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Hosting Your Same-Sex Wedding in New Orleans

Are you planning on getting married in the Big Easy? New Orleans has recovered tremendously from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It still retains all of the heart and jazz that the city is known for. You are going to have a lot of points of interest and attractions to look through when planning a gay wedding in New Orleans.

Make sure that you learn more about Jackson Square (home to street artists and other vendors) and the famed French Quarter – with live jazz music, seafood, and a large pedestrian-friendly layout.

The History of Same-Sex Marriages in New Orleans

Louisiana state legislature banned same-sex marriage when they passed a statute restricting marriage to different-sex couples. This statute was passed in 1988 and further restrictions were added in 1999. It was not until the landmark US Supreme Court ruling on June 26th, 2015 that same-sex marriage became legal. It was the ruling that declared all state statutes and bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional and granted the freedom to marry across all states.

There were at least 8,076 same-sex couples in the state of Louisiana, as of 2010, according to data analyzed by the Williams Institute. They estimate that there were about 6,345 same-sex unmarried couples in the state in 2010. The Williams Institute also estimates that about half of these unmarried couples would wed in the next few years. If this turned out to be true, the state could have received $30 million or more in spending related to weddings – including spending on venues, photographers, and other gay-friendly vendors.

Obtaining a Marriage License in New Orleans

When getting married in New Orleans, you can visit the Orleans Parish Marriage License Office at Benson Tower. You and your partner will both need to bring your current driver’s license or a valid photo ID. A certified copy of your birth certificates is also required. There is 72-hour waiting period before the license is issued and they are good for 30 days. The fee is $27.50 and can be paid with cash, check, or money order – no credit or debit cards are accepted.

About Pridezillas:

Pridezillas wedding vendors all celebrate pride, love and equality. We only promote LGBT-friendly wedding vendors who support marriage equality. When you contact one of these businesses, you can be assured that they will be excited to help you orchestrate one of the most memorable days of your life.

Mention Pridezillas when contacting the vendors below for potential and occasional discounts or offers for your wedding.