of the French Quarter
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
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.
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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
1010 Common St.
New Orleans, LA
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.
Minister E-Mail Address
Célébrants de mariages. Cérémonies de
Cérémonies personnalisées de mariage, Civiles, non confessionnelles, à
L'emplacement de votre choix, execute par Dr.Schwehm.