Wedding Photo Locations in Central Park From Film and TV

Wedding photo locations in Central Park from film and TV

I don’t think I’d get many arguments if I said that Central Park is the most famous public park in the world. We’ve seen it on countless films and TV shows. It is the most filmed location in the world, over 350 movies have scenes shot there. That’s why many people come to Central Park to get married – because they’ve seen it on the screen. Some people who come to Central Park to get married have never visited in person, but they’ve seen it in film and TV and they just know it’s the place for them.

What follows is by no means an exhaustive list of those 350 movies. This is my list of some of the popular movies that are shot in some of the most photographed locations in Central Park for couples who come here to get married.

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The Mall has featured in many New York movies. Dustin Hoffman teaches his son to ride a bike there in Kramer vs. Kramer. In a scene in Maid in Manhattan, Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes sit on one of the distinction Central Park benches. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis walk down it in Friends with Benefits. It has featured in many more movies, such as Vanilla Sky, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Big Daddy. The kids from Glee danced and sang part of “I Love New York” on the Mall.

The Tavern on the Green is a hugely iconic New York restaurant, and was actually inoperative as a restaurant for a long time, until it was refurbished and recently re-opened in 2014. It has featured in Ghostbusters, Beaches, Hitch, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Mr Popper’s Penguins (which also has scenes in the Central Park Zoo, of course), to name but a few. Also, an important scene in Wall Street takes place on Sheep Meadow and the nearby Tavern.

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Lots of scenes in the 1984 Ghostbusters movies were filmed in Central Park. In fact, the building where Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver live; where the big finale happens on the roof with the demon Zuul would have been on Central Park West had it existed. You can easily see the building they altered with CGI for the film from the Lake in Central Park, and it is many couples’ wedding photos.

The Boathouse restaurant, in the heart of Central Park, is perhaps the most famous restaurant in Central Park. In an episode of Sex and the City, Carrie meets Mr. Big for lunch there. She has sworn to Miranda that she will not kiss him and while dodging his kiss, they both fall off of the restaurant terrace and into the Lake. Also, Meg Ryan has lunch with her friends there in When Harry Met Sally (not the *very* famous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene – that’s Katz’s Deli)

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Harry and Sally famously take a stroll together in Central Park. As do Kermit and Miss Piggy in a newly cleaned-up and restored 1980s Central Park. So do Julia Roberts and James Franco in Eat Pray Love, and many, many more. The opening scene of the 1979 movie adaptation of Hair is shot as the dancers perform “Aquarius” all over Central Park.  The North end of the park is lesser-known to tourists, but there are some lovely scenes shot around Harlem Meer in the Adam Sandler movie, Big Daddy.

When many people think of Central Park, they think of Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Kevin evades the “Sticky Bandits” there in Home Alone 2. And, possibly the most famous wedding in Central Park, when Chuck and Blair get married in Gossip Girl, took place underneath Bethesda Terrace. It has also featured in scenes in John Wick, Elf, Sex and the City, Green Card, Godspell, Angels in America, It Could Happen to You, Law and Order, Out of Towners, Love Story and Enchanted, and many more. Lots of the 2012 movie The Avengers was of course shot in Manhattan, with some big scenes taking place on Bethesda Terrace. This area has also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.

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In Léon: The Professional, Jean Reno taught Natalie Portman how to shot with a sniper rifle from rooftop of a building overlooking Central Park by Columbus CircleGhostbusters, Borat, Enchanted, Taxi Driver, Keeping the Faith, and Crocodile Dundee shot scenes at street level at Columbus Circle.

The Conservatory Water is a lovely open space on the east side of Central Park. I think it’s best known for being in the scene where the mouse Stuart Little sails a boat. Human visitors can also sail boats on this charming little pool. Other films, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and 13 going on 30 have also filmed scenes there. There’s a scene in Remember Me, where Robert Pattinson sits on the Alice in Wonderland statue that is close to the Conservatory Water.

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If you stand outside the Met, on Fifth Avenue at the edge of Central Park, you’ll be where they filmed the external scenes when Pierce Brosnan stole a Monet painting in the 1990s remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. If you want to go inside, you can see where many famous movies have scenes, one iconic New York movie being When Harry Met Sally, when Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan walk through the Met’s majestic Egyptian Room.

