Central Park Weddings

Whether you are elop­ing to New York or a local who just adores Central Park, these 843 acres are filled with so many roman­tic loca­tions for your wed­ding cer­e­mony.

4 Cental ParkFor small Central Park wed­dings, I will usu­ally meet you at West 72 Street and we walk into the park together. We stroll along until we find the per­fect spot for you.

If your cer­e­mony will include more than 20 guests (includ­ing you, par­ents, brides­maids, etc.) you will need to apply for a per­mit. Permits carry a fee of $25. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Special Events & Permits Office of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation at nyc.gov/parks. It takes 30 days to process a per­mit. More Permit Information

3 Central ParkThe Conservatory Gardens, a fenced off por­tion of Central Park located on Fifth Avenue and 105th Street in Manhattan is a pop­u­lar wed­ding venue. This six-acre Garden is made up of three smaller gar­dens, each with its own par­tic­u­lar charm. Extensive dis­plays of flow­ers, shrubs, and trees are in bloom from early spring through late October. Permits for the Conservatory Gardens are $400. There is an addi­tional fee of $100 for pho­tog­ra­phy. The Conservatory Garden has a sep­a­rate per­mit sys­tem and a per­mit is required for any size gath­er­ing. To obtain a per­mit Contact the Central Park Conservancy at 212.360.2766 or via their web­site.

Washington Square Park photo by Heather Collen Putman

Other Parks: New York City is filled beau­ti­ful parks, in all bor­oughs. Here is a link to Other New York Parks

To Contact Susan to arrange offi­ci­at­ing: 212−995−0801 or email JoyousWeddings@gmail.com

Some things to Consider

Central Park Event Restrictions

  • 2 Central Park Page copyNo set-up (includes tents/tables/chairs); chup­pahs may be hand-car­ried in and out with prior per­mis­sion
  • No ampli­fied sound (acoustic music is per­mit­ted) No vehi­cles or pedi­cab drop-off per­mit­ted.
  • No alco­hol
  • No flow­ers, bal­loons, or dec­o­ra­tions
  • No ban­ners or signs affixed to Park prop­erty or trees; no stak­ing into the ground
  • The pub­lic must always have access to the park
  • Cleanup is required; the venue should be in the same con­di­tion as it was before the event

Suggested Locations for Weddings in Central Park

  • by James Brosnan
    by James Brosnan

    Cop Cot (max. 50 ppl.): At 60th St., close to Central Park South in the cen­ter of the park, Cop Cot has a tree canopy and sparse roof that can take some of the guess­work out of out­door wed­ding plan­ning, offer­ing some pro­tec­tion from light rain and dreary weather. In spring the black locust trees that sur­round Cop Cot are in bloom. In Fall the rich oranges, bur­gundies, and ochres of the chang­ing trees sur­round Cop Cot. Though the air may be slightly chilly, Cop Cot’s loca­tion near the entrance to the park allows for a beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony con­ve­nient to the Upper East Side’s many restau­rants.

  • Ladies Pavilion (Gazebo, max. 20–25 ppl.): At 77nd St. and West Drive
  • Wagner Cove (Gazebo, max. 20–25 ppl.): At 72nd St. west of Cherry Hill at the edge of the lake. If a water view is impor­tant to you this is an ideal spot. And some­what pri­vate.
  • Shakespeare Garden (max. 20–25 ppl.): At 79th St. and West Drive
  • Bethesda Terrace /Bethesda Fountain (25 ppl.): Off of 72nd St. Transverse in the cen­ter of the park with the Angel of the waters top­ping the foun­tain.
  • Cedar Hill (max. 50 ppl.): 79th St. and 5th Ave. on the east side of the park
  • Great Hill (max. 100 ppl.): West 103rd St.
  • Belvedere Plaza (max. 20–25 ppl.): No access to cas­tle
  • The Pool Lawn (max. 80 ppl.): Between West 101st and 102nd Sts., north lawn of pool
  • Summit Rock (max. 80 ppl.): 83rd St. and Central Park West