The New Orleans and Jazzand Heritage Festival has been hosting weddings in the gospel tent for decades, a Jazz Fest representative said,with records of weddings being hosted since the 1990s(although it’s possible they happened earlier than that). So, if you want to get hitched at Jazz Fest, how do you do it? You’ve got two options: the official way, andthe low-key way. The official way: Jazz Fest typicallyfacilitates one wedding per festival weekend in the Gospel Tent on a first-come, first-serve basis each year. Weddings do not take place on any other stage. Gospel Tent weddings take place during set 10-minute breaks between gospel acts, a Jazz Fest spokeswomansaid, noting “The couple has to bring their own marriage license and can choose to bring their own officiant or ask us to provide a reverend. We don’t charge a fee, but no festival tickets are given and no access to dressing rooms is provided. “There are no special privileges for their guests’ seating,” the Jazz Fest spokeswomancontinued.”However, we do allow each couple to bring a witness backstage and onstage with them for the service, and we often provide accompaniment with musicians onstage.” How cool would that be? So, how far ahead do you need to reserve agospel tent wedding? Some couples reach out as much two years in advance to have a wedding (or vow renewal) at Jazz Fest, but usually the requests start in the fall for the following year’s festival, Jazz Fest reports.
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