Signs That You Might Want to Get Married in New York

So, you’re engaged, congratulations!  Now it’s time to start wedding planning!  Perhaps you’ve had some ideas in the back of your mind for a while about what you’d like your wedding to look like, or maybe you just know what you don’t want it to look like!  If you’re looking for some inspiration for a unique wedding location, then how about New York City?  Here are some signs that might help you to decide if NYC is the destination wedding location for you.

The first big sign that getting married in New York could be the right option for you is having attended the sort of wedding that wouldn’t feel right for you.  Perhaps you know that you wouldn’t want a big, traditional wedding for whatever reason – I’ve heard lots!  Or maybe you’ve started to think about a destination wedding and feel like a beach wedding or a Vegas wedding wouldn’t be your thing either.  There are of course plenty of other cities you could get married in, but check the legalities of getting married in a country before you go too far down the planning road – some places are easier than others!

Some of our couples are eloping and it’s just the two of them that they need to worry about, but for many couples, they will be thinking of bringing a small group with them.  Think about the sort of vacations and activities that your nearest and dearest would enjoy.  Do any of your loved ones like theatre, sport, history, awesome food, great nightlife, live music, seeing famous sights, people watching, or even, oh I don’t know; visiting the world’s most famous park in the center of the world’s most exciting city?  Disclaimer: I am slightly biased.  But most would agree that New York City really does have something for everyone.

What if some of your guests (or indeed the couple) have any mobility issues?  Well, any destination wedding will likely cause some obstacles to people of limited mobility, and certainly wheelchair users will find the subway frustrating, but a wedding in Central Park will be easier to get to than one on a beach and perhaps in many other cities.  There are cabs galore in Manhattan, and we can arrange for a pedicab to get anyone to a Central Park wedding ceremony location, and some of them even have some seating.

If you’re a person who loves beautiful and unique photos, and wants to capture wedding photos that really stand out, then Central Park and New York will certainly deliver.  The vast majority of our couples hire a professional photographer to take photos around Central Park, and in a two hour session, they can deliver over a hundred beautiful photos.  If you really want to make the most of being in this incredible city while looking your absolute best, then you can travel to some of the iconic places in New York to take portrait photos.  Popular locations are Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, or overlooking Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn, the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock, Grand Central, or a boat on the Hudson with the Statue of Liberty photobombing!

We write all of our ceremonies with each couple.  I have a list of questions that I ask that helps me to get a good idea of what the couple want from their wedding ceremony.  If you want to spend some time having the officiant tell the long story you have shared up to this point, having guests read poems, performing some alternative ceremony rituals and reading out long and heartfelt vows to each other then we can do that.  If you want just the absolute basics then we can do that too.  There is very little actually required by law for a wedding in New York State, so we can make the ceremony go just how you want it.

When people walk through the streets of New York City they are likely to be congratulated by any passing New Yorkers.  So if you like attention, then this is the place for you.  There are some beautiful locations that suit a wedding ceremony out in the open in Central Park, for all to see you looking your absolute best.  Many of our couples don’t enjoy a lot of attention, and that might be contributing to their decision to elope or have a small wedding.  That’s fine too.  There are plenty of locations in Central Park that are quiet and tucked away.

New York is a city that is busy with tourists all year round.  If you want to get married in the summer sunshine amongst the greenery and flowers, then Central Park is sure to impress.  If you have always dreamt of getting married in the snow, then at the start of the year, you have a pretty good chance in Central Park!  Do you like cherry blossom?  Come in April.  Do you like the falling leaves?  Come in November.  New York does seasons exceptionally well and if you enjoy being outdoors then getting married out in the open will be perfect for you.

If you’re just a person who quite likes the idea of getting married abroad but doesn’t have any strong feelings on exactly where, then New York City could be the ideal place for you.  It’s a great city to celebrate in, with so many awesome restaurants and bars.  And Central Park never fails to impress couples and gusts with its beauty.  Another huge reason why a destination wedding in New York might be appealing is that it’s so easy to do!  Many countries have complicated or prohibitive marriage procedures that might mean that visitors need to have their legal ceremony at home before having the symbolic ceremony abroad.  There’s no need for that in New York, a marriage here is legally binding worldwide and so much simpler than in the UK for example.

If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, or if you have any questions about it all, then visit our website or drop me an email at info@wedincentralpark.com.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

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Tyron and Andy’s December Wagner Cove Elopement

Tyron and Andy got married in Wagner Cove in December.  They’re British, from the West Midlands and Tyron is 27, Andy is 39.  They contacted me in September, just as we all got the news that the US would relax its travel restrictions between the US and the UK, so they would be able to make the trip to New York in December.

So, Tyron and Andy choose to have their wedding in Central Park.  “It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit as it’s always seemed to be so magical,” said Tyron.  “Andy had previously visited the park and he loved it.  The pictures we saw of weddings that took place in the park looked amazing and we loved the fact that there was so many places to have the most amazing pictures,” he said.  They spent three hours with our photographer Jakub Redziniak, taking photos around Central Park and then a little while at the end of the session in Times Square.

Tyron and Andy did have some concerns about getting married in a public park in such a busy city.  They are of course somewhat reserved, being British, so they admitted to “not being the biggest fans of public display of affection in general” and added to that being a gay couple, they did have some reservations about how passers-by might react.  So, they chose Wagner Cove as their wedding ceremony location.  It’s right in the middle of the park, but it’s tucked away down some stone steps right next to the water.  Passers-by just don’t tend to pass by this spot!  Because of the seclusion, Tyron said that “on the day it felt so comfortable as if it was just the two of us.”  And they didn’t experience any negativity from passers-by on the streets – “it was the total opposite as many people were congratulating us along the way which added to the day,” he said. 

The wedding ceremony took place in the morning on a weekday in December, so the park was pretty quiet, and that really suited Tyron and Andy.  They met their photographer Jakub at the entrance to the park and then walked over to Chambers Boat Landing to take their first photos, then he walked them over to Wagner Cove for the ceremony.  I asked Tyron what he thought about the photos and what he said was such a perfect run-down that I’m going to put a very long direct quote here.  “We love all our pictures but our favourite pictures were taken in the Cove (peaceful and really rustic looking), Bow Bridge (iconic bridge, which looks quite traditional and beautiful landscape in the background – was really quiet when we were there so we got it to ourselves), Bethesda Terrace – a different feel to the other pictures (there’s a lot of light and shade which were effective in the pictures), Gapstow Bridge (lovely backdrop and being a massive home alone fan as a kid this is where the pigeon woman scene was), Cat Rock (spectacle views in the background) and Times Square (what’s more New York than Times Square with a taxi in the background on your pictures).”  Brilliant list, thanks Tyron!

