I am, obviously, a huge fan of City Hall weddings, but there’s definitely something to be said for a classic Central Park elopement. Here are five reasons you should consider Central Park over City Hall in 2013…
- You can plan a specific time to get married. One downfall of City Hall is that the waiting times are completely unpredictable. You might be waiting for 15 minutes or two hours… you just never know. Hiring an officiant and getting married in Central Park means you can create and stick to a specific timeline – this is especially great if you’ll have friends or family at your wedding. No waiting around to get called into the chapel.
- You have a variety of ceremony locations to choose from. There are so many gorgeous spots in Central Park – there’s really something for everyone. Want something completely private, with few (if any) onlookers? Pick Wagner Cove or a quiet corner of The Ramble. Want to get married under a gorgeous stone arch? Bethesda Terrace or the Ramble Arch are stunning. Do you have a few friends with you, and you’d like to get married someplace they can sit down and watch? Ladies Pavilion is the way to go.
- You can personalize your ceremony. At City Hall the ceremony is literally 2.5 minutes long. There’s definitely nothing wrong with that, but you don’t have the option of writing your own vows or sharing anything personal in your ceremony. If you get married in Central Park, you can hire an officiant and create a ceremony that is unique to you and your partner.
- The Boathouse. The Boathouse is a gorgeous restaurant in the middle of Central Park with a little outdoor bar. After your ceremony, it’s always fun to walk over to the Boathouse, take in the view of the lake, and raise a glass of champagne to your new husband/wife. It makes for a fun stop in between the ceremony and portraits! You can’t take champagne into City Hall, that’s for sure!
- You can take advantage of golden hour. City Hall only performs weddings from 8:30am to 3:45pm, Monday to Friday. That usually means we’re stuck doing portraits in midday sun before or after – something that can be particularly difficult in the summer. If you hire and officiant and marry in Central Park, you can have a late afternoon ceremony and do your portraits at sunset – what we like to call “golden hour.” The light is spectacular and your portraits will truly be unbelievable.