Bow Bridge has what might be the most iconic vista of all of Central Park. From there, you can look of the Central Park Lake, with the row boats, and see the well-known shapes of the beautiful buildings on Central Park West in the background behind the trees. So many movies feature a scene filmed here, including Enchanted, Uptown Girls. Spider Man 3, Autumn in New York, Keeping the Faith and Woody Allen’s Manhattan.
Actually, just about every Woody Allen film features a scene in Central Park. Hannah and her Sisters in particular has some major scenes there.

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A walk by the Lake also provides a stunning view of those same Upper West side buildings. Ben Stiller and his co-star in Night of the Museum walk past it in a scene, perhaps because the museum in the film’s title is right next to that part of Central Park.
In the south-east corner of Central Park is the lovely stone Gapstow Bridge. Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon sat on a bench with it in the background in Arbitrage. Yet another Home Alone 2 scene is filmed there – Kevin meets the woman who feds the birds there by the Pond with the bridge in the background.

The Plaza is not quite in Central Park, but it’s right next to it on Central Park South. If you are getting married in Cop Cot then you will be just a stone’s throw away, so it might be worth considering a drink there, either before or after. Macaulay Culkin stayed there in Home Alone 2. Scenes from Almost Famous, It Could Happen To You, North By Northwest, Brewster’s Millions, Crocodile Dundee, The Great Gatsby and a film about two friends scheduling their wedding son the same day, Bride Wars, along with many more, have also been filmed there.

The Wollman ice skating rink is only in Central Park during the winter, but it has featured in several films. In Serendipity John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, meet up there at the end of the film. Love Story, Stepmom and Gossip Girl have also shot major scenes there. And of course Home Alone 2 (it would be easier to write about places in Central Park where they didn’t shoot that movie!)

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I’ve almost certainly missed out lots of film and TV locations. More than 350 movies have been filmed there, making Central Park the most filmed location in the world. I have just tried to list some popular ones in lovely locations. So, if any film buffs are reading this, please feel free to add to my list in the comments.  If you’d like some help planning a wedding in Central Park in any of these locations, and many more then email me.  heck out lots more information on the website, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest to see lots of photos of newlywed couples in this world-famous, iconic location that you’ve seen so many times on screen.

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Anna and Michael’s Intimate Wedding in the Shakespeare Garden

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Anna and Michael came over to New York from their home in Australia to get married in Central Park in June. The ceremony took place in the Shakespeare Garden.  They met five years before they got married at their local gym but it was not until many months later that they became a couple, mainly out of respect to Michael’s children from a previous relationship.

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The couple got engaged in Byron Bay, one of their favourite places in the world. It was also considered as a location for their wedding, before they eventually decided on New York.

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Theirs was a super-chill, laid back wedding. They had the ceremony at 3pm and they had only four guests. They chose to get married in New York partly due to the size of both their families and circle of friends. The idea was that a small wedding would be much more about them as a couple. They got the best of both worlds, because they threw a big party on their return home. The original plan was just for Michael’s kids to be there, but in the end Anna’s parents came long, too. So, halfway through our planning they doubled in the guest list!

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The Shakespeare Garden is lovely at this time of year, and all the flowers are blooming. It is designed to evoke Shakespeare’s England, and features hundreds of plants mentioned in his works, and contains ten small bronze plaques that feature Shakespearean quotes referencing horticulture.

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Usually we have the groom and guests meet the officiant at the wedding location and the photographer meet the bride and walk in with her. But Anna and Michael decided that the whole party should arrive together, with them being a small group. So, our photographer met them all at the entrance to the park, while our officiant waited for the whole party on the wooden platform in the Shakespare Garden.

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There are a couple of good options for a ceremony location in the Shakespeare Garden. One is the big stone bench at the top, known as the Whisper Bench, it is at almost the highest point in the garden, so has sweeping views of the meandering pathways, rustic, rough-hewn wooden fences and benches and flowers. This curved bench gets its nickname from a fun trick: whisper into one corner of the bench, and the sound of your voice will travel to the other side for someone else other person to hear. Another lovely spot for a very small wedding is the wooden platform at a lower level in the garden. This is where Anna and Michael chose to get married. They way up to the platform begins with stone steps, then wooden steps, before you get the platform, which has two wooden benches.

