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The First Look
The Prospect Park Picnic House in Brooklyn, New York, offers a historic venue for upcoming wedding ceremonies and receptions. Consider the Prospect Park Picnic Park a distinctive blank canvas, just waiting for you to add your unique touches for your upcoming wedding event. Set on 585 breathtaking acres, the Picnic House offers both outdoor and indoor event spaces for a wedding celebration.
The Picnic House. The event space inside the Prospect Park Picnic House is an expansive 4,000 square feet. Generous walls of windows line the space, providing impressive views of the surrounding gardens and the Long Meadow. French doors provide access to a terrace outside. A fireplace often serves as a ceremony backdrop. This space will accommodate 240 guests for a cocktail reception and 175 guests for a seated affair.
The Grounds. The south lawn of the Prospect Park Picnic House serves as the ceremony site. Generous grassy areas and surrounding landscaping helps create a magical wedding setting.
What You Should Know
The events manager on staff at Prospect Park Picnic House is attentive and helpful with all wedding preparations and plans. On the day of your event, the manager will be present and assisting with all orchestrations and last-minute details. The manager also directs vendors as they arrive to perform services.
Only one event happens each day at Picnic House. This ensures you complete flexibility and privacy during your wedding celebration. You can choose an eight-hour block of time between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. for your event. Of this eight hours, two will be allocated for setup and one hour for cleanup. This frees five hours for your full celebration.
While available year-round for events, the Picnic House is not air conditioned. The staff recommends scheduling events for late in the day in the hottest months of the summer. Ceiling fans are present and you can open windows for ventilation. A winter event with a fire crackling in the fireplace is popular with many couples. Firewood is provided with advance notice.
The venue has an extensive list of furniture and equipment, which you may use for your event. The Prospect Park Picnic House provides 20 banquet tables and 175 wood chairs, as well as six rectangular tables. You also have use of an upright piano, 10 white folding screens, a podium, two coat racks and four garbage cans.
Receptions at Picnic House require the use of exclusive caterers. You have the option of selecting one of several different catering companies, all reputable and professional. Each company has an innate style and various price points to help you choose a reception meal that fits your desires and budget. Your catering vendor will provide or arrange reception items such as linens, tableware and serving items.
You have free choice for the selection of other wedding vendors. The staff has compiled a list of preferred service providers for flowers, photography and entertainment.
Amplified sound is permissible only inside the Prospect Park Picnic House. In-house sound is state-of-the-art to provide impressive acoustics. Amplified sound and extension cords are not allowed outdoors.
Free parking is available in a nearby lot. The Prospect Park Picnic House is handicap accessible.
The combination of stunning surroundings and attentive service from the event staff will ensure that your wedding at Prospect Park Picnic House is a resounding success. The team welcomes your requests and some enhancements are available.
- Arrange to extend your rental time with additional hours
- Celebrate your wedding with a commemorative gift such as a tree or bench
From the Vendor
Charming and Historic Wedding Venue
The Picnic House is a charming and historic location in Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s flagship park. With scenic views of the 90-acre Long Meadow, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and a working wood fireplace, it provides a bucolic setting in the heart of the city. The Picnic House can be tailored for every taste and budget, and is a blank canvas to create the ideal wedding or special occasion. We’re hosting an open house on Sunday, March 26th from 12 – 3pm. This will be a fun event since most of our caterers will be on site and we’ll have lighting by Universal Light and Sound. We’re asking people to RSVP for the open house and here’s the link to that invitation - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wedding-open-house-tickets-32543356054 I hope you'll join us.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Estate, Historic Venue, Park
We absolutely loved this space! We used it for both ceremony and reception in Nov 2016 with 160 guests. It was a clean slate and could be decorated to our liking, all at a very affordable price. The venue hosts open houses and their preferred vendors also host mini meet-and-greet sessions there. We were able to visit the venue for an open house and again to meet with vendors so we can make the best choices about catering and lighting. Christina was easily accessible by phone and email to answer any questions for us. The one thing is that this venue can be a bit tricky to find, so many of our guests got lost on the day of the ceremony. Thankfully we put half hour earlier on the invitations so the majority were on time for the ceremony.
