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Performs Personalized Wedding Services, New Orleans Wedding Officiant

Dr. Jerry Kenneth Schwehm, President and Moderator of the American Association of Wedding Officiants, a New Orleans Wedding Officiant native of New Orleans, has conducted many unique personalized weddings over the past 20 years, usually referrals for wedding planners and hotels in New Orleans. He has done wedding ceremonies in many locations, including outside locations, in chapels, parks, homes, halls, hotels, backyards, restaurants, fishing boats, sailboats, his painting studio, and in his living room. In historic old homes in New Orleans, outside in old French Quarter court yards, in a swamp, in historic Jackson Square, and in the French Market, among other fantastic places in the Greater New Orleans area. He has done unique Theme Weddings, Jazz weddings, Mardi Gras weddings, Pirate weddings, and Beach weddings among others. Dr. Schwehm is assisted by several other ministers on dates Dr. Schwehm is not available. Be sure to e-mail for updates and questions about simple elopements to New Orleans before a cruise.

Couples meet with him or discuss over the phone, by Skype, and by e-mail a wedding ceremony that contains traditional wedding vows or a special service designed by the couple with some help by Dr. Schwehm. The result is a personalized wedding ceremony, either Religious or Civil. Your ceremony can contain elements that are of special importance to the couple, their family, or traditions from jumping a broom, to drinking of wine. Or they can be as simple as necessary to get the newly weds on with their new life as husband and wife. Pre-marriage counseling is fine but not a requirement. Contact Dr. Schwehm in advance before booking a hall or location to be sure he is available. He performs several weddings per week.  Review the suggested locations on the left of this page for ideas and pictures of frequently used locations or click on the Links page above for a list of halls and chapels.

Real training and degrees not just a mail order wedding minister.

Chaplain JK Schwehm, New Orleans Wedding Officiant with wedding couple in  New Orleans City Park.

Dr. Schwehm attended Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Arts and Science in January 1971 and a Juris Doctor in May 1974. He was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition but was ordained a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church in 1981, later as Elder and Clerk of Session. He filled the pulpit of his Church on many occasions. He was selected to serve in several religious organizations. After serving on many committees and helping establish other Churches he was ordained a Minister again in 1989  by a local Bible Church. He was elected a Justice of the Peace in 1990 in Slidell, Louisiana and served several years before his wife of 23 years died of cancer. He performed many Civil wedding ceremonies as Justice of the Peace in the Greater New Orleans area. Today, after initially retiring to paint, he has established a wedding ministry mostly from requests from people to perform weddings as he does them in a well thought out, loving and caring manner. He also ministered to the ill through a Hospice program, and as a member of the United States Corps of Chaplains . Dr. Schwehm, is a member of the professional organization, American Association of Wedding Officiants,  and its President.If you need references from other couples or planners just ask him to provide you with several If he is unable to help he has associates who can, His associates will cover for him if he becomes unavailable for any reason. Several associate Ministers are available to help..


Link to a page with reference information: References


Chaplain JK Schwehm
New Orleans Wedding Officiant

Office: 117 No. Solomon St. #C
New Orleans, La. 70119
Tel: (504) 617-6359 Answer Service
Can Text at this number: 504/302-8711 or leave message.
Skype: jerry.schwehm


Best way to contact is e-mail or leave message at answer service and I will return your call ASAP. My cell number 504/ 302-8711 best to text me and I will call back.


Personalized Weddings

Dr. Schwehm feels it is your special day so you should choose your ceremony reflecting your needs and desires as long as it is in good taste. From the traditional religious to the simple civil ceremony or adding in your special poem or statements of vows he is open to your requests. He has a list of ceremony ideas and locations in New Orleans linked on this web page. He may be contacted at his e-mail address. He must be furnished 'booking information' to place your wedding date on his calendar, see Minister Fees for details. You must send in Booking Information by snail mail or e-mail for him to calendar your wedding and call the week of the wedding to confirm the wedding is on, 504/617-6359 for the answer service. .


Travel to Other Cities

Dr. Schwehm is able to travel to other places to perform your wedding ceremony. He has officiated weddings in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and some small towns in Louisiana. And in Biloxi, Gulf Port and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi at the Casinos on the Gulf Coast. You would be responsible for  some travel costs. Ask about a Beach Wedding In Bay St. Louis, Ms. on a nice white sand beach or along the New Orleans Lake Front. Contact him at his e-mail address for details


Due to Katrina it is best to contact us by e-mail as we rebuild..

Chaplain JK Schwehm, New Orleans Wedding Officiant with wedding couple in  New Orleans French Quarter.

(Photo by Jennifer Bishop)


Important Questions to Ask Your Wedding Officiant Before You Book The Wedding

  1. Are you registered to perform weddings in my location?
  2. How long have you  officiated weddings?
  3. About how many weddings you do per year?
  4. What training have you had?
  5. Will you go to my location to do a ceremony?
  6. What type of ceremonies will you perform?
  7. What are your rules as to photography ?
  8. Is  pre-marital counseling required?
  9. Do you have ceremony samples?
  10. What are the fees charged?

