Wedding Locations In Central Park

June 1st, 2013

Central Park is a romantic and picturesque location to hold a wedding ceremony, that is why it is such a popular destination wedding location. Today’s blog comes from a Central Park wedding planner who is frequently asked for suggestions on the best locations within Central Park.

Each location has varying degrees of privacy. Some have nicer views than others, some are closer to the major sights in the Park, some are closer to Subway stops, or entrances to the Park where a car can stop. Each location has a guest limit specific to its size and area. Couples will want to take all these factors into account when choosing their location.

Shakespeare Garden

Shakespeare Garden is a lovely four-acre flower garden named for the famed English poet and playwright because the flowers in it are all mentioned in his plays and poems. It was added to Central Park in 1916. The garden is on a steep slope, having several paved pathways and several rustic wooden benches and bronze plaques with quotations from the Bard’s masterpieces. The flowers in this area make for very beautiful pictures. At the top of the garden, there is a large stone bench in the shade, and nearby an area with rustic benches, both lovely spots for a wedding.


Ladies’ Pavilion

Ladies’ Pavilion is a lovely spot by the Lake. There are seats around the edges and it has a pretty gray slate roof and charming cast-iron details. The Ladies Pavilion is an important example of 19th century American decorative arts. It was originally designed in 1871 as a shelter for trolley passengers and sat near the Park’s Eighth Avenue and 59th Street entrance. When construction began on the monument that stands there now, the pavilion was relocated inside the Park. It is so-called because during the Winter the Ladies’ would change into their ice skates here, before skating on the Lake.


Bethesda Terrace

Bethesda Terrace is at the top of the Mall, designed to look like the aisle of a church, so is a lovely setting for a wedding. It overlooks the beautiful Fountain and the Lake. The magnificent stone carvings on the fountain side represent the four seasons and, on those facing the Mall represent the times of day. A wedding underneath the Terrace would provide shelter from rain if you are unlucky, but also shade from the sunshine, which can be very strong during the Summer. This is possibly the busiest area of the Park.


Wagner Cove

Wagner Cove is an excellent location for a small wedding. It is tucked away into a shady corner of the Lake, right on the water, looking out over Bow Bridge. The steps that lead to it from the main pathway in the Park are hidden between trees. This location is within close walking distance of many of the iconic scenes within the park, so there’s not far to walk for your photographs. The Cove features a rustic wood shelter, useful in case of any rain on your wedding day, or bright sunshine. The original shelters date from Central Park’s early years, when rowing boats would pick up passengers at one of six shelters that dotted the edge of the Lake and drop them off at another.


Bow Bridge

Bow Bridge is quite possibly New York’s most popular muse for photographers. The view from the bridge is also iconic to Central Park, with the Manhattan skyline towering above the trees. It is certainly not the most private spot in the Park for a wedding, but would be one of the loveliest. This beautiful bridge spans the Lake’s narrowest point and links Cherry Hill to the sprawling woodland of the Ramble. The bridge is named for its shape – reminiscent of a violin’s bow. It is the oldest cast-iron bridge in the Park, and the second oldest in America.


Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle caps Vista Rock, Central Park’s second-highest natural elevation. Because of this it provides the best and highest views of the Park and its cityscape. The name of the castle is fitting because it translates to “beautiful view” in Italian. It was built in1869 as one of Central Park’s many whimsical structures intended as a lookout to the reservoir to the north (now the Great Lawn) and the Ramble to the south. All weather observations for Central Park are taken from Belvedere Castle.


Claire, who helps couples to plan their Central Park wedding can discuss your desires and provide you with further descriptions of any of these locations, or your own suggestions of other spots within the Park. She can obtain your permit for whichever location you choose. For more information, visit their website Wed in Central Park  and for more Central Park wedding photos and updates, check out their Facebook page.

Win A Central Park Wedding

May 5th, 2012


Getting married soon?

Would you like to have your wedding in Central Park, New York City? For free?

Or would you like to help give away a free wedding to a deserving couple?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, check out the Done. Wedding Contest! Done., a new community marketplace where people can find talented and trustworthy neighbors who love what they do to help get things done, is giving away a wedding in the romantic Central Park South Garden. The lucky couple will receive $4,000 on Done. to hire anyone they might need for the big day (from photographers to caterers, bartenders, musicians, and even a minister) and $1,000 towards accommodations on to celebrate.

To win, couples must submit their story. and receive the most votes by June 1st. Full entry details available at

“The Central Park wedding contest is a wonderful way to showcase the vast talent on Done. Before we put anything out into the Community at Done, I ask myself if it’s something I would want to be a part of. Would I want my own wedding being put on by the people on our site? I’ve met all of them personally and I can say wholeheartedly, yes, without a doubt,” says Rachel Amondson, Done. Director of Community.

Vote for your favorite couple, or better yet, enter the contest if you’re looking to get married in Central Park. May the best couple win!

Central Park Wedding

April 29th, 2012

Manhattan, New York, is an incredible and exciting place to be, and a great place to celebrate a wedding. Central Park is a beautiful oasis of calm in the center of the city and a wedding here could only be a unique and memorable experience. Wed in Central Park ( can provide one-on-one advice and suggestions for everything you need for your wedding.


Our organizer has volunteered as a Guide in Central Park for some time, and knows it very well, we can suggest the loveliest spots in the park ( Our photographer and videographer team have been working in New York City for over 30 years as artists and photographers in the entertainment industry aswell as specializing in wedding photography. Our officiant has been registered to conduct weddings since 2000 and is an ordained interfaith/non-denomination minister.


We will talk through your desires for the perfect wedding day, and can provide all the services you need to get married in this beautiful park. We can provide a bespoke package or you can purchase the standard service ( We can accommodate last-minute, same-sex, mulicultural and interfaith wedding ceremonies or renewal of vows.

Romantic Central Park Marriage Proposal

January 24th, 2011


This has to be one of the sweetest and most romantic wedding proposals pulled off as an elaborate surprise proposal in New York City’s Central Park. A friend, who was in on the whole surprise, lured the bride-to-be to a specific location and the whole plan went off without a hitch. It was a totally awesome proposal and of course she said “yes”. I’m positive you will think this is a sweet proposal too.

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