Loeb Central Park Boathouse

E 72nd St,
New York, NY 10021

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Average Base Cost: $45,000

Our average base cost for a Loeb Central Park Boathouse wedding is calculated by figuring a 165-person guest list for a Saturday night ceremony/reception using a food/beverage cost of $200/pp. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: 

The venue does not charge a rental fee, but there is a guest minimum—Saturday evening’s minimum is 165 guests, and for Friday or Sunday the minimum is 125 guests.

Photo by Dave Robbins

What’s Included:

-Five hour exclusive access to Lake Room, at 4,300 sq. ft space that is located adjacent to the restaurant.  The room overlooks the lake on the South side with a 450 sq. ft deck and is surrounded on the West and North side by a 3,300 sqft English Garden.

-Cocktail hour with butlered hors d’oeuvres, followed by a four course seated meal with choice of two entrées.

-Wine service is provided throughout the meal in addition to a five hour open bar.

They also include:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Linens
  • Serveware
  • Votives
  • Dance floor
  • Onsite manager
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Venue setup and cleanup
  • Coat check

Vendors: Outside vendors are allowed except for food and beverage and flowers and décor, which must be selected from a list of approved vendors.

Photo by Craig Paulson

Food and Beverage: Prices range from $165-$245 per person


If a ceremony is held at the venue, $800 is charged for an additional hour.  Also, NY tax of 8.875%, 9% gratuity (which goes directly to the staff), and a 13.5% administration fee is charged.

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: 230

Bridal Suite: Yes 

Parking: The venue is nestled in the heart of Central Park—cars are not allowed in the park during evening hours. There are several nearby garage options outside of the park.

Central Park Boathouse Gondola Wedding
Photo by Brian Hatton

How Will Grandma Get There? There are a ton of hotel options nearby, ranging from upscale (The Mark) to moderate (Comfort Inn Central Park West).

Party On! Saturday: 1:30 am; Sunday: 12:30 am ; Monday through Friday: Flexible hours

Photo via the Loeb Central Park Boathouse

The Report: 

Boating on the lake in Central Park has been a popular activity for over 150 years…and we’re guessing it’ll be around for at least that much longer! In 1872 a boathouse was constructed that was twelve feet wide and twenty feet long, and despite a few attempts at reconstructing it throughout the years, it wasn’t until investment banker and philanthropist Carl M. Loeb and his wife Adeline donated $305,000 in 1954 that the The Loeb Boathouse became what it is today. Since then the Loeb Central Park boathouse has been a fixture in New York City (as well as countless television shows and movie scenes, including When Harry Met Sally and Sex and the City).

Photo by Sarah Merians

Woman Getting Married Says:

The Central Park Boathouse is such a classic, iconic New York City wedding venue (just like The Plaza), that it would seriously be a dream to get married here (or have any event here). Considering the location and the venue itself, I actually don’t think the pricing is outrageous (if you also remember it’s New York City). I’ve heard great things about the staff and the food, and that they are experts at turning over a venue in the event of bad weather. Keep in mind that their restaurant is open to the public (though your event will not be in it). If you have the budget and you’re a New York City bride (or even if you’re looking for a fabulous destination wedding venue) you should definitely consider a Central Park Boathouse wedding.

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Amenities/What’s Included 9
Convenient for Grandma 9
Layout 10
Overall Charm 10
Venue Value 8

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  1. says: carolina calderaro fritz

    I got married at The Boathouse in November 5th 2016 and it was absolutely perfect, the best decision of all I made during my wedding planning was this venue <3.