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Eloping in New Orleans can be a beautiful and romantic experience. There are several reasons why couples choose to elope, including the city's stunning architecture, its rich history, and its festive atmosphere. New Orleans is also a convenient destination for couples who live in the United States, as there are no residency requirements for getting married. And, because eloping is typically a less expensive alternative to a traditional wedding, it can be a great option for couples on a budget. When planning an elopement in New Orleans, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, because the city is so popular with tourists, it's important to book your ceremony and reception venues well in advance. Second, be sure to factor in the cost of transportation, as getting around New Orleans can be expensive. And finally, don't forget to check the weather forecast—after all, you don't want your elopement to be ruined by rain!

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is an elopement right for you?

What is eloping?

According to Merriam Webster eloping is to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent.  

I like to think of this definition as outdated. Especially with the rise of Covid-19 and travel restrictions. To many, elopement means a small gathering of your closest friends and family to celebrate your wedding vows.

Top Reasons to Elope in new orleans

1. The city is incredibly romantic.

From the historic French Quarter to the scenic Mississippi River, New Orleans is brimming with romance. So it's no surprise that the city is a popular choice for couples looking to elope.

2. There's no shortage of things to do.

Whether you're looking for nightlife, restaurants, or museums, New Orleans has something for everyone. And, with so many fun and interesting things to do, you'll never get bored during your elopement.

3. The food is amazing.

One of the best things about New Orleans is the food. From beignets to gumbo, there's no shortage of delicious dishes to try in the city. So, if you're a foodie, New Orleans is the perfect place to elope.

How to elope in new orleans?

Eloping in New Orleans is actually really easy! You'll need some important documents including:
1. ID, Passport, DL.
2. Birth certificate and ssn.
3. $27.50 cash for your marriage license.
4. 72 hours waiting period after you apply.
5. These forms and application.

You may also need a permit depending on where you plan to elope

how much does it cost to elope in new orleans?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the cost of eloping in New Orleans will vary depending on a number of factors, including the time of year you plan to elope, the size of your wedding party, and the specific services you require. That said, eloping in New Orleans typically costs less than a traditional wedding, so you may be able to save money by cutting out some of the typical wedding expenses.

Best Places to Elope in New Orleans

There are several beautiful places to elope in New Orleans. If you're looking for a classic New Orleans setting, consider getting married at one of the city's many historic churches or for a more unique ceremony, exchange vows in front of one of the city's iconic Mardi Gras floats.  Some of my favorite venues include:

1. The French Quarter
2. Race and Religious
3. Jackson Square
4. City Park
5. Felicity Church
6. Marche
7. Marigny Opera House
8. Il Mercato
9. The Chicory
10. Latrobe's On Royal
12. House of Broel
13. The Ritz Carlton
14. Elms Mansion

Popular times to elope in new orleans


Mardi Gras is one of the most popular times to elope in New Orleans. If you're looking for a truly unique setting for your elopement, consider exchanging vows in front of one of the city's iconic Mardi Gras floats. And, of course, no elopement in New Orleans would be complete without a second-line parade to celebrate your nuptials! Just be sure to book your ceremony and reception venues well in advance, as Mardi Gras is one of the busiest times of year in New Orleans.






Christmas is another popular time to elope in New Orleans. If you're looking for a truly unique setting for your elopement, consider getting married at one of the city's many historic churches. And, of course, no elopement in New Orleans would be complete without a second-line parade to celebrate your nuptials! Just be sure to book your ceremony and reception venues well in advance, as Christmas is one of the busiest times of year in New Orleans.


Eloping in New Orleans during Mardi Gras

Eloping in New Orleans during Mardi Gras

Jazz Fest is another popular time to elope in New Orleans. If you're a fan of jazz music, consider getting married at one of the city's many lively jazz clubs. And, like Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest is a busy time of year in New Orleans, so be sure to book your ceremony and reception venues well in advance.

Eloping in New Orleans during Christmas

French Quarter Festival is another popular time to elope in New Orleans. If you're looking for a truly unique setting for your elopement, consider getting married in front of one of the city's iconic French Quarter homes. And, of course, no elopement in New Orleans would be complete without a second-line parade to celebrate your nuptials! Just be sure to book your ceremony and reception venues well in advance, as French Quarter Festival is one

Eloping in New Orleans during French Quarter Festival

How to get a marriage license in new orleans

Getting married in New Orleans is a relatively simple process, but there are a few things you need to do in order to get a marriage license. First, you'll need to obtain a marriage license from the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court. The cost of the license is $27.50, and you can apply for it online or in person. Once you have your license, you'll need to find a officiant to perform the ceremony. You can either hire a professional officiant or ask a friend or family member to officiate your wedding.

Once you have your marriage license and an officiant lined up, you're ready to get married! The specific requirements for getting married in New Orleans vary depending on whether you're having a civil or religious ceremony, but there are a few general things you'll need to do. First, you'll need to obtain a marriage license from the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court. The cost of the license is $27.50, and you can apply for it online or in person. Once you have your license, you'll need to find a officiant to perform the ceremony. You can either hire a professional officiant or ask a friend or family member to officiate your wedding.

Once you have your marriage license and an officiant lined up, you're ready to get married! 


Meet Dee

I was once where you are now. I wasn't sure if my fiance and I should elope or have a traditional wedding. After hours of research we decided to get married in a castle in Scotland and I have NO regrets! It was the best time of our lives because we were able to focus on each other. We honeymooned in Europe and have pictures all over our home of our time there.  Since Covid, many people have decided to elope in Louisiana and elopements are more popular than ever.

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