Tyron and Andy had originally planned to elope just the two of them, but they had a friend, Kerry, who lives in Brooklyn who came along and she was able to live stream the ceremony for loved ones back home.  She said it was a beautiful place to get married, and she said how much of a special day it was.  She thinks Central Park is one of the nicest places in the city and she totally understood why anyone would want to get married there.  Obviously, I am fully in agreement with all of this!

They both wore the same grey tweed suits with dark red ties.  They had hired them from a shop in Birmingham, near their home, called Peter Posh.  “We wore tweed thinking it was going to be a lot colder than it was,” said Tyron.  “It ended up being a beautiful day to the point our photographer had just a t shirt on!” he said.  It could have gone either way in New York – I’ve seen some lovely days in December and some very cold days! 

The couple stayed in New York for five nights.  They stayed in the Riu Plaza which is located on 46th Street and 8th Avenue.  “It was a perfect base to explore the city and get to the park on the day,” said Tyron.  He said it was just a twenty minute walk.  I asked why getting married had been important to them.  “We wanted to show our love for each other and commitment for the rest of our lives and unite us as one and bring our families together,” said Tyron.  I asked if they had any regrets about not having a “traditional” wedding closer to home.  “Not having our closest friends and family witness the wedding, but they understand and it was perfect for us and we wouldn’t have changed a thing about the day itself or the build up to the actual day,” said Tyron.  So, there are always trade-offs – having loved ones nearby is kinda nice but also kinda adds extra stress.  I think we can all agree on that to some extent. 

After finishing up their photo session in Times Square, they went to Chipotle – Andy’s favourite meal – then headed down to lower Manhattan and took a helicopter ride taking in the views.  They said they would definitely recommend doing this, especially to mark such a special day.  That evening, they went to a little Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village called Cotenna before going over to the Stonewall Inn, and then the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar where they enjoyed amazing views of the Empire State Building in the background. 

I asked them if they’d have any advice for other couples who might be considering getting married in Central Park.  “Definitely do your research on areas where you can get married as some locations are really busy, which we wanted to stay away from for the ceremony,” said Tyron.  “Leave yourself plenty of time and try not to pack in too many locations for your pictures as you want a good 10-15 minutes in each area.  We got married quite early which proved to be a quieter time,” he added.  “We had the most amazing day, the pictures are brilliant which is a guarantee I suppose for somewhere so beautiful.  We couldn’t recommend getting married in Central Park enough, it was such a magical experience and so peaceful although it’s in the middle of a city.  So much wildlife to be seen.”  Well said, Tyron.

I asked them how we did.  “Claire was absolutely fantastic from start to finish, kept us updated throughout and replies were either the same day or the next day.  Very knowledgable on the park and suggested areas from what we explained to her.  The plan of action she sent over was spot on and was good to know where we were going next and also was nice touch to send to our family and friends so they could follow our day.” 

How lovely of him to say all of that.  But he had more to say.  “Our officiant Kevin was amazing, we couldn’t recommend him enough and he really added to our magical day.  Jakub the photographer was such a lovely guy who directed us brilliantly whilst putting us at ease.  We recently got our photos back much quicker than we anticipated and they were out of this world.  We honestly couldn’t have had a better day, although it sounds cliche it was the best day of our lives so thank you so much for being a part.” 

Thank you Tyron for your kind words, and it was an absolute pleasure to plan your wedding with you.  Not just because you’re such a very lovely couple, but also because you were the first British couple to get in touch about getting married once the travel restrictions lifted.  For more information to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, visit our website, or “like” us on Facebookfollow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest where you will find lots of lovely photos and many more inspiring stories of real weddings.

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Five Most-Read Blog Posts of 2021

It has been nice to get back in to planning plenty of weddings this year after the disaster that was 2020, but we’ve still only been doing around half of the number of weddings we’d usually have.  That’s because most of my couples tend to be from outside of the US, so travel restrictions have effected us. Sadly, still rather a lot of my time working this year has been spent dealing with more re-arranging plans and having couples ask me questions about the future that I’m just not able to answer. 

The past couple of years have certainly been quite trying for anyone planning a wedding, and for anyone who works in the wedding industry.  This year, we have been planning weddings for lovely local couples, and a few from out of town, but very few of our usual destination wedding groups have been able to get to New York, although we’ve had a few eloping couples from the UK towards the end of the year.  We’ve still seen far more events have to be cancelled or postponed this year that I expected this time last year.  It’s still been quite a trying time for someone who loves their job because they’re usually dealing with happy people! 

My blog posting for the last couples of years tends to run to a three week cycle.  I post a real wedding, an advice post and then take the third week off from posting.  I’m making an effort to focus the advice pieces on trends I see emerging, such as the questions I get asked most frequently, requests I get from couples, or popular posts that I find when I do this yearly review. 

Below are my top five most viewed posts of 2021.  I’ll see you all in 2022, which so far is looking like it will be a very busy year, so we will see some more beautiful real weddings, and I will be inspired to share more tips on getting married in Central Park.

1 Destination Wedding Etiquette and Tips – How to Make the Trip Easier for your Guests

This post is overwhelmingly the most popular blog post I’ve ever written, and it was the most popular of this year.  I think it must have something to do with Pinterest users re-pinning it (do you follow me on Pinterest?), and also it being a generally useful post to anyone planning a destination wedding.  After two years of destination weddings very much taking a back seat due to ever-changing travel restrictions, it’s quite surprising that couples are still giving destination weddings a lot of thought.  It is by far the most popular this year, with twice as many views as the next most popular post.  I posted this in August 2018 and it was the most popular post of both 2019 and 2020.  So, in 2020, I posted another piece in the same theme: Destination Wedding Etiquette and Tips – How to Make the Trip Easier and More Fun for your Guests and I’ll probably try to think of something else to say on the matter for another post next year. 

