an in-house DJ, sound system, television sets, and programmable LED lights.

Wow, am I right?!

When I first came across this venue, I was blown away by how inclusive the package was.  I mean, a DJ included?! That takes a chunk of the leg work out for a lot of brides! And when I went to visit, I was even more in awe of its natural beauty!  Seriously, gorgeous.

The other aspects that drew me to this venue?  It is family owned and operated, and, let me tell you...they are the most genuine people.  Prompt at answering any questions, responding to emails, meeting me for a venue viewing, etc.  And on top of that- they allow pets!  (The best part in my book!)

Photo Credit: ICMnola.org
Photo Credit: ICMnola.org

Summary:

With its stunning decor, prime location, inclusive packaging (can you tell I love a good bargain?), and the professionalism and kindness of the owners, the Irish Cultural Museum is absolutely a top contender when it comes to NOLA wedding venues.  It just has so much to offer!  The only drawback that I saw with this venue is that it is just a tad on the small side.  I feel that 125 guests might be a little bit snug for the space.  However, for an intimate wedding it would be absolutelyperfect.

Brownie Points:

  • Beautiful architecture, little need for decor
  • Ideal French Quarter location
  • Inclusive packages, many options
  • Professional, prompt, and kind owners
  • Pet friendly!

Drawbacks:

  • Slightly smaller venue space

What are your thoughts on the Irish Cultural Museum?  Are you as in love with it as I am? Leave a comment below or share your experiences!  With all of the flexible options at the ICM, both brides looking for inclusive packaging, and those looking for more flexibility can find something to suite their needs.

Head on over to www.icmnola.org, call 855-514-8139, or email info@icmnola.com (yes, I noticed the discrepency- however, both icmnola.org and icmnola.com link to the same website) for more information or to reach the owners, the Ahearn family.  Most of my interaction was with Matthew Ahearn, and his son Luke, who also serves as the DJ at events.  Both of them were very professional and I don't doubt that anyone who does business with them would be in for exceptional service!

That's it for now!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram at @newlynolabride and on Twitter at @NewlyNOLABride for more NOLA bridal fun!  And as always, I can be reached by email at newlynolabride@gmail.com anytime!

Also, if you didn't catch my previous post, I'm going to be launching a bridal series soon full of tips and advice for NOLA brides, so stay tuned!

Lassiez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

-The Newly NOLA Bride