Saturday, November 5, 2016

Elope to the Gate at Jackson Square

Gate To Jackson Square, St. Peter St


Pirates Alley Meeeting Place and French Quarter Weddings
 Pirate's Alley, as many call it,  was originally named Orleans Alley but locals always called it Pirate Alley. Adjacent to Jackson Square on Chartres St. by the St. Louis Cathedral to the right. On the left, is the Cabildo (the Old Spanish Governor's Mansion), and directly behind the Cabildo was the Spanish Jail. 
The alley is one block long, and extends from Chartres St. at Jackson Square to Royal St. Halfway down the alley, a lamppost marks its intersection by Cabildo Alley , which extends (the width of the Cabildo) to St. Peter St. near the Gumbo Shop. This is likely one of the most famous lampposts of the French Quarter, as it has been photographed and painted many times,  Many weddings are now performed under the several lampposts in the alleys. Several local restaurants are nearby for food service. The Gumbo Shop , and Muriels , and near The Court of Two Sisters are restaurants close to Pirates Alley. The Place D'Armes,and Bourbon Orleans Hotels are close.  If you want more information on getting married at Pirate's Alley, at the Gates to Jackson Square or in New Orleans there are links above and on the side of this page. There are several small areas by the alley free for small elopements.Like the gate to the Square on St Peter St. Pictures below. To contact Dr. Schwehm it is best to use e-mail as he may not be near a phone while performing weddings. Most small elopements can take place in the alley or at the gates to the Square for free. Jackson Square itself must be rented from the city.
  We can meet in front of the Cabildo or at the Pirates Alley Cafe in the alley by The Faulkner Book Store and pick a nice spot for the ceremony near Jackson Square. The owners of Pirate's Alley Cafe will allow use of the tables and chairs if you are a customer and purchase drinks. Travel Map to Pirates Alley Pirates Alley Map
Pirates Alley Cafe Simple Elopement: Meet Dr. Schwehm at the Pirates Alley Lamp Post near Cabildo for a simple ceremony. Must bring a Louisiana Marriage License. Appointment made in advance with a deposit for services to be performed.No frills. The Alley is a walkway and cannot be blocked off so the ceremony must be short and small, not large with a lot of people. A basic simple elopement.

Read about the first wedding in Pirates Alley and the Ghost that haunts there: Pirates Wedding
Another view down Pirates Alley in the early morning before stores open.

The Gates to Jackson Square are a short walk from Pirates Alley. The St. Peter St gates can also be used for small weddings ask for details. The Square itself must be rented from the city.

Front gates to Jackson Square on Chatres St. Sometimes these are too crowded for an elopement. We check them out before the ceremony and use St Peter St if these are unavailable. Both spots are free to use for a small elopement.

Gates To Square Video available on You Tube at