Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Second Line Parade After Wedding In New Orleans

Second Line Parade After Wedding In New Orleans

A lot of weddings end in a “Second Line Parade.” If you are going to parade or march the streets you need a parade permit and police escort. The police decide the route you take and how long. The permit comes from the city runs about $55. Each officer runs $100 and 2 are the minimum needed. A band is also need and they run usually $100 per member so 5 member brass bands runs $500. Some are less so shop around. If you budget around $800 to $100 for an outside on the street Second Line parade you will do fine. Inside depends on the place you rent, they have their own rules. I am told you can call Office Don Powers, 504-343-5890 or donp1961@aol.com for info on a parade permit. Or the general phone number for the 8th Police District in New Orleans.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Words and Lyrics to "I Want To Grow Old With You"

Westlife - I Want To Grow Old With You Lyrics

Artist: Westlife
Album: Miscellaneous
Genre: Pop
Another day without your smile
Another day just passes by
But now I know how much it means
For you to stay right here with me

The time we spent apart will make our love grow stronger
But it hurts so bad I can't take it any longer

I wanna grow old with you, I wanna die lying in your arms
I wanna grow old with you, I wanna be looking in your eyes
I wanna be there for you, sharing in everything you do
I wanna grow old with you

A thousand miles between us now
It causes me to wonder how
Our love tonight remains so strong
It makes our risk right all along

The time we spent apart will make our love grow stronger
But it hurt so bad I can't take it any longer

I wanna grow old with you, I wanna die lying in your arms
I wanna grow old with you, I wanna be looking in your eyes
I wanna be there for you, sharing in everything you do
I wanna grow old with you

Things can come and go, I know but baby I believe
Something's burning strong between us
Makes it clear to me

I wanna grow old with you, I wanna die lying in your arms
I wanna grow old with you, I wanna be looking in your eyes
I wanna be there for you, sharing in everything you do

I wanna grow old with you, I wanna die lying in your arms
I wanna grow old with you, I wanna be looking in your eyes
I wanna be there for you, sharing in everything you do
I wanna grow old with you

  • Writer(s): Shane Filan, Brian Mcfadden, Kian John Francis Egan
    Copyright: Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics powered by www.musiXmatch.com

Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/westlife/i-want-to-grow-old-with-you-lyrics/#SckFAM8TptKRKRAD.99

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Non Denominational Spiritual/Religious Wedding Ceremony

Non Denominational Spiritual/Religious Wedding Ceremony

We have come together in the presence of God, family, friends in line with all creatures big and small, to join you, ------, and you, --------, in holy matrimony. This is a special time of celebration that the two of you will long remember, and because of this, we are grateful to share your special day.

We are here because of love and we have a definition of love in Cor 13:4-8,

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails....

(Alternate)  We  are here because of love and  the religious scholar Thomas Kempis once wrote in The Inner Life,:


Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good; Love alone lightens every burden, and makes the rough places smooth. It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable. The love of Jesus is noble, and inspires us to great deeds; it moves us always to desire perfection. Love aspires to high things, and is held back by nothing base. Love longs to be free, a stranger to every worldly desire, lest its inner vision become dimmed, and lest worldly self-interest hinder it or ill-fortune cast it down. Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God, and can rest only in God above all created things.

Love flies, runs, leaps for joy; it is free and unrestrained. Love gives all for all, resting in One who is highest above all things, from whom every good flows and proceeds. Love does not regard the gifts, but turns to the Giver of all good gifts. Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds. Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil, attempts things beyond its strength; love  sees nothing as impossible, for it feels able to achieve all things. Love therefore does great things; it is strange and effective; while he who lacks love faints and fails.”

In each of you, God has planted an idea of how you would like to be treated in a loving marriage. This idea is a seed of desire that requires each of you to give to the other in constant and consistent positive behavior that reflects your desired results. Only then can these seeds, manifest in reality, and deliver abundantly. If these solemn vows which you are about to make are kept faithfully, your marriage will surely prosper in all the goodness you both desire.

Please face each other and join hands.

Bride, do you take this man, Groom, to be your lawfully wedded husband, and do you promise to love, honor and respect him, and comfort him, and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him for so long as you both shall live?

(Bride's Name): I do.

Groom, do you take this woman,    , to be your lawfully wedded wife, and do you promise to love, honor, respect her, and comfort her, and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her for so long as you both shall live?

