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July 4 Wedding? Car-less Times Square is hot

-- as in sunburned. Here is a pix from Streetblog on the new car-less pedestrian MALL. We were there today - wall-to-wall tourists guarding the free folding chairs with their lives. Fun, if you want to be on a zillion home videos.

UPDATE June 11: And of course, it's STILL a rainy summer - Via Gawker, here are some Military Brides getting married in Times Square (and avoiding the garbage).

July 4 will be an interesting weekend. (Write us at if you're considering a wedding this week and we'll give you personal advice). The fireworks are moving to the Hudson, so the East River and South Street Seaport which has a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge, might even have standing space. If you want another memorable background, try Wagner Park, with a great view of the Statue of Liberty. Or of course Brooklyn Bridge itself, or the Brooklyn Promenade (right) or the Fulton Ferry Landing for best views of Manhattan.

As everyone heads to the Hudson river after supper to see fireworks, consider a 6pm wedding in less crowded parts of Central Park. Or perhaps the gaslights and fountains of City Hall Park - (right) a little more shade than Times Square, and just as historic. Happy Holiday!


Wedding Location: Washington Square Park re-opens

Curbed has pix. As iconic as Tompkins Square, but temporarily cleaner. We've had a couple of requests to marry couples under the arch. Fishbowl, but fun wedding location.


Central Park Castle - Wedding Pix (but no ceremony!)

Pix by Kim Coccagnia.
Here is a stunning picture from last week of a couple standing in the balcony of the Belvedere Castle (nature center) in Central Park. NO YOU CANNOT BE MARRIED IN THE CASTLE OR ON THE BALCONY. The couple were married by the lake, and then went to the Shakespeare garden and the castle for (wonderful) pictures by Kim. There is a sign in the castle which says: "Welcome - no weddings (proposals only!)". Please don't try to convince them, just enjoy the spot and the pictures.

Weddings in the Rain - Central park

Yes, it's been a rainy spring. We've moved a couple of weddings inside - but it's still a beautiful location, if misty and drippy. The good news - less tourists! But be prepared for soggy grass, soppy riverbanks - and very few places for shelter. In a pinch (Ladies Pavilion probably occupied) try under the Minton Terrace at the Bethesda, Dene and Cop Cot shelters, with umbrellas, the Pavilion at the Bethesda (may be occupied), or one of the stone bridges with a nice view to the other end. We had two small weddings under the Dairy canopy, lovely and dry. Or have a brief ceremony in your hotel room, get a nice Chinese paper umbrella and take a romantic carriage ride through a misty park.


Soundscapes, Park and Urban weddings

It's inevitable: unless you book a very private room somewhere, the sounds of the city will intrude somewhat on your wedding ("the rumble of the subway train, the rattle of the taxis" - the lullabies of broadway, of course). If you enjoy the ambient noise of the city, it's just part of effect. But just remember that you are outside in a city of millions of people - not sealed away in a chapel or hotel room.

Central Park on a Saturday evening is usually LOUD. Concerts, impromptu musicians, amplified music at Wollman Rink, inline skaters with boom boxes by the Mall, the guy who busks by the Ladies Pavilion with the endless John Denver songs, the Tango dancers, SummerStage, and last night, a really loud concert in the Bandshell, which could be heard all the way to Strawberry Fields (where there was the usual Saturday evening jam). And I was at a wedding at the Boathouse with a 12 piece band that rocked the lake. So if you want a quiet wedding in the park, go north, go waaay east, or don't get married Saturday night in the summer in the usual places unless you're prepared for the city at play soundscape. Though, of course, you can find nice quiet spots at any time -- just be prepared to walk a bit further away..

Grand Central is noisy. Battery Park is noisy. Water taxis disturb weddings at the Brooklyn bridge parks and at Fulton landing, and Red Hook. The subways crossing over in DUMBO (DOWN UNDER MANHATTAN BRIDGE OVERPASS)are going to interrupt your wedding every 6 minutes.

Remember that planes change their flight plans at dusk - and often fly over the lake and ponds. We had a wedding on Gapstow Bridge interrupted by a big gas lawnmower on Saturday. School and tour groups suddenly appear anywhere - squealing loudly - at Strawberry Fields, the Top of the Rock (we married a couple there on Wed. and had to wait till 120 kids decided to go to another level), and of course Times Square is what it is -- at least they aren't yelling outside the MTV window these days. Always check park events - even Fort Tryon Park gets festivals and events. But it might be fun to get married during the Renaissance Festival!