Weddings

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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Rating 4.6 out of 5
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Up to 300 guests

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Up to 300 guests

WEDDINGS

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located on a twelve-acre park, overlooking the sea that President Kennedy loved and the city that launched him to greatness. Say "I do" with an intimate crowd of 30 or a larger celebration for up to 300 guests.

After reviewing all of this information, we recommend scheduling a meeting with a JFK Library Event Coordinator. Tours of the rental spaces are available from 9am-4pm Monday through Friday. The Library can place a soft hold on a date for up to two weeks with no financial commitment. During this time, Gourmet Caterers will prepare an initial catering proposal for you to review. Once you are ready to move forward the Library requires a 50% non-refundable deposit and signed paperwork to confirm the date. The final balance is due two weeks before your wedding date.

Please call the Special Events Department at 617-514-1582 for further information. We look forward to working with you on this momentous occasion!

Wedding Ceremonies

I.M. Pei’s iconic nine-story glass Pavilion is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. The Pavilion can accommodate up to 300 guests for a ceremony and cocktail hour. The Pavilion is open to the public during the day, but ready for guests starting at 6pm. We recommend a ceremony start time no earlier than 6:15pm. The celebration can begin right after you say “I do” with a seamless transition into cocktail hour.

Wedding Receptions

With towering windows overlooking the city skyline Smith Hall is a blank canvas ideal for a fully customized reception. Smith Hall can accommodate up to 300 guests with a full size dancefloor. Smith Hall also features an attached terrace, where guests can take in the sunset and sweeping city views.

Pricing

The Library is available to rent for wedding ceremonies and receptions Friday through Sunday year round. Please note that the Library does not host weddings on New Year’s Eve or in the month of May. The rental fee for a ceremony is $5,000 and a reception is $20,000. There are no taxes or administrative fees on top of this pricing. These fees include:

  • Up to 300 guests
  • An event time of 6-11pm, with the option to extend to midnight for an additional $3,000
  • Guests have access to the museum exhibits anytime before the ceremony or cocktail hour start time
  • Hospitality suite, access starting at 10am
  • Free parking
  • Library staff, including a JFK Library Event Coordinator, security, museum staff, and janitorial services
  • Access to the Library grounds for first look and formal photography
  • Access to Smith Hall for set-up starting at 10am. Earlier access may be available for an additional fee.
  • Access to the Pavilion for set-up starting at 5pm

Vendors

The Library’s spaces are rented empty, which allows for complete customization. Through elements like furniture rentals, lighting, and floral design you can design the space to speak to your vision and personality. Given the complexity of hosting a wedding in our spaces, the Library requires that all couples work with a professional wedding planner.

We are here to help you every step of the way and are happy to make recommendations for planners and vendors. Once your vendors are selected your JFK Library Event Coordinator will work with your planner to confirm logistics and make sure all building regulations are met. The Library is a proud member of the Boston Wedding Group. The BWG is a consortium of top tier Boston based wedding vendors. From hair stylists to photographers to bands, it is a fantastic place to start your search.

Audio & Visual Services

The Library has four approved AV suppliers. These vendors can provide decorative lighting elements like chandeliers, uplighting, and pinspots as well as draping. Most bands and DJs provide their own sound system. We recommend working with your band/DJ for amplification options for your ceremony, speeches, and toasts.

Design Light

Sandy Mulrey

sandy@designlightco.com

508-785-1810

designlightco.com

CCR Solutions

Ryan Wade

ryanw@ccrsolutions.com

508-734-5472

ccrsolutions.com

Capron Lighting and Sound

Joe Danahy

jdanahy@capron.net

781-444-8850

capron.net

Terry Hanley Audio Systems

Dan Kidwell

dan@terryhanleyaudio.com

781-932-5300

terryhanleyaudio.com



Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$20,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$5,141

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Parking

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Government Building
Museum
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
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    Stunning Venue

    Our daughter and son-in-law's choice to host their wedding at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library and Museum was a brilliant decision. The venue allows you to have a ceremony and reception in one place, but in two spaces. The pavilion is stunning, cathedral-like, and Smith Hall turned into a beautiful, warm, fun place for dinner and dancing. The staff were exceedingly helpful and enjoyable and always of good humor. They made it fun! We considered many of the typical Boston-area venues for a wedding/reception to be held in one place; this was far and away the best place for us.

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Columbia Point Boston, MA, 02127
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