(Groom's Name): I do.

Your wedding rings  which have no end and made of a strong metal are symbolic of your commitment to each other and your endless love for each other.

Bride , please place your ring on Groom ’s third finger of his left hand and repeat these words:

I (Bride's Name),

give to you, (Groom's Name)

this ring as a symbol

of my commitment

to love, honor, and respect you

with all that I am   always.

Groom, please place your ring on Brides’s third finger of her left hand and repeat these words:

I (Groom's Name),

give to you, (Bride's Name)

this ring as a symbol

of my commitment

to love, honor, and respect you

with all that I am


I pray with you now that our All-Loving Creator blesses your union as a loving sanctuary and that It guides you with Its perfect plan on your journey ahead so that you may fulfill your purposes on this Earth and thereafter.

I now with divine blessings and the authority vested in me by the State of Louisiana, Orleans Parish, joyfully pronounce you Husband and Wife.

You may kiss your Bride

Friday, October 11, 2013

Grooms Men and the Windsor Knot

 While at some weddings I often get ask how to tie a Windsor Knot so I have resorted to keeping this instructive picture handy. Follow it and you get a nice man's knot for the wedding party or groom.

Civil Wedding Program: What do you say in a marriage ceremony.

 As a wedding officiant I am often asked about what type or style wedding ceremony I do. As a non-denominational minister and former Justice of  the Peace I do a ceremony keyed to what the couple desires. A simple civil ceremony or more elaborate one full of favorite poems that have meaning to the couple. To assist I have a wedding ceremony guide with ideas and links to more information to make a wedding ceremony meaningful. Those ceremonies can be found on my web page at: http://www.figstreet.com/guesthouse/simpleweddingceremony.html This guide has the elements of a ceremony and you can cut and paste parts together.

 I do not limited myself to the suggested vows, couples can write their on personal vows to say to one another at their civil ceremony. And if necessary I have with me the traditional vows for them to repeat to one another. A sample spiritual ceremony is below.



Dear Friends,
We are gathered here with expectation and love for these two special
people, to join them together in marriage; which is an estate rooted in
the far dawn of human history, yet forever new with each couple who
so pledge themselves freely to one another.
This celebration is the outward sign of an inward union of hearts. It is a
union created by loving purpose, kept by abiding will, and broken only
by the death of love in two people’s hearts. In this event, we are
gathered here to acknowledge the true marriage which already dwells
within them.
CHARGE TO COUPLE: (couple faces one another)
You have come together this day to accept one another in faith and in
love, and to accept the changes that time will bring to each of you and
your lives together. The person that you have chosen to share your life
must be respected, loved, and believed in as an individual, while
maintaining the inner communion of two loving spirits. Preserve and
strengthen the openness that enables you to share your thoughts,
feelings, and experiences; be sensitive to each others needs so that
you may attain mutual intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual
fulfillment within yourselves and your marriage.
Groom, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live
together in the shared estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort
her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy,
according to this bond of trust?
Groom answers: I will
Bride, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live
together in the shared estate of matrimony? Will you love him,
comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, in sorrow
and in joy, according to this bond of trust?
Bride answers: I will


What greater joy is there for two human souls than to feel that they are
joined together to strengthen each other in all labor, to minister to
each other in all sorrow, to share with each other all gladness, to be
one with each other in the silent, unspeakable memories? (George


Groom and Bride will now exchange personal vows which they have
written for one another.
*Groom’s personal vows to be given
*Bride’s personal vows to be given

(The best man presents rings)
The circle of this ring speaks love freely given; it has no beginning and
it has no end.
The circle of this ring declares the unity and oneness of your two lives,
which shall contain your devotion beyond every journey, that you may
always return to your togetherness.
(The groom places the ring on the bride’s finger, saying:
With this ring I give my love, and pledge my faithful trust.
(The bride places the ring on the groom’s finger saying:
With this ring I give my love, and pledge my faithful trust.

Bless these two as they go their way. Defend them in
all assaults of their enemies, that they may hold steadfast to the love
between them.Bless their house, that it may be a sanctuary of peace, a source of
radiance going out to others, a refuge from strife and confusion, a
place of hospitality and honor all who grace its door.
May the power of life abundant ever and always touch their lives,
flowing from one to the other, bringing comfort in any hour of trial, and
bringing glory to themselves and to the world as they pursue their
journey together.
Even as they have chosen each other from the world’s multitudes, may
the days and the years, now veiled by the moment, deepen the
wisdom of that choice and enlarge the storehouse of its treasures, that
they may abide in joy and peace.

