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New York City weddings: Say 'I do' in these beautiful outdoor gardens

Spring has officially arrived in New York City and with it comes the start of "wedding season." After months of hibernating indoors, it's time to start fantasizing about whimsical nuptials set inside one of the city's picturesque gardens.

From New York's biggest and best known parks to more intimate settings including one featured on "Sex and the City," here are 12 city gardens where couples can say "I do."

Bonus: Getting hitched in many of these spots will only cost you $25.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Early birds get to say
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Early birds get to say "I do" in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The venue only allows wedding ceremonies between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., before the park opens to the general public. If it's just a garden ceremony you want, that will cost you $450, which includes up to 50 guests. For couples who also want to hold a reception here, the garden offers wedding packages that include catering and rental of either the Palm House or Atrium.

Wave Hill

But if it's an evening affair you desire,
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But if it's an evening affair you desire, Wave Hill in the Riverdale section of the Bronx only hosts weddings after the garden has closed to the general public at 5:30 p.m. Wave Hill is more than just fauna and flora. The site also features beautiful views of the Palisades. Only those with a Conservator level membership with the garden, which costs $10,000, can rent the space for a private weekend event. And in addition to the membership, a $3,500 rental fee is required. Receptions are held in the garden's Armor Hall, which accommodates up to 130 guests.

Jefferson Market Garden (Miranda's and Steve's spot)

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"Sex and the City" fans may recognize this quaint garden in Greenwich Village from season 6 of the HBO series. It's where Miranda Hobbes (played by Cynthia Nixon) tied the knot with her long-time beau and baby daddy Steve (David Eigenberg). The Jefferson Market Garden provides " a natural sanctuary right along bustling Sixth Avenue," according to an online review from a bride who wed there. The garden can accommodate up to 150 people for ceremonies only, no receptions, and will be closed to the public during the event. A donation to the garden is required and typically ranges from $700 to $2,500 based on the number of guests and length of time needed to reserve the garden.

Central Park Conservatory Garden

The Conservatory Garden is the most popular wedding
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The Conservatory Garden is the most popular wedding ceremony destination inside Central Park, according to the Central Park Conservancy. Located at 5th Avenue and 105th Street, the area actually consists of three unique gardens, with plenty of flowers and greenery from early spring through fall. The permit fee is $400 and an additional fee of $100 for photography applies. Wedding parties are limited to 100 people for one hour. The setting up of chairs, tents, tables, podiums, runners or other props are not permitted.

Ladies Pavilion and other CP spots

To get hitched in other spots in Central
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To get hitched in other spots in Central Park, including the intimate Ladies Pavilion (pictured above), you'll just need to file an application with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. The fee is $25, and the application usually takes about 21-30 days to process. Once again, there are restrictions on music, chairs and props. Visit nycgovparks.org/permits.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Manhattan skyline provides the backdrop for weddings
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The Manhattan skyline provides the backdrop for weddings held in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Ceremonies can be held at the Pier 1 Granite Prospect, Empire Fulton Ferry boardwalk, and Main Street pebble beach only, according to brooklynbridgepark.org. In addition to the $25 application fee, couples who wed here also have to pay a $400 non-refundable site fee.

Queens Botanical Garden

The Queens Botanical Garden has its own Victorian-style
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The Queens Botanical Garden has its own Victorian-style "Wedding Garden," which offers an intimate setting with flowering plants, wood bridges, a gazebo, and stream enclosed by a white picket fence. It can accommodate up to 80 seated guests. A $750 rental fee includes one hour inside the Wedding Garden for the ceremony and photographs, another hour in the Main Garden for more pictures, rehearsal time and an indoor facility or terrace should Mother Nature rain on your plans.

Prospect Park

Brooklyn's scenic Prospect Park offers plenty of open
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Brooklyn's scenic Prospect Park offers plenty of open green space and its recently restored Bailey Fountain (right) has served as a backdrop in countless wedding portraits. You'll need a special permit, which costs $25, from the Prospect Park Alliance just to hold a small ceremony here. And for those looking to host a catered reception inside the park, there are two options: The historic Boathouse, which overlooks the Lullwater, and the less pricey Picnic House, a Renaissance Revival structure with scenic views of the 90-acre Long Meadow, left.

Pelham Bay Park

Couples who get married inside Pelham Bay Park
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Couples who get married inside Pelham Bay Park can enjoy spectacular views of the Long Island Sound for the price of a $25 application fee with the NYC Parks Department. And if you want to celebrate with a catered affair, you can rent the historic Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, pictured above.

Morningside Park

Winding paths bordered with flowers and a cascading
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Winding paths bordered with flowers and a cascading waterfall are among the sights at Morningside Park, located in the heart of northern Manhattan. To get hitched here, all you'll need is a special event permit from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, which costs $25.

Battery Park

Battery Park offers beautiful waterfront views, flower gardens
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Battery Park offers beautiful waterfront views, flower gardens and plenty of New York City history. To get hitched here, couples will need to submit an application with the NYC Parks Department and pay the $25 fee. If you want to hold a reception here, the nearby Battery Gardens Restaurant offers catering packages and gives a portion of the proceeds from the affair to the Battery Park Conservancy, which maintains the park’s landscape.

New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx
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The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx offers 250 acres of stunning floral backdrops for your wedding ceremony and photos, and the choice of two catering venues: the Garden Terrace Room, which can accommodate up to 550 guests, and the more intimate Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, which is nestled along the Bronx River and holds up to 130 guests.

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