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Pirates Alley and French Quarter Weddings

 Pirate's Alley, as many call it,  was originally named Orleans Alley but locals always called it Pirate Alley. Adjacent to Jackson Square on Chartres St. by the St. Louis Cathedral 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,  Many weddings are now performed under the several lampposts in the alleys. Several local restaurants are nearby for food service. The Gumbo Shop , and Muriels , and near The Court of Two Sisters are restaurants close to Pirates Alley. The Place D'Armes, and Bourbon Orleans Hotels are close.
  If you want more information on getting married at Pirate's Alley, at the Gates to Jackson Square or in New Orleans there are links above and on the side of this page. There are several small areas by the alley free for small elopements.Like the gate to the Square on St Peter St. Pictures below. To contact Dr. Schwehm it is best to use e-mail as he may not be near a phone while performing weddings. Most small elopements can take place in the alley or at the gates to the Square for free. Jackson Square itself must be rented from the city.

  We can meet in front of the Cabildo or at the Pirates Alley Cafe in the alley by The Faulkner Book Store and pick a nice spot for the ceremony near Jackson Square. The owners of Pirate's Alley Cafe will allow use of the tables and chairs if you are a customer and purchase drinks. Travel Map to Pirates Alley Pirates Alley Map

Pirates Alley Cafe Simple Elopement: Meet Dr. Schwehm at the Pirates Alley Lamp Post near Cabildo for a simple ceremony. Must bring a Louisiana Marriage License. Appointment made in advance with a deposit for services to be performed.No frills. The Alley is a walkway and cannot be blocked off so the ceremony must be short and small, not large with a lot of people. A basic simple elopement.

Read about the first wedding in Pirates Alley and the Ghost that haunts there: Pirates Wedding

Another view down Pirates Alley in the early morning before stores open.

The Gates to Jackson Square are a short walk from Pirates Alley. The St. Peter St gates can also be used for small weddings ask for details. The Square itself must be rented from the city.

Front gates to Jackson Square on Chatres St. Sometimes these are too crowded for an elopement. We check them out before the ceremony and use St Peter St if these are unavailable. Both spots are free to use for a small elopement.
Gates To Square Video


     Dr. Schwehm and wedding couples in 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. 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. 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. 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.
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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< 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.


  Dr. Schwehm with wedding party at Pirates Alley.

Photos by Jennifer Bishop.

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