20 Wedding Readings and Poems 

The second most-read post for the year is another post that I think is generally useful to anyone getting married.  It is a list of readings and poems that some of my couples have used for their wedding ceremony and a few of my personal favorites.  I knew that this post was popular, so I posted 20 More Wedding Readings and Poems in September of 2020, a further list of some readings and poems from my couples’ ceremonies and some of my own suggestions.  Maybe I’ll post another list after 2022 wedding season and couples have brought me some more poems!

3 Alternative Wedding Ceremony Promises

This one has not been in my top five blog posts lists before.  Again, generally useful to anyone getting married and also might be getting lots of hits thanks to Pinterest users re-pinning it (do you follow me on Pinterest yet?).  This post is some of my suggestions of an alternative to the traditional part of the wedding ceremony where each of the couple in turn says “I do”.  It’s the classic part of a wedding ceremony, but sometimes couples don’t want to say that, or more frequently; they do want to say that, or something similar, but also want to say something more unique to them.

Wedding Vow Renewal in Central Park

This was third most popular post last year, and second most popular in 2019.  I posted this in January of 2018, in response to increasing requests from couples interested in renewing their vows that year.  It’s quite surprising that it has been so popular in recent years, because vow renewals haven’t been so popular lately, with travel and gatherings being so restricted and uncertain.  Maybe I should write more about vow renewals, or consider a special vow renewal package…?

How to get your marriage license in New York City

This is very old one; from 2012, and one I share with every couple who contacts me about getting married in Central Park.  Although things have changed for recent years due to the virtual appointments being offered due to Project Cupid.  I’m unsure as to what the process will be going forward, so it might be that I either update this post or write a new one, once it becomes clear what City Hall intends to do for the long term, going forward.  I often share this post at least two or three times with a couple during the planning process, just to make sure they’re clear on it, so that probably increases the hits on this post! 


I write and share this list at the end of each year to help to give myself some ideas about what to write for the blog in the coming year.  I like to see what couples are finding useful and what sort of information is directing people to my site.  So, I’d love to hear any suggestions from people in the comments about what you’d like to see me sharing in future. 

Some other posts that remain very popular, so might be of use to anyone reading this blog are listed below.  If you’re new to the idea of getting married in Central Park then it might be worth reading through a few of these, and the emailing me at info@wedincentralpark.com with any questions.  You can also “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.

Getting Married in New York – Advice for British Couples

Destination Wedding Etiquette and Tips – How to Make the Trip Easier and More Fun for your Guests

New Elopement Wedding Package from Wed in Central Park

How to Get Married in Central Park

Things to do on your Wedding Day in New York City

What Time is Best For Your Central Park Wedding?

The Top Ten Best Places to Take Wedding Photos in New York

Why you need Wed in Central Park to plan your Central Park wedding

 

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Last Minute Weddings in Central Park

Requests for weddings in Central Park with very little notice have always been quite frequent for us here at Wed in Central Park.  Over the past couple of years, with uncertainty around gatherings, travel and just about everything else due to Covid 19, these requests have increased.  I really enjoy helping to plan last-minute weddings, there’s something quite exciting about the short-term planning period that I like.  Sometimes I just have to say no – if we don’t have the availability, but usually, we’re able to accommodate wedding bookings even with very short notice.

We have planned weddings in a couple of weeks in the past.  I think the shortest notice we ever had was eight days.  Ideally, I’d rather have a little longer than that, but it can be possible!  I work with several officiants, photographers and other service providers, so this means that I can usually cover almost any date.  If you’re considering getting married with very little notice, however, then I’d strongly advise choosing a weekday.  Saturdays (followed by Fridays) are the most popular days for weddings, so photographers and officiants tend to be booked for these dates sometimes a couple of years in advance.  Sometimes we will have someone free who can perform a weekend wedding at the last minute (especially for couples who can be a little flexible on timing), but sometimes we just can’t do it.

One obstacle to get married in Central Park at very short notice is the permit application process from the Parks Department.  They need a permit application at least three weeks in advance of the wedding date.  You don’t have to have a permit for an event in Central Park if you have under twenty people there, but I always suggest getting a permit because otherwise you might get to the location where you’ve planned to hold your ceremony and find that someone else is there getting married.  Then you’d have to wait until they were done until you can move into the space, which might make a mess of your other plans for that day.  If you do want to get married in under three weeks, though, that is just the risk you will have to take!

Many couples will get their event permit several months in advance of their date, so it might be that your first choice of date, time and location is not available if you’re applying for a permit with very little notice.  So, you may want to make a first choice of date, time and location but have a second choice, in mind.  You could either change the date, time or ceremony location depending on whether you’re really keen on one spot in particular for the ceremony and are willing to change the time or date to get married there, or if you’re stuck on one date but don’t mind where in Central Park that you hold the ceremony. 

Over the past couple of years, due to the uncertainty caused by Covid 19, couples have asked me if it’s possible for them to reschedule a wedding if they’re unable to make it due to one of the many obstacles that Covid 19 can put in our path, such as illness or travel restrictions.  The simple answer is that I can’t agree to deliver a wedding without the couple committing to a date. 

If I take a deposit from a couple for a wedding on a certain date and they sign a contract then we’re both committing to that date for the event.  I will pass the deposit on to secure the date with the officiant and photographer and anyone else involved, and also purchase an event permit.  So if a couple needs to change the date for any reason at all (Covid or otherwise) I will very likely have to charge a reschedule fee.  This is because the service providers often have other jobs (perhaps they have other weddings or completely different work commitments) so they will block out your date in their diary and can’t necessarily make that money back if you change the date.  There’s no other way to run a business like this – to secure someone’s time you have to pay them a retainer.  If a couple asks if I will agree that they can reschedule a wedding with no fee then what that amounts to is them asking me to deliver their wedding at any possible date in the future, and I just can’t do that. 

If you think that you might want to get married in Central Park with very little notice, then I’d advise contacting me to ask some questions in advance.  We can have a chat about what’s involved and what you want from your wedding day without you needing to commit to anything.  Then, once you’re ready to commit to a date, we can be all set and ready to go.  Here’s another blog post on how the wedding planning process usually goes. Of course that might not be possible for many couples who decide to get married at the last minute.  I am finding that many couples want to book a wedding with me but are afraid that travel might be disrupted.  In these cases, I’d advise asking lots of questions in advance and feeling clear about what you want, and then booking once you feel more certain that you can make it.

