Central Park offers many beautiful locations for wedding ceremonies and photography.
Please note: only weddings in Conservatory Garden are planned through the Conservancy. For weddings in other Central Park locations, see the NYC Parks guidelines or contact them directly at 212.408.0226.
Wedding ceremonies at Conservatory Garden
Conservatory Garden, at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies and photo sessions. The six-acre Garden is made up of three smaller gardens, each with its own particular charm. Extensive displays of flowers, shrubs, and trees are in bloom from early spring through late October.
Ceremonies and photography sessions at Conservatory Garden require permits from the Conservancy. Permit fees directly support the maintenance and cultivation of Conservatory Garden. Complete and mail your permit application along with form of payment (check, money order, or credit card information) to the address on the application. Your date will be reserved and confirmed immediately, providing there is no conflict with a previously reserved party. If a conflict exists, you will have the opportunity to choose another date and time. Once your date is confirmed, a permit will be mailed to you one month before your date.
Bring your permit with you on the day of your event. Park or security personnel will ask to see it.
The permittee is liable for all damage or injury to property or persons that may occur or be caused by use of the permit, and by accepting the permit, the permittee agrees to save the City of New York, NYC Parks, and the Central Park Conservancy, Inc. harmless from any claim whatsoever which may result from such use.
- Permit fee is $400.
- There is a cancellation fee of $200. However, if you choose to reschedule within one year from the original date, we will hold your payment and apply it to the new date. This offer is valid for one year only from the date of your wedding, after which time no portion of your payment will be refunded.
- Additional fee of $100 for photography (see below).
- Date, time (one hour maximum), and location within the Garden must be reserved.
- Wedding parties are limited to 100 people.
- Use of the lawn in the Central Garden is prohibited except for wedding photography.
- The ceremony permit is non-transferable.
- The public has access to the Garden and can be requested to stay clear only of the immediate area of the wedding/photography session.
The following are prohibited in Conservatory Garden:
- The Garden is a "Quiet Zone." Amplification for musical instruments, sound systems, or other purposes is not permitted.
- Rules and directives of Park employees must be followed.
- Only scheduled, half-hour wedding photography sessions are allowed on the lawn area.
- Wedding receptions are not permitted in the Garden.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
- Chairs, tents, tables, podiums, rugs, runners, or other props are not permitted.
- Floral pieces, balloons, ribbons, ropes, banners, or drapings around plantings are not permitted.
- Throwing rice, birdseed, real/artificial flower petals, or confetti is not permitted.
- Drones of any size or functionality are not permitted.
- Late arrivals must check in with security staff before proceeding to their event or photo session.
- The visiting public has access to the Garden and can be requested to stay clear only of the immediate area of the wedding or photography session. Wedding parties/planners may not demand that other visitors leave the area. Only staff or security can request that the public stay clear of the immediate area.
- Pursuant to Section 1-04(i) of the NYC Parks Rules, the release of birds or animals of any kind in the Garden is prohibited.
Wedding photography in Conservatory Garden:
- Non-refundable permit fee is $100, but you may reserve another date if you cancel the original date.
- Date and time must be reserved in advance.
- Wedding parties may use the lawn in the Central Garden for 30 minutes only and are limited to no more than 25 total guests who are part of the bridal party and/or parents.
- Photography permit fees are non-transferable.