Cop Cot is one of the most popular locations for a wedding ceremony in Central Park. It is Central Park's largest wooden rustic structure, and is a great location for a larger group. It is perhaps the easiest location to find of the popular wedding ceremony locations, since it is atop a small hill and can be seen from the street. It is accessed by walking up a short, steep hill from Central Park South.
Cop Cot is right at the very south end of Central Park, so keep that in mind when considering where else you might like to take photos. It is close to the Pond and lovely Gapstow Bridge, which are popular photo locations.
You would have to walk all the way up to the Mall to get to the middle of Central Park from here, which gives the opportunity for nice photographs along the way, but does take a while, especially with a group. So, consider leaving the group behind (or send them on to a bar!) if the two of you want to take some portrait photos around Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge.
Cop Cot suits a fairly large wedding party, and has some seating for those who need it. Cop Cot is great for couples who want a little shade from the sunshine in the summer, and a space that is somewhat enclosed to give a little privacy. The roof is clear of foliage in the winter and is just the bare planks, but is covered in greenery and wisteria when in season. The foliage does not provide shelter from rain.
The maximum guests allowed for an event permit issued for a wedding here is 50 people. The space will hold more people, but I would advise against it since many of the group may not be able ot see or hear the ceremony with too many people. The pictures on this page show a little of Cop Cot. Check this page of the Central Park wedding blog for more photos of Cop Cot 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.