Known for it’s vibrant culture, the French Quarter, and celebratory atmosphere, eloping in the city of New Orleans has grown in popularity over the last several years. Unlike some other states, Louisiana does not require a waiting period for out-of-state residents who desire to marry within it’s state lines.
This makes planning your elopement even more stress-free! New Orleans also doubles as a great place to spend your honeymoon as well. The French Quarter Wedding Chapel and Magnolia are amongst the most popular.
French Quarter Wedding Chapel: Described as the “only wedding chapel in the French Quarter”, this location provides a pretty good deal on elopement packages. For under nine hundred dollars, you will receive a full sixty minutes of use at the chapel, a non-denominational officiant/reverend and space for up to fifteen guests. If you need witnesses, they will provide two for you, along with a violinist to serenade you during your ceremony. The package also includes a bottle of champagne, photographs, bouquets and boutonnieres, a wedding cake, dinner for two and a thirty minute horse-drawn carriage ride around the French Quarter. The Chapel is also available for couples who are cruising and have a stop or departure from the Port of New Orleans.
Magnolia Mansion: The Magnolina Mansion is a very romantic bed and breakfast that offers a memorable eloping experience. The grounds are classic New Orleans in style, and the interior is reminiscent of old-world Southern charm. With it’s colorful rooms and stately guest suites, you’ll feel like you Scarlett O’Hara being romanced by Rhett Butler. Magnolia Mansion is also an ideal location for couples who want to have a theme to their elopement. The mansion includes Vampire themed suites and a “Napoleons Rendezvous Suite” as well. Their package prices are based on the time of year and days of the week. Generally speaking, they are a bit more pricey than the French Quarter Chapel, and their package only accommodates the bride and groom. If you’d like to include a few friends, they have fairly decent priced reception packages complete with the traditional New Orleans band music and second line dance procession.
There are literally dozens of other places to elope in New Orleans, including the Fig Street group, where Chaplain Schwehm is the officiant, Artillery Park, Audubon Park, Piazza d’Italia, Avenue Inn Bed & Breakfast.