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The Boston Public Library

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Rating 5.0 out of 5
71 reviews
$46k - $56k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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$46k - $56k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair have combined strengths to bring you Boston's most unique wedding venue in the heart of Copley Square. The BPL has a variety of event spaces ranging from the intimate to the impressively grand. The beautiful Italianate courtyard can make any ceremony or cocktail reception unforgettable. Continue the evening in the Guastavino Room or Bates Hall where guests can dine under beautifully ornate ceilings and amongst hundreds of books. Looking for a more modern atmosphere? The newly renovated Johnson Building is the perfect backdrop with floor to ceiling windows, wide open space, and crisp and colorful lines.

The Catered Affair will customize your wedding to reflect your personal style and taste. From the formal to the informal, from intimate to grand – We pride ourselves in our relationship with you, your family and your guests.

Weddings at the Library take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays after the building has closed to the public. For more information, please contact the Special Events Department at 617.859.2282 or events@bpl.org.

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?

$10,677

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

$7,585

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

Yes

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

$1,531

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$50

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

8

Describe your venue:

Government Building
Historic Building
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April

71 Reviews

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Recommended by 100% of couples
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    Nicole C. Married on 10/01/2021
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    Historic meets ultimate elegance - A review from a wedding photographer

    As a wedding photographer, I see lots of crazy things. The good ones are memorable and heartwarming; the bad can be embarrassing and cringe-worthy. But what really gets me excited is when people give their all--whether its a wedding or a corporate event.

    As someone who works with couples every weekend on intimate occasions like marriage ceremonies there's nothing more satisfying than knowing that the venue team is amazing. I've photographed at Boston Public Library dozens of times and love it here. I know it's not conventional for photographers to write reviews like this, but I wanted couples to know that there's so much you don't see behind the scenes. BPL's coordinators are always cheering you on, putting out fires that you'll never know about, and always have your best interests in mind. They're kind of unsung heroes.

    Just wanted to say, well done, BPL.
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    Elena C. Married on 09/26/2021
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    Dream come true!!!

    It was the dream wedding I could not have imagined. The combo of BPL and the Catered Affair is the BEST! Everything was so perfectly organized and coordinated, the food, the atmosphere and everything around it (including the vendors recommended by the team) was absolutely AMAZING... Meghan Cook is the best wedding organizer. We are still over the moon with just how perfect everything went.
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    Bailey K. Married on 08/21/2020
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    Wedding Ceremony

    My husband and I had our wedding in the Courtyard at BPL! We did the Picnic Package that was made available to couples who had to cancel their original wedding plans due to COVID. And I am so happy this happened!! We got the last time slot on our original day and were able to have our parents, photographer, and videographer attend. Alyssa at The Catered Affair was our contact at the beginning for logistics and food and was super helpful! We had the Mezze lunchboxes and it was delicious. Ken was our day-of contact and was so amazing!! He allowed us to come in a few minutes early to capture the lighting on the Grand Staircase. Without him, we wouldn’t have captured such gorgeous pictures!! He was super responsive, sweet, and helpful. He was in charge of the music and his playlist was perfect. We’re so happy with the staff, venue, and everything in between. Thank you for turning our last minute wedding into one we couldn’t have ever dreamed of. Thank you!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Joc & Zac
    78 photos · 09/30/2017

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
NST Pictures NST Pictures Wedding Videographers

Very professional and organized. Great vendor to work with at a beautiful venue!

C-Zone Entertainment C-Zone Entertainment Wedding DJs

Performing at 500 events per year, we work with many different caterers. TCA @ the BPL always delivers first class service from small intimate social gatherings to huge corporate events and upscale weddings. They are so on top of their game, all we do is go with the flow of the night and follow their lead. So everything from introductions of a wedding party, to signature moments like toasts, speeches, cake cutting, parent dances, etc...always flow seamlessly. Their clients get to sit back and just enjoy their party. It is truly an honor to be partners with such an amazing company. They even reach out to all their vendors the week of the event to ensure everyone is clear about load in, set up, load out and of course the overall event time line. Their organization is superb and we sincerely appreciate all of their attention to detail. On top of all that, everyone is so friendly and accommodating, we've become good friends with many of their event producers and other staff members. Just a top notch company all around.

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700 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02116
6178592282
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The Boston Public Library frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Boston Public Library?

The Boston Public Library includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Set Up

At The Boston Public Library, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Boston Public Library includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Wedding Cake

At The Boston Public Library, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Boston Public Library includes:
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar

What are the most important characteristics of The Boston Public Library in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Boston Public Library for wedding events is known for:
  • Government Building
  • Historic Building
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Boston Public Library for wedding events?

The Boston Public Library offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Boston Public Library offer?

The Boston Public Library offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Boston Public Library offer for wedding events?

The Boston Public Library offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Boston Public Library have available for wedding events?

The Boston Public Library offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs

What percentage of users recommend The Boston Public Library and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Boston Public Library is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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