If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you’re from near or far, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.  If you have a clear idea of what you’d like in an ideal world but you’re worried about you plans being disrupted by travel changes or weather (or anything else) you could discuss it all with me in advance and then check in with me when you’re ready to commit to a date. 

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Nikola and David’s Autumn Wedding on Chambers Boat Landing

Nikola and David got married in the Chambers Boat Landing at the end of October.  They came over from their home in the Czech Republic for their wedding in Central Park.  They had the legal ceremony at home before they came out to New York.  The couple got married with their two best friends as guests, who were best man and maid of honor. 

Nikola and David had been together for three and a half years when they got married.  They originally met at summer camp when they were both twelve years old.  They got together at their friend Michaela’s birthday party. 

I planned the wedding with Michaela, who was the maid of honor, since her English was the best out of the party, and she kept much of all that we planned as a surprise for Nikola and David.  The couple knew they were going to have a marriage blessing ceremony in Central Park, but not about all the other stuff that Michaela arranged for them.

Nikola and David had their ceremony on October 28th, which is a special day in the Czech Republic; it commemorates the date in 1918 when Czechoslovakia was created.  So, each year, when all of their fellow Czechs enjoy a holiday for the Foundation of the Independent Czechoslovak State Day, Nikola and David, will also be celebrating the anniversary of their wedding.

They were originally keen to get married on Bow Bridge, and that’s where we got the event permit for, but when they all got there, they found it to be too busy.  So, in the end, they decided to get married on Chambers Boat Landing, which is a lovely spot for a very small group like this.  It is quite a secluded spot on the side of the Lake.  People can see a wedding on Chambers Boat Landing from Bow Bridge, and everyone on the bridge was cheering for them.  They got something that you don’t get when you hold a ceremony on Bow Bridge and that’s a view of Bow Bridge in the background!

Our officiant really worked hard for this ceremony, often we might have some names that are tricky to pronounce correctly, and she had to do that for this ceremony, and we also included some Czech words for her to say!  She also had to speak very slowly and clearly for Nikola to understand everything, since she struggled a little with English.  Nikola and David really like a famous quote from their country’s former president Vaclav Havel, which he said during the Velvet revolution in 1989, so we put that into the ceremony.  The quote was “May truth and love prevail over lies and hatred.”

We arranged for a guitarist to play at the ceremony.  He played at the start and at the end, and we had a break in the ceremony for him to play Take On Me by A-ha.  He learnt a song to play at the end called Chci zas v tobě spat, which was the couple’s favourite song, by the Czech band Lucie.

After the ceremony, I checked in with Michaela and asked her how we did.  “Everything was great,” she said.  “It was a once in a lifetime experience,” she added.  Thank you so much for your hard work in panning your friend’s wedding, Michaela.  It was a pleasure working with you!  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, whether you’re from near or far, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

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2019 Clients’ New York Restaurant Recommendations – Where to Eat After you are Married in Central Park

A very frequently asked question from my clients who are getting married in Central Park, is a suggestion of where to eat in New York.  It’s such a difficult question to answer because New York is a huge city with so many awesome places to choose from with every cuisine you can think of to fit a vast range of budgets.  My couples are all so different, too – they have varying tastes, budgets and number of guests to feed. 

Since the question is so difficult to answer, I think it’s helpful to look to my previous clients for their suggestions.  This list contains the places that couples who featured on the blog in 2019 ate and celebrated after their wedding in Central Park.  To avoid the blog posts from getting ridiculously long, I’ve split this subject up year by year.  I wrote a post summarising where all the couples who featured on the blog in 2018 ate after their wedding, couples from 2017, couples from 2016, then from 2015, then those from 2014, and also those from 2013.  So there are lots of recommendations to look through! 

A while ago I wrote my own list of New York restaurant recommendations, and followed that up with a second list of New York restaurant recommendations, but these may be getting a little out of date now.  Check out my FAQs page on my website for some of the others I get asked a lot.  Below I summarise the couple’s recommendations who featured on the blog in 2019.  I intend to cover the next couple of years on the blog eventually.

Chris and John – Tavern on the Green

Chris and John got married underneath Bethesda Terrace on a crisp, clear day in December. They had been together for ten years when they got married. Like so many couples who contact me, they were planning on being in New York when they decided they might get married in Central Park while they were there. After all, ten years is a big anniversary!  After the ceremony the couple took their guests to the Tavern on the Green for champagne and lunch. It was a short walk between their ceremony location and the restaurant.

Chelsea and Matthew – Delmonicos Steak House

Chelsea and Matthew brought a small group of their close friends and family over to New York from their home in Canada to get married in Central Park.  Their ceremony was held in Wagner Cove in July. They had been together for four years before they got married. After their photos around Central Park, they went on to Delmonicos Steak House for lunch, an iconic New York restaurant, opened since 1837!

Sophie and Ben – Tavern on the Green

Sophie and Ben got married in Central Park in January.  They got engaged in Central Park in January 2017, Ben proposed beside Bethesda Fountain.  After taking photos around the park, they went over to the Tavern on the Green for their dinner, and then back to the Empire Hotel for drinks in their rooftop bar. “The Tavern on the Green was amazing, the food was incredible,” said Sophie.

Jess and Nathan – Tavern on the Green and Hardings

Jess and Nathan brought family and friends over to New York from their home in Yorkshire, England to get married in Central Park in August.  The ceremony took place in the Ladies’ Pavilion.  After that, they walked through Central Park, taking photos, and went on to the Tavern on the Green.  We had a few drinks there before getting cabs to our wedding reception which we had at Hardings in the Flatiron district,” Jess said.  They had their meal and speeches there, and then walked round the block to their sister restaurant, Casa Neta, where they had hired and decorated a room where they could play their own music.  That is where they did their first dance, cut the cake and Jess threw her bouquet.  “The staff at both venues were very accommodating,” Jess said, “we had our own signature cocktails made up at Casa Neta – one chosen by me and one chose by Nathan and paid for a two hour free bar package.

