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By Luka Funduk

Getting Married in Central Park


Getting married in Central Park, New York City, is like stepping into a romantic movie. The lush
greenery, iconic bridges, and serene water bodies make it a dreamy location for couples looking
to tie the knot. However, planning a wedding in this famous urban oasis involves certain steps
and considerations. This blog will guide you through what it takes to get married in the heart of
one of the world’s most bustling cities.

Understanding the Legal Requirements

First and foremost, to get married in Central Park or anywhere in New York City, you need a
marriage license. This can be obtained from the New York City Clerk’s office. Remember, there’s
a 24-hour waiting period after you get the license before you can have your ceremony. Also, the
license is valid for 60 days.

Choosing the Perfect Spot

Central Park offers numerous picturesque spots for weddings. Some popular locations include:
1. The Conservatory Garden: A formal garden with a romantic ambiance.
2. Bow Bridge: Ideal for intimate ceremonies with its classic backdrop.
3. Bethesda Terrace and Fountain: Offers a grand setting with stunning architecture.
4. The Loeb Boathouse: Perfect for a waterfront ceremony.
Each location has its charm and can accommodate different numbers of guests, so choose
based on your preference and guest list.

Acquiring a Permit

For a gathering of more than 20 people, a permit from the Central Park Conservancy is
necessary. The permit fee is relatively modest, but it’s crucial to apply well in advance, as
popular spots get booked quickly, especially during peak seasons.Current price for the permit
(year 2024) is 25$ and you can get it on www.centralpark.com/weddings
PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to get married in Conservatory Garden a permit is
ALWAYS required, even for less than 20 people. The fee is $500.00 and Conservatory
Garden permits are not included in your package price.

Planning Logistics

Remember, Central Park is a public space. While it offers an idyllic setting, there are no private
areas for events. Consider the following:
– Accessibility: Ensure your chosen spot is accessible for all guests.
– Weather: Have a backup plan, as the weather can be unpredictable.
– Amenities: There are limited facilities in the park, so plan accordingly for things like seating
and restrooms.

Hiring Vendors

You might want to hire a photographer, florist, or a musician to enhance your ceremony. Make
sure your vendors are aware of the park rules and regulations.

Celebrate Sustainably

Central Park is not only a venue but also a cherished landmark. Keeping your celebration
eco-friendly and respecting the park’s natural beauty is important. Use biodegradable decor and
ensure all trash is properly disposed of.

1. Do I need a wedding planner?
While not necessary, a planner familiar with Central Park weddings can be a huge asset.
2. Can I have my reception in the park?
Central Park is more suited for ceremonies. Most couples plan their receptions at nearby
3. Are there any time restrictions for weddings in Central Park?
Yes, weddings are typically allowed during the park’s opening hours, and specific locations
may have their own time restrictions.
4. What’s the best time of year to get married in Central Park?
Spring and fall offer beautiful scenery and comfortable temperatures, but Central Park has its
charm in every season.

A Central Park wedding is a magical experience. With a bit of planning and an understanding of
the rules, your special day can be as enchanting as the surroundings. Remember, it’s not just

Remember, it’s not just about the ceremony, its about creating unforgettable moments in one of the world’s most iconic parks.