Your New York Wedding Location/Venue

Many Great Locations

About a location for your wedding: this whole exciting City is your Venue; there are Parks, Rivers, boat rides, The Statue, towering rooftops, bridges, the bright lights of Times Square! Everywhere you turn, you will find the most amazing and dramatic backdrop for your special Ceremony, and what fantastic pictures you will have of your New York Wedding to memorialize these precious moments forever!

You haven't decided yet where to have your ceremony? Here's an idea! When you go to the Marriage License Bureau to obtain your License, please just go on a great adventure, walking wherever you wish around the whole city and especially in the Parks. You'll also have an idea by then what the weather will be like on the next day. You will surely find your perfect spot. Just let us know where to meet you.

Central Park

Some of the most-chosen favorites are in Central Park. There's the Ladies Pavilion, Strawberry Fields, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Fountain Terrace, Cop Cot, Cherry Hill, Shakespeare Garden, on the Plaza outside of Belvedere Castle, and the Gapstow Bridge. On the Central Park Lake, you can take a Gondola Ride with a charming Gondolier who will even sing to you. All of these and many more are among the most-chosen sites. No permits are needed anywhere in the Park for parties of under 20 persons, and the Ladies Pavilion is the only place where you might have exclusive use, by reserving it for an hour with the Parks Department. Check out The Official Website of Central Park.

There is one other beautiful site that is exclusive, but is quite expensive to reserve. This consists of several formal and sculptured Conservatory Garden. There are lovely reflecting ponds that make it a favorite for elaborate photo opportunity, but alas, it even has a patrol that notifies you if you overstay your reservation with extended picture-taking, etc. I prefer the free spaces where you may stay as long as you wish!

Because Central Park is teeming with visitors, especially on weekends, if you prefer privacy and you wish to have a space all to your selves, you may wish to seek out a private little "hideaway." There are hundreds of these. Otherwise, there will be many witnesses and passersby in every location who are actually known to be so romantic that they will cheer and applaud when you "seal your promises with a Kiss!".

Central Park (Weather)

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If you're planning a Central Park wedding, or a ceremony in any outdoor location in New York City, then you're probably concerned about the weather, so here's some helpful information.

Current Central Park weather conditions, provided by Weather Underground, Inc., are shown to the right. This information is dynamically generated and is updated hourly. The Weather Underground Web site offers historical weather data that can be used to predict future weather conditions. It's also possible to view the range of temperatures for a given date. This will give you some idea of what to expect on your chosen Special Day.

Direct from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Weather Service (NWS), the link below will display current Central Park weather conditions, updated once per hour at 51 minutes past the hour, as well as a detailed seven-day weather forecast, updated periodically throughout the day.

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Central Park (Detailed Location Information)

Here's some information about specific Central Park locations where wedding ceremonies can be held that you may find to be useful. It's largely taken from the FAQ (frequently asked questions) list found on the official Central Park Web site.

  • Q:  Is a permit/reservation/fee required?
  • A:  The only time that it's necessary to have a permit or pay a fee when holding a ceremony in Central Park is when the group of people present is over a certain number, usually 20, so with a small party, no fee or permit is necessary. The only exception to this rule is for ceremonies held at the Conservatory Garden, where a permit, at a cost of $400.00 (plus an additional $100.00 photography fee), is always required regardless of the number of persons in the wedding party.