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Michael’s children did a short reading each, the first was; “People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.” by Hilary T Smith.

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The second reading was; “If you do not believe that hearts can bloom suddenly bigger, and that love can open like a flower out of even the hardest places, then I am afraid that for you the road will be long and brown and barren, and you will have trouble finding the light. But if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.” By Lauren Oliver.

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If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, whatever the time of year, visit our website, or “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest where we pin like crazy with all things New York or wedding-related.

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Wed in Central Park at the Birmingham Tiny Weddings Fair

I will be exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair, on 10th March 2019. It will be held at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2EP, UK. This will be the second Tiny Weddings Fair – the first was held in September 2018 in High Wycombe. The event will focus on couples planning elopements and small, intimate weddings. We’ve decided to move to the Midlands to be in a more central location, and this fair will be bigger and better than our last.

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When I talk to my clients about their reasons for choosing to get married in Central Park, I find that my clients would rather take a trip to New York and tie the knot in a city they love, either eloping alone or bringing a small group of their nearest and dearest, rather than spending a large sum on an extended family wedding close to home. Or, they might elope or have a small wedding in New York, then throw a big party for everyone they know on their return home – you don’t have to choose one or the other if you don’t want to, and you can have the best of both worlds. Anything goes in the world of weddings, and I think that’s wonderful.

Tiny weddings are what I do best. The vast majority of the weddings I have planned over the past six years (and I’ve planned over two hundred and fifty weddings) have had under fifty guests, with most of my weddings having between five and fifteen guests, and I’ve helped with a good deal of elopements, too! I believe that smaller weddings are on the increase – many couples are reducing their guest lists to concentrate on the elements of the wedding that are most important to them, or just to escape and get married somewhere they love, such as New York. I find that many couples are having a smaller wedding to put the emphasis on themselves as a couple, and to provide a truly unique and memorable experience for their guests, not to mention the awesome wedding photographs they take! I write each ceremony especially for the couple, and I think that if fewer people are present when a couple get married, they are more likely to show their true personalities, and include more unique and personal touches. A small and intimate wedding with a focus on the couple and a celebration of their love with just the people who matter most to them.

Actually, I’m not just exhibiting at this fair, I’m co-organising it with my friend and business partner, Carly from Epic Elopement. We have attended traditional wedding fairs and more alternative fairs in the past, but we have often grumbled to each other that eloping couples often don’t comfortably fit in to either niche. We have a true passion for tiny weddings and elopements, I got married in Central Park, and Carly got married in Vegas, both of us had just two guests at our weddings. We feel that a small wedding has specific requirements, and couples need suppliers who can help them with these particular needs. We didn’t think those needs were being met with existing wedding fairs, so we decided to start a fair that would. We accept that many eloping couples will want to get the best of both worlds and have a big party on their return, so this fair will have exhibitors who can help with that, too.

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We are working very hard to find a great mix of British-based celebrants, venues in the UK who are happy to cater for small groups, photographers who love small weddings and who are keen to travel, wedding attire suitable for a wedding in a less traditional location, stationers and caterers and florists who want to create something unique and special for your small group, and planners like myself who specialise in one particular fabulous location abroad. I can’t wait to meet couples from the West Midlands who are interested in hearing about getting married in this amazingly beautiful public park in the incredible city of New York, which truly has something for everyone. Let me know if you’re planning on coming to see me!

One of the major ways this fair is different from the usual run-of-the-mill wedding fairs are the talks and workshops that the exhibitors and other experts will be putting on in a room upstairs at the venue. They will provide genuinely useful information for couples considering and elopement or a small wedding that would take so long to find online. Many couples are interested in small and intimate wedding, but often they feel that they do not know enough about how to do it, or where to start, or where they should do it. With this in mind, we will be presenting small talks and workshops throughout the day. This is your chance to expand your idea of what a wedding can mean. You can meet vendors who are interested in smaller weddings, and hear talks from those who help plan tiny weddings themselves, and most importantly: ask questions that will allow you to have the wedding that truly suits you as a couple.