Claire and Brett – River Dock Cafe

Claire and Brett got married in May by Bethesda Fountain.  They brought thirty-three guests from their home in Kent, England to the wedding; quite a large group by our standards.  They took the Staten Island ferry over to Staten Island for their reception meal at the River Dock Café, which has an outdoor terrace with stunning views of downtown Manhattan.

Marc and David – Tavern on the Green

Marc and David brought six of their friends over from their home in the UK to get married in Central Park in November. After the ceremony, they all took photos at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Then they went on to the Tavern on the Green to have a rest and to celebrate, and our photographer popped in to take a few pictures inside before she left.

Carolanne and Christopher – Blue Smoke

Carolanne and Christopher brought twenty-two guests over to New York from their home in Glasgow, Scotland to get married in Central Park in May.  After the ceremony, they went around Central Park to take photos, and then all got on a vintage trolley bus at the Dakota. It took them over to Brooklyn Bridge Park, then to Times Square for some more photos. Their reception dinner was held at Blue Smoke, “it was just fantastic,” said Carolanne, “the family style dining on the mezzanine was perfect, I would highly recommend this place for a wedding, it was a great atmosphere and all the diners cheered and clapped for us when we got there which was so nice,” she said. After dinner they had reserved an area of the Monarch Rooftop Bar, “it was just the icing on the cake of a perfect day,” Carolanne told me, “the view of the Empire State Building was amazing from there,” she added.

Emma and Adam – Bateaux New York

Emma and Adam brought a small group of family and friends over for their wedding in Central Park from their home in the UK.  After the ceremony, they took some group photos at the Ladies’ Pavilion and then just the couple went around Central Park with the photographer, before jumping in a cab to get photos at Grand Central.  Their reception was on the Bateaux New York dinner cruise (which I’ve also enjoyed – click the link to read the blog about my river cruise). “It was the best way to end our wedding day with great food and views, they even invited us to the dance floor so we could have our first dance!” said Emma.

Stephanie and Jack’s Wagner Cove Elopement

Stephanie and Jack eloped to New York to get married in Central Park in July. Stephanie and Jack forgot to bring their license to the ceremony! This does happen occasionally, which is why I remind couples of it several times in the run-up to the wedding. So, our officiant went to fetch it for them and they had lunch with her and her family. After that they went back to their hotel room for champagne and cake. They had ordered their wedding cake from Magnolia Bakery. After that, they went to Ralph Lauren’s restaurant, the Polo Bar, for dinner. “The food was incredible,” Stephanie said. After dinner they went to Broadway and to see the Lion King. After that, they had a caricature drawn of them wearing their wedding outfits in Times Square.

Emily and Casey- TESSA

Emily and Casey got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in July.  They decided to hire the ever popular vintage trolley bus to pick up the whole party after the ceremony and photos in the park. After the ceremony the guests went for a drink at the Tavern on the Green while the couple took photos around the park, “this was lots of fun as we got a lot of attention from tourists,” she said. Then they all got in the trolley bus, where they are allowed to take their own alcohol and play their own music, and the driver will take them wherever they want in the allotted time. They all went to Times Square and Brooklyn Bridge Park to take photos, before dropping them off at TESSA – the restaurant they had chosen for their wedding meal. “Our time on the bus was by far the best part of the day,” said Emily, “admittedly everyone drank a bit too much and the amazing meal was probably a waste of money, but the driver was so laid back and stopped twice for toilet breaks and too collect more drinks! We had so much fun and got some amazing photos around the city,” she said.

Marco and Jason – Cafe Arte

Marco and Jason got married in August in Wagner Cove.  After the ceremony, they took some group photos with their guests and then they left for the reception dinner at Cafe Arte.  The couple stayed a little longer for photos around Central Park.  The wedding reception / after party was held at 230 Fifth rooftop bar.  Although Marco and Jason are New Yorkers, they did stay over in a hotel in Manhattan close to Central Park for the wedding weekend.

Christine and Alwyn – The State Grille

Christine and Alwyn got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in August.  The couple arrived in town on Thursday, married on Saturday and left on Sunday.  They took around a dozen of their guests on a bus tour of the city on Friday during the day time and on Friday night they went to Don’t Tell Mama Piano Bar for dinner and drinks.  “It was a fun opportunity for our guests to get to know each other better, said Christine.  This is a big plus of a destination wedding – all of the guests really have the time to get to know each other.  After the ceremony and photos in Central Park Christine and Alwyn took their guests for dinner at the State Grille at the Empire State Building.  “The food was delicious!” said Christine.  After that most of their guests went to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building with the couple.

Adam and Kirsty – Monarch Rooftop Bar

Adam and Kirsty brought around twenty of their friends and family over to New York from their home in Scotland for their wedding in Central Park in September. They took photos around Central Park, then on the Grand Central and after that, Times Square. They booked a corner of the Monarch rooftop bar and had food and drinks with the wedding party there, and apparently some excited locals! They had a small wedding cake made and delivered by Magnolia Bakery, which they said was amazing, and they partied there until the wee hours!

Jess and Andy – Marriott Marquis Revolving Restaurant

Jess and Andy got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in September.  After the photos in the park, they got on the vintage trolley bus from just outside the Dakota building and it took them on a tour of New York.  “It really made the day extra special,” said Jess.  “We sang all the way around New York.  After that we went to the Marriott Marquis revolving restaurant for dinner – the views and food were incredible,” she said.

Donna and David’s Wedding in Wagner Cove in September

Donna and David brought a small group of loved ones over from their home in Scotland to get married in Wagner Cove in September.  They got engaged in New York when they were visiting in 2014.  David popped the question at the Top of the Rock.  After the ceremony they took some photos around Central Park and then went to the Boathouse for lunch.  “The Boathouse was beautiful and I am so glad we chose to go there,” said Donna.  After lunch they took a taxi back to the hotel, got changed, then headed out to Madame Tussaud’s.

As always with these posts, I would be so happy for anyone to comment below with their own suggestions of great New York City restaurants – there are so many to choose from, and although there are some firm favorites that last over time, in particular, the two restaurants that are actualy inside Central Park, we’re always seeing new ones!  For more information to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, visit our website, or “like” us on Facebookfollow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest where you will find lots of beautiful photos and many more inspiring stories of real weddings.

