(Closed) Why can't I have a wedding reception in an NYC / Brooklyn Park?

posted 6 years ago in New York City
  • poll: Do you think I should be allowed to have a wedding in an NYC Park?
    Yes ( I live in NYC) : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Yes (I don't live in NYC) : (3 votes)
    9 %
    No : (22 votes)
    69 %
    Not Sure : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    1876 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @NicestGroomzilla:  Honestly, I don’t agree with you. The park is not your backyard. It is a public space, set up for the public’s enjoyment. If it turns into a wedding venue, the park will suddenly be booked for every Sat and Sun from April to October. Therefore limiting the public’s use of the park. Also, the wear and tear on the park will also affect the enjoyment for others. I understand why they said no. It’s shame, but I feel you should have your ceremony in the park – as that is permitted, and then move the reception to an neary venue. I get why you want to have a park reception – I can’t think of anything more beautiful, but the space is “public” and was not designed to be used for private parties. Sorry

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @NicestGroomzilla:  They do have ceremonies. But ceremonies are what 30 minutes? In and out with no set up. I’ve seen plenty to know. Chairs aren’t even usually allowed. That is a lot different have then having a tent, chairs, tables, dance floor, etc taking up space for 4 – 5 hours. Also, playing music is going to disrupt the peace of the park. And while it is a “small percentage” of the park to you, is still causes an disruption and an inconvenience for many. I totally get why you would want to do this, I’m sure many New Yorkers (like myself) would LOVE to do this. But, like I said, it isn’t your backyard.

    Post # 6
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    62 posts
    Worker bee

    I normally dont comment.. But this one.. I have to

    you say you are just using a small sedition of the park.. Yeah but that also means they have to do the same for others as well..

    its a public park.. It’s not for a private party.. 

     

    Post # 7
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    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m not a lawyer so these are just theories as to their restrictions, which you may want to think over before preparing your counter-request.

    The “percentage of the park” that you want to use may be calculated on usable space as opposed to overall square footage, i.e. the park may have rivers/creeks/lakes, trees, and other areas that would not be suitable for random casual use by someone not invited to your event.  So you should factor in the overall useability of the park when looking at these numbers. You may find you require a greater percentage of usable space than you think. You also need to factor in the space required for the vendors, etc; your catering trucks, tent delivery, etc might consume excessive space.

    You should also factor in special features, i.e. band shell and such, as if there is only one band shell in the park and you want to use it for the day, you are using 100% of the bandshells and putting them off-limits to the general public.

    A musical or theatrical performance may be allowed but not a wedding reception, because a random member of the community would be welcome to attend the performance, but would be turned away from your wedding reception.

    I can genuinely see both sides of this argument but I do tend to agree that a wedding reception of 75 people (which will be 100+ when you add in all your staff) would have the potential of excluding the public from a big chunk of park space for an excessive time.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I was just last week reading in the NYT about the underfunding of parks outside of the big famous ones (ie Central Park, etc). It is quite possible that this particular park simply doesn’t have the resources to deal with an onslaught of weddings happening in the park, no matter how well insured or prepared you may be. It puts strain on a lot of different things – bathroom facilities, wear and tear of the grounds, car and foot traffic congestion. 75 people plus catering plus tables, charis, dance floor, DJ, booze etc etc is not a small interruption for a public place. There things also damage the lawn, which the city then has to take care of.

    Honestly, I think the city is right to turn you down. I can totally understand them not having the resources to deal with this.

    Post # 9
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @NicestGroomzilla:  “I am pretty aware that is a public space and we still have 98% of the park available to them.  We just want a small section, just like families who have picnics in the park, to do “our thing”.”

     

    So is it 5% or 2%? It sounds to me like you don’t actually know how much space you’ll actually need, and you are ballparking a random number that sounds super small to make your argument. Also, a wedding reception with 75 people plus lots of vendors, plus tables, chairs, music etc is not the same as a family having a quiet picnic in the park.

    Post # 10
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    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I thought the parks are only for ceremonies, and that’s why some of the parks have actual places you can have the receptions (http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/places-to-go/weddings

    Also, are you telling us the full reasoning?  A quick google turns up a wedding reception that actually occurred in the park.  

    http://susanshek.com/wordpress/2011/10/22/kelly-joes-owl-head-park-wedding-in-brooklyn-ny-10-22-11/ 

    I am an NYC lawyer, and I don’t think you should be able to have the reception in the park.  What happens if your vendors do a horrible job cleaning up?  What if the music keeps your neighbors awake?  What if some of your guests sneak alcohol in?  What if a kid playing baseball in the park hits one of your guests?  Just food for thought.  Seems like a lot to worry about for the small fee the city would get. 

    If people could have wedding receptions in parks, you would see them all the time.  Instead you typically just see the ceremony or photos being done. 

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