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Dr. Schwehm with wedding couple at the New Orleans Jazz Fest


New Orleans Wedding and Marriage Ceremonies Information


   Getting married while attending Jazz Fest has become a tradition for some people. Weddings have taken place at the Fairgrounds and at various music venues in the city during the Festival. Rosie's Music Hall is a favorite for weddings and there there are also little places in the French Quarter to do a small wedding like Pirates Alley, the Moon Walk, the Spanish Square, and the gates at Jackson Square either on the days between Jazz Fest weekends or right before or after the fest begins. There are other little out of the way places in the French Market also 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 by Marconi Meadows or at the Stone Bridge just before the Fest Gates open or even if you venture inside St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

  If you need help with planning your wedding during Jazz Fest 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.

    

Fais Do Do and Congo Square Stages at the New Orleans Jazz Fest


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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.  The New Orleans Office is open on Saturday. 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:

ORLEANS PARISH MARRIAGE LICENSE OFFICE

1010 Common St.
New Orleans, LA

(504) 568-3620
Hours: 8 am - 4 pm Mon.- Call to confirm hours and fees.


  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 or call  504/314-8109.


 

More French Quarter 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.

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.

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.

 


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Célébrants de mariages. Cérémonies de mariage.
Cérémonies personnalisées de mariage, Civiles, non confessionnelles, à L'emplacement de votre choix, execute par Dr.Schwehm.

 

   

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