    For weddings held in areas of Central Park other than the Conservatory Garden, if your party consists of 20 or more persons, you can call the Special Events & Permits Office of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation at 212-408-0226 for additional information about obtaining your required permit.
  • Q:  Can I have chairs at my ceremony?
  • A:  According to the Parks Department rules, chairs are not allowed to be used in Central Park. Exceptions can be made for elderly guests and musicians.
  • Q:  Can I have a tent at my ceremony?
  • A:  According to the Parks Department rules, tents are not allowed to be used in Central Park.
  • Q:  Can I have decorations at my ceremony?
  • A:  According to Parks Department rules, decorations are not allowed in Central Park. This includes runners, lying of flower petals, confetti, seeds, etc.
  • Q:  Where in Central Park can I have my ceremony?
  • A:  Central Park offers many picturesque options to hold your ceremony. The location of your ceremony is primarily dependent upon the number of guests that you intend upon having at your ceremony. Here is a list of 15 locations in Central Park at which wedding ceremonies can take place. The Ladies Pavilion and the Bethesda Fountain Terrace are the two most popular locations.
  • *  Belvedere Plaza
  • *  Bethesda Fountain Terrace
  • *  Bow Bridge
  • *  Cedar Hill
  • *  Cherry Hill
  • *  Conservatory Garden
  • *  Cop Cot
  • *  Gapstow Bridge
  • *  Great Hill
  • *  Harlem Meer
  • *  Ladies Pavilion
  • *  Shakespeare Garden
  • *  Summit Rock
  • *  The Pool
  • *  Wagner Cove

DETAILS:

