Louisiana license law drops wedding wait time from 3 days to 24 hours

NEW ORLEANS —
A new Louisiana law will reduce the wait for a marriage license from three days to one. The law takes effect Aug. 1. Currently, people looking to wed in the state have to wait 72 hours to get a license.

Reverend Tony Talavera runs the French Quarter Wedding Chapel. As president of the Louisiana Wedding Association, he lobbied for the law this spring.

Talavera said the change will increase the number of destination weddings in the state and boost tourism.

“If we make it easier for them to come to Louisiana to get married, they’ll come,” Talavera said. “We’re a romantic state. If I need to prove it to anyone, I’ll grab my violinist, I’ll grab a bottle of champagne, I’ll grab the carriage, we’ll stroll through the quarter and I’ll show them what romance is about.”

Talavera said there is already a couple set to be the first one to get married under the new law. That wedding is set to take place in City Park on Aug. 2, 24 hours after the law takes effect.

WDSU 6 News Jennifer Crocket