We got married at the Picnic House in November and it was absolutely beautiful. We did the ceremony on the stage and it was perfect. We put up twinkly lights, lots of candles and simple flower arrangements and I didn't feel like the room was missing anything. Everyone had an amazing time and it was really special being in the park-it felt like we had escaped the city for a night! My one complaint, which is pretty major, is that we learned three weeks before the wedding that we needed to extend the contract time and pay an extra 800 dollars to accommodate our caterer. Though I do wish our caterer had told us sooner, I feel it was the Picnic House that mislead us. They say repeatedly on their website and in their contract, that 8 hours allows for a five hour party, two hours of set up, and one hour of break down. Literal days before our wedding we suddenly learned that 8 hours is never enough time for a five hour reception. That 12 hours is the industry standard. Our caterer laughed at the idea of a 2 hour set-up and our coordinator had never heard of such a short contract time. We chose the Picnic House because we loved the venue and especially loved how affordable it is. Adding 800 dollars to the rental fee at the absolute last minute felt pretty deceptive and incredibly disappointing. If 8 hours is not enough time for a normal reception, they should not advertise it as such. Overall we had a beautiful wedding, but that was a major bummer!
The venue and setting are wonderful in every way we imagined for our wedding in Sept 2016. Perfect space for a big wedding and feels so airy and nice. A few words to the wise: Read the contract in full many times. There are things in there that are out of the ordinary and will catch you off guard. That said, don't take everything in the contract as the end all be all - check with your caterer before planning anything in terms of timeline and their needs. Overall the staff is responsive and willing to work out issues as they arise. Just be prepared and read that contract and ask questions! Also no AC in the summer and it gets hot in there. Best of luck!
We got married at the Picnic House in July of 2016. We had 175 guests, were married on the lawn outside the Picnic House, and had our reception inside. It was amazing! The staff was responsive and helpful, the venue gorgeous and affordable, and the location accessible for all of our guests. We had very minimal decorations and it still looked beautiful; we couldn't have found an easier, more beautiful, affordable place to get married. The Picnic House gives you a list of caterers they work with, and we easily found one we liked; other vendors (DJ, flowers, photog) are up to you. This meant that we were able to really find places that fit our budget (instead of having to use pre-set ones). The Picnic House has round, 8 top tables and chairs for 175 (you can't use their chairs outside though, so you have to rent for your outdoor ceremony; keep that in mind when budgeting). One note: it was close to 100 degrees the day of our wedding (right in the middle of the heat dome) and there is no a/c in the venue. It was very, very hot! Our caterer brought extra water, and everyone was fine, but be aware if you're planning a summer wedding. Certainly not something that should discourage you (we barely noticed!), but something to keep in mind.
If you have a personal connection to Prospect Park or to the outdoors in general, you should really consider the Picnic House as an option! We had a fantastic outdoor ceremony for 170 guests, followed by a terrific reception of dinner and dancing. The space met all of our needs. We liked that we were able to attend an open house of catering vendors. The staff at the park was really great! Will, the manager on site for our event, really did everything in his power to make the evening a success and make us feel comfortable. I fondly remember more than one of his employees congratulating me when I came across them throughout the night. This space allows for guests to congregate indoors and out. They host events regularly and seem to have it down to a fine science. Stephanie and Christina were very attentive in responding to questions by email, pretty much immediately. Parking passes were provided for up to 10 guests or vendors who need vehicle access to the front door of the Picnic House. My bride and I couldn't be happier that we selected this scenic and accessible location. We had a wonderful wedding and will have great memories for life, thanks to a beautiful backdrop and a team that was a pleasure to work with.
We could not have been happier with the Picnic House for our April 2016 wedding. Stephanie Trudeau was our primary contact leading up to the wedding, and she was incredibly helpful and responsive. The entire Picnic House team was so knowledgeable, kind, and the opposite of the high-pressure and "upselling" of some of the other wedding venues that we looked at. Plus, I loved that our fee could help support the Prospect Park Alliance for a park that means so much to us. The guests keep telling us how beautiful the venue was-- the lighting and huge windows was a big plus for us, and we didn't even need to bring in any additional decor or lighting other than what we used for the tables. Every time we run by it on our Prospect Park Loop we get happy just seeing it, and I know we'll feel that way for years to come. You do need to book from a list of specific caterers (we used Bon Soir), so this may not be the space for people looking for a raw space where they can bring in their own food or select a restaurant caterer. But it really is to make it easiest because there's no kitchen on-site, so the caterers on the list know the venue so well that it makes the planning and set up seamless. Book the Picnic House and you won't regret it!