  •  ** Belvedere Plaza **
  • Location in the Park: Belvedere Plaza is located in the center of Central Park. The nearest park entrance to Belvedere Plaza is at the corner of 81st Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Belvedere Plaza can host up to 20 people.
  • Description: Belvedere Plaza is located right outside of Belvedere Castle, on Turtle Pond. It provides great views of The Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, and Belvedere Castle.
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  •  ** Bethesda Fountain Terrace **
  • Location in the Park: Bethesda Fountain Terrace is located mid-park on the west side. The nearest park entrance is located at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Bethesda Fountain Terrace can host up to 25 people.
  • Description: Bethesda Fountain Terrace is a very popular location overlooking The Lake, at the end of the Mall. It is in close proximity to Bow Bridge and Cherry Hill. Bethesda Fountain Terrace also provides a beautiful archway shelter, just beyond the fountain.
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  •  ** Bow Bridge **
  • Location in the Park: Bow Bridge is located in the center of the park, connecting the Ramble and Cherry Hill. The closest access point is at the park entrance located at 72nd Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Bow Bridge can host up to 15 people.
  • Description: Bow Bridge is one of the most cinematic locations in the park, playing host to many scenes in films and TV programs.
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  •  ** Cedar Hill **
  • Location in the Park: Cedar Hill is located on the east side, in the center of Central Park. The nearest entrance to Cedar Hill is at East 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
  • Number of People Allowed: Cedar Hill can host up to 50 people.
  • Description: Located just south of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cedar Hill provides a wide expanse of open green space for your ceremony.
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  •  ** Cherry Hill **
  • Location in the Park: Cherry Hill is located mid-park, on the west side. The nearest park entrance is located at 72nd Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Cherry Hill can host up to 100 people.
  • Description: Cherry Hill offers breathtaking views of the city from the plaza near the fountain, to the lawn near The Lake, you are surrounded by many of the most popular and picturesque locations in the park. Cherry Hill is also known for its gorgeous Cherry Tree blossoms.
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  •  ** Conservatory Garden **
  • The Conservatory Garden is a special location in Central Park that is operated by the Central Park Conservancy. To hold a ceremony in Conservatory Garden requires a special permit. The cost for the permit for Conservatory Garden is $500.00, which includes a $100.00 permit for photography. The duration of the ceremony is limited to one hour and the maximum number of persons in attendance is limited to 100.
  • Location in the Park: Conservatory Garden is located in the northeast area of Central Park. The main, gated, entrance to Conservatory Garden is at the corner of 105th Street and Fifth Avenue.
  • Number of People Allowed: Conservatory Garden can host up to 100 people.
  • Description: Conservatory Garden is broken up into 4 different locations:
  • The North Garden: The North Garden is also known as the French Garden. It features beautiful seasonal blossoms and a sculpture by Walter Shott, called the Three Dancing Maidens.
  • The Central Garden: The Central Garden is also known as the Italian Garden. It provides a large rectangular lawn anchored by a jet fountain and enclosed by two beautiful walkways shaded by the pinks and whites of crabapple trees.
  • Wisteria Pergola: The Wisteria Pergola is located on the western end of the Central Garden and serves as a picturesque walkway along the Central Garden.
  • The South Garden: The South Garden is also known as the English Garden. It hosts many different seasonal flowers, lilac trees, and the Burnett Fountain.
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  •  ** Cop Cot **
  • Location in the Park: Cop Cot is located in the center of the south end of Central Park. The nearest park entrance is located at the Artists Gate at the corner of 59th Street and 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas).
  • Number of People Allowed: Cop Cot can host up to 30 people.
  • Description: Cop Cot is located under the shelter of a wooden gazebo, near The Pond. This location provides an intimate and scenic experience.
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  •  ** Gapstow Bridge **
  • Location in the Park: Gapstow Bridge is located in the southeast end of Central Park. The nearest park entrance to Gapstow Bridge is through the Scholar's Gate, past the Grand Army Plaza, at the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue.
  • Number of People Allowed: Gapstow Bridge can host up to 10 people.
  • Description: Gapstow Bridge crosses the narrowest point at the northeast end of the Pond. This beautiful stone bridge provides a very intimate location for a small ceremony.
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  •  ** Great Hill **
  • Location in the Park: Great Hill is located on the west side in the northern corner of Central Park. The nearest park entrance to Great Hill is West 106th Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Great Hill can host up to 100 people.
  • Description: Great Hill provides ample space and greenery, while maintaining a very intimate feeling.
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  •  ** Harlem Meer **
  • Location in the Park: Harlem Meer is located in the northeastern corner of Central Park. The nearest park entrance is located at the Pioneers Gate at the corner of 110th Street and Central Park West, along the Duke Ellington Circle.
  • Number of People Allowed: Harlem Meer can host up to 100 people.
  • Description: Harlem Meer provides a large and scenic water front space.
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  •  ** Ladies Pavilion **
  • Location in the Park: Ladies Pavilion is located in the center of the park on the west side. The nearest park entrance to the Ladies Pavilion is located at 77th Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Ladies Pavilion can host up to 20 people.
  • Description: Ladies Pavilion provides shelter under the Victorian-style gazebo overlooking the Lake, nestled on the western end.
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  •  ** Shakespeare Garden **
  • Location in the Park: Shakespeare Garden is located in the center of the park on the west side. The nearest park entrance to Shakespeare Garden is located at the corner of 81st Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Shakespeare Garden can host up to 20 people.
  • Description: Shakespeare Garden provides a more intimate setting overlooking the beautiful flowers of the garden. It is located in close proximity to other picturesque locations such as Belvedere Castle and Belvedere Plaza.
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  •  ** Summit Rock **
  • Location in the Park: Summit Rock is located mid-park on the west side. The nearest park entrance is located at 81st Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Summit Rock can host up to 200 people.
  • Description: Summit Rock is located at the highest point in Central Park. This big open space is a hidden gem in the park. It is large, yet intimate and surrounded by trees. The natural settings of the location provide an altar-like space for your ceremony and nearby benches provide some seating.
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  •  ** The Pool **
  • Location in the Park: The Pool is located in the northwestern area of Central Park. The nearest park entrance to the Pool is at 100th Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: The Pool is broken up into two possible ceremony locations: The North Lawn and the South Lawn. The North Lawn can host up to 15 people. The South Lawn can host up to 25 people.
  • Description: The Pool is a beautiful waterfront location with plenty of tree coverage and open green space.
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  •  ** Wagner Cove **
  • Location in the Park: Wagner Cove is located mid-park on the west side of Central Park. The nearest park entrance is located at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West.
  • Number of People Allowed: Wagner Cove can host up to 20 people.
  • Description: Wagner Cove is one of the most intimate locations in Central Park, nestled below a stone staircase, at the corner of The Lake. Wagner Cove also provides a small shelter space underneath its gazebo.

