Picnic House FAQ
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What does the Picnic House provide? What do caterers provide?
The Picnic House provides (20) 60" round tables (seat 8 – 10 people) and 175 wood garden chairs.
We also provide the following:
(10) 7' tall x 5' wide white wood folding screens
(3) 5'x3' tables
(3) 8'x3' tables
upright piano with bench (tuned upon request, for an additional fee)
(2) large coat racks with hangers
(1) wood podium
(4) 30-gallon garbage cans
firewood (when requested in advance)
Our approved caterers will provide, or arrange to rent: linens, china, glassware, flatware, and all necessary serving, preparation, and kitchen equipment. They can also arrange additional furniture rentals (some past requests include: high-top cocktail tables, lounge furniture, banquet-style tables).
Can I hold an indoor ceremony at the Picnic House?
Yes! Many brides and grooms choose to hold ceremonies indoors at the Picnic House. They often choose to stand in front of the French doors (open or closed) that overlook the balcony, or on the elevated stage in front of our working wood fireplace. Our exclusive caterers are experienced in quickly transforming the room while your guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeurves. They can suggest a floor plan for both ceremony and reception that will work for you.
Where do people usually hold outdoor ceremonies in the Park?
Outdoor ceremonies are held on the lawn in the Picnic House South area between two large trees. The Picnic House is handicap accessible from this area.
Do I need a permit to get married in the Park?
All events at the Picnic House, whether they include an outdoor ceremony or not, must procure a Special Events permit. The Rentals Office will assist you in filing your permit application. The cost of the permit is $25.
Where can my guests park?
You will receive ten vehicle passes that allow drivers onto the interior park road and into the parking lot just outside the Picnic House. (This includes any deliveries or vendors who must drive up to the Picnic House, with the exception of our exclusive caterers, who already hold passes.) There is limited free public parking is available at the Litchfield Villa lot, a short walk from the Picnic House.
Do I have to hire a caterer from your list?
Yes. We believe hiring one of our exclusive caterers will ensure a seamless and beautiful event. The caterers on our list are experienced with the unique challenges and attributes of the Picnic House and represent a variety of cuisines, styles, and price points. Off-list caterers are not permitted.
Do you have any restrictions on other vendors?
No. Vendors We Love are recommended but not required. These florists, photographers, and other vendors can help you achieve your vision for your special day.
Do you have an Kosher catering option on your list?
Yes, we have two approved caterers able to accommodate clients who wish to host a Kosher wedding meal: Ben Sion Kosher Catering and Simply Divine.
Do you give discounts for daytime events?
When you reserve a date, you can choose whatever time you prefer to have your wedding, since we only hold one event each day at the Picnic House. You may choose any 8 hours between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. The first two hours are used for the caterer to set up and the last hour to clean, so weddings typically last five hours.
Do you give discounts for Friday events?
Yes, weddings Tuesday through Friday receive a $500 discount from the Saturday and Sunday price.
Can I have my wedding at the Picnic House in the winter?
Yes! The Picnic House is open year-round, fully heated, and even has a working wood fireplace. The stage in front of the fireplace makes a lovely setting for a winter wedding ceremony. The roads and paths surrounding the Picnic House are routinely cleared of snow, so your guest will be able to walk from the parking lot as in the warmer months.
What’s the best time of year to have a wedding in the Park?
It all depends on your taste! The Picnic House offers an outstanding view of Prospect Park, which can be equally beautiful covered in snow, leaves changing color, or bustling with summer energy. Bear in mind that the Picnic House is not air conditioned, so if you are considering July or August, we highly recommend you hold your event late in the day when the sun has begun to set. The room is equipped with high-powered ceiling fans and all the windows and doors may be opened, so it is very comfortable most of the year.