Sunday, September 26, 2010

Get Married in New Orleans City Park

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.

New Orleans City Park Office

1 Palm Drive

New Orleans, Louisiana, 70124-4608

Phone: 504.482.4888 Fax: 504.483.9412


New Orleans Marriage License Information

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 at 1010 Common St, New Orleans, 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:


The Orleans Parish Marriage License Office is 1010 Common St at O'Keefe and Tulane Ave. -- just a short drive from the French Quarter, Uptown, Garden District and the CBD. The phone number is


Another close 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


The 'Peristyle' at City Park.

New Orleans Wedding Minister Information

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

Fig Street New Orleans, La. 70125



Studio mailing address: 65115 Highway 41, Pearl River, La. 70452

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Helpful Links

New Orleans City Park Page

New Orleans Weddings Page

New Orleans Marriage License

Elope To Pirates Alley

More Information On City Park

Fig Street Art Studio Prints

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