Plan Your Dream Ceremony in one of the Most Iconic Locations in Central Park
Central Park is the number one spot that couples consider when it comes to wedding destinations. You’ll find everything from small areas for a more intimate ceremony and historical locations with different marks and points of interest - making this location not only popular but perfect if you're looking for your dream wedding! We understand the incredible stress that happens when you’re dealing with the complexity of a Central Park wedding so we put together a list of some of Happenings™ favorite locations where you can easily plan the most iconic, memorable day of your life.
Great Hill - 200 Capacity
The Great Hill is an open hilltop meadow with picnic tables, a soft surface oval path, and a lawn under a ring of stately trees. Now, the Great Hill has become much more than just that! It's now home to picnics, concerts, and other activities, like running or race walking. The third highest point of Central Park makes this a prime location for breathtaking beautiful wedding ceremonies.
Conservatory Gardens English - 100 Capacity
To the south is the very intimate English-style Conservatory garden. There are five mixed borders of trees, shrubs, and perennial plants and five seasonal beds featuring spring bulbs followed by annual flower displays. A slope of woodland plants lines the western edge of this garden. At the center is sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh's lovely Frances Hodgeson Burnett Memorial Fountain, a tribute to the author of the children's book, The Secret Garden. The children — a girl and a boy, said to depict Mary and Dickon, the main characters from the classic — stand at one end of a small water lily pool.
Conservatory Garden Italian - 100 Capacity
The Italianate center garden comprises a large lawn surrounded by yew hedges and bordered by two exquisite allées of spring-blooming pink and white crabapple trees. A 12-foot high jet fountain plays on the western end, backed with tiered hedges that lead up to an awe-inspiring wisteria pergola. The walkway under this magnificent arbor features medallions inscribed with the names of our original 13 states!
Conservatory Garden French - 100 Capacity
The intricate garden design of the northern, French-style gardens captivates visitors with its spectacular bloom display. It is home to various plants and flowers, from spring tulips to Korean chrysanthemums in autumn. The Three Dancing Maidens fountain located at the center symbolizes a sense of tranquility for all who come across it during their visit.
Cherry Hill - 100 Capacity
Cherry Hill offers a gorgeous view for your wedding ceremony. The gentle slope at Cherry Hill provides a spectacular view of the lake, ideal for any event.
Summit Rock - 80 Capacity
Summit Rock is the highest natural elevation in Central Park. Located at Central Park West, Summit Rock is where you can witness a fantastic view of New York City and even catch a glimpse of Jersey on its western side. It's also an ideal location for the most iconic memorable day of your life!
Cop Cot - 50 Capacity
Cop Cot, which may mean "little cottage on the hill" in Scottish, is Central Park's largest wooden rustic structure. The shelter perched atop a large outcrop provides unbelievable views- perfect for an outdoor ceremony!
Belvedere Castle - 30 Capacity
Belvedere Castle is one of the most iconic and stunning places to have a ceremony in Central Park. With two balconies, panoramic views including some of Central Parks most prominent landmarks. You won't regret having it here! Summer weddings are especially magical with all that nature has to offer for decorations.
Ladies Pavilion - 25 Capacity
The Ladies Pavilion is a graceful example of 19th century American architecture. With its delicate white exterior and rose-hued interior, the building contrasts the natural beauty that surrounds it. Trees bordering on both sides create a peaceful haven for weddings to take place in Central Park's most exclusive location.
Gapstow Bridge - 20 Capacity
The suspension bridge offers scenic views of the city and is a popular place for tourists to enjoy New York from above. One can see pastel skyscrapers and the building With Wollman Rink in wintertime with people skating on ice, while Victorian Gardens features colorful rides during warmer months.
Things to Ask Yourself before Choosing your Central Park Wedding Location
- Am I choosing the best location for my partner and me?
- Where did we get engaged?
- Where will our wedding pictures be taken?
- What month are we getting married?
- What will the weather be like?
- How many guests do I plan on having?
- What will the guest experience be like?
Iconic belongs to everyone.
Most people give up on their dreams of an iconic wedding ceremony because it feels too overwhelming to plan. We help you create memories of a lifetime with our online ceremony managing platform tailored to iconic locations throughout Central Park; it connects you to the right wedding managers and vendors you need so you can step into your moment with those you love.
Create Your Iconic, Central Park Wedding in a few easy steps
Step 1: Create: Select your happening type, location, date, and package.
Step 2- Reserve: Get matched with your coordinator and start bringing your ceremony to life through vendor choices, informed planning, and effortless walkthroughs.
Step 3- Attend: Step into your memory of a lifetime, knowing everything is being attended to perfectly.
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Happenings™ Ever After
After spending more than two decades in the event industry creating some of the most illustrious Happenings of our time, world-class event designer, Tom Noel, wanted to provide his skills to a broader public. Based in Manhattan, Tom Noel would often take a walk through Central Park. In 2008, during one of these walks, he stopped to sit at one of his favorite spots in the Park, the Bethesda Fountain. It was here that he realized that the intrinsic beauty that surrounds us was not being harnessed fully. He also realized that not a single business provided the exclusiveness of a top event design house while scaling the planning and production process to meet the pricing needs of the average consumer. Determined to change this, Happenings™ was born.