Bow Bridge is certainly one of Central Park's most well-known features. I think pretty much everyone who has visited Central Park will have a photograph of Bow Bridge. It affords beautiful views across the Lake, and a photograph of a couple on the bridge can be framed with either the grand apartment buildings of Centra Park West in the background or with the rowboats on the Lake and the tall buildings of Central Park South in the background. It’s also popular to take a photo with the bridge in the background, because the bridge itself is so photogenic.
A wedding ceremony on Bow Bridge would not suit a couple who don’t like the attention of passers-by. It is quite a popular spot for elopements and very small weddings. We do find that once a ceremony is underway, a couple doesn’t really notice who else is around, and if there’s a small group with you, that does tend to provide a barrier between the couple and the public! It is certainly not the most private spot in the Park for a wedding, but it really does provide a striking view.
Even with an event permit, people may still pass by your wedding ceremony if you hold it on Bow Bridge, and it would not be appropriate for a large group, since too many people would block the right of way of the public. Beautiful Bow Bridge spans the Lake's narrowest point and links Cherry Hill to the sprawling woodland of the Ramble. The bridge is named for its shape – reminiscent of a violin's bow. There is a boat landing on the Ramble side, which is a nice spot for an elopement or very small wedding ceremony and has Bow Bridge in the background.
The maximum guests allowed for an event permit issued for a wedding here is 25 people, but I wouldn’t advise any more than ten. The pictures on this page show a little of Bow Bridge. Check this page of the Central Park wedding blog for more photos of Bow Bridge 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.