Our Top Wedding Locations in New York City | 15 Best Places to Get Married in NYC

Lots of couples want to know: “What are the top wedding locations in New York City?” And believe us, there are a ton! So we put together for you a comprehensive list of our top 15 favorite wedding locations to consider. And to make it effortless for you to compare the different locations, we provided our expert opinions on the following categories: Location, how to get there, permit recommendations, capacity, privacy, if it is a decent ‘bad weather’ location and extra tips to consider from our experienced vantage point. In addition, we added a customized map with all of below locations, clearly marked to make it even easier for you. This list might change or evolve over time but for now, enjoy our TOP 15 wedding locations in New York City.

Before you read on, you might also be interested in our other location blog posts:
‘The Best Places to Get Married in Central Park’
‘Unique New York Elopement Venues to Rent’
‘The most Popular Places for Wedding Photos in NYC’

So without further ado, here they are, the best places to get married in New York City, listed in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.

1. 6BC BOTANICAL GARDEN

Location: 630 East 6th Street, which is between Avenue B and C.
How to get there: 6BC Botanical Garden is located in the East Village. There are lots of subways around that area (L, N, Q, R, Q, W, 4, 5, 6, B, D, F, M, J and Z) but the closest subway is about 8 blocks away which is about a 15 minute walk. A cab, Uber or Lyft might be the better option.
Permit: MANDATORY. You have to rent the space. Although, it’s an easy and reasonable process. Apply right HERE.
Capacity: Good for bigger groups.
Privacy: Pretty private.
‘Bad Weather’ location: NO, it is out in the open. The trellis can offers shelter from light rain as well as the sun during the months when it is grown over.

Tips: 6BC is a hidden gem and best kept secret when it comes to ceremony locations. It is a small Botanical Garden that is off the beaten path. So not a lot of tourists know of or find this gorgeous community garden. You can can a permit for the space so you can have your ceremony right there. Although, the garden stays open for the community during your reservation so an excited onlooker might wish you well after the ‘I do’.

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2. 620 LOFT & GARDEN

Location: 620 5th Avenue. The entrance is on 50th Street between 5th & 6th Avenue.
How to get there:
 620 Loft & Garden – also known as 620 Fifth Avenue – is located in midtown and close to lots of subways. The B, D, F, M and E are just around the corner.
Permit: MANDATORY. You have to rent the space. Apply right HERE
Capacity: Ideal for bigger groups.
Privacy: 100% private. If you rent the space, only you will be allowed up there.
‘Bad Weather’ location: NO, it is out in the open. They do have a tent at the entry to the roof deck but this locations shines when you are out in the open.

Tips: This might be the best ceremony, wedding & photo location in all of New York City. It has amazing views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral while you are high above the streets of New York. As you can imagine, this luxury comes with a price but there is nothing wrong with contacting them for rates. They offer different rates for different seasons, days and times of day. And they allow you to rent the space for just an hour which is plenty of time for an intimate elopement and photos.

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3. BATTERY PARK

Location: Battery Park is at the most southern tip of Manhattan.
How to get there:
The 1, R, W, 4 and 5 train drop your right into Battery Park.
Permit: NO permit needed.
Capacity: Good for bigger groups.
Privacy: Depending on the exact location within Battery Park. There are definitely areas that are less crowded. We are happy to help with picking the right spot for you.
‘Bad Weather’ location: NO, it is out in the open.

Tips: Battery Park is one of those underrated wedding locations. But from there you have an amazing view of the New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

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4. BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Location: The Brooklyn Bridge, probably the most famous bridge in the world, connects lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. 
How to get there:
You can enter the Brooklyn Bridge from either the Manhattan side or the Brooklyn Side. The closest subways on the Manhattan side are the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4 and 5 train. On the Brooklyn side you will find the F, A, C, 2 and 3 trains.
Permit: NO, not necessary.
Capacity: Good for smaller groups.
Privacy: ZERO privacy
‘Bad Weather’ location: NO, it is out in the open.

Tips: The Brooklyn Bride is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Chances are that the bridge will be packed with tourists. You can get lucky with some smaller crowds when you go during bad weather or very early in the morning. Also keep in mind that there will be a lot of noise from the cars going by underneath. It’s an amazing spot for those that understand and aren’t bothered by the vast amount of people and noise.