Other Locations

Other New York City favorites are the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Fort Tryon Park, Coney Island on the Boardwalk or barefoot on the Beach, The Hudson River Esplanade in Battery Park City, Bowling Green Park in view of the Statue of Liberty, Greenwich Village and Jefferson Market Garden, and to have a whole evening of Wedding celebration for you and your party, plan to have your Ceremony on one of the Dinner Dancing Cruise Boats.

If you are staying in a hotel, you might ask about their accommodations; often there's a special garden or balcony area where you'd be welcome to have your Ceremony. This is so convenient as a quick switch when your planned out-of-doors Ceremony gets rained out! Gramercy Park Hotel has a Terrace Garden Dining area in which we sought refuge one stormy day. We used their lovely covered terrace just for the cost of a luncheon. The management was most gracious, and actually they were so tickled with this surprise occasion that they provided free Champagne!

Spectacular locations abound in this spectacular City. The bright lights of Times Square must be visible from outer space. Whole buildings have become animated billboards, all dazzling and designed to outdo the one next to it. There is a photo opportunity there, where you can have your few moments of fame for all the world to see, with your faces and your greetings, adorning a building fifty stories high in the air!

And please note that we are more than happy to come to your home or place of business to perform your wedding ceremony. Many couples prefer the sense of privacy, intimacy, and familiarity that this option offers.

Whatever venue you choose, your once-in-a-lifetime New York Wedding will be just exactly the way you want it to be, and will make for happy memories.

  


The photo album shown below is presented courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan and features various Central Park locations.

  • The bride in a limousine, on her way to the wedding ceremony.
    The bride in a limousine, on her way to the wedding ceremony.  (01/13)
  • A garden path in Central Park.
    A garden path in Central Park.  (02/13)
  • At the world-famous Ladies Pavilion.
    At the world-famous Ladies Pavilion.  (03/13)
  • Getting married at the Ladies Pavilion.
    Getting married at the Ladies Pavilion.  (04/13)
  • A wedding kiss.
    A wedding kiss.  (05/13)
  • A walk through Central Park after the ceremony.
    A walk through Central Park after the ceremony.  (06/13)
  • An interesting Central Park location.
    An interesting Central Park location.  (07/13)
  • By The Lake in Central Park.
    By The Lake in Central Park.  (08/13)
  • One of many bridges in Central Park.
    One of many bridges in Central Park.  (09/13)
  • A boat ride on The Lake in Central Park.
    A boat ride on The Lake in Central Park.  (10/13)
  • The trees in bloom.
    The trees in bloom.  (11/13)
  • Leaving the park in a limo.
    Leaving the park in a limo.  (12/13)
  • Celebrating the day's events on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
    Celebrating the day's events on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge.  (13/13)
  


A representative assortment of New York City wedding locations is shown below.
Photos courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan, Kimberly Coccagnia, and Michael Skoglund.

Click any thumbnail image for a larger view.

By Bow Bridge in Central Park. Springtime in Central Park.
The John Lennon Imagine Memorial near Strawberry Fields in Central Park. A Wedding Couple at the John Lennon Imagine Memorial near Strawberry Fields in Central Park.
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center. The Top of the Rock backdropped by the Empire State Building.
Belvedere Castle in Central Park. A Quiet Spot in Central Park.
A Gondola Ride on The Lake in Central Park. By The Lake in Central Park. On Bow Bridge in Central Park.
Broadway Theatre District. Times Square at Night.
A Bride and her NYC Taxi. Another Bride, Another Taxi.
Walking in Lower Manhattan. Wintertime in Central Park.

  

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Below are links to Web pages on third-party sites that contain photos of ceremonies conducted by Beth Lamont of Wedding Your Way New York. These photos were taken at a variety of Manhattan locations including Central Park. All links below open in a new tab/window.