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  A wedding couple in Pirates Alley.     Photos by   Jennifer Bishop

  You can elope to New Orleans and get married in a famous spot in the French Quarter as easy as showing up with a proper marriage license. Pirate's Alley, as many call it,  was originally named Orleans Alley but locals always called it Pirate Alley as  Pirates were always ending up there. The St. Louis Cathedral is to the right. On the left, is the Cabildo (the Old Spanish Governor's Mansion), and directly behind the Cabildo was the Spanish Jail. The alley is one block long, and extends from Chartres St. at Jackson Square to Royal St. Halfway down the alley, a lamppost marks its intersection by Cabildo Alley, which extends (the width of the Cabildo) to St. Peter St. near the Gumbo Shop. This is likely one of the most famous lampposts of the French Quarter, as it has been photographed and painted many times. Read about the first wedding and Ghost in Pirates Alley here: Pirates Alley Wedding History

 You will meet Dr. Schwehm at Pirates Alley Cafe where we can secure 2 witnesses if necessary and proceed to the famous Pirates Alley Lamp Post and then conduct a simple wedding ceremony.

Pirates Alley Elopement  Package with Dr. Schwehm Officiating is $295.00

 Additional locations are available just ask.

Pirates Alley Cafe is at the corner of Cabildo Alley and Pirates Alley next to the Faulkner Book Store adjacent to the Saint Louis Cathedral.

Call 504/617-6359 for the answer service and ask about this special elopement in a historical spot in the French Quarter. Someone will call you back with details.


Eloping Couple at Pirates Alley with Dr. Schwehm. Photos by Julia Bailey.

Dr. Schwehm with wedding couples at Pirates Alley. Photos by Jennifer Bishop


New Orleans Marriage License Information

   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. The New Orleans Wedding License Office is open daily but closed Holidays.  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. Dr. Schwehm can issue waivers when needed for couples from out of state getting married in New Orleans only. 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. 

Chaplain JK Schwehm
65115 Highway 41
Pearl River, La. 70452
Tel: (504) 617-6359 Answer Service
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Dr. Schwehm signing Wedding License at Pirates Alley Cafe. Photo by Jennifer Bishop


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 .

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