How to to plan a stunning winter wedding ceremony in Central Park?

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Central Park is a winter wonderland during wintertime. A Central Park wedding provides a stunning and well-known location for your New York wedding. Central Park is also really great for pictures as it has so many different photo opportunities. Your New York elopement photographer can capture all of the magical moments from your Central Park wedding! Central Park was featured in numerous romantic Hollywood movies like “When Harry met Sally” and “Serendipity”. I can’t think of a more intimate and romantic outdoor wedding venue in New York! Here are some insights to help you get started on your Central Park wedding.

How to Elope in Central Park: To begin you will need your marriage license. You can get your license at the City Clerk’s office in New York. The office is located in The Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building. You will not be able to just show up at the office so you will need to schedule an in-person appointment through Project Cupid which can be found at Once you schedule an appointment you will get a confirmation email. Next, you will need to get your Central Park wedding permit. You should apply for a Special Events permit if 20 or more people are planning to attend your small wedding in New York. It takes 30 days to process a permit so you will need to apply at least 30 days before the event. You will need to apply online at There is also a $25 application fee.

How to navigate around Central Park?

No vehicles or pedicab drop offs are permitted for your Central Park wedding. You can book a horse and carriage ride for your drop off or pick up to your New York elopement. You can book a special occasion horse and carriage ride at Be sure to book in advance as they do fill up during the winter months. Be sure to have a New York elopement photographer capture all these little details with pictures you will love forever!
Perfect time for ceremony: As the day goes on Central Park gets more and more crowded so it’s best to do the ceremony in the morning. The morning also provides warmer weather than the evening so you’re not freezing during your small wedding in New York.

Best Winter Wedding locations in Central Park

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  • Belvedere castle. This mini castle is stunning for all you “Downton Abbey” fans out there. This location is good for large groups as it’s a very open location. Located atop Vista Rock which is mid-park at 79th. The closest subway stop is at 81st Street: Museum of Natural History Station on the A, B, and C lines. Wagner cove: This secluded and intimate spot is perfect for a private spot to have a small Central Park wedding. This location is great for small groups of your closest family and friends. Located mid-park at 72nd St. Which is just west of Cherry Hill. The closest station to Wagner Cove is Central Pk W/W 72 St which is about a 5 minute walk to the cove.


  • Bethesda terrace. This stunning well known two level plaza is perfect for your New York elopement. This spot provides a very open space so it is ideal for a larger crowd. The location also is well covered so it provides a perfect spot in case it’s raining or snowing! Located at Mid-Park at 72nd. The 72 St station is the nearest one to Bethesda Terrace. This location is classy, has a pretty fountain and has beautiful park views.


Where to celebrate

  • Tavern on the Green: This historic Central Park restaurant is stunning and great for your small New York weddding. Tavern on the Green was also featured in some Hollywood movies like “Arthur” and “Alfie.” This restored icon is stunning and perfect for your Central Park wedding. This location also has a pretty courtyard and garden seating. You can have your New York wedding photographer capture all of the celebration. Located near the intersection of Central Park West and West 66th Street on the Upper West Side.


  • The Loeb Boathouse: This beautiful boathouse is right on the lake. This restaurant provides great food and stunning views while you celebrate. You can have your New York wedding photographer capture all of the perfect little moments. Located right in the middle of Central Park. This spot also has a covered terrace which is perfect in either rain or shine!

How we can help you out

Be sure to have a New York elopement photographer to capture the special moments and a New York wedding officiant to perform the ceremony. You can have also have rose petals and candles scattered made into a pretty heart when you pick your perfect spot in Central Park. You can talk about all the little details with your New York wedding planner who will help you out with everything to put together a perfect Central Park wedding.

We hope you found this article useful and helpful when you are planning a New York elopement. We will be more than happy to help you out with all of your Central Park wedding needs!


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