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Weddings of more than 20 people in a park need a permit

We've had a bunch of phone calls from people planning weddings for 40, 60, 100 people, and who expect to be able to go to Battery Park, Central Park, etc. and simply hold an outdoor wedding.  PLEASE read our posts on wedding sizes.  Most of the comments on this blog are about ELOPEMENTS - small wedding parties of under 20 people.  And that's too many for Brooklyn Bridge!  Here is the cheat sheet for crowd size in Central Park, again.  BIG weddings (over 40 people) are hard to site.  NO CHAIRS, no decorations, no poles, no canopies, no amplified music, no rice, no flower petals.  If you want that, book a wedding hall.

Any EVENT in a PARK over 20 people needs a permit. That means ANY park - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, Battery Park, Madison Park -- even hipster weddings at East River State Park.. So you can't just turn up in a park with a big group of people and have a wedding.  And if you want a popular spot, GET A PERMIT, even if you have 6 people.  Because if someone else has a permit, you must vacate the space.