WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do we need a permit to have our wedding photos taken at Old Westbury Gardens?
Yes. Permits are required and must be requested at least 8 weeks in advance. How much does a permit cost? If your party arrives between 9am and 3pm the base permit fee is $325 If your party arrives at or after 3:30pm the base permit fee is $450
How much time do we have to take photos?
Permits are good for 1 and ½ hours (90 minutes). Overtime may be scheduled in advance for an additional $100.
When can we have our photos taken?
Wedding photography permits are issued in 2017 for January through the third weekend in November, every day except Tuesdays and certain blackout dates. Permits are not issued for sessions that begin before 9:00am or after 5:30pm.
Do you recommend a photography studio?
You may use your own photography studio or you may select one of our preferred studios and receive a 10% discount on your permit fee.
Déjà vu Studios (516) 248-9600 Fine Art Photography and Film (516) 997-4200 Franklin Square Photographers (516) 437-1055 Patken Photographer (631) 888-0065 Jay Lim Photography (516) 333-0769 Silver Fox Studios (631) 393-6966 Studio 27 (516) 730-5007
Are there any fees for my wedding guests?
The basic permit fee includes up to 20 guests (bridal party, relatives), excluding photographers, wedding planners, and videographers. Additional fees for more guests are $50.00 for additional one (1) to four (4) guests $75.00 for additional five (5) to nine (9) guests $100.00 for additional ten (10) to fourteen (14) guests $200.00 for additional fifteen (15) to nineteen (19) guests $250.00 for additional twenty (20) or more guests
What if it rains?
If Westbury House is available you may determine, in advance, if you want to take photos inside. If you do not want to use the interior of Westbury House when it is raining during your scheduled time you will receive a full refund (see Rain Policy on the Terms and conditions for compete information).
We want to have our pictures taken at the Gardens. How do we obtain a permit?
- Email us to see if the date and time are available. To ensure a proper experience for you we limit the number of permits per day and per time slot.
- Download and complete the for form to request a Wedding Photography Permit,
- Submit the completed request form and deposit.
We don’t have all the information to complete the form. Can we still reserve the date?
To reserve the date for the permit you must provide contact information about yourselves, the date and time requested, the number of guests, your decision in case of rain and the $100 deposit. Payment of your balance and all information must be provided 8 weeks prior to your scheduled date. It does take time for you to obtain the required insurance documentation for your vendors so the sooner you provide that information to us the better.
Can I see the gardens before we decide to apply for a permit?
Yes, but you must pay any applicable admission fees but keep your receipt as your admission fee may be applied to your permit fee
Are we the only bridal party on the property?
The Gardens are a popular location for photography and we only permit up to 3 wedding parties at a time. Are there any other fees? Besides additional fees for the number of guests beyond 20 there is an additional fee of $20 per vehicle for 5 or more vehicles (excluding vehicles used by photographer(s), videographer(s), wedding planner(s).
What if we arrive late?
All sessions are reserved for 90-minutes from the time you are scheduled to arrive. Should you arrive after your scheduled time of arrival, your time of departure does not change . If you arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled departure time you are considered a no show and will forfeit the full permit fee.