Groom and Bride, having chosen each other in love and in freedom,
having declared their purpose before this gathering, and having made
their pledges to one another, I now declare them husband and wife.
Let all others honor them and the threshold of their house. May their
moments here begin untold years of unexpected joy.

Minister says: "Many Pieces, Many Years, and Many Blessings
Together...for the happy couple. Congratulations – you may now kiss

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fig Street Wedding New Orleans: Jerry Schwehm Officiant

 Excerpt of web page , www.figstreet.com/weddings. Weddings in New Orleans at local parks under $300 for officiant services. Details on the web page, Jerry Schwehm Officiant.

 Save money and elope to a beautiful park in New Orleans, LA with help planning on this web page with links to useful information.

JK Schwehm Officiant

 ELOPE: Save time and money with a simple elopement plan in a park by a local officiant. Then rent a room in a beautiful restaurant for a wonderful meal. A simple elopement runs $295 in a lovely spot in a park. E-mail Fig Street Weddings for details. Many pictures on the web page link above to previous weddings.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Blog Dash

 This blog has been added to Blog Dash a list of good blogs.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Chapel Rental for Weddings in New Orleans Area

 Couples ask me about renting a church or chapel for their wedding service in New Orleans. Usually I tell them to rent St. Mary's in Kenner, LA. The city of Kenner has a replica church in Heritage Park at River town near the airport. The pavilion can be rented too. Also a hall is there for a reception. Here is the information and phone number to call to rent the chapel. The chapel is in Kenner near the New Orleans Airport. About 20 minutes drive from the French Quarter on the interstate.

 Church Capacity is max 45 people
Rental fee of $100/hr (alone)
Rental fee of $75.00/hr (if booked with another Hall)
Deposit of $150.00 ($100 is a refundable damage deposit)
Deposit waived if booked with another Hall
Includes 1 hour before and 1 hour after event for set-up and clean up
Extra set-up time available for $50.00/hr (2 hours maximum)
 All Kenner rental Facilities are set up with tables and chairs on the day of the event. Applicants are responsible for catering, table coverings, *ice and all other items associated with their function.The Kenner Recreation Department is proud to offer a variety of facilities available for a variety of events. To obtain information regarding the rental of the Kenner City Pavilion or the shelters at Veteran's Park and Laketown, please contact Alice Baroni at 504-468-6638 or abaroni@kenner.la.us.  For Heritage Hall, Heritage Park, St. Mary's Chapel or the Rivertown Exhibition Hall, please contact Heidi Glorioso at 504-468-7231 or hglorioso@kenner.la.us.
*Ice is available ONLY at the Kenner City Park Pavilion.
Special Requirements on all Rentals
A Police Detail is required for events serving alcohol, with over 50 people in attendance, for events invloving teenagers, for couples showers, etc. and for any other event the City of Kenner deems necessary. The Police Detail is $30/hr (4 hour minimum) and will be arranged by Kenner Staff but must be paid in cash to the officer on the day of the event. The officer must be present for all party time plus last hour assigned for clean-up.
 Call or contact the City of Kenner for more info about renting this small church for your wedding in New Orleans.

Google Map To River Town and St. Mary's Chapel New New Orleans Airport

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review of Wedding Service

Review of Fig Street Weddings service by bride on The Knot, WeddingChannel:

Wedding: 6/1/2013
Member Since: 2/10/2013verified review
Perfect    posted 6/27/2013
Exactly what you want for a wonderful New Orleans wedding

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Brides, Change Name To Husband's After Wedding

Changing Your Name After A New Orleans Wedding

(CAUTION: Do not cancel insurance policy, or take any action before your wedding or use any name but your official name before you take steps to legally change your name. Be sure to order copies of your marriage certificate from the state office when you apply for a marriage license. You need certified copies of your marriage certificate to change a brides name to husband. The name change is not automatic.)

