NYC Elopement Advice
April 30, 2015 4:40 PM   Subscribe

You guys! My fiance and I eloping this Saturday afternoon in NYC! We are having a short ceremony in Central Park, a photography session in DUMBO, and then an intimate dinner for 5 in a restaurant. Advice?

What's a good location at Central Park for the ceremony? Also, any restaurant recommendations? We like something in the style of Bobo (classic and elegant but not stuffy) but they are not very customer service oriented (at least on the phone).

We really appreciate your advice!
posted by gardenbex to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
You've probably seen this wedding spot page from their website. If it's a small wedding party, my vote is Wagner Cove. Plus it might rain tomorrow so maybe it would be nice to have something over your heads.
posted by cazoo at 5:41 PM on April 30, 2015

With the caveat that I totally do not know New York well, I loved Prune and found it charming and romantic.
posted by vunder at 6:10 PM on April 30, 2015

Well, the most iconic spot is probably Bethesda Fountain, and you can have a nice walk down the Mall to get there. After the ceremony, it would be easy to walk to 5th Avenue and grab a cab downtown. The downside, which may not be a downside for you, is that there will be a lot of other people around taking pictures and being tourists.

If you want something quieter, try entering near 82nd at the Museum of Natural History and having your ceremony at the Ladies Pavilion on the lake.

For dinner, try Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights since you'll be in Dumbo. Great homemade pasta and big enough to seat your party easily.

posted by amicus at 8:02 PM on April 30, 2015

We were married under the Wisteria Arbor at 72nd - it should be lovely this time of year.
posted by Mchelly at 8:11 PM on April 30, 2015

We also eloped to Central Park! Ours was in the Conservatory Gardens (entrance 105th and 5th), but I think it's really crowded with weddings at this time of year and you may need a permit or something. I love the Pool, a pond up at W 101st St--I walked past it this week and the willows are fresh green, there are spring flowers going off like fireworks and then the craggy glacial rocks around the north side. Very painterly and not overcrowded. Il Buco has private tables in their wine cellar and I'd definitely recommend doing the wedding dinner there. Divine, candlelit, moody, secret. Congratulations!
posted by eve harrington at 8:34 AM on May 1, 2015

If you think you'll have more than 20 people at the ceremony itself, you will need a $25 permit. More information is on the Central Park weddings page.
posted by yellowcandy at 11:20 AM on May 1, 2015

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