The Sacrament of Marriage is a sacred ceremony expressing and celebrating the faith of the couple being married and the entire community of faith. In accordance with the policy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, couples contemplating marriage are to begin their preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage at least six months before their anticipated wedding date.
Weddings at Our Lady of the Rosary Church are held on Friday evenings at either 6:30pm or 7:00pm. On Saturday, weddings are scheduled at either 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 6:30pm;
or 7:00pm - except for the Church’s Holy Days of Obligation, other special liturgical days, holidays, or other special events. Wedding Rehearsals are scheduled for the Thursday prior to your wedding at either 6:00pm or 7:00pm. The Wedding Rehearsal lasts approximately one hour.
Our Lady of the Rosary Church blends majestically among the grand live oaks of New Orleans' oldest neighborhood, with its tall copper dome and high portico entrance. The church fronts Esplanade Avenue and faces the Fairgrounds (home to the world famous Jazz Fest). Directly behind the church is the rectory, an antebellum plantation home on Bayou St. John (where French explorers originally landed to establish the city of New Orleans).
A short drive down Esplanade Avenue in the direction of the river is the French Quarter, which is famous for its architecture, atmosphere, dining and other tourist attractions. As a result, within a 5-minute drive of our church are many hotels and restaurants which can host your rehearsal dinner, reception, accommodations for your guests and a place for your honeymoon.
An even shorter ride up Esplanade Avenue, in the direction of the lake, and, across the bayou
is New Orleans City Park with its art museum and Botanical Gardens, both favorite places for wedding receptions. Carrollton Avenue and Canal Street are also very near with hotels, reception halls and restaurants.
The present church was built in 1925 in Venetian Style with its high dome and large rounded interior arches. The interior is adorned with stained glass windows depicting the mysteries of the rosary, mosaic stations of the cross, 21 life-size white marble statues in the columns and altars, and a magnificent Calvary scene with life-size marble statues of Jesus on the cross with Mary, John and Mary Magdalene at his feet.
Most beautiful of all is the sanctuary with its white and deep orange marble walls accented by gold mosaics. Above the high altar is a panoramic mural of heaven with God the Father seated upon the throne. Below is Mary and the child Jesus presenting rosaries to St. Dominic and
St. Catherine of Siena. To the right is Mary receiving her crown from Jesus as Queen of Heaven and to the left is the Annunciation. Intervening spaces are filled with angels.