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5. CENTRAL PARK

Location: Central Park is located in the center of Manhattan and spans 51 blocks from 59th Street on the south end to 110th Street on the north end. And from 5th Avenue on the east side to ‘Central Park West’ on the west side.
How to get there:
 Almost any subway line there is stops somewhere on the outer edges of Central Park. N, R, W, Q, F, B, D, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, A and C. Please note that cars of any kind are not allowed inside Central Park.
Permit, Capacity, Privacy & ‘Bad Weather’ location: It depends on the exact location in the park. You can find more detailed information about all of this right here: The Best Places to Get Married in Central Park.

Tips: Central Park has an area that is bigger than Monaco and is still the #1 wedding location for couples looking to tie the knot in New York City. It has a bit of everything: Romance, skyline view, privacy, different looks in different season. It’s a gorgeous park. For the exact locations of below photos refer to the location map. They are marked in the order they appear in the post.

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6. CONSERVATORY GARDEN

Location: The Conservatory Garden is located in the north-east corner of Central Park. Technically it is part of Central Park but has its own set of rules. The entrance to the Conservatory is on 105th Street and 5th Avenue.
How to get there:
The closest subway to the Conservatory Garden is the 6 train which is 3 long blocks to the east.
Permit: MANDATORY! You can apply for a permit HERE. A ceremony permit for the Conservatory Garden ist between $400 – $500, depending on if you just having the ceremony there or would like photos as well. You can find more detailed information about the Conservatory Garden right here: The Best Places to Get Married in Central Park.

Capacity: Good for bigger groups.
Privacy: Pretty private. While the general public is still allowed in the area, the ceremony can feel private.
‘Bad Weather’ location: NO, it’s out in the open. During the summertime the overgrown structure and trees can shelter from light rain and also give shade from the sun.

Tips: Central Park’s 6-acre formal garden is an oasis within an oasis. For the exact locations of below photos refer to the location map. They are marked in the order they appear in the post. The park employees will always ask to see the permit so always bring a copy along to the ceremony.

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7. DUMBO & BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

Location: Right on the waterfront in Brooklyn, between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge lays Dumbo. And adjacent, just to the south of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bride Park is located.
How to get there:
The closest subways are the F, A, C, 2 and 3 trains and the East River Ferry stops right in front of Pier 1. You also can stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge as both parks are located right when you walk of the bridge. Now, if you are arriving in a wedding dress and heels you might prefer a car service, cab, Uber or Lyft.
Permit: NO, not necessary.

Capacity: It depends on the exact location in the parks but in general the parks are great for bigger groups.
Privacy: It also depends on the exact location in the parks. Some areas can feel less crowded than others. But in general there are always visitors around.
‘Bad Weather’ location: NO, it’s all out in the open.

Tips: Dumbo & Brooklyn Bridge Park are great for couples who want the New York skyline as the backdrop in their photos. Keep in mind, however, Main Street Park & Pebble Beach are not ideal for ceremonies as it is very noisy when the subway passes by right above every 2-3 minutes. Fun fact: DUMBO stands for DownUnderManhattanBridgeOverpass. For the exact locations of below photos refer to the location map. They are marked in the order they appear in the post.

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8. FORT TRYON PARK

Location: Fort Tryon Park is located all the way at the north tip of Manhattan. 
How to get there:
The A train stops right at the entrance to the park and the 1 train is just a couple blocks east of there as well.
Permit: YES, recommended. You can apply for a permit HERE.
Capacity: Good for bigger groups.
Privacy: Pretty private. It is a public park but tourist usually don’t come up there very often because it is so far north.
‘Bad Weather’ location: It depends on the exact location in the park. Most of it is out in the open but some areas are covered which is great for rainy or very sunny days.

Tips: It is a gorgeous park that is unfortunately not very well know with visitors. So go and check it out. If you do, make sure to visit the Met Cloisters.

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9. GANTRY PLAZA STATE PARK & HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARK

Location: The Gantry Plaza State Park and the Hunters Point South Park are located along the waterfront of Long Island City in Queens. 
How to get there:
The closest subway to the parks is the 7 train. It is just one stop out of the city. The G train is also in walking distance and the East River Ferry stops right inside both parks. Now, if you are arriving in a wedding dress and heels you might prefer a car service, cab, Uber or Lyft.

Permit: That is a bit complicated. You do not need a permit for Hunter’s Point South Park if you have less than 20 people in attendance as Hunter’s Point South Park is a city park. However, The Gantry Plaza State Park is, as the name suggests, a state park and in theory you need a permit to have your ceremony there. Now, having said that, never has anyone said anything when we conducted ceremonies there. They usually just ask big traditional weddings to show their permits. We are happy to talk more in details about this if you like. 

