Bethesda Terrace is right in the middle of Central Park, and is possibly the busiest spot, right at the end of the Mall. It is also probably the most well-known and iconic location in Central Park. Almost everyone who visits Central Park is likely to have taken a photograph here at some point.
Underneath Bethesda Terrace is the best place to hold a wedding ceremony with a group of guests in the event of heavy rain. Of course it is unavoidable to get at least a little wet getting there if it rains, but the area is big enough to provide shelter for the ceremony itself. A couple or a group can stand under the arches under cover, with the Fountain and Lake in the background, and it looks very striking.
Musicians can be found under Bethesda Terrace come rain or shine. This could be viewed as a good thing or bad thing when getting married there – you may enjoy the music, or you may prefer to ask them to pause for a few minutes for a quiet ceremony.
It is generally a busy area, so it may not suit everyone to hold a wedding ceremony here. If you prefer to have a ceremony in a more private spot, then keep in mind that you could can do that, and then come here for photos afterwards.
The light, the carvings in the sandstone, the beautiful tiles on the ceiling, 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 Terrace. Check this page of the Central Park wedding blog for more photos of the area underneath Bethesda Terrace, or check this part of the website for information on getting married beside Bethesda Fountain itself, out in the open, 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.