How to Elope in New Orleans During COVID-19

Wondering how to elope in New Orleans during COVID-19 (the coronavirus pandemic)?

While it’s not as straightforward as it was a few months ago, it’s still totally possible to get married in New Orleans during COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know.

How can I get a marriage license in New Orleans during COVID-19?

As of 5/4/2020 and for the foreseeable future, the Orleans Parish Marriage License Office is closed and is NOT issuing marriage licenses. (*UPDATE: During Phase I opening as of 5/18/2020, the Orleans Parish Marriage License Office is NOT opening. Jefferson Parish is still the way to go!*) But not to worry! Jefferson Parish is right next door and is currently issuing licenses to any couple getting married in the state of Louisiana. They’ve even moved part of their process online to minimize the time you spend in-person at the office. Here’s how to get a marriage license:

1. Call them to make an appointment as they are filling up – they release appointments for the following week each Friday! Keep in mind there’s a 24 hour waiting period, so you’ll need to get your license at least 24 hours before your ceremony. Once you receive your license, you can use it anytime in the next 30 days.

2. You can begin your online application here!

3. You’ll need: your birth certificates, social security numbers, and previous divorce paperwork if applicable.

4. The fee for a Jefferson Parish marriage license is $27.50, and a certified copy is $10. (You’ll receive your marriage certificate by mail within two weeks!)


Where should I get married in New Orleans during COVID-19?

With many venues currently closed, an open-air location makes the most sense for a New Orleans elopement during COVID-19. Areas in City Park, Audubon Park, and even the French Quarter allow for maintaining social distance and are extremely cost effective! City Park requires a $50 permit that can be purchased by contacting their office. Audubon Park and Pirate’s Alley in the French Quarter do not require a fee or permit for an elopement. Many couples are also choosing more personal locations – like backyards or favorite streets! I’ll go wherever you go! Check out a few real elopements at these locations:

Lacey + Tim in City Park

Nicolette + Eric in City Park

Jessica + Jason at Audubon Park

Megan + Jason at Audubon Park

Kevin + Susan in the French Quarter

Can I have guests?

As long as the total is 10 people or under (I’ll update this post as those guidelines change!).

What about an officiant?

You’ll need an officiant to legally marry you – fortunately, many are still operating as long as the ceremony follows the current guidelines. If you have a pastor or a priest, they can officiate. If not, I’ve been super lucky to work with some wonderful officiants in the city and am happy to send anyone a list of recommendations!

Will you photograph my elopement?

Yes! I am currently taking on elopement clients as long as the group follows social distancing guidelines. Learn more about my elopement coverage here and get in my inbox!

How much does it cost to elope in New Orleans during COVID-19?

Marriage license: $27.50

Location fee: $0 – $50

Officiant: $200

Photography: $600

Total: $827.50 – $877.50

While this is a truly bizarre time, you can still get married! I want to help you every step of the way.

Send me a message if I can be of ANY assistance to you as you plan – seriously!

Wondering WHY you’d want to elope in New Orleans?! Read my post here on a few reasons why New Orleans is one of the top wedding destinations in the country!

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