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Elope To New Orleans:  Wedding and Marriage Ceremonies Information for Visiting Couples and Military

    Elope to New Orleans either for a weekend or right before a cruise out to sea. It is possible to come to New Orleans on a weekday morning secure a marriage license get married then start your Honey Moon. The marriage law was recently changed so that a visiting couple not from Louisiana can get a license at the State Office which is open week days.  All is then needed is to contact Dr. Schwehm, via below e-mail,a wedding officiant and do a ceremony before 2 witnesses. Many intimate hotels and restaurants in the French Quarter do weddings, there are also little places in the French Quarter to do a small wedding like Pirates Alley, the City Park, the Spanish Square, and the gates at Jackson Square either for a weekend elopement or before a cruise departing from New Orleans. There are other little out of the way places throughout New Orleans  where a small wedding can take place, lovely walkways, fountains, and statues. Most open public places are free for a small simple wedding.   City Park is a favorite spot with all its old oak trees, bridges, and secret gardens. The New Orleans Parkway and Parks Commission must be contacted for large weddings but not for a simple elopement.

  Military couples often do a quick wedding near my home in Pearl River, LA at local parks and businesses. I do weddings for couples needing to be married from Keesler Air Base at discounted rates weekdays. If you need help with planning your elopement in New Orleans contact Dr. JK Schwehm, he can recommend a nice hotel or good wedding planner. Dr. Schwehm has performed both religious and civil ceremonies in the Greater New Orleans area for 15 years, see his web page at New Orleans Weddings for details. Several New Orleans area elopement packages are available. Some discounted on certain days.


   If you need just a photographer to take professional pictures at your elopement take a look at photograhers recommended at the links page.

New Orleans Marriage License Information:

 Either the bride or groom before  may obtain the license from the State Office of Vital Records or other Parish Clerks of Court offices before the ceremony is conducted.  There are several marriage license offices near. Identification is required along with authentic copies of birth certificates and any divorce judgments. In some cities there is a three-day waiting period. In New Orleans a Minister or Judge can waive the waiting period in writing for non-residents when good reasons exist. No medical tests are necessary. The license is good for 30 days. You must present the license to the person doing the ceremony in advance as it requires the officiant to complete some portions in black ink only.  A ceremony must be conducted before 2 adult witnesses  who also sign the certificates. The cost of the license is  just under $30.00 paid to the State. For further information contact  the office located near the City Hall:



NOTICE Vital Records Central Office will offer walk-in services at Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras St, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA beginning on Monday, February 28, 2011. Vital Records Customer Serivce Call Center can be reached at 504-593-5100 . Alternate License office in Algiers at the Second City Court House, 225 Morgan St. right off the Ferry Landing call for hours 504/368-4099
Slidell, La also has a license office at the Clerk of Courts Office on Old Spanish Trail. Couples in Texas may bring a Texas license, call the Texas Clerk of Court for details. Slidell, LA Clerk of Court marriage license office information St Tammany Parish Marriage License.

  Dr. Schwehm in a French Quarter Patio (Photo by Michael Ray White)

New Orleans Wedding Minister Information:

 Jerry Kenneth Schwehm  served as as Justice of the Peace in 1990 to 1994 in  Slidell, La. and was ordained in 1989 as a Lay Minister after serving as Elder and Deacon in his church for many years. He has a BA and JD from Louisiana State University (1972) and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from a  local Bible Church in 1990. He has performed numerous wedding ceremonies and is available in the Greater New Orleans area to perform your personalized marriage ceremony. He will go to your location or at his office in Fig House. He may be contacted at the below e-mail.

Another place to get married in New orleans.Photo of St. Louis Cathedral by JK Schwehm

More New Orleans Wedding Places:

St. Louis Cathedral  originally begun in1794, was named for the French king, it  is the oldest active cathedral in the United States. It is is well worth a visit, with dramatic murals, sculpture, stained glass and marble tombs of early prominent citizens. The cathedral is open to the public. Weddings are allowed for a fee and the Cathedral must be contacted well in advance. Worshipers are welcome, and tours of the buildings are given daily. Elopements can be done on the front public walk or an alley along the side. Several wedding places are located near. The Square is also a place to get married in New orleans.

The Presbytere  originally built in 1797 to the right of St. Louis Cathedral, was first built as the priests house, it then used as as a courthouse under the Spanish. Today, the Presbytere is part of the Louisiana State Museum Complex, housing some permanent and changing exhibitions on the history and culture of Louisiana. Small simple weddings can take place out front. Rooms rental must be done with the museum staff. Small weddings are staged on the public walk in front.

The Cabildo  begun in 1799, on the left of the Cathedral was named for the Spanish Government  that was housed there. In 1803 in the front room on the second floor the Louisiana Purchase took place. Later the Cabildo served as the City Hall, then the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Today, the Cabildo, is a museum and houses various exhibits on Louisiana.

The Pontalba Apartments, are two sets of large red brick buildings built in the 1840's by the Baroness Micaela Pontalba.,  on each side of Jackson Square. She was the daughter of a very wealthy Spaniard, Don Almonester y Rojas.  The baroness married her cousin Baron Celestin de Pontalba in France. She caused a scandal when she had a fight with her father-in-law, left her husband, and returned to New Orleans to live in these lovely apartments. Today there are many shops on the ground floors and apartments on the top floors.

The French Market: Historically it was a place where farmers came to sell produce today it contains a flea market, shops and restaurants with little walk ways, benches, and patios where a small wedding can be performed. New orleans has more wedding places and locations. Several parks, lake front, and rental halls.

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