posted 3 years ago in New York, Capital Region
Post # 2
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

how about a picnic reception?  since you are set on outdoors and want something small, it could be cute and cool. 

we are getting married in the conservatory garden in a few weeks… got the $400 permit though.

Post # 4
45147 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sandersbride:  People have picnic weddings without tables and chairs- just quilts or blankets on the grass.

 Check the local Chowhound Board for threads that discuss caterers for picnics. If you can’t find the information you need, post a request:|posts&time_option=all&boardgroup=United+States&s[]=board_name%3AManhattan#!q=picnic&o=rank&start=0&c[]=topics|posts&time_option=all&boardgroup=United+States&s[]=board_name%3AManhattan

Post # 6
2040 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

People bring folding tables and chairs into the park all the time.  Like for kids birthday parties and what not.  You can definitely make it work if your party is small enough (20 people or less).  I definitely wouldn’t hire rentals or anything like that though, that will call way to much attention to you.

Post # 9
6790 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

The problem is that when you get your permit, they will know where you will be having your ceremony and what day and time so it would be fairly easy for the parks department to come check on you if they wanted. If you violate the terms of your permit, they’re going to kick you out. On your wedding day. Even if the ceremony isn’t done yet. 

If the terms of the permit say “no tables or chairs” then either don’t bring tables and chairs or go some where else that allows it. I honestly don’t understand why it’s even worth trying to get around that rule, given the risk.

Post # 11
1610 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You could just do the whole thing on the DL , depending on the length of your ceremony. We did our weddinng ceremony for 27 guests without a permit in a public space where you cannot even obtain a permit. We did do standing only, but I imagine we could have had chairs if we were quick about it. Our whole ceremony was 10 mins or so. Saved a fortune and added an element of danger 😉 couple or cops circled but no one bothered us! 

Post # 12
1070 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

sandersbride:  How many people are you having? If it’s not too many, just book one of the gazebos (Lady’s Pavillion or Cop Cot are nice) with in-built seats.

Post # 13
20 posts

Where did you end up getting married? Did you do it by yourself or hire one of the CP wedding companys? Did you have an acoustic muscian? 

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