Over the past decade, New Orleans has solidified its reputation for being an amazing spot to hold your elopement ceremony.
The city boasts the perfect combination of location, scenic areas for photo shoot opportunities, amazing chapels and elopement services, plenty of art and culture, and some of the finest restaurants in the country.
This unique combination of amenities makes it a dream come true for couples looking for an unforgettable elopement experience. Couples come from all over the country just to experience the fun and excitement of New Orleans, and that goes for LGBT couples as well!
But what makes New Orleans an especially great place for the LGBT community? It starts with the fact that New Orleans has a long history of culture, art, and inclusivity. It prides itself in being a city that is a melting pot of different and varied cultures, beliefs, and ways of life.
This openness has always been a part of the soul of New Orleans, so it’s no wonder why it’s become a popular destination for happy couples looking for an amazing elopement. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from (or who you love!), New Orleans will welcome you with open arms.
Here’s a bit more about why the city makes such a perfect place for anyone to get eloped.
LGBT Nightlife, Same Sex Bars and More
New Orleans is no stranger to nightlife. It could be argued that the city has some of the most impressive and vibrant nightlife activities of anywhere in the country, and that is no exaggeration. The eclectic mix of music, festivals, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, and more, come together to create an active and ever-moving community.
In fact, the city is home to an impressive amount of clubs and bars that specifically cater to the LGBT community. This has been true for a long time, as the city has always had close ties to the gay rights movement and has been a haven for anyone marginalized.
You’d be hard pressed to find a greater selection of LGBT bars and clubs anywhere else. New Orleans is even home to the longest operating gay bar in the entire country, Café Lafitte’s in Exile. This makes it an obvious and incredible option for any LGBT couple looking to elope – you already know the restaurants and nightlife options will be amazing.
LGBT Festivals and Events
Looking for something a bit more exotic than the traditional wedding ceremony? There are a huge amount of events in New Orleans that are hosted and cater specifically toward the LGBT community.
This includes much of Mardi Gras, which has been a part of the LGBT community for decades. New Orleans even has its own annual pride festival, as well as Southern Decadence, the community’s own long-running Labor Day Weekend extravaganza celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of the local LGBT community.
So if you’re looking for something a bit more spicy to center your elopement ceremony around, line up your plans with one of the city’s famous and incredible festivals. Talk about an unforgettable way to tie the knot!
Keep in mind if you are planning to attend these festivals, let your elopement planner know ahead of time, and make sure you take into account that many of these festivals last for several days and are a whole lot more than just street parades! New Orleans festivals are sometimes a week-long experience and include everything from tours, to live music, to shows and much more.
This is also why planning your elopement around an LGBT festival is an incredible idea: you hardly need to plan your own entertainment and what to do every day, the entertainment will practically come to you!
New Orleans and LGBT Weddings
It’s no secret that the city has passionately fought for the rights of LGBT couples, while being a long-standing proponent of same-sex civil unions and simple same sex couples in general.
While battling state legislature and ruling all over the country on these heated issues, New Orleans has remained a safe place for LGBT couples wanting to solidify their love. If there’s any one city in the country that welcomes LGBT unions and won’t discriminate, hassle, or otherwise hinder your plans with red tape, it’s the city of New Orleans.
This alone makes the city one of, if not the best places in the entire country for LGBT elopements. It’s never been easier to take advantage of what New Orleans has to offer, fly down, and seal the deal. There are elopement planning services that are more than welcome to help you put everything together and make sure you have as easy a time as possible making sure your ceremony goes off without a hitch.
We are proud to say that we have planned many beautiful LGBT ceremonies here in New Orleans. If you are interested in having your elopement in New Orleans, we’ll make sure it’s an unforgettable experience.
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