How to Elope in New Orleans Audubon Park

Wondering how to elope in New Orleans Audubon Park?

This blog post runs down the most frequently asked questions and gives you all the information you need to make your wedding plans! Have a question that isn’t answered? Drop me a line!

Why should we elope in Audubon Park?

Audubon Park is located in uptown New Orleans close to the Mississippi River. Owned by the City of New Orleans since the 1800s, it’s home to a zoo, a golf course, and dozens of walking paths. Easily found on the St Charles streetcar line, it’s close to many bars and restaurants (for post-ceremony drinks and dinner!). The Tree of Life has a truly mystical quality that isn’t found anywhere else in the City.

Where can we elope in Audubon City Park?

There are many wonderful places in Audubon Park to get married. The Tree of Life is by far the most popular choice. This massive tree is one of the largest in the South (35 feet in circumference – you have to see it to believe it) and some records suggest it was planted in the 1700s. While it’s located behind the zoo and a few blocks from St. Charles Avenue, it feels completely remote and romantic underneath the large branches. There’s also the beautiful St Charles Avenue entrance and courtyard and many little bridges, pavilions, and water banks. I’m happy to walk through these options with you and choose the one best suited for your day.

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What if we get to the Tree of Life, and someone else is getting married there?

Look – it happens! I’ve shown up to photograph elopements at the Tree of Life and another couple is totally getting married there. Fortunately, elopement ceremonies are typically 20 minutes are less and people are very considerate. If we show up and there’s another wedding taking place, I always suggest to start with some portrait time close to the tree – once the ceremony is done, it’s your turn!

Do we need a permit?

Not if you have less than 25 guests. If you have more than 25 guests, you’ll need to obtain the $75 permit.

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What time of day is best?

I always recommend either early in the morning or an hour or two before sunset for the best lighting.

What do I need to bring?

Yourselves, your marriage license, and an officiant! Click here to learn more about obtaining a marriage license in New Orleans. I’m also happy to give you my personal recommendations for wonderful officiants – just send me a message.

How much does it cost to elope in New Orleans Audubon Park?

Marriage license: $27.50

Location fee: $0

Officiant: $200-$250

Photography: $600-$1200

Will you photograph my elopement?

Yes! I absolutely love photographing elopements. Learn more about my elopement coverage here and get in my inbox!

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Sarah Becker


NEW ORLEANS WEDDING + ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER