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Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library offers one of the most unique and historic event venues in the city. Ornately designed spaces in a variety of sizes offer couples from across the country an ideal setting for their wedding ceremony and reception. Books are just the beginning.
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$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Library, Museum, Historic Venue, Restaurant
Rentals + Equipment
The BPL is the PERFECT spot for a Boston wedding!Reviewed on 2/17/2012 Catherine M
Everything about the BPL is perfect and you cannot pick a more unique and special backdrop for your wedding in Boston. The library will take your guests' breath away when they walk into the foyer and see the grand staircase. We did our ceremony in the Abbey Room on the second floor and it was absolutely stunning. The rich colored murals and dark wood in this room give it a church-like vibe. Many of our guests said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever seen (in large part because of the space). Our cocktail hour flowed between the Chevannes Gallery and the Abbey Room. Then guests went to the Popular Reading Room on the first floor for the reception. It was nice to use so many different spaces within this beautiful building and they have many more that we did not even use. Beyond the beauty of the building itself, the BPL is within a block or two of dozens of nice hotels and restaurants making it extremely convenient for guests. We found the rental fee to use the space very reasonable (it was comparable to many of the large estates outside the city we looked into). They also offer a discount if you get married in the off-season or on off-nights.
Catered Affair at the Boston Public LibraryReviewed on 11/28/2011 Sarah M
Catered Affair at the BPL cannot be matched. They are beyond professional and made sure that the entire evening was perfection (200+ guests with no coordinator or planner and they handled everything). Truly cannot say enough about the entire process.
Perfect!Reviewed on 11/10/2011 Monica S
The BPL was fabulous. They were very accommodating the day of when our plans had to change and while expensive were willing to do some things to work with my budget.
Having our reception at the BPL was a dream come true. The building was most important to us, and the service from the catered affair exceeded our expectations. TCA was able to accommodate all of our requests and coordinated all of our vendors so I knew we had nothing to worry about on our big day. Everything came together beautifully and effortlessly. We received many compliments on the evening, the food was delicious and our entire experience from the first meeting through the follow up was exceptional.
We booked the Catered Affair and Boston Public Library two years out from our wedding, and received nothing but wonderful advice and suggestions throughout the process! From the initial walk through, to the tasting to the design meetings, Faith and Erica were wonderful help along the way. They were invaluable in answering some of our more confusing questions. The team was also key in coordinating with many of our vendors, and acted as the point person for some of the more technical questions leading up to the day of, leaving my fiance and I more time to enjoy the wedding weekend and not worry about logistical questions! The entire venue and evening was absolutely beautiful, and in addition to helping us create our dream event, Catered Affair was able to do some quick readjustments when a May cold snap threatened to derail some of our outdoor activities. I would highly recommend this company and venue for your wedding!!
Eliza and her team at The Catered Affair at the BPL are incredible. I can't possibly say enough to convey how important they were to making our wedding day everything that we had hoped for. We live and work in Boston and wanted to stay local for our wedding, having our families (none of whom live here) experience the city at its best. The BPL over-delivered in every way possible. Eliza and team were responsive, organized, gave great advice (and were honest in recommending vendors), met with us throughout our 18 month planning period, and were SO helpful on the day of, from the moment we walked through the door to the time we had to leave. Our guests raved about every aspect of our wedding from the beautiful courtyard set-up for our ceremony, to the quality of the food, to how helpful the TCA/BPL staff were throughout the evening. It was truly the wedding of our dreams and we give so much credit to them for being such true professionals and for executing perfectly. They are amazing at what they do. You can't go wrong at the BPL!
What an absolutely amazing place to have a wedding!! Wow! That is what our guests kept saying over and over again. We had our reception in The Courtyard and the dinner/dancing in the Abbey Room. The details were absolutely perfect. The Catered Affairs is their sole caterer and they were terrific. We worked closely with Faith and her assistant Erica. From beginning to end, it was impeccable. They allowed up to delve deep into the menu details and we had a great tasting six months before our wedding. They are clearly well versed in managing complex weddings with multiple moving parts. If I could, I would do it over again, again and again!
Amazing venueReviewed on 10/30/2015
We had our ceremony and reception at the BPL (courtyard, Bates Hall, Abbey room). For us, getting married in a library made perfect sense, given that we are both academics and we met in Boston. From the first time we visited the BPL, it was clear that the venue was gorgeous and The Catered Affair knew exactly what they were doing. We worked with Michele, who guided us through the whole process and handled everything on the BPL side. Almost everything throughout the planning was very clear - the timeline, the action items, etc. The BPL listened to any out-of-the-ordinary requests we had and worked to make them happen. On the day-of, we didn’t have to worry about any set-up or organizational logistics throughout the night; we were free to focus on our wedding. We even had an attendant making sure that we were able to try the food and drinks we wanted. A few downsides: the person contacting the vendors did so without always communicating with us - although this gave less to worry about, it led to a couple of moments of confusion; and it’s definitely not cheap. Overall, we are thrilled to have gotten married at the BPL - it's a beautiful venue and TCA has the wedding planning down to a science.
