Elope to New Orleans
French Quarter Wedding
Contact us to have an officiant meet you in the French Quarter
Jackson Square Wedding
(Photo by Scott Meyers)
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 for a large wedding. See their web page for details, http://www.nola.gov/parks-and-parkways/. One must apply in writing with the following information included: date, time, and approximate number of guests. A fee several hundred is charged by the City for use of the parks. Call the below City number for details on how to reserve the inside of the Square for your wedding. The gate on St Peter St is free for use by a small party for elopements. Small parties can use the gates for free, contact Dr. Schwehm about doing a small wedding outside the gates. Here is a map to the area on the New Orleans Museum web page, "The Cabildo" - Other spots near by at Pirates Alley can be used for small weddings for free. Some spots in the French Quarter do not charge for a small wedding. You must also complete this form and mail it or e-mail it to Dr. Schwehm: http://www.figstreet.com/guesthouse/serviceagreement.html
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 weekdays only. Identification is required along with authentic copies of birth certificates and any divorce judgments. An application for marriage license can be found on the web at- http://figstreet.com/weddings/licenseinfo09.html. 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:
ORLEANS PARISH MARRIAGE LICENSE OFFICE
Second City Court, Algiers 504/368-7369
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.
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Fig Street Ministry,
117 N Solomon St
New Orleans, La. 70119
Tel: (504) 617-6359 Answer Service
Best way to contact is e-mail or leave message and I will return your call.
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.