Getting Married In New Orleans
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New Orleans City Park’s 1,500 acres
offer wedding couples a taste of the city’s historical past in its
natural splendor with old oak trees, bayous, bridges, and art. Once
the site of Allard Plantation facing Bayou St. John, located at
the intersection of Carrollton and City Park Avenues in the Mid-City
area of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina has damaged some areas of the Park and some places have not re-opened. It is best to see the location you want to use in person to determine if it meets your needs. Many
intimate spots in City Park are available to do weddings that require
no fees. There are also beautiful places in the Park to rent for a
large wedding like Pops Fountain and the Botanical Gardens. The City
Park Commission should be contacted for rental fees. For a small
weekend elopement or before a cruise departing from New Orleans there
are other little out of the way places where a small wedding can take
place, lovely walkways, large oak trees, fountains, small bridges, and
statues. Most open public places are free for a small simple wedding
but are first come first serve, therefore selecting alternate spots in
the Park is recommended. There are several small bridges over the
bayous or lagoons that can be used or under one of the many large old
oak trees. By arriving early and walking through the area the couple
and a small wedding party can choose a nice location to do a short
ceremony. If you desire a larger wedding and a reserved spot you can
contact City Park at their web page or call them.
Orleans City Park Office
1 Palm Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70124-4608
Phone: 504.482.4888 Fax: 504.483.9412
The Stone Bridge at City Park from an old Postcard
New Orleans Marriage License
It is possible to be married on the same day you get your license. 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.
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 City Hall:
ORLEANS PARISH MARRIAGE
The Orleans Parish Marriage License Office is TEMPORARILY operating from the Jefferson Parish Health Unit at 111 N. Causeway Blvd. in Metairie, Louisiana -- just a short drive from the French Quarter, Uptown, Garden District and the CBD. The phone number is (504) 838-5100.
Closest to the French Quarter the Second City Court at 225 Morgan Street on the west bank in New Orleans. It is a nice ferry ride across the Mississippi River (pedestrians ride for free, automobiles only $1.00) from the Canal Street Ferry Landing,by River Wall MAll. It is a half city block to the court building with a clock tower. This office closes at 3:00PM, so arrive no later than 2:15PM. Phone number is (504) 368-4099 to verify times.
Marriage licenses will not be issued on Saturdays, but you can obtain your marriage license in any Louisiana Parish as you drive into New Orleans.
Visitors can go to the Algiers Court House to get a license using the Canal St. Ferry.
Hours: 9 am - 3 pm Mon.- Fri
With the Storm the State Office has moved and an alternate is the Second City Court, 225 Morgan St. Algiers call (504)368-4900 for hours open. Also an office is open at 111 S. Causeway Blvd near Airline Hwy off Metairie Rd.
The 'Peristyle' at City Park.
New Orleans Wedding Minister
Jerry Kenneth Schwehm served as as Justice of the
Peace in 1990 to 1994 in Slidell, La. 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 below e-mail.
Fig Street Weddings
New Orleans, La. 70125
Studio mailing address: 65115 Highway 41, Pearl River, La. 70452
Another Old Postcard of Stone Bridge