The Ladies' Pavilion is a beautiful cast-iron structure by the Lake. It has a solid, concrete floor, two benches, and a roof. The roof is very comforting for anyone concerned about rain, and will also protect from the sun on hot days. It is around seven minutes’ walk in from the 77th Street footpath entrance to Central Park, and maybe a couple minutes’ more if you walk in from the 72nd Street entrance to Central Park.
The Ladies’ Pavilion is a lovely spot for taking either portrait photos of a couple, or group photos, both in and around the Ladies’ Pavilion itself, and also on the rocks nearby, overlooking the Lake with the trees of the park and the very tall buildings of Central Park South in the far background.
It is a very popular wedding location; and it is where I got married. It has the perfect iconic backdrop of the Lake, the trees, and the New York skyscrapers in the background. So, a couple standing inside the Ladies’ Pavilion as they say their vow will have the iconic backdrop behind them in photos.
The Ladies' Pavilion is accessed by walking down a short paved path, as shown in the photo below. This is a lovely way for a bride and/or groom to make their entrance at their wedding – kind of like walking down an aisle! Because it is a structure, it does provide some privacy, but it is in a popular area so there is likely to be people nearby enjoying the lovely view over the Lake nearby.
The Ladies’ Pavilion is a 10-15 minute walk either alongside the Lake or through the Ramble to get to Bethesda Fountain. The maximum guests allowed for an event permit issued for a wedding here is 25 people. A group this size would not all fit under the roof, but the couple could have the ceremony inside the structure with the group standing outside, and because the structure is elevated, that helps everyone to be able to see and here the ceremony.
The pictures on this page show a little of the Ladies’ Pavilion. Check this page of the Central Park wedding blog for more photos of the Ladies’ Pavilion 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.