Places to Elope in NYC

There’s no shortage of beautiful places to elope in NYC. Here are some of our favorite venues in New York City for an elopement. The best part? Many of these locations are free or affordable! That being said, if you want to get married at one of the Central Park locations mentioned in this post, you may want to consider applying for a permit.

Wagner Cove

Wagner Cove is an ideal location for a wedding ceremony or vow renewal. It is easily accessible from the street and not too far embedded in the park. This means brides, grooms and guests won’t need to walk great distances in fancy wedding attire. Yet, despite being in the middle of it all, it is relatively secluded. Discreetly marked with a small stone and plaque, with a tiny set of stairs leading to a little shelter on the water. The covering is open, but may provide some bit of protection should the weather act up. Wagner Cove is surrounded by the pond, keeping onlookers away from the area. The setting – situated by the water and with a great city backdrop, Wagner Cove is a terrific location for beautiful photographs.

Bow Bridge

The Bow Bridge, located in the central area of the park, is one the most popular locations for wedding ceremonies and photographs. Bow Bridge is a 90-foot long bridge, two-thirds of which is sprawling over the lake, linking to the flowering landscape of Cherry Hill and the sprawling woodland of The Ramble. Bow Bridge, arching gracefully like the brow of an archer or violinist, is the oldest cast-iron bridge in Central Park (and the oldest in the nation). This calm and serene setting is a favorite for many styles of ceremonies.

Bethesda Terrace

The Bethesda Terrace is one of the iconic landmarks of Central Park, and is located mid-park, providing access from both Fifth Avenue and Central Park West at 72nd. The fountain is one of the largest in New York, 26 feet high and 96 wide. It’s the only sculpture in the park to have been commissioned as part of the park’s original design. Known as the Angel of Waters, it features and eight-foot bronze angel standing above four small cherubim representing health, purity, temperance, and peace. There are a variety of ceremony locations in the area: near the Fountain, in the arcade (which is filled with stunning mosaics and interesting lighting), or the grand staircase and mezzanine. One consideration: the Fountain is a busy area, filled with Park visitors and, from time-to-time street performers, so it probably wouldn’t be the best location for those seeking privacy for their special occasion.

A Tree House for Dreaming

Around 5th Avenue and 67th Street, one can gaze atop a little hill in Central Park to find a nuzzled and private gazebo. The sweet spot, unnamed minus a plaque reading “A Tree House for Dreaming,” features beautiful views all around, as it’s perked up on a small hill. This treehouse is nearly always empty, so it is perfect for a secret elopement or small ceremony. I recently officiated a moonlight ceremony outside of it. It goes without saying, this treehouse is a hidden treasure!

High Line

If you're interested in an architecturally aesthetic location, the High Line is the place for your small elopement. Once an above-ground central railway, transformed in early 2000's, the High Line is a spectacular display of the merging of art, architecture and greenery! These landscape designs are the perfect backdrop to your small ceremony. Though quite public, this spot makes for a sweet setting.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

For a real city wedding, consider the Brooklyn Bridge Park. This park offers a stunning sweep of New York’s skyline. In addition, the famed Brooklyn Bridge is a stone’s throw away, making for a fabulous backdrop for wedding photographs. If you desire to have a ceremony that reflects the vibrancy of this international city, this may be the location for you. Although keep in mind that this area can get noisy with trains passing by!

One World Observatory

Sometimes outdoor elopements just aren't a working solution, but there are a lot of public indoor spaces that provide for a magical elopement. One of our favorites is the One World Observatory. Not only do they go out of their way to ensure your ceremony is special (and as private as possible), but the view is to die for. Overlooking the entire city, this observatory deck is unmatched in its beauty. Though we do ask you cover the entrance fee for our vendors, this spot is a highly recommended elopement location by us!