The good people of Unique Venues Birmingham will also be giving tours throughout the day of their different wedding venue options in the building – either for a small ceremony, or a larger celebration after your elopement somewhere exotic. Those who purchase tickets in advance will have preferential entry to these tours and talks. Sign up to our mailing list if you want to be kept updated on who will be at the fair and what you can expect to learn while you’re there.

Follow the Tiny Wedding Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, chat with us on Twitter and see our posts on Pinterest. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.

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Sophie and Ben’s Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion in January

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Sophie and Ben got married in Central Park this January. Sophie is 25, Ben is 28 and they are from Northamptonshire in England. They met at work. Ben hired Sophie in 2014 and was her boss for a while. They have been together since 2015. They got engaged in Central Park in January 2017. Ben proposed beside Bethesda Fountain, and after Sophie had said yes they went to Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue to collect the ring he has chosen.

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A January wedding wasn’t their original plan. When they booked their wedding with me it was for November 2018. Then the couple had the wonderful news that they were expecting a baby in October, so they decided to move the date back a little. They wanted to be married for the stability of the family. Sophie has two daughters and now they have a baby son together. “We just felt as if we were ready for that commitment,” Sophie told me. “It is important that the children feel they have a secure life, like Ben did growing up, his parents have been married 30 years last year, his grandparents the same, married all of their adult lives. We wanted that for our family” she said.

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Central Park hadn’t been their first choice for a wedding location. “We actually booked a pretty big wedding here in Northamptonshire, at a beautiful venue.” Sophie told me. “We had booked the registrar, and were in the process of sorting photographers, cakes etc, but we had a conversation one day about how that just was not for us – the thought of 180 people staring at us and being there for us made me want to faint!” she explained. I hear this so much – couples start down the road of planning a traditional big wedding at home and then they realize that it just isn’t for them. So, once they decided that they wouldn’t enjoy a big wedding, they started to think about other options. “Almost straight away we thought of New York!” said Sophie.

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I asked Sophie if she thinks destination weddings are on the increase. “I don’t really know much about them to be honest,” she said. “I’m in a few wedding groups on social media and destination weddings in places like Cyprus and Italy are popular, but those places are just not for us,” she told me. Sophie explained that a destination wedding wasn’t really a deliberate choice for them, “the choice of location was more about coupling up our favorite city with the biggest milestone of our lives; plus we got engaged there too so it was very special to us!” she said.

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I asked if they had any regrets about their decision not to have a “traditional” wedding closer to home, as was their first plan. “None, whatsoever,” said Sophie. “All of our family and some of our friends came to the wedding, minus my Gran,” she told me. “We would have liked some of our other friends to have been there but that’s not always a possibility, which is something you just have to accept with a destination wedding,” she said. I can’t argue with that, there are pros and cons to escaping to somewhere fantastic for your wedding, and sometimes you just have to accept that not everyone can be there. “Two of our friends did manage to make it though; their cruise from their honeymoon ended in New York on the day of our wedding so they were able to join us!” Sophie told me. Their guests were close family; their three children and their parents and siblings, and some very close friends.

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I asked if they were nervous about anything when planning their wedding from England. “Yes, we had some concerns,” said Sophie. They were a little worried about getting their licence on time, since they arrived on the Thursday, had to get the license on the Friday and they got married on the Saturday. But in the end they had lots of time to get the license – in fact they were up bright and early on the Friday and they walked from their Upper West Side hotel all the way downtown to City Hall.

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They also worried about the weather; a common concern for anyone getting married outdoors, but a perfectly reasonable on in New York in January! Anything can happen at this time of year! In fact, a snow storm was forecast for the weekend, and we were watching the weather forecast closely. In the end it snowed a little before the wedding day, but it had melted by Saturday, and then the big snowfall came the following day. It was very, very cold that weekend in New York, though. Sophie is a big Gossip Girl fan, so they stayed at the Empire Hotel when they visited. It is very close to Central Park so they were able to walk there, which I think is a lovely thing to do on your wedding day. They stayed for eight nights.

