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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Got $500? You've got a wedding ceremony

Posted By on Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Sadly, the days when $1,000 got you 1,000 chicken pieces and a wedding license at Chicken Box have gone the way of Godchaux's, but during a one-day fundraising event Saturday, Nov. 10, $500 will get you a wedding ceremony at historic Pitot House that includes an officiant, photography, seating and a champagne toast for 20 guests, among other services. "This is for someone looking for something easy," says Pitot House consultant Bonnie Goldblum. "A lot of people want to get married and go have lunch, and that's what we're set up for. It's nice and simple."

Pitot House was built in 1799.
  • Pitot House was built in 1799.

There are 11 slots available, so each wedding ceremony lasts 45 minutes from start to finish, but Goldblum says she's trying to avoid an assembly-line feel. "The bride and groom get there 15 minutes early, and we've allotted time for guests to be seated. They have 15 or 20 minutes for the ceremony, which is plenty," she says. "Then they go upstairs to the second floor of the Pitot House to have champagne and cupcakes."

Ceremonies include seating for 20 and an officiant.
  • Ceremonies include seating for 20 and an officiant.

Pitot House is open to vow renewals and nontraditional weddings — so if you want to celebrate your commitment to your best friend or your dog, that's fine. "We would just want to know so we could have appropriate doggie biscuits," Goldblum says.

Call 482-0312 or email for more information. All proceeds benefit the Louisiana Landmarks Society.

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