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French Quarter Wedding

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 Jackson Square Wedding at the Gates or in Pirates Alley

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Simple Ceremony inside or right outside the gates of Jackson Square on a weekend by registered minister and former Justice of the Peace: Starting at $295.00, depending on time and location.

Must reserve officiant  in advance via  e-mail.

Tel: (504) 617-6359 Answer Service 

Best to contact via e-mail.


Jackson Square was called the Place d'Armes by the French and Plaza de Armas by the Spanish. Jackson Square today is in the heart of the French Quarter or Vieux Carre, surrounded by the Mississippi River, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and Presbytere, and the Pontalba Apartments.  This was the park where the soldiers drilled and the citizens met. The Place d'Armes was renamed Jackson Square in the 1850's in honor of President Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Today Jackson Square is a beautiful daytime park available for weddings. The New Orleans Department Parkway and Parks  must be contacted to reserve the inside of the park. One must apply in writing with the following information included:  date, time, and approximate number of guests.  A fee is charged by the City for use of the parks. Call the below number for details on how to reserve the inside of the Square for your wedding or contact Dr. Schwehm about doing a small wedding outside the gates or near by at Pirates Alley.  Some spots in the  French Quarter do not charge for a small wedding. Some historic homes rent out for weddings along with many restaurants. You must also complete this form and mail it or e-mail it to Dr. Schwehm:


New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways

You must contact the City of New Orleans to reserve the Jackson Square. Since the storm the numbers have changed several times so you may want to check the City of New Orleans web page at  www.cityofno.com


New Orleans Marriage License Information

 It is possible to get married in New Orleans in one day as long as all of the State Offices are open.  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. An application for marriage license form is found on the web. 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 New Orleans City Hall:

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 .

Since the storm the numbers and office location has changed several times call them to confirm locations and times open.



 There are links here for music, photography ,florist, and other wedding services.


New Orleans Weddings

Dr. Jerry Kenneth Schwehm
   served as as Justice of the Peace in 1990 to 1994 in  Slidell, Louisiana 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 above e-mail. 

Chaplain JK Schwehm
65115 Highway 41
Pearl River, La. 70452
Tel: (504) 302-8711 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.

More French Quarter History:

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. 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.

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.

Helpful Planning Links:

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  4. Elope To New Orleans
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  6. Getting Married In Pirates Alley New Orleans
  7. New Orleans Spanish Plaza Wedding Info
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