The Picnic House in Prospect Park is a charming and historic building in the heart of Brooklyn's premier park. With scenic views of the 90-acre Long Meadow, outdoor spaces for ceremonies and cocktails, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and a working wood fireplace, it provides a bucolic setting for your perfect day. The Picnic House can be tailored for every taste and budget, and is a blank canvas to create the ideal wedding no matter what the season. The Picnic House comfortably seats 175 guests for dinner and dancing or 240 for a cocktail-style event.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Aliya · Married on 05/12/2018
We just had our wedding at the Picnic House in Prospect Park in the second week of May. Our wedding was a total dream and we had the best experience with the staff at the Picnic House. The venue is gorgeous, can accommodate a ton of guests - we had 130 people and there was a ton of room for more. It’s beautiful to look out onto the greens from every window and they have air conditioning for a hot day. Some couples choose to decorate, but you really, really don’t need to other than table decor as the venue is just gorgeous with its old school charm. My only criticism is the bathrooms aren’t the nicest, but really, who spends time in the bathroom at a wedding anyway!
Now for the staff! From the very first open house in April 2017 when we met Stephanie, to the very last few emails between us and Stephanie and Christina, the staff at the Picnic House are just a joy to work with. Over the course of the year they received several emails with tons of questions, several requests etc. Every interaction and conversation with them was always one filled with empathy and willingness to help. They always helped ease stress by providing solutions, making recommendations and being super accommodating. They were really a total joy to work with, you won’t regret it.
Margaret · Married on 09/02/2018
We had our wedding here over Labor Day weekend and it was a perfect, magical event. From the beginning of our planning process, the staff was extremely responsive and helpful. Even though Kymberle came on-staff a couple months before the wedding, she seamlessly picked up where the previous events manager left off and responded to all of our emails immediately. Picnic House staff were amazingly helpful on the day of and kept our wedding running smoothly. The space was beautiful and it looked amazing with just flowers on the tables, no extra lights, and comfortable AC. The ceiling is higher than it looks in pictures and overall, the space is very elegant with minimal decoration. We had the ceremony and reception inside because park rules say no amplified sound and you have to rent separate chairs for outside use. During the cocktail hour, post-ceremony, the Picnic House staff and Catering staff made a quick transition with chairs and tables from ceremony to dinner and dancing. We live down the street from the venue and visit the park almost every day so it felt almost like we were getting married in our backyard. Initially, having a set list of caterers felt frustrating but we actually ended up appreciating it because it seemed like all those included in the list have tons of experience working specifically with the Picnic House space and staff. The day was everything we could have hoped for and more.
Erin · Married on 11/10/2017
The Picnic House is a beautiful venue. Christina, the director of rentals, promptly responded to every email we sent and was extremely helpful leading up to the wedding. William, the house manager, was warm, helpful, and went out of his way to be so kind to everyone. Every single person who worked for the park made us feel happy and comfortable. I cannot sing the praises of this place enough.
A side note about decorating, we used the Picnic House's chairs and tables. We rented linens and brought in candles and picture frames for the mantel and cake stands of cookies for the centerpieces. William lit a fire in the fireplace as it was a ridiculously cold night (though with all the dancing many guests still stepped out for a minute here or there to cool down). We were a little worried as the wedding approached that we didn't spring for special lighting, flowers, or ceiling decorations (the Picnic House has very high ceilings), but the place didn't need anything extra. It was really, really beautiful on its own. In fact, many of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was.
Also, Bon Soir is to thank for really making the place lovely. Besides having the best food (seriously, so good and they sent us home with the leftovers), Jeff's staff plated the cake stands with hundreds of cookies and lit all the candles and just generally were magical.
Join Prospect Park Alliance on Sunday, January 27, for a special wedding open house at the Picnic House in Prospect Park. Beyond viewing the Picnic House in all its finery, you will meet some of our exclusive caterers and wedding specialists who will help you create your ideal day. Famous for its scenic views of the 90-acre Long Meadow, floor-to-ceiling windows and charming wood-burning fireplace, the Prospect Park Picnic House was awarded Best of Weddings by The Knot and received a Couples Choice Award from Wedding Wire.Learn more
We LOVE the Picnic House. It's a one-of-a-kind location in New York City, and we highly recommend it for those interested in a warmly-managed, customizable space in a historic location.