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Each of the locations below are ideal for elopers who are eloping to elope! (Try saying that five times fast!)
Artillery Park (Washington Artillery Park)
Artillery Park is located between Jackson Square and the Mississippi River. It is a popular place for elopers and tourists, as it offers a great vantage for photos of both. While it can be busy and noisy on the weekends, it's great for small wedding ceremonies, and the Cathedral as a backdrop gives a story-book look, and the passing carriages, streetcars and paddle-wheelers offer additional charm. Centrally located, and walking distance from many hotels, you can hop in a buggy for a romantic, post-wedding ride to your reception or celebration dinner. Click here for photographs and Google maps of each location.
Located in the historic Garden District between Tulane University and the Zoo, Audubon Park offers a wide variety of venues to elope or for your wedding. Moss-draped oak trees surround sleepy lagoons where swans, ducks and geese glide by. On the St. Charles side sits a majestic fountain ringed by a garden. The Magazine Street side offers a stone pavilion and patio. Several shelters with picnic areas are scattered through the park, and can be reserved for a fee for large parties. Click here for photographs and Google maps of each location.
One of the oldest and largest urban parks in the country, City Park is the home to the largest collection of mature Live Oaks in the world. Next to the New Orleans Museum of Art, you will find romantic bridges that have become a favorite place for couples to begin their lives together, and most elope or have small and informal wedding ceremonies. Nearby, you will find Popp's Bandstand and the Peristyle. Several grand venues, such as the Botanical Gardens are available for rent. Photography Permits are required for $50.00 (subject to change). Call The Botanical Gardens Gift Shop at 504.483.9488 for more information. Click here for photographs and Google maps of each location.
Next to Loews Hotel is the Italian Plaza. The Romanesque architecture and fountains make for a classical wedding site, and the colorful arches and grand columns offer dramatic photos. The American Italian Renaissance Foundation Museum and Library resides next door. If you plan to elope, make sure it is not reserved for a formal wedding. Click here for photographs and Google maps of each location.
Plaza de España
A Bicentennial gift from the country of Spain, Spanish Plaza is located on the Mississippi River next to the Riverwalk. The beautiful fountain is surrounded by benches bearing tiles that represent all of the Spanish provinces. This is a perfect location for pre-cruise weddings and to elope if you are planning a honeymoon cruise, as it is within walking distance from the cruise ship terminals. Click here for photographs and Google maps of each location.
Named after former Mayor, Moon Landrieu, (not Michael Jackson's dance) the Moonwalk runs between the Mississippi River and Woldenberg Park from the Gov. Nicholls Wharf to the Riverwalk. As it passes Artillery Park, there are some steps that lead down to the river. Some couples who come to New Orleans to elope have chosen this as their "Jumping Off" spot to start their marriage. Click here for photographs and Google maps of each location.
A statue of the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, dominates the middle of the park. Surrounded by St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytere, and the Upper and Lower Pontalba Apartments, the manicured gardens have seen many historic moments. Owned by the New Orleans City Dept. of Parks and Parkways, a minimum usage fee of $250 is required for weddings in the park. Park hours are seasonal and subject to change -- Winter: 8 am to 5 pm; Summer 8am to 7pm; 7 days a week except for special events. Visit the City of New Orleans web site for more information. Click here for photographs and Google maps of each location.
Many local hotels and B&B's have romantic courtyards that are available for weddings. Some facilities don't charge extra for their use, depending on the size of your wedding party, whether or not you are a guest, and how much extra is involved. Check with the sales departments, and/or owners for specifics.
New Orleans is full of restaurants, from world-class, to the mom-and-pop operations. Many have private rooms that are available for ceremonies and receptions. These make for great all-in-one locations, especially if you have a favorite. Again, check with the owners/operators for specifics regarding their policies.
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VIDEOS OF NEW ORLEANS!
New Orleans Events: (updated November 12, 2014)
Festival season is year-round! Check out the links below for upcoming New Orleans events that might correspond with your wedding plans.
Allstate Sugar Bowl January 1, 2015;
Carnival Season begins January 6 and continues until Mardi Gras on February 17, 2015 (also President's Day Holiday in the US);
Tennessee Williams Literary Festival March 25-29, 2015;
French Quarter Music Festival April 9-12, 2015;
Zurich Classic Golf Tournament April 20-26, 2015;
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (AKA: Jazz Fest) April 24 - May 3, 2015;
New Orleans Food and Wine Experience May 20-23, 2015;
Essence Music Festival July 2-5, 2015;
Satchmo Summerfest July 31 - August 2, 2015;
VooDoo Music Festival October 30 - November 1, 2015 (also Halloween weekend);
Holiday Season's Annual Celebration in the Oaks Beginning the day after Thanksgiving throughout holiday season.
Rev. Samantha McGovern
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01. Wedding Location (free or fee)
02. Carriage Ride to and from Ceremony
03. Bridal Bouquet and Groom's Boutonniere
05. Champagne or Sparkling Cider and Souvenir Glasses
06. Wedding Cake w/Plates, Napkins & Utensils
07. Professional or Snapshot Photographer
08. Restaurant Reservations
09. Hotel Reservations
10. Marriage License