We got married in February at the BPL, and I am still in awe of what an extraordinary experience it was. We were completely and utterly thrilled with the entire experience, and we are so happy that we chose to marry at the BPL. The Library itself is unsurpassed in history, beauty, and location, and there are a variety of spaces within the building where you can hold different events during the evening. Our guests loved having the run of the Library and seeing different rooms on different floors. The food was delicious (and we were able to totally customize our menu based on our preferences and, after the very extensive tasting, what flavors we liked. We are still getting compliments on it! The waiter and bartender service was impeccable. But the most important thing to making our special day so perfect was the staff of the Catered Affair, who went above and beyond in terms of providing the utmost in attention to us. They had an answer for every question, a suggestion for every uncertainty, and a willingness to deal very kindly and pleasantly with a slightly harried bride who was planning her wedding by herself. When we received more snow than Boston ever had in the month leading up to our wedding, the staff went above and beyond to help restructure the different events and the flow of the evening in order to accommodate our unprecedented weather. They are, without exception, the best of the best. Thanks to Alyssa, Eliza, Michele, and the rest of the TCA@BPL personnel who made everything simply magical.
Dream come trueReviewed on 9/07/2015 Laura S
Erin, Alyssa, and the rest of the Catered Affair team truly put together a storybook wedding for us this past June at the BPL. The venue is gorgeous, and the team was outstanding. They were incredibly professional and helpful from the early planning stages through the wedding day itself. I knew that I didn't have to worry about anything because they had it all under control, and I got a ton of compliments afterwards on how beautiful and perfect everything was. I would recommend them very, very highly.
The Catered Affair @ the BPL is extraordinaryReviewed on 10/25/2014 Jennifer R
I can't even put into words how amazing The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library is. Their detail and level of service is incomparable to any other wedding venue in Boston. Our event planner Annie was AMAZING. Her attention to detail, flexibility, and focus on personalization made our wedding absolutely perfect. On the day of, our attendant Meghan was an angel sent from heaven. We worried about NOTHING all day. We had food / drink in our hand at all times and never had to walk away from dancing or conversations. BPL is truely top notch. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to have an extraordinary wedding. Our guests can't stop talking about it...
Perfect Wedding!Reviewed on 10/13/2014 Beth L
The BPL is the perfect location for a Boston wedding! It is a hidden gem. Each room you pick is unique. We worked with Eliza and she was so helpful! She listened to each and every question and helped us plan the perfect day. On the day everything went so smoothly, we had such a wonderful time! It was perfect! I couldn't recommend this venue more!
Wedding PerfectionReviewed on 9/07/2014 Kara H
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding. Eliza, Alyssa and staff were so attentive during the year of planning our wedding. They made sure that I had nothing to worry about on the day of the wedding, which completely de-stressed me and my groom. The food was so delicious and we received rave reviews from all the guests. There is not one thing I asked of the catered affair that they said they couldn't do. They also took care of our favors (doughnuts - cronuts and chocolate covered candied bacon - highly recommend!) and cake. They also spoke with all the outside vendors to make sure everything was timed perfectly, a huge help! I would recommend the catered affair to anyone who asks and wish I could relive the day over and over again!
Wedding at BPLReviewed on 9/05/2014
My daughter's wedding at the BPL was perfection from start to finish. Our wedding coordinators, Eliza and Alyssa were absolutely a delight to work with and amazing at their jobs. The food and service were incredible. Even if I tried I could not find one thing wrong with anything that night. Thank you to the whole staff at BPL for making my daughter's wedding a night to remember.
AMAZING Boston Wedding VenueReviewed on 8/23/2013 Megan D
I cannot say enough good things about the BPL for a wedding venue. It is beautiful all by itself - grand ceilings, marble staircases, balconies, a courtyard with fountain, just perfect. You can absolutely enhance the space with beautiful florals, uplighting, linens, etc. However, if you are looking for a venue that doesn't need much added in order to look great, this is your space. Also, love, love, love the Copley Square location - all of our out-of-town guests were wowed, and really got a true Boston experience.
Every detail was perfectReviewed on 6/18/2011 Lucy G
I had my ceremony and reception at the BPL this May and it was perfect. They got every detail right and I wouldn't have changed a thing. They were a breeze to work with!
STUNNING VENUEReviewed on 10/19/2010 Amy S
The moment I set foot into the Library, I knew it was a must. From the courtyard and the grand staircase, to the sky-high ceilings and impressive stacks, it was just breathtaking. I chose this venue for what it is; no real "transformation" required. They were very cool about letting us remove the lobby items, such as the metal detector (!) and circulation desk. I had flowers and potted palms brought in, uplighting, and of course cocktail tables, etc. Little else in the way of decorating was needed to enhance this building's natural beauty.
An elegant Boston weddingReviewed on 8/16/2010 Linda h
My daughter and her husband wanted a uniques venue for their wedding. The Library fit the bill beautifully. My guests commented they felt like they were in Europe! The staff at the Library was extremely competent and helpful in planning the event. The Catered Affair was terrific as well. Food was great. The