Central Park Wedding and Elopement Photography

A wedding at the Cop Cot in Central Park.

The Details

New York City's iconic Central Park is a wonderful place to get married almost anytime of the year. All you need is a license which you must get at least 24 hours before the ceremony from the New York Marriage Bureau at 141 Worth Street and an officiant to perform your ceremony. 


You can get a permit for some locations if you desire or must if you have more than 20 people anywhere, but there are many locations that don't require a permit if you have less than 20 people.

Apply for a special event permit for a Central Park Wedding


Some of the most popular locations requiring a permit to ensure your time won't conflict with another couple are the Ladies Pavilion, The Cop Cot, Wagner Cove, The Dene Shelter and Shakespeare's Garden. Permits are $25 and can be bought via the park's website with 20-30 days notice. You can have acoustic but no amplified music with that permit.

The Conservancy Garden is another option for a Central Park Wedding. Ceremonies there cost $500, including the photography fee. Is a nice option for the Spring when the flowers are in bloom, but I'm not sure the cost justifies it otherwise. However, it is more private and more quiet than the other locations but it is also far from the most popular areas of the park I tend to shoot in.

Weather and Timing

For inclement weather, the Bethesda Terrace is a great location and I also like the Ladies Pavilion since it is also covered just in case. I have to say, no matter the weather or time of year, Central Park is a beautiful location for an elopement. I do suggest the morning for less crowds, hands downs a bit easier shooting in the most popular spots but I can STILL make great photos even on busy days it just might take a bit longer. All part of the fun. 

Recommended Officiants

Officiant NYC

I've had the pleasure of working with Suanne and her associates on numerous occasions and it is always a pleasure! Professional and thoughtful, she and her team deliver unique and meaningful ceremonies in any location. Her website is www.officiantnyc.com.

Officiant - Rev. Annie Lawrence

Rev. Annie knows how to work a room and make even the most nervous couples and their families at ease! Her website is www.revannielawrence.com.

Officiant - Judie Guild

Judie goes above and beyond to make her clients day special. Even if that includes going back to their hotel to get a forgotten marriage license! Her website is www.getmarriedny.com.

Honeybreak Officiants

Mirelle make marrying outside of City Hall a breeze. You'll also want to follow her on Instagram at @honeybreakofficiants. Her website is honeybreakofficiants.com.