Fig Street Weddings Simple Elopement

 Couples ask me about renting a church or chapel for their wedding service in New Orleans area. Usually I tell them to rent St. Mary's in Kenner, LA. The city of Kenner has a replica church in Heritage Park at River Town near the airport. The pavilion can be rented too. A nice hall is there for a reception. Here is the information and phone number to call to rent the chapel for a wedding or religious service. The chapel is in Kenner near the New Orleans Airport. About 20 minutes drive from the French Quarter on the interstate.

 Capacity of 45 people
Rental fee of $100/hr (alone)
Rental fee of $75.00/hr (if booked with another Hall)
Deposit of $150.00 ($100 is a refundable damage deposit)
Deposit waived if booked with another Hall
Includes 1 hour before and 1 hour after event for set-up and clean up
Extra set-up time available for $50.00/hr (2 hours maximum)
 All Kenner rental Facilities are set up with tables and chairs on the day of the event. Applicants are responsible for catering, table coverings, *ice and all other items associated with their function.The Kenner Recreation Department is proud to offer a variety of facilities available for a variety of events. To obtain information regarding the rental of the Kenner City Pavilion or the shelters at Veteran's Park and Laketown, please contact Alice Baroni at 504-468-6638 or  For Heritage Hall, Heritage Park, St. Mary's Chapel or the Rivertown Exhibition Hall, please contact Heidi Glorioso at 504-468-7231 or
*Ice is available ONLY at the Kenner City Park Pavilion.
Special Requirements on all Rentals
A Police Detail is required for events serving alcohol, with over 50 people in attendance, for events invloving teenagers, for couples showers, etc. and for any other event the City of Kenner deems necessary. The Police Detail is $30/hr (4 hour minimum) and will be arranged by Kenner Staff but must be paid in cash to the officer on the day of the event. The officer must be present for all party time plus last hour assigned for clean-up.
 Call or contact the City of Kenner for more info.

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I also do elopements in St. Tammany when I am open. It is closer to the military bases along the coast. My fee is less when I am open and in the area. We can use the Welcome center or parks near. Below is some information about a simple elopement in Slidell, Pearl River area.

Fig Street Art Studio, Wedding Chapel- Quick Wedding

65115 Highway 41   Pearl River, La.

For years I used a room in my art studio as a chapel. It was small and decorated nicely but I only did a very few weddings there. I discovered there were really nice places in parks that were free to the couple for a small elopement with 2 or 3 people. When I went to talk to my insurance agent I was informed that if people came to my home to be married I would need commercial insurance. So I cannot use the studio as a wedding chapel but I do have several nice public parks near my home studio we can do weddings. Generally weekdays on a very limited basis when available in Pearl River, La we use several small parks or other spots that allow small elopements. If I am available some weekdays my fee runs less then in New Orleans which is 45 miles south, depending on time of day and date. It is located near the intersection of Interstate 59, I-12, and I -10 by a Louisiana Welcome Station on I-59. Easy to reach from Biloxi, MS and the Gulf Coast. An appointment must be made and fee paid in advance. I do weddings for military couples needing to be married quickly at this location. A marriage license obtained a few days in advance. A license office is now open in Slidell in the Towers Building, here is a link to the Clerk of Court so you can call for information: St Tammany Clerk of Court-Marriage License Page Only one party needs to go get a license if they bring the others information. This is a limited small short elopement ceremony in a park near my home when I am available, no travel, or other services. Based only if I am open and booked well in advance. Not a wedding in any other city. If available the fee runs $150. I have a discounted rate for military who need a simple quick wedding, contact me for details. I have done many elopements for Airmen from Keesler Air Base over the years and other soldiers at training centers in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Louisiana Welcome Center I-59 - Pearl River
I-59 at the Louisiana Mississippi State Line

To make an appointment to be married.
Phone: 504/617-6359

Chaplain JK Schwehm
65115 Highway 41
Pearl River, La. 70452
Tel: (504) 617-6359 Answer Service

Best way to contact is e-mail or leave message at answer service and I will return your call ASAP. My cell number has changed if you call it it may say it is not active.

  Dr. Schwehm is willing to go to your location and conduct a Theme Wedding if you like. He has done, Jazz Weddings, Mardi Gras Weddings, Pirates Weddings and others just ask.


Dr. Schwehm with wedding couple at Pirates Alley.

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