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It turned out that on their wedding day there was a women’s march through the city, so Central Park West was closed. With that and the weather forecast we were in close contact in the days in the run-up to the wedding. “There was a road closure all down Central Park West, literally where we were staying and where we needed to go,” Sophie said. “Claire told us and everyone else involved as soon as she knew about it. Nothing at all that could have been done but she made sure all people involved knew where to go, how else to get into the park etc!” Myself and the fabulous people I work with made sure that everyone was kept informed of the changing situation with road closures and we ensured that all went as smoothly as possible.

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They day passed in quite a whirl and Sophie said that she felt like she forgot most of the ceremony. It took place in the Ladies’ Pavilion, and Sophie’s mum gave her away. “I am so glad we had a videographer because neither of us remember a lot of it, we were so scared and nervous it just flew by,” she said. “The guests said it was so beautiful. No idea what we said to each other!” She laughed. Luckily, we had the officiant do most of the talking, with a good introduction detailing their relationship to this point, and thanking everyone involved with the wedding. Ben had necklaces to give to Sophie’s two daughters to symbolize his commitment to them as their stepfather, and we incorporated that in to the ceremony, before the exchange of rings between Sophie and Ben.

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Sophie had purchased a wedding dress and shoes in advance of the wedding. I am so impressed with her managing to do that just a few months after giving birth. Her dress came from Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery, in Thame, Oxfordshire. The designer was Wendy Makin. On the morning of the wedding she decided to give up on he wedding shoes, though and switched to her Converse! Sophie and her bridesmaids carried blush and white bouquets with ranunculus, garden rose and lisianthus to create a textured feel. Sophie’s maid of honor did everyone’s hair and make up!

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Because it was so cold, we had the guests take some group photos with the couple at the Ladies’ Pavilion and then they left to go back to their hotel to warm up. Sophie and Ben continued with the photographer for more photos around Bow Bridge and Bethesda Terrace before returning to the hotel to meet everyone and get warm themselves. They had a few drinks there and took Gossip Girl style photos in the lobby. Then 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.

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I asked Sophie how we did. “I’d recommend Claire and Wed In Central Park to anyone, our wedding was amazing, the guests loved it and even though we had been nervous because we weren’t planning the wedding ourselves, we literally had nothing to worry about!” she said. I asked if she had any advice for anyone considering getting married in Central Park. “Go for it,” she said. “It’s amazing and you will not regret it!” Great advice.

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Thanks for sharing your story with us, Sophie and Ben, I wish you lots of luck for the future. If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, whatever the time of year, visit our website, or follow us on Pinterest where we pin all things New York or wedding-related, “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram for lovely photos of happy couples.

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13 Things You Need To Know About Having A Wedding Outdoors

Lots of people dream about getting married outdoors.  It’s a lovely thing to do – out in the fresh air with just the sky above your heads, saying your vows to each other.  But, there are practical things to consider and I’m here to help.  I’ve been planning weddings outdoors since my own in Central Park on a very hot and humid day in July 2011.