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Louise and Steven’s November Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion

Louise and Steven got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion just as the leaves were starting to turn in early November.  They are from London, England and were 30 and 32 when they got married.  Louise and Steven met at school, Louise told me.  “He is two school years older than me and we went through school knowing of each other,” she said.  Several years after leaving school they reconnected in a local pub and began dating. 

Steven proposed at the top of the London Eye.  “The sun was setting, it was about 9:30pm it was beautiful,” Louise said.  She was so swept up that she only has a vague memory of coming back down to the ground, but when they got to the street level she was surprised to see that he had arranged for her whole family to be waiting for them with champagne.  “It was superb, such a wonderful memory,” she said.

The couple were engaged for about a year and a half before they got married.  I asked why being married was important to them.  “For us it was about solidifying our love and respect for each other – to go forward in our lives as man and wife,” she said.  Louise said that they knew straight away that they wanted to have a destination wedding in New York.  “Having a group of your most loved family and friends in a setting of your choice overseas is something very magical,” she said. 

I asked Louise why they chose to get married in Central Park.  She said that they knew they didn’t want to get married in a standard venue or hotel, “well frankly you could be anywhere in the world,” she said.  “There is only one Central Park, that is why we married there,” She added.  Of course, I’m biased but I couldn’t agree more.  “When we had been to Central Park before it was somewhere we fell in love with instantly,” she told me. 

Louise and Steven and their party were in New York for one week.  The couple stayed at the Hudson Hotel.  They had twenty-one guests, made up from close family members and close friends from both sides.  “They were all thrilled with our choice as most had never been to New York previously,” Louise told me.

The wedding ceremony was held in the Ladies’ Pavilion.  “Whilst researching locations we did look at the Loeb Boathouse for the ceremony,” Louise said, “but we wanted the wedding to be outside in the elements,” she told me.  They were lucky with the weather; they had a beautiful day for their wedding, as we see quite frequently in late October and early November; it was a crisp, cold, sunny day.  “The day of our wedding the weather was amazing, the scenery and back drop was breath taking,” Louise said. 

I asked how their ceremony was.  “It was a dream!  It went by far too quickly, we had the standard vows,” said Louise.  She wore a dressed purchased from her home in England, and also a fur shawl that she had purchased from Bebe in New York to take the chill off.

Their photographer was a friend – Louise Caroline Photography from Northamptonshire in England.  I asked Louise what she would say to anyone considering getting married in Central Park.  “I would say that it truly is one of the most magical, fairytale locations in the world that you could choose to marry your loved one,” she told me.  Thanks for sharing your story with us, Steven and Louise and thanks for sharing your photos for this blog, Louise Caroline Photography!

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Flying to New York with your Wedding Dress

This blog post is another long answer to a frequently asked question.  This isn’t one that I have experience of personally, since I was living in New York when I got married in Central Park. I have been told by brides about their experience of bringing a wedding dress from their home to New York when they get married with us.  The short answer is to pack it carefully in a box or garment bag and plan that you may have to take is on as hand luggage, but be very polite to the flight attendants and ask them very nicely if they will hang it up and if they can, they will. 

Invest in a good quality bag or box to put the dress in.  The store you buy the dress from may give it to you in a garment bag, but you may want get something more sturdy and waterproof for a long journey.  Fold your dress as carefully as you can, just in case it does have to remain packed for the flight, use tissue paper if you need to.  If you have it in a garment bag, and if you have t put it in the overhead locker, you will have to make the decision on whether to fold the bag, roll it, or to lay it flat on top of the other bags.  Whatever is the best option will depend on what your dress is like – some are bigger than others!

The general advice is not to put your wedding dress in to your checked-in luggage.  This luggage can go missing and if you your wedding dress is a one-off perfect fit just for you then you certainly don’t want this to happen!

When you get to the gate, ask the attendant if it’s possible to hang your dress or suit in the onboard closet.  Flight attendants have one for their own personal use, and if there is space in there, then they are likely to hang your clothing in there for you.  They are under no obligation to do this, but it seems that many are kind enough to help.  It doesn’t hurt to call your airline ahead of time to check.  However you have packed your dress should meet the hand luggage requirements, just in case that’s how you have to carry it on to the plan.

I looked online to see what some of the airlines that fly from the UK to New York say about it, since so many of my couples come from the UK.  Some airlines do not mention a wedding dress at all, although many have advice about travelling with a musical instrument or sports equipment.  Which isn’t quite the same, but still special baggage, so kind of similar, so it’s worth starting on the website of your airline.

Here’s what Virgin Atlantic say: “You’re welcome to take your wedding dress or wedding suit onboard in addition to your hand luggage.  Our crew will, where space permits, hang your dress or suit for you but on some flights the wardrobe space is very limited so we can’t guarantee this.  Please pack your dress in a box or bag so that when the crew can’t find space to hang it, it can be safely stowed.  With any wedding suits, please make sure they’re packed in a soft suit carrier.  If you prefer not to carry it and would like to check it in, please pack your dress or suit into a separate suitcase and mark the suitcase as ‘fragile wedding garments’.  Where possible the items should be packed into a plastic bag for extra protection.  Please note that if the separate suitcase is outside of your baggage allowance you will need to purchase additional baggage.” 

Here’s what Lufthansa say: “You can take your wedding dress on board with you as part of your allowed carry-on baggage.  We recommend that you carry it in a foldable garment bag which should not exceed the dimensions of 57 x 54 x 15 cm and a weight of 8 kg.  Please note that the number of carry-on items allowed depends on the travel class booked.  Should it not be possible to transport your dress in the cabin, you have the option of checking it in with your normal baggage as part of your free baggage allowance.”

Here’s what KLM say: “You can always bring your dress instead of an item of checked baggage.  If you’re flying intercontinental and there’s enough storage space, you can bring it on board with you instead of an item of hand baggage.  Please make sure it’s packed in a clothing bag that meets the regular hand baggage weight and size restrictions. If there’s not enough storage space, we’ll ask you to check it in at the gate.”

Here’s what British Airways say: “If your wedding outfit doesn’t fit into your hand baggage allowance, and you don’t want to put it in the hold as checked baggage, you may be able to buy an extra seat next to yours to ensure it travels with you in the cabin.  It’s not actually possible to do this online, so please call us or your travel agent (whoever you booked your ticket with) at least 24 hours before your flight, to see if there is an appropriate seat available for you to book and to find out the cost.  If you have bought an extra seat, you’ll be able to board before other passengers so that you have enough time to secure it in place.  Let the team at the boarding gate know before they start boarding that you have bought an extra seat for your wedding outfit.”

