Bethesda Fountain is the focus of Bethesda Terrace. It is one of the best-known spots in Central Park with the famous Angel of the Waters statue on the top. It is in a central location down beautiful stone steps from a road. These stone steps provide an excellent grand entrance for a bride and/or a groom, or a great location for a photograph of your group.
Because of its fame it is a very busy spot. We can obtain permits for weddings here, but it would still remain a thoroughfare for the public, so passers by may well stop and congratulate you. It may not suit all couples to have their wedding ceremony out here in front of so many passers-by.
Beside Bethesda Fountain is possibly the least private spot for a wedding but photos from a wedding here are always truly striking. They show the most famous symbols of Central Park in the backdrop while you say “I do”. If you don’t think you’d like to get married in such a public space, then keep in mind that you could hold a ceremony in a quieter spot close by and then come here to take photos afterwards if you prefer to get married in a more private place.
The world-famous fountain, the Lake and Boathouse behind, the arches of the Terrace, the sandstone, and the steps all present opportunities for some really stunning photographs. The maximum guests allowed for an event permit issued for a wedding here is 25 people, although it will hold many more people in the area.
The pictures on this page show a little of Bethesda Fountain. Check this page of the Central Park wedding blog for more photos of Bethesda Fountain, or check this part of the website for information on getting married underneath Bethesda Terrace, or email me for any advice on this location. For a detailed consultation and to discuss this location, or others in more detail (non-binding and free of charge), please send me an email.