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  • If you are in the good old USA you can do it! If you’re English, as many of my clients are, you might be surprised at this, because it is not allowed in England.  It is allowed in Scotland, though.  In England you may only get married under a fixed roof.  Central Park has plenty of places with or without a roof where you can get married, depending on what you would prefer.
  • Weather is going to happen. This is the biggie.  It might be cold, or wet or windy, or as it was on my wedding day; very sunny and humid.  All these things will affect your wedding ceremony and your wedding photos.  You need to either plan around them, make back up plans, or just deal with it.  Or possibly a mixture of all three.
  • Prepare for the weather when you are choosing what to wear and how to have your hair. Don’t plan anything too elaborate that will be ruined by wind if you’re marrying somewhere high up in Autumn.  Make sure you accessorize with an appropriate jacket or other outwear if you’re getting married in the colder months.  Think about thermal underwear if you’re marrying outside in the winter!
  • If you have guests – warn them! Explain what the likely temperature will be, and what the possibilities are for rain and so on.  Suggest in the invite that they check the forecast before they come and dress appropriately.  I’ve had brides tell me of upset bridesmaids who were cold at Winter weddings and who made the bride feel bad on her wedding day because of this.
  • Keep things fairly informal. Everyone will be more comfortable if the dress code is relaxed – and that counts for the brides and grooms, too.  When trying on your wedding attire, keep in mind the time of year you are getting married, the likelihood of getting a sit-down and how much walking you will have to do.  Keep all this in min when choosing shoes, too.  Consider getting some shoes for photos and some for walking, if necessary.
  • If you’re marrying in Central Park, choose a location that has cover. Several locations provide good cover for a small group or at least for a couple and the officiant.  If you really love a location that is out in the open, then consider making a backup plan that includes a location under cover.  We can make a plan A good weather plan and location with timings etc and a plan B bad weather plan with location and so, too.  Then we can watch the weather forecast until the day before the wedding and make a call on which one we go for on the day.
  • Bring your furry friend! An advantage of marrying outdoors is that you can bring your pet with you to the wedding.  This isn’t always possible for those travelling a long way, but we had our dog present at our wedding, and I’m so glad that we were able to do that.
  • If you’re marrying in Central Park during the winter, keep it short. Don’t plan to have a long ceremony with speeches and cake and things.  Just have the ceremony, pose for some stunningly beautiful photos in a stark and snowy Central Park, then get to one of the nearby bars or restaurants for warm drinks and a sit down in the warm.  Bring the photographer inside with you for photos in all your finery without shivering!
  • Keep the food and drinks on offer seasonal. If you are getting married outdoors, whatever the season, this will feature heavily in everyone’s memory of the event.  If you get married in the winter then why not make a thing of it and have hot toddies or hot chocolate on order for the guests as they arrive in the reception location, or pumpkin-spiced drinks of you marry in the fall, or jugs of ice-cold drinks waiting if you get married in the height of summer as I did!
  • You may need to bring some seats. Officially, the Central Park Conservancy do not allow seating for guests, but if you have elderly guests or other guests that can’t stand for too long then you may need to choose a location with some seating, or bring a few folding chairs for those who will need to sit.  I’ve done this a few times myself when attending weddings I have planned when I was pregnant.
  • The photographers I work with would never forgive me if I didn’t mention the light. If you get married later on in the afternoon during the winter then the light will fade.  But, more importantly, the sun is too strong and bright in the middle of the day during high summer.  Many couples want to get married in the early afternoon but my photographers always advise against it because people will be squinting in photographs and it’s very hard to get truly lovely shots while the sun is at its highest.
  • The musicians I work with would have me mention that many instruments would be damaged if played in the rain, and some cannot be played in very cold temperatures. So, if you would like acoustic music at your wedding ceremony, we can discuss what would be appropriate for the time of year, and we can make plans to be sure that the musician is kept under cover in case of rain.
  • The videographers I work with would also point out that there will be background noise if you choose to have a video made of your wedding ceremony. It all depends on what location you choose for the wedding, but some of the popular wedding spots are quite close to the roads so you may well hear traffic in the background, or wind.

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If this all seems like a lot to remember, I cannot stress enough how getting married in Central Park is totally worth it.  There’s nowhere like it on earth.  Central Park has so much stunningly beautiful scenery, juxtaposed with those iconic New York skyscrapers behind it.  You just can’t get that anywhere else.  I make so many backup plans and spend so much time with couples worry about the weather and we so rarely have to make alternative arrangements for rain.  Although, it does happen sometimes, so it’s something that we have to plan for to keep everyone’s mind at rest – that’s my goal – for the couples to feel confident in the run-up to the wedding that they will have a lovely day, so we have to plan for everything!

If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, whatever the weather or the time of year, visit our website, or follow us on Pinterest where we pin a *lot*, “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram for lovely photos of happy couples.

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Chelsea and Matthew’s July Wagner Cove Wedding

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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. They met when working together at a small rural school in Southern Alberta.

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“We wanted to find something that is unique and ‘us’ and have decided that Central Park in New York is where we would like to be for our big day,” said Matthew. “We just wanted a beautiful place to have a nice small quiet wedding,” he added. The couple had their two young kids as best man and maid of honor, as well as a very small handful of other guests.

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When they first contacted me Wagner Cove was out of action. It had been badly damaged by vandals and was closed while the Central Park Conservancy completely replaced the wooden structure. It was uncertain when it would be re-opened, because the situation was unprecedented, so nobody could predict how long it would take. So, Chelsea and Matthew chose Cop Cot for their ceremony location, being fond of the rustic look. In the end, Wagner Cove was re-opened in time for their July date, so we were able to change the location and hold their ceremony there.