So, some airlines sound more reasonable than others.  In my opinion, what Virgin Atlantic say sounds the most helpful, with BA’s suggestion that you purchase a seat just for your dress the most unreasonable!  Although, if your flight is not full and you are not able to hang the dress up, then the flight attendants may be able to put the dress in an empty seat for you, and possibly move things around so that you can be sitting next to it. 

From what previous brides have said, the flight attendants will do their best to help you with any special clothing, but they just can’t make any guarantees.  So, I’d advise that you pack the dress as best you can with as much air as you can just in case it has to remain packed, but hope that you can hang it!  Also, don’t forget your dress in all the excitement when you disembark!

Many hotels have a concierge who may be able to help you with a steaming service once you get to New York, but that would involve letting the dress out of your sight so might be too stressful!  I did have one couple purchase a steamer on arrival and do it themselves.  If you do this – be very careful with an appliance that you have not used before, and perhaps try starting off using it with either a towel or sock over it if your dress is quite delicate.

If you would like me to help you with planning your Central Park wedding, once you get your dress to New York, or have any questions about getting married in Central Park, visit our website for lots more information.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

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Dana and Kevin’s Marriage Vow Renewal on Belvedere Castle Terrace

Dana and Kevin got married in August 2010 in their family Catholic church after being together for five years.  They contacted me in 2019 about renewing their marriage vows in Central Park for their tenth anniversary in 2020.  They were unable to renew their vows as planned on their tenth anniversary due to Covid travel restrictions, so instead they did it to celebrate their eleventh anniversary in 2021. 

Dana and Kevin are from Rochester Hills, Michigan.  They have shared a lot in their sixteen years together, not least being the addition of three children to their family.  “We decided to renew our vows to show each other that we still choose each other,” Dana told me.  “Kevin and I are consumed in our day to day lives with our three beautiful children and this world of special needs that we live in.  It was very important to us to remind each other of our love for one another,” she explained.

New York was on their travel bucket list, so it seemed like the right place for them to renew their marriage vows.  “When I was researching companies, they seemed very generic, almost not trustworthy just collecting money, and they didn’t offer the same New York experience of pictures in different locations that I was really looking for,” said Dana.  Then she found Wed in Central Park

Dana really had a clear idea of what she wanted for the ceremony and also that she wanted to get to lots of locations for photos, so she was a joy to work with!  “I was super excited about the idea of being dressed up and taking pictures at all the well-known sightseeing locations in NYC” she told me. 

I asked Dana what her opinion is on vow renewals in general.  “I think it is very important to do a vow renewal if you can.  It helps bring the couple closer together and remind them why they chose each other in the first place,” she said.  “It is very healthy to take the time out of life and concentrate on each other.  It really helps keep the marriage alive.  I hope that they are becoming more popular,” she added.  I love this, such wise words from this wife and mom!

Dana and Kevin wore traditional wedding attire for their vow renewal.  “I wanted to go all out and be a bride again,” said Dana.  “We went all out, brand new wedding dress and brand new suit for him,” she said.  Dana bought her dress at the Wedding Shoppe in their home town.  She put a bouquet together of Gerbera daisies in different shades of pink and carried that.  They used hair and make up team Metro Look in the hotel room beforehand.

The couple were in New York for a week.  They wanted to have a full day with our photographer, Florencia.  They stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, and that’s where she went to meet them.  From there, they walked to St Patrick’s Cathedral, took some photos outside and then walked to the Rockefeller Center.  We planned their day in advance and they purchased timed tickets to go to the Top of the Rock.

 After their photo session at the Top of the Rock, they walked to Grand Central to take photos there.  After that, they had a snack and then left Grand Central in a cab for Central Park.  We held the ceremony on Belvedere Castle Terrace.  I asked Dana what had appealed to them about Central Park.  “Central Park had the most to offer with the many different sightseeing locations that were stunning,” she told me.  “Belvedere Castle won me over at first sight, I just knew our vow renewal had to be there,” she said.

For the ceremony, we had the officiant talk a little about their relationship to date, and she read from Corinthians verse 13, chapters 4 to 8, which I’ll put at the end of this post.  As part of their renewal of vows, they performed a sands of time unity ceremony.  They had three containers of sand, each one representing the past, the present, and the future.  Dana and Kevin poured in sand from each container in turn into a larger container.  Once combined together, the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, and this symbolises what their marriage and their family continue to be.

One thing Dana pointed out in her feedback was that I “always sent receipts and permits for us to have and that permit saved us because it was requested for us to show by the park managers,” which I think is worth highlighting.  Some couples aren’t keen to pay for the event permit and with an event such as Dana and Kevin’s vow renewal, the permit isn’t strictly required since they had fewer than twenty people in attendance.  Dana and I worked hard to make a detailed plan of the day in advance and Florencia made sure that they kept to time, so if they had gotten to Belvedere Castle to find another group there, then they would have had to wait until that group had moved out of the space, which would have disrupted our carefully planned out, very busy day.

“The ceremony was peaceful, private, and serene” Dana said.  “The best thing we said to each other is “I still choose you.”  It was the whole focus of renewing our vows to each other, just like it should be,” she explained.  We had a videographer record the ceremony, as well as taking photographs throughout.  After the ceremony, they took photos at Belvedere Castle Terrace and nearby Shakespeare Garden.  Then they went on to Cherry Hill, Bow Bridge, Wagner Cove and finally Bethesda Terrace.  Later on in the afternoon they left Central Park and took a cab to Times Square for photos there.

I asked Dana where their favorite photos were taken and she said that they loved Belvedere Castle, “it was classy and private and intimate,” she said.  She went on to tell me that “all the pictures were amazing and more than I could have ever dreamed for, however, hands down our favorite pictures were taken on Top of the Rock!”  This location was their photographer Florencia’s suggestion while we were working out the plan of their day, “I am so glad the photographer suggested it!” Dana said.

Dana and Kevin finished up their day with photos at Brooklyn Bridge Park.  We wanted to capture the sunset from there, with the iconic skyline of Manhattan in the background.  So, Dana and Kevin decided to eat at a restaurant in Brooklyn afterwards to avoid traveling back and forth too much.