  It is a tradition in western cultures that a bride takes the last name of the husband, it is not a requirement to do so and it is not automatic. You need to order several certified copies of your marriage certificate from the office you received your license. Usually this is done when you apply for your marriage license by prepaying for certified copies to be mailed to you. Sometimes certified copies takes weeks to arrive, so be patient. Contacting the state may help determine why there is a delay, see  the state page at http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/642  If you got a license from another office, like a Clerk of Court, you need to contact the office you obtained the license from. The marriage officiant does not issue a certified copy ,that comes from the license office. Contact the license office to get copies. All licenses are mailed to the proper office as soon as possible after the wedding.

If you failed to order a copy you can order one over the web by a private company that charges an additional fee besides the state copy fee.

1. A new drivers license should be obtained by going to your local motor vehicle office with a certified copy of the marriage certificate. That office will help you get a new license with the marriage name. They may charge a fee so you should call before going to get particulars. You may also need to change your auto title and auto insurance.
2. A new Social Security Card should be obtained by getting the necessary forms off the web at: http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.html. You can mail the form in or go in person to your local office but you need a certified copy of your marriage license to present to them. You can telephone them for details.
3. A new Passport can be obtained by going in person to a local office or following the directions on the State Department page athttp://travel.state.gov/passport/fri/amend/amend_851.html.
4. You will also need to change your name with banks, credit card companies, landlords, and any other agency that has your name on record. Generally by getting the first 3 done the rest are easier as some agencies will accept the new drivers license as proof of you new name.
5. Be sure the IRS, Voter Registration, your insurance agent, and CPA also knows of the name change so that they make the necessary charges to their records too.

 If all else fails  trying to get certified copies and the license office cannot find your marriage certificate there is a process to do a duplicate. Just ask the state about a duplicate of the license. Basically you obtain a copy of the blank one and mail it around to be signed. Some Clerk's of Court accept a notarized statement also that you were married on the date. So do not worry, you are married, just a glitch in paperwork happened.

You may use a major credit card to place internet, fax or telephone orders through VitalChek Network, an authorized service provider. There are additional fees when using this service provider or requesting expedited services.

To order using the VitalChek Network, click here or call 1-877-605-8562.
To check the status of a VitalChek Network order, click here.
To inquire about an order placed with VitalChek, please call 1-877-605-8562.

European Countries Apostille Requirements

Apostille Requirements: Some foreign countries require a certified copy also certified as Apostille to be registered in that country.

Louisiana issued documents destined for use in participating Hague Apostille countries may need to be authenticated with an Apostille issued by Secretary of State of Louisiana.

State Issued Apostille Requirements

State issued documents destined for use in Hague Apostille countries may be authenticated by the Competent Authority in the state where the document was executed. A list of these authorities can be found on the Hague website.  The local state requirements are as follows:
  • Officials (usually in the office of the state’s Secretary of State) must have been designated as a competent authority to issue Apostilles under the Convention. 
  • A document with an Apostille does not require additional certification by the U.S. Department of State or legalization by a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas to be recognized in a participating country. 

How one couple got the proper Apostille certified copy to return with them to Germany:

1. When requesting the marriage licence we told the marriage clerk that 
we will be in town for a few days after the marriage and we'd like to 
pick up the copy of the certificate of marriage in person. We asked if 
it is possible to shorten the 3-6 weeks processing time for registering 
the marriage and creating the copy of the marriage certificate. The 
marriage clerk was positive about this and told us to ask for her when 
we return.

2. After the wedding I went to the Parish Marriage Licence Office 
again, signed in and luckily the same marriage clerk was there. When it 
was my turn I asked her if it is possible that I wait for the 
registration and copy. The marriage clerk registered the marriage and 
provided me the copies of the marriage certificate. Documents required: 
marriage certificate, 72h-waiver, receipt for the prepaid copies of the 
marriage certificate (we requested and paid them together with the 
marriage licence).

3. With the copy of the marriage certificate I drove to the office of 
the Secretary of State in Baton Rouge. I walked in, signed in and 
requested an Apostille for Germany (it costs $20). 

An Apostille is not required by all German marriage registration 
offices. Couples should get in touch with their local office and ask if 
it is necessary or if the marriage certificate is sufficient.

This is a German site with information of the Consulate General 
Houston. Especially the pdf "Eheschlie├čung Louisiana" contains all the 
steps which are necessary for German couples to get married in Louisiana 
and to have the marriage accepted in Germany.