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I wrote their ceremony for them and booked their officiant and photographer. They decided to book their own musicians, and they chose a cellist and violinist. I’m always happy to stay flexible if a couple wants me to organize some elements of their wedding while they organize other parts. They had their musicians play for the whole time – before the bride arrived, softly during the ceremony, and then increased the volume while they signed the paperwork and took group photos at Wagner Cove.

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The ceremony took place in the morning – a wise decision in New York in July, especially when the party includes small kids. After the ceremony our photographer took them around Central Park to take some photos. “He led us around to many of the most beautiful spots in the park and we got some beautiful photos – he is a true artist!” said Matthew.

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They had asked me for a recommendation on hair and makeup and I suggest the team I always recommend. “We did not choose the person that you recommended, going with a less expensive option, and she didn’t show up!” Matthew told me. “Luckily Chelsea did a good job of it on her own or it could have been a major issue!” he added. I agree, I think Chelsea looked stunning. I do hear this worryingly often when couples choose to book some elements of the wedding for themselves. Sadly, when someone is a visitor to New York, some vendors (who might have set their prices very low to get clients) might not be too concerned about not showing up. If you book through someone like myself, you avoid risking a no-show, because the people I work with value their relationship with me, and would never dream of not showing up, otherwise I would not book them again!

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After their photos around Central Park, they went on to Delmonicos Steak House for lunch, an iconic New York restaurant, opened since 1837!

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I asked Matthew how he thought we did. “Thank you very much for your efforts, Claire! Our big day went off even better than we had hoped!” If you think you might like some help with planning your own Central Park wedding, visit our website. “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.

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I want to Get Married in Central Park in the Autumn – is it really the best season?

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So, you’re thinking of getting married in Central Park in the autumn, or the fall. Who wouldn’t want to visit New York and enjoy those colors while they say “I do”, and to have them in the background of their wedding photos? Everyone knows how beautiful Central Park is as the leaves change color on the trees, it is famous for it. So, is this really the best time of year to get married in Central Park?

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Reason number one for most people to come to New York for their wedding during the autumn months will be the colors of the trees as the leaves change. Like the cherry blossom appearing in the spring, we can’t predict exactly when this will happen, it all depends on when the temperatures start to drop. Late October or early November is your best bet, to see the best of the colors though.

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New York gets very hot in the summer, and it can take a while for things to cool down after those months, so September can see some very warm days. Some years we might have a very summery September, and we have seen some truly hot days for some of our September weddings, although some years less so. By the end of November though, the temperatures have really dropped and a coat or jacket would be advisable for a wedding outdoors. This is a great excuse for anyone who loves to wrap up and wants to buy a glamorous shrug or jacket for their wedding day.

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There are 174 species of tree in Central Park at the last count, so there are many shades to enjoy. This means that some will change earlier than others. New York has many lovely tree-filled parks and streets, so it is not just Central Park that will be looking pretty. Some visiting couples get married in New York and then go on to another part of the US after their wedding for their honeymoon, and there are plenty of other parts of the US that will look stunning at this time of year.

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Those fall colors are so popular for accents in your wedding attire. Couples could choose accenting fall colors of red, orange and gold for their own accessories and for the bridesmaid dresses (metallic bridesmaid dresses, anyone?). For many these colors are often more flattering than pastel shades. If the wedding flowers and bouquets are in complimenting colors they will be really set off by the backdrop of the trees.

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There is so much going on in New York in the autumn; of course there’s Halloween, which is big in New York, but also the world-famous fashion week in September, a film festival in October, a comedy festival in November, and many huge sports events through the season. The ice rink in Central Park opens in October and the city celebrates Thanksgiving with a world-famous parade. And let’s not forget the availability of pumpkin-spiced everything!

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Of course the light will change through the months of autumn – with September afternoons seeing a lovely golden hour before twilight, but with the skies becoming a crisper blue towards the end of autumn. The sun might set around 6pm towards the beginning of the season and closer to 4:30pm by the end of the season.

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If you think you might need some help with planning your own Central Park wedding, whatever the time of year, visit our website, or “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.

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