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Weddings in Christopher Columbus Park

Over the years thousands of wedding photos have been taken in the park and a handful of weddings have happened, especially in the Rose Garden. We've even heard of some marriage proposals under the trellis and in the glow of the blue lights in the winter!

Since it's a city park, it is necessary to get a permit if you are planing on having a wedding in the park or taking wedding photos in the park. (There is no fee for proposing in the park but make sure it is romantic!)

Click the Wedding Permits button for more details from the Boston Parks & Recreation Department.

City of Boston Wedding & Photography Policies


Although weddings and wedding photographs are private affairs, when held in a park couples, attendants, guests, and photographers must strive to conduct their ceremony and photographs in a manner that does not impact or deter the general public's enjoyment of our parks.


This policy is in accordance with Park Commission Rules, environmental protection, and sound management practices. To ensure park protection and little or no park disruption, the Department enforces limit capacity and activities within the following guidelines:

  • A site visit is strongly recommended.

  • No rehearsals are permitted.

  • The Department does not offer alternate locations or rain dates to be used in case of bad weather. It is recommended to have a back-up plan.

  • The wedding party is responsible for cleaning the area used following the wedding ceremony or photographs. Any trash generated by your party must be removed prior to your departure.

  • Parking is limited at most parks; car-pooling is advised. Illegal parking is subject to tagging and towing at the owner's expense.

  • No event or directional signs are allowed. It is suggested that you specify the exact location in your invitations and place an attendant at the nearest gate to guide your guests.

  • Wedding activities are scheduled between April 1 - Dec. 1 with a 60-minute maximum duration.

  • Wedding activities can be held M-F from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends from11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wedding activities are not permitted on legal holidays.

  • Maximum size is 50 people including the wedding party.

  • No vehicles permitted or parking on park property.

  • No tents, tables, chairs, altars, arbors, decorations, signs, rice, birdseed, confetti, glass, balloons, props, or animals.

  • No music or amplified sound.

  • No food or beverages.

  • Cannot restrict other park visitors from the park nor block pathways.

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