The Providence Public Library, presented by Russell Morin Catering & Events is a wedding venue located in Providence, Rhode Island. With historic architecture and dramatic skylights, this venue is perfect for a unique and romantic wedding. It is also located in the heart of downtown Providence, giving it a sense of luxury and city charm.
The Providence Public Library offers a magnificent event space, accessible through their historic Washington Street entrance. Built in 1878, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century American architecture. It traces its architectural pedigree to the Sansovino’s Library in Venice and the Libraire de Ste. Genevieve in Paris, and still further back, the Italian palaces of the Renaissance period.
Your wedding rental will include the Ship Room, the Grand Hall and its indoor Courtyard, as well as a Newlywed Suite. In addition, you will have access to many gorgeous formal photography locations (including the book-stacks!) and a well-tuned Baby Grand Piano. These spaces are truly unique, and come complete with all of the necessary tables and chairs for the evening.
Your Russell Morin Event Managers will use their expertise to personalize a timeline, that will seemlessly guide your guests throughout our unique spaces.
Plan a breathtaking wedding experience at The Providence Public Library! For more information, please reach out to email@example.com to schedule a tour.
43 Reviews for Providence Public Library
Recommended by 97% of couples
9 User photos
Karina · Married on 10/04/2019
Beautiful, classic venue with fantastic events company
We knew this was our venue the minute we saw pictures. The venue is so incredibly classic without looking too high-brow. We were having such a hard time finding a majestic venue without it being a manor in the middle of nowhere. The venue is right in the middle of Providence, which made it so easy for our guests to travel and find accommodations! part of the library was under construction when we were getting married (the other side of the building), but it really didn't affect us at all. The space itself is great -- there is a top level for your ceremony, and lower area for dancing, and a separate room for eating dinner. I was nervous about it but it worked REALLy well. It kept people on the dance floor! To top it off, the caterer/event management - Russell Morins were AMAZING.Sent on 11/20/2019
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Below is an excerpt from the email I wrote to Ardriana, our event manager at Providence Public Library and our day-of-coordinator. I wrote this only 2 days after our wedding, which fully describes how appreciative we were for the entire Russell Morin team. The venue (Providence Public Library) was absolutely gorgeous. Most importantly, Ardriana was available to answer questions whenever I had them (and I had plenty!!). They made the process so incredibly easy, and the day of felt like such a breeze because they are absolute professionals and experts at making weddings amazing. Ardriana and all of Russell Morin so thoughtful in helping us with some small pieces of our wedding -- for example, I asked if they had a specific thing that I hadn't seen on the menu but I knew my parents and family would like...and they came back and said they could do it?!! Or helping us with our vegan guests, figuring out dress changes (I changed into a traditional Chinese qipao in the the reception), and...everything. We cannot recommend them enough. Also so many people were obsessed with their food -- SEVERAL people texted me how good the chicken was. Nobody compliments chicken unless it's actually amazing. Which it was.
"We've already expressed this, but again, thank you (and the staff) so so much for making this our picture perfect wedding. You made the entire process so easy and enjoyable for us and you made our wedding day so seamless, special, and wonderful. Absolutely everything was perfect -- the cake! The lighting! Getting us when we were scheduled to do something! And people RAVED about the food -- I've never heard anybody talk about chicken so earnestly. We knew the venue was beautiful but didn't know how even more beautiful it'd be for our own wedding. I really don't know how I could have planned a wedding without Morins and I will sing high praises of your team and the venue for my whole life."
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Deanna · Married on 11/03/2019
Beauty, elegance, and class
When we told people we were getting married at a library... we got a lot of puzzled looks. Then we showed them photos and people's eyes would light up, and that's exactly what it's like walking in to PPL. You enter through the beautiful stone facade and you're standing in a foyer at the base of a grand marble staircase; one that your wedding party will walk down and take photos on. Then, you're standing in the ceremony space and the more you look around, the more you notice the gilded details, the columns, the chandelier... and all the possibilities that the space provides. We had our ceremony with 140 guests seated and we didn't even need any extra decor (ok, well we got one of those big light up trees but that's it!) The space is so naturally elegant that it doesn't really need anything extra. Then everyone moved down to the courtyard for cocktail hour, and it's a gentle change of scenery that's still inclusive of everything and everyone. Our older guests loved being able to sit on the upper level and look down upon the dance floor and still feel like part of the action. Then we moved into the dining room for a seated plated dinner and it felt small enough that it was intimate but large enough that it didn't feel crowded. While we were in the dining room, the ceremony space and courtyard were being transformed with rental furniture and lighting so that it felt totally different when guests emerged from dinner. We kept the lighting neutral on the main floor but the courtyard was like a dance floor with dark lights and loud music. Lastly, there's a room upstairs where family and friends can take a moment alone to collect their thoughts and I found it to be really peaceful and calming. Overall, the PPL is a venue that keeps on giving and giving: it's SO versatile that it's like six spaces in one. You can dress it up or dress it down, class it up or keep it quirky. We also found the rental fees to be insanely affordable, and there was a security guard and coat check person there all night for our event. We loved the location and found it super convenient and within walking distance of everyone's hotels, parking garages, etc. (although we did get the valet parking option for our wedding because it was also more affordable than we thought.) Lastly, PPL works with Russell Morin Catering and Events which made the whole process really seamless. Russell Morin was also very accommodating, but that's a review for another day :) Overall, our guests had rave reviews about the PPL and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect venue!!Sent on 11/18/2019
Kelly W. · Married on 10/18/2019
A hidden gem of wedding venues!
Getting married at PPL (Providence Public Library) could not have been better. the set-up is ideal, the dance floor is UNBEATABLE! Having everything on-site makes it so easy, and Russell Morins (the catering company exclusive with PPL) made our day so seamless and perfect. We had just over 100 guests and it was the absolute perfect size. Not only is the layout of the venue perfect, but the historic details are jaw-dropping - so many amazing photo opps! It is in close proximity to many great hotels downtown. Their bridal suite upstairs is also amazing and a great place to get ready/dressed before the big day! We wouldn't have changed a thing, this venue and the staff and catering company was beyond perfect.Sent on 10/21/2019
Providence Public Library's reply:Kelly & Nathan - can I just say how wonderful you both were to plan and work alongside for your big day! I am beyond thrilled that our beautiful Library was the perfect fit for your dream day! Thank you for sharing these amazing moments with us!
Excellent Company to work with! We highly recommend.
The Providence Public Library oozes elegance and sophistication, the library is an absolutely stunning wedding and special event venue! The interior and decor is impeccable down to the last detail and meticulous cared for and maintained. The staff is incredibly friendly, responsive, and polite! The Providence Public Library is sure to impress and exceed your expectations! Love this venue!
We love working at the Library! The Russell Morin staff do a fantastic job here. Lizzy and her team are very attentive and always a pleasure to work with.