Choosing A Beautiful Central Park Wedding

By Susan Anderson

Getting married is one of the most important days of your life and naturally it should be special and memorable. Traditional church weddings do not appeal to everyone and court house ceremonies can seem clinical and rushed. A popular alternative for a fairy tale location is to have a central park wedding.

Located in New York, NY one of the most famous cities in the world, Central Park is an iconic destination. Featured in many romantic movies and with a host of beautiful spots to choose from this famous landmark provides the perfect backdrop for a marriage ceremony. The top locations can be booked online and planners are available to assist with every aspect of the big day.

Near to 5th Ave. At 105th St., is one of the most desirable spots for weddings. The beautifully designed Conservatory Garden has three different European themed areas, featuring a fountain or a pool at their center. The Italian area has a lovely pergola and the English area has as its main feature a circular labyrinth; both are planted with delightful blooms and topiary.

Another popular location for wedding parties is The Ladies Pavilion. It is over on the west side of the city between 75th and 76th Streets. This extremely picturesque Victorian styled pavilion is adjacent to The Lake. It brings to mind the Victorian era when young women carrying parasols and their beaus walked among the trees and bushes planning their own special day.

Every element of nature comes together another popular site. The Pond combines peace and beauty in prefect harmony. With a backdrop of ducks on the pond and the Gapstow Bridge there a few places more picturesque. Trees and flowers around the shore add to the already glorious scenery. This area can be found near to the main entrance off 5th Avenue and 56th Street.

Once you make the decision that you wish to get married in Central Park, there are a few more things to decide. You need to choose your marriage date taking into consideration that you may not put up tents or pavilions. In the event of really bad weather you may need a backup plan just in case it is not possible to use your first choice. With dates in mind you can then go onto the web to book the location you selected.

Next you will need to think about how many guests are going to attend. Some of the locations have restrictions on numbers due to the size of the area and the maximum number in the largest area is 300. If you have more than 20 guests then you will need a permit from the Department of Parks and Recreation. This can be applied for online and will take up to 30 days to arrive. Your planner can help with this.

As with any marriage service you will need to obtain a license from the city clerk. Information about how to do this can also be found online. You will need to get your license at least 24 hours before you are due to be married. There are companies and websites that can give all the information about this beautiful location and help plan every aspect of your special day from getting there to the reception afterwards.

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