Note to Dan, my loving fiance. You can't plan an event from the internet. Because some of the places that look beautiful in pictures online look like crap in person. I am so glad I came and saw for myself.
All of the venues we looked at today were located in the French Quarter, so I got my mom to walk with me all day. She was a great sport. We took lots of coffee breaks and park bench stops along the way, but it was great to spend the day with her outside and not in the confines of the rental car. The sun even came out (it's been cloudy and gray since we've been here), and with temperatures in the 70s, it was lovely.
My mom had been to New Orleans before but only took in the city from a tour bus, and so she had a great time to experience the city the way a city should be experienced--by foot. Mom even had her first beignet.
So we may have seen some disappointing reception places, but we also saw a place we really liked today, and it just made the New Orleans wedding even more real and even more exciting.