Capacity: Hunter’s Point South Park is great for bigger groups. Because of the ‘permit issue’ we suggest smaller groups for ceremonies at Gantry Plaza State Park.
Privacy:
It depends on the exact location in the parks and the day of the week but because these parks are somewhat of an ‘insider tip’ there are barely any tourists around. If the weather is nice on a weekend though, people who live in the neighborhood will fill the park. 
‘Bad Weather’ location:
NO, it’s all out in the open.

Tips: As mentioned above, Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunter’s Point South Park are still somewhat of a hidden gem. Tourists stick to Dumbo and the Brooklyn Bridge Park and mostly don’t know about these two Queens parks which makes it a great location for weddings. There are also fantastic restaurants and bars in the neighborhood as well as brand new hotels. Definitely worth a visit. Just don’t tell anyone else about it!! For the exact locations of below photos refer to the location map. They are marked in the order they appear in the post.

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10. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

Location: Grand Central Terminal is located on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. 
How to get there:
The S, 4, 5, 6, and 7 subway lines stop inside Grand Central Terminal.
Permit: In theory we are not allowed to have ceremonies inside Grand Central Terminal but so far no one has ever said anything.
Capacity: Good for smaller groups.
Privacy: There is barely any privacy inside a train station.
‘Bad Weather’ location: YES, as it is inside.

Tips: Grand Central Terminal is a popular rain locations for obvious reasons. It is also a great locations for photos  after the ceremony. There are lots of great photo opportunities on a fairly small footprint. However, you will find lots of foot traffic.

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11. THE HIGH LINE

Location: The High Line Park is located on the west side of Manhattan and stretches from Gansevoort Street all the way up to 34th Street. 
How to get there:
The 7 train stops right at the north end of the High Line Park. Other trains that are close are the A, C, E and L lines.
Permit: not necessary for groups under 20.
Capacity: Good for smaller groups.
Privacy: not very private as it is a very narrow public park.
‘Bad Weather’ location: It depends on the exact locations but there are areas that are covered to shelter from the rain.

Tips: Ceremony or not, the High Line is a beautiful elevated park which is well worth a visit.

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12. PUBLIC LIBRARY STEPS

Location: The New York Public Library is located on 5th Avenue and 41st Street in Midtown Manhattan.
How to get there:
The closest subway lines are the 7, B, D, F and M.
Permit: NO, not necessary.
Capacity: Good for smaller groups.
Privacy: Not very private.
‘Bad Weather’ location: Yes, but only before opening hours.

Tips: In theory we are not allowed to have ceremonies on the steps of the Public Libraries. But as long as the ceremony happens before opening hours we usually are fine. However, photos inside the library are prohibited.

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13. TOP OF THE ROCK

Location: The Top of the Rock is a viewing platform on top of the Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. 
How to get there:
The B, D, F and M lines are stopping underneath Rockefeller Center. The E and 6 trains are within walking distance as well.
Permit: NO, not necessary. However there is the VIP entrance fee for all people in your party.
Capacity: Good for smaller groups.
Privacy: Not private at all. Quit the opposite. People will watch and cheer for you.
‘Bad Weather’ location: NO, it is out in the open. There are indoor areas where you could have a ceremony but frankly that is not why you come to the Top of the Rock.

Tips: One of the most popular ceremony locations. In addition you will have one of the best views of the city. Just note that people will be close. They will watch the ceremony and cheer for you when it is time for the kiss. It’s an amazing feeling to share with NYC but it’s something you should be aware of. Also, you have to purchase tickets for us if you want photos here and the best option is to get the VIP tickets as we can skip any line and save about an hour of waiting around.

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14. THE VESSEL

Location: The Vessel is the newest tourist attraction located within the new Hudson Yards in midtown.
How to get there:
The 7 trains stops right in front of the Vessel.
Permit: As of now you do not need a permit but we can’t promise it will stay that way. You do, however, need to reserve tickets to be able to enter the structure. You can do that right HERE.
Capacity: Good for smaller groups.
Privacy: NO privacy.
‘Bad Weather’ location: NO, it is out in the open.

Tips: The Vessel is a fun structure to explore with lots of stairs. Because it is pretty new it is usually pretty crowded. So you will have visitors listen in and cheer for you. If you are fine with that then you will have a great time.

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15. HOTEL ROOMS, DECKS & BALCONIES

Location: All over this beautiful city. 
How to get there:
Subways are close to all hotel in the city.
Permit: You have to inquire with the hotel.
Capacity: Depends on the hotel.
Privacy: YES, usually these locations are all private.
‘Bad Weather’ location: YES, just step inside your hotel room.

Tips: There are tons of hotels in the city that have rooms and suites with private balconies or decks. Sometimes the rooms themselves are perfect for a ceremony.

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