 If it is possible see the officiant performing another wedding. Ask if they are members of any religious or professional organization. Some officiants have no formal training but just got ordained on the web to perform weddings. Be selective and get references if possible.


Videos of weddings by Chaplain Schwehm

French Quarter Wedding Video

City Park Wedding Video

New Orleans Marriage License Information:

   It is possible in New Orleans to get a marriage license and be married in the same day. Brides and Grooms are responsible for obtaining the marriage license from the State of Louisiana  before the wedding ceremony. Either person may obtain the license from the State Office of Vital Records or other Parish Clerks of Court offices. Any valid Louisiana license can allow a ceremony in any Louisiana location. A Louisiana License obtained in Lafayette, Lake Charles, or Baton Rouge, La. is good in New Orleans. T The Orleans Parish Marriage License Office is located at Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras Street, Suite 407, in downtown New Orleans. Licenses are issued between 8:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays). The licenses are valid in any parish in the State of Louisiana. . Another office is at the Algiers Court House, 225 Morgan St. Algiers, La by the Ferry Landing both are closed Holidays and weekends.  Identification is required along with authentic copies of birth certificates and any divorce judgments. In some cities there is a three-day waiting period from the time the license is issued, it can be waived by a judge. In New Orleans the wait can be waived by the minister. Waivers are done by the Minister at the ceremony, it is not needed in advance to get a license. Dr. Schwehm can issue waivers when needed for visitors to New Orleans. 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.  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 State Marriage License Office address and phone below. Make New Orleans your wedding destination and get married then enjoy your New Orleans Honeymoon.


ORLEANS PARISH MARRIAGE LICENSE OFFICE


1450 Poydras St.., New Orleans, LA

504-539-5116
Hours: 8 am - 3 pm daily- Be sure to check on times and locations as they have changed since the Storm. New Orleans Second City Court, 225 Morgan St. Algiers, LA., phone 504/368-4099 also issues licenses they are across the River with limited office hours. Or any Clerk of Court Office in Jefferson or St. Bernard Parish. Be sure to bring certified copies of documents.


  

  Dr. Schwehm performing a wedding at his Studio and the New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2001

 

Elopements in Jackson Square  Photos by Jennifer Bishop and Scott Meyers

New Orleans Wedding Locations:

 There are many beautiful places in New Orleans to perform a wedding ceremony, City Park, Audubon Park, Jackson Square, the French Quarter, West End Park, the Lake Front, or in a Guest House or a Plantation Home, on a boat or in a Swamp. The City of New Orleans gives permission for the use of public  places and each park has rules. The particular park should be contacted for permission to do a wedding in that park. The French Quarter is a favorite place to do weddings. The City of New Orleans should be contacted for permission to do a wedding inside Jackson Square, but there are other open public places that can be used for a small wedding. Many small weddings are done in Pirates Alley and other open public places in the French Quarter. Wedding places are found in parks,the French Quarter, the Lake Front, and in local bed and breakfasts. Links are provided on the left to suggested places in New Orleans to conduct a ceremony and on the Links page to restaurants and rental halls. Read about the first wedding in Pirates Alley:  Pirates Wedding


OTHER LICENSE OFFICES IN NEW ORLEANS AREA

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 services at the Jefferson Parish Health Unit - Metairie will not be available after Friday, February 25, 2011. The Orleans Parish Marriage Office will move from 1010 Common Street to Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras St, Suite 407, New Orleans, LA beginning on Monday, February 28, 2011. Effective Monday, February 28, 2011 the Vital Records Customer Serivce Call Center can be reached at 504-593-5100 .

JEFFERSON PARISH (WEST BANK)

Gretna Courthouse
Second and Derbigny
Clerk of Court, Suite 2300
Gretna, LA
Phone: 504-364-2922
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon - Fri
License Fee: $31.25 cash only

JEFFERSON PARISH EAST BANK

Joseph S. Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd
Clerk of Court, Room 603A
Harahan, LA - 504-736-6393
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Mon.-Fri.
License Fee: $31.25 Cash only

ST. TAMMANY PARISH (COVINGTON)

Parish Courthouse,  701 Columbia
Clerk of Court, Covington (985) 809-8745
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Fri.
Fees: $25.00 cash only

ST. BERNARD PARISH

Parish Courthouse
St. Bernard Hwy.
Clerk of Court, Chalmette, LA
504-271-3434
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Fri
License Fee: $25.00 Cash or Check


Other Louisiana Clerks Of Court Phone Numbers:

Lafayette Parish
800 Buchanan Street  Lafayette, LA
(337) 291-6400


Caddo Parish
501 Texas Street   Shreveport, LA
318.226.6780

Calcasieu Parish
1000 Ryan St.
  Lake Charles, LA
318.437.3550

Concordia Parish
4001 Carter Street  Vidalia, LA
318.757.8638

 See more marriage License Offices at this link:

 http://www.laclerksofcourt.org/Default.asp?PAGE_ID=92



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Elopement in Pirates Alley  Photos by Jennifer Bishop

      

Dr. Schwehm and wedding couple in Pirates Alley.     Photos by Julia Bailey

Baby Blessings
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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.

American Association of Wedding Officiants Moderator and Founding Member, Dr. JK Schwehm

   

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