They were really happy with our vendors.  “Claire works with very high end professionals for the pictures and hair and makeup,” Dana said.  “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, and it was nice to get a local person’s point of view of things to do and go especially when looking into places to do photos at,” she said.

I asked Dana how we did.  “Claire really made this whole process easy,” she said.  “She always kept us updated with the planning and really made sure we had what we really wanted when it came to the vision of our ceremony.  She was easy to communicate with and did things on a timely manner” she added.  “I couldn’t have imagined trying to plan this on my own,” Dana said.  “I know it would not have been as successful as it was with Claire working behind the scenes.  She is trustworthy, well priced, and very open and honest.  We even had so many pictures that she added a free addition of a highlight video of our ceremony day,” she said.  Thank you so much for your kind words, Dana!

If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or marriage vow renewal, whether you’re from near or far, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

Corinthians verse 13, chapters 4 to 8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

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Which Location in Central Park is Best for Your Wedding Ceremony?

Once you have decided that you want to get married in Central Park, then the next decision is to choose where exactly you would like to have the ceremony.  The location that suits you best might depend on how many guests you have, how much privacy you need, if you want a stunning view, if you need seats or perhaps whether you’re concerned about rain (or too much sunshine!). 

Whichever location you choose, Central Park is sure to impress you and your guests.  When thinking about where you’d like to have the wedding ceremony, you may need to think about other factors besides beautiful photos.  So, here are some of my thoughts on the pros and cons of the various popular locations in Central Park where you can get married.

Great views

If you want your ceremony to be in front of a stunning backdrop, then Central Park is the place for you!  If you get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion then your backdrop is the iconic Lake with the tress and high buildings of Central Park South beyond.  You’ll also get this view from Bow Bridge, with the addition of the striking buildings of Central Park West from a slightly different angle, and you might also get a rowboat or two in your photos!  There isn’t really a view to enjoy from inside Cop Cot, but for the group photos outside the structure, you’re right up close to the high buildings of Central Park South with the trees in front.  From Cherry Hill you would have Bow Bridge as your backdrop and from Bethesda Terrace you would of course have Bethesda Fountain in the background.  Belvedere Castle Terrace is the highest point in Central Park, so you have a lovely view of Turtle Pond and the Great Lawn from there, but the only buildings you have a good view of are the less striking ones on Fifth Avenue.

Shelter from the weather

You will be at the mercy of the weather when getting married outdoors; there’s just no way around that!  The location which provides the most cover for a large group in case of rain is the space Underneath Bethesda Terrace.  If you made a plan to get married there, you could be out beside the Fountain if it’s dry or underneath the Terrace if it’s wet.  The Ladies’ Pavilion has a roof and is a great spot to provide shelter from rain or strong sun for an elopement.  If you have a group then the guests could wait undercover before the ceremony, but it could be a bit cramped under there for the ceremony, so the couple can be under cover but the guests would need to have umbrellas.  Wagner Cove has a small structure that will provide cover from light rain for the couple and the officiant.  Belvedere Castle Terrace has roofed areas, but it is the highest point in Central Park, so if you’re getting married in the Winter, keep in mind that it could be windy and cold up there.  If you are worried about rain then one option could be to prepare for plan A good weather scenario but have a plan B wet weather scenario.  That may involve purchasing a backup bad weather permit.  So, if you’d really prefer to get married out in the open, then plan for that, but have a back up permit for a covered area just in case. 

Accessibility

Some of the popular ceremony locations are easier to get to than others.  Wagner Cove is down some stone steps so isn’t appropriate for everyone, but there are seats in the wooden structure if you can comfortably get down there.  The Ladies’ Pavilion is a roughly seven minute walk to get to, but there are benches inside.  Bethesda Terrace is of course down some strikingly beautiful stone steps but it can also be reached by a sloping pathway.  The Shakespeare Garden is on a very steep slope, but there are benches once you get there.  Belvedere Castle used to be quite difficult for people of limited mobility to get to, but it has recently been renovated and a wheelchair-friendly path has been added.  Pedicabs can take people from the major entrances to the park to locations that might be too far for some to walk.  Cop Cot can be seen from Central Park South so is the location that requires the shortest walking distance to get to, although it is up a steep hill, there are lots of benches in there.  The Central Park Conservancy does not allow chairs for the guests, but I have been to weddings in the past where a couple of chairs have been brought along for those who can’t stand for too long, and I’ve sat on one myself when I was pregnant!

Privacy

Some couples want the best of both worlds – a wedding in a public park in the heart of a very busy city, but with a little privacy!  There are some locations in Central Park that are quite tucked away from passers-by.  Wagner Cove is down some stone steps and right on the Lake – that’s a very picturesque and private spot.  Also, the structures of Cop Cot and the Ladies’ Pavilion provide some privacy because people generally won’t go wandering through a wedding going on inside a structure like these.  The Shakespeare Garden is rather peaceful and quiet, and has a wooden platform that is open but quite private.  The Conservatory Gardens offer some privacy simply because they are further away from the busier area of Central Park, so don’t see as many tourists as the southern end.

Groups

If you are eloping then you can get married pretty much anywhere!  Although couples tend to choose the smaller spots for an elopement, you could get married in a bigger area if you wish.  Most of our couples with a large group tend to go for the Conservatory Gardens.  The Central Park Conservancy will allow events for larger groups in other parts of the park, but I think couples choose the Conservatory Gardens for a big group because it’s quieter and easier to get a lot of people in and out of the area without getting lost!  The fee to get married in the Conservatory Gardens is much higher than the rest of he park, though, so if you’re on a budget and have over 50 people then I’d suggest Cherry Hill.  If you have a large group of under 50 then Cop Cot is a good spot.  The maximum that the Central Park Conservancy will allow at the other more popular locations is 25 people, but I wouldn’t advise a large group on Bow Bridge or Gapstow Bridge for example; they suit elopements better.


As with many of my blog posts, this is a long answer to a frequently asked question.  I have a page on the website that discusses each popular wedding ceremony location in Central Park in detail.  If you click the links from there you will find lots of photos intended to show the locations in greater details to help you to decide.  I also wrote a blog post a while back, summarising each of the popular wedding ceremony locations in Central Park so check that out for more information.

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