Places to Get Married in Lafayette, LA

by Samantha Kemp, Demand Media

    Lafayette is a city in Louisiana that features Southern plantation homes, Cajun culture and is situated beside the Vermillion River. Lafayette wedding venues encompass locations suitable for a variety of tastes, including reception halls, historic locations, old chapels, rustic outdoor venues and expansive museums.

    Reception Halls

    Lafayette offers several suitable reception halls for intimate or large wedding celebrations. Magnolia Court (magnoliacourt.com) features a large, checkered floor, pillars and 4,000 square feet of space, large enough to accommodate up to 350 guests. It also features an outdoor area with a garden area and gazebo. You can provide your own food and hire an in-house server to save money on the food expense. River Oaks Catering Center (riveroakscaters.com) features a ballroom large enough for 420 guests, an atrium with 20-foot ceilings and a variety of meals, including cheese and wine, crawfish boils and vegan cuisine.

    Historic Locations

    Lafayette is a city rich in tradition and history that you can consider for your wedding venue. Acadian Village (acadianvillage.org) is a replica of an 1800s village that comprises multiple buildings and structures that are fitting for a historic Louisiana wedding. The New Hope Chapel replicates an 1850 church and can hold 125 guests. The Stutes Reception Hall features 3,000 square feet of space and can hold 150 guests. A 10,000 square foot pavilion is also available at Acadian Village for a rustic outdoor space and the Pavilion Crawfish broil is a dining option fitting for your Lafayette wedding. Another option is the Alexandre Mouton House that was built in the beginning of the 19th century and is now a museum. It features antebellum architecture and a prominent facade with multiple pillars on the porch. It provides enough space for an intimate celebration of 50 guests or fewer, and catering is permitted on the premises. La Chapelle des Attakapas (bayouvermilion.org) is located at the Folklike Park and features hardwood floors and ceiling beams. The Performance Building, a re-creation of a historic agricultural building, boasts a stage, dance floor and bar area. It makes a perfect site for receptions following the wedding ceremony. An adjacent performance center provides full-service catering and space large enough for 300 guests.

    Outdoor Facilities

    Several outdoor facilities are available for more casual and less expensive affairs. Debaillon Park offers a pavilion and a kitchen area that you can reserve. Girard Park also offers a covered pavilion and grill area that can be reserved ahead of time. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park provides a waterfront location, cabins that your guests can rent, pavilions and a meeting room facility that you can convert to a rustic reception venue.

    Trendy Locations

    The City Club at River Ranch (cityclubatriverranch.com) allows flexibility for your wedding reception. For a large event, a ballroom is available that allows space for 280 round tables. Intimate gatherings can be hosted by combining hotel rooms, a dining facility and kitchen. The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum is another trendy option for your wedding reception. It has the appearance of a Southern plantation, a lit water fountain and a spacious lobby that you can rent that also allows guests access to the museum galleries.

    About the Author

    Samantha Kemp is a lawyer for a general practice firm. She has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles focus on legal issues, personal finance, business and education. Kemp acquired her JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She also has degrees in economics and business and teaching.

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