The Picnic House was the perfect venue for us. The staff was sop helpful during the whole planning journey, and the house managers were AMAZING. If you are looking for an affordable venue in NYC, definitely check this place out. I was stressed out about having a July 2 wedding with no AC, but the cross breeze and fans really and truly do the trick. Go for an evening wedding if you are using this venue during summer months. And use Bon Soir - that's a no brainier.
The Picnic House at Prospect Park was the perfect location for what we were looking for in a reception venue. Its a raw space and you have to work with their recommended vendors. Which are top of the line and all know how to do great weddings! Christina & Stephanie were both very helpful as I made several visits to plan and lay out the reception space. When you work with their vendors they are also aware of the time limit you have for set up and breakdown. Everything went smoothly and Will, the house manager is an excellent resource. Be sure to ask him lots of questions as he has plenty of experience working on wedding day of. One of the main concerns for the Picnic House for me was the directions on how to get there for guests and the 8 hour time slot we had to work with to get everything set up. It was very helpful to have a day of coordinator to help with set up. But also, to ensure that there's proper direction for guests to come through the park path. My tip: plan, plan and plan some more. I worked with Jeff at Bon Soir Caterers, Rebecca from unruffled bride as my coordinator and everything just fell in to place. However, that was ALL because I did a lot of planning on my part. With all that said, it is a beautiful location worth every penny!
my daughter's weddingReviewed on 1/31/2016
great venue. the wedding was magical walking into the park and having a beautiful building appear.
Fabulous VenueReviewed on 1/31/2016 Grace B
Worked with the Prospect Park Picnic House for our wedding because we needed an affordable space. And the Picnic House did not disappoint! It was convenient to get to and the customer service was fabulous start to finish! Loved working with the approved vendors as well. Highly recommend having your wedding there!
Rustic Romantic Wedding in the CityReviewed on 11/12/2015 Nicole M
We had our wedding at The Picnic House this past weekend and it was the perfect location to celebrate our nuptials. We were going for a rustic romantic theme, and The Picnic House fit the bill. We had our ceremony and reception there. For us, everything took place inside, but they also accommodate outdoor ceremonies (as long as it's light out). I knew I wanted to get married at The Picnic House when I moved to Park Slope 2 years ago. And it turned out that it was actually the most reasonably priced for our budget. Although you are required to choose from their caterers, their list provides an array of styles, prices, and cuisines. The Picnic House provides a more country feel since it's located in the park, but at the same time it's in the middle of a great neighborhood in Brooklyn. Which made planning the whole weekend easy and convenient for us and our guests. We got so many compliments on our choice of venue; honestly the place speaks for itself. It has big windows surrounding it, exposed brick, and a beautiful mantle. We are so happy with our choice. I communicated mainly with Christina, who emailed me back promptly every time. The night of our wedding, William and Victor were attentive and helped coordinate the whole event. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because you're responsible to take everything out of The Picnic House that night. I obviously knew this going into it, but it would've made our night much easier if we could've come back the next morning. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a venue for your wedding, definitely check out The Picnic House.
we had a fabulous experience at the Picnic House. The staff could not have been more cooperative and helpful. The setting was glorious. We held the ceremony behind the Picnic House between the two big trees overlooking the great lawn. At sunset, it was picture perfect. The room held our 180 guests for a sit down meal, with room for dancing and we set up a seating area in front of the fireplace with benches and side tables and many different groups throughout the evening made use of the area. We also had room for a Photo Booth. A terrific place to hold a wedding!
A perfect Brooklyn settingReviewed on 10/20/2015
What a terrific venue for a wedding. We held the ceremony behind the Picnic House between the two big trees overlooking the lawn. The venue itself was perfect for our 175 guests with room to dance and a served meal. We set up a seating area in front of fireplaces with benches and coffee tables and throughout the night different groups took advantage of it. Most of all, the staff was as helpful as they could be. It was a wonderful experience all around.
October WeddingReviewed on 10/20/2015 samantha b
Everything about the PPPH was fantastic from start to finish. The space was affordable and the staff was incredible. I couldn't imagine a more perfect setting for a fall wedding in Brooklyn. Thank you!
Beautiful location and beautiful venue!Reviewed on 10/19/2015 Sarah P
We were recently married at The Picnic House this past August. We started our venue search all over the tri-state area but ultimately we decided we wanted to get married close to where we lived in Brooklyn. When my husband and I went to one of the open houses at The Picnic House as we began our search, we knew that was where we wanted to get married. The park is such a special place and the Picnic House allows you to really personalize the way you want your wedding day to be because it’s almost like a blank canvas. We were married outside under a tree in the park (so romantic), the cocktail hour was also outside around the venue and the reception held inside with plenty of space for dinner and dancing to accommodate 150 of our guests. After looking at so many other places my husband and I agree that we couldn’t have found a more perfect location and venue for our wedding. Both Christina and Stephanie, the building managers, were very responsive to our multiple calls and emails, they made us feel at ease during the planning process which can feel very overwhelming at times. They also were able to provide a list of vendors who have previously worked at the Picnic House, all of whom are reasonably priced and excellent at what they do, we found this to be very helpful as well. All of our guests kept raving about what a special location this was and what a unique place to get married. You get the perk of being in the city all the while being in one of the most beautiful parks in the world. I’d recommend the Picnic House to anyone looking to plan an event, what a special place. We are so happy that this is where we got married!!
The Most Perfect DayReviewed on 10/13/2015 Derrica M
My husband and I originally selected the Picnic House because we really had our hearts set on having an outdoor ceremony and the park provided the perfect backdrop for our October wedding. Unfortunately, the day ended up being rainy and cold but in a wonderful turn of events, we ended up having an even more beautiful wedding than we planned. Having the ceremony indoors with the fireplace lit created the most wonderful, cozy setting for our family and friends and the Picnic House staff was on-hand every step of the way to make sure our "Plan B" was a success. They were able to effortlessly "flip" the room without breaking up the flow of our cocktail hour and made sure all of our guests were comfortable. During and after the wedding, our guests raved about how perfect the venue was and how the setting alone made everyone feel all the more comfortable. Even with uncooperative weather, we still had the most perfect venue and the wedding we'd hoped for.
We are so glad that we had our May wedding at the Picnic House! We held our ceremony outdoors just outside the Picnic House, and our guests loved the natural feel of the event -- how the "park life" was going on around us, and how random strangers were stopping by to hear our vows. We planned this wedding ourselves, and everything went smoothly, both in the planning stages and at the event itself. I definitely recommend this venue for a unique event.
Best Venue in BrooklynReviewed on 7/14/2015
The moment we stepped foot in the Picnic House, we knew it was the perfect venue for our wedding. The space is gorgeous inside, which means you can have a lovely reception without much decoration. (We achieved a stunning effect with nothing more than flowers and table cloths). Torrential rain on our wedding day forced us to move the ceremony indoors at the last minute. Thank goodness we had chosen the Picnic House; the staff was able to accommodate the indoor ceremony without a hitch. If you're a bride on a budget, looking to have the most beautiful wedding you can possibly afford - I definitely recommend the Picnic House.
The Picnic HouseReviewed on 7/13/2015
The Picnic House is a gorgeous place. The location is stunning, the house itself, with its large French windows is bright, open, elegant. And the best part of it is that it is relatively affordable compared to other places in the city. You will get a mix of a rustic urban chic wedding feel at a reasonable price. The house made our wedding. It was beautiful. We worked with Bonsoir Caterers who knows the place very well. The food was delicious and the service perfect. We brought in a light designer friend who hung string lights all over the large bars and the result was stunning. We had the cocktail by the balustrade outside and people were walking in and out of the place, which is exactly what we wanted. I would recommend the Picnic House a million times.
Wonderful!Reviewed on 7/13/2015 Margaret O
I have nothing but good things to say about the Picnic House. We knew we wanted to get married outside and somewhere in New York City. We live in Park Slope and couldn't have found a more convenient location. The Picnic House is also one of the most reasonably priced venues in the entire five boroughs. The staff, both leading up to the event and day-of, were wonderfully helpful. We even got an update the morning of our wedding that there would be fireworks in the park and we would have a great view off the back balcony! The only warnings I have for couples thinking of using the Picnic House are 1) it doesn't have air conditioning, making summer dancing hot and sticky, and 2) they don't allow their chairs outside so if you're planning on doing an outdoor ceremony, you'll have to pay extra (for us it was $3.50 a chair) for the outdoor seating.
Great place for a spring weddingReviewed on 6/05/2015
The Picnic House is a great location to have a wedding. While it's reflective of inflated NYC venue prices, the staff and service are outstanding. Our guests raved about a wedding at the park, and the Picnic House more than accommodated 150 guests and a night of dancing.
The Best!Reviewed on 6/05/2015
The Picnic House was an amazing venue. It was the first one my mom and I agreed on and was surprisingly affordable comapred to other locations in Brooklyn. Christina was so great throughout the process, answering all my questions promptly and allowing us to visit on numerous occasions to make sure we had everything just right. You can't beat getting married in the park - especially when the whole park cheers for you at the end of the ceremony. The space is beautiful, the people are nice and the price is right!
Wedding in the ParkReviewed on 4/23/2015 Ashley S
My fiancé (now husband) and I knew we wanted a laid-back venue surrounded by nature in a meaningful place that was a far cry from a traditional banquet hall, and we are so glad we found The Picnic House! It was the perfect location for our mid-August wedding. We held our ceremony outside under the two tall trees overlooking the lawn, which provided a perfect backdrop that blended nature with a touch of the city feel. A few people still in the park even erupted in applause and cheers when we had our first kiss as husband and wife, which many guests said stood out as such a unique and meaningful moment. The venue was also perfect for our reception – open and airy with views of the park and access for people to wander out and enjoy the nature as they wished while taking a break from dancing. Christina was absolutely amazing at answering all of our questions and helping us to feel at ease with our event, and she was so professional. We had a beautiful day weather wise and the setting was just perfect – we couldn’t have asked for a better day. The park is one of our favorite spots in the city, and now we have some amazing memories to go with it. We highly recommend the Picnic House!
Lovely experienceReviewed on 1/16/2015 Susan Elizabetth F
I had my wedding here in November 2014 and set it up with Christina Kuhn, who is wonderful. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Christina is so friendly, easygoing and encouraging. We had a very serious family crisis about two months out from the wedding and Christina could not have been kinder or more accommodating at a time when my husband and I were reeling. The venue is gorgeous and you have a great deal of flexibility in customization. Being in the park is great for pictures, and the overall experience is elegant but not fussy, which I think made it a fun and comfortable experience for our guests. The Picnic House will limit you to a list of caterers, but this is for the best because you will end up with someone who is comfortable working in that space and with the other vendors who service it. I used Jeff Riley at Bon Soir, who was excellent. My DJ was Sean Marquand with 74 Events, who is a genius, and I used Universal Light & Sound for lanterns because they are well versed in decorating the Picnic House. It takes a bit of leg work to put together your team for a Picnic House event, but if you listen to Christina and use the right people, you work up a level of synergy and positivity that makes it feel like an effortless dance party with the people you love, and not one of those buttoned up weddings you dread. It could not have been more lovely, even on such a cold day. If you are considering it, you should definitely reach out to Christina, meet with her, and check it out. Some of my guests who are active in fundraising are considering the space for their events. It is as versatile as it is beautiful. You'll love it.
What a Beautiful Venue!Reviewed on 11/01/2014 Jill J
I am so happy I picked the Prospect Park Picnic House for my Wedding! Christina the coordinator was completely on top of EVERYTHING. Responsive, flexible, amazing. The staff was fantastic, and the venue was gorgeous! This venue is very DIY, so it is more work than having a wedding at a place that will provide you with everything but it allows you to really create the day you imagined in your head. I did not want a cookie cutter wedding in anyway, and the Picnic House allowed me to really make my day feel like it fit my husband and I perfectly. You have to pick between a hand full of food vendors and I think that is a great idea because the vendors know all the challenges of the venue and work to make it perfect. I used Bon Soir and it was unbelievable how amazing they were. I will write a separate review on them, because i could write for hours about how they rocked it out of the park. The Picnic House was perfect Everything went exactly as I had wished and I could not recommend this venue more.