Making it Legal in Louisiana
Your love is here to stay. Here's how to get that piece of paper to prove it. Because so many couples come from out-of-state, Louisiana has made it easy to wave the tradtitional 72-hour waiting period. Before you say "I do," dot your "I's" and cross your "t's" with the info below.
To obtain a Louisiana marriage license, you must be 18 years or older. If you are between 16 and 18, legal guardians must be present. For Louisiana residents, there is a 72-hour waiting period after receiving your license, however, judges of the First or Second City Courts can waive it. For non-Louisiana residents, the waiting period can be waived if the services will be performed in Orleans parish by a registered Orleans officiant.
What You Need to Bring
You will need to bring a current driver's license, state issued ID, or passport as well as certified copies of both of your birth certificates and social security numbers. Also, if either party has been previously married, a divorce decree and/or death certificate must be presented. Either the bride or the groom must appear in person in order to apply.
General information for every parish in the greater New Orleans area can be found below.
ORLEANS PARISHBenson Towers
JEFFERSON PARISH EAST BANKJoseph S. Yenni Building
JEFFERSON PARISH (WEST BANK)Gretna Courthouse
ST. TAMMANY PARISH (COVINGTON)Parish Courthouse, 510 Boston Street
ST. TAMMANY (SLIDELL)Parish Courthouse
ST. BERNARD PARISHParish Courthouse
Five Tips for Writing Your Own Vows
1. Speak in Your Own Voice
You don’t have to be a poet. You just have to be honest. Be real and everyone will love it. (This isn’t to say you can't borrow from famous passages.)
2. Share a Story
Who doesn’t love a great anecdote? Something sweet and heartfelt. If you have one, share it.
3. Don’t Try to Be a Comedian
Funny is okay, but remember, you’re not trying to impress your guests with your wit. These are vows to the one you love – this isn’t the Improv.
4. Keep it Short, Sweetie (KISS)
Your love will last forever, but sixty seconds (give or take a little) is long enough for your vows.
5. Practice Out Loud
This is too important to wing it. Make sure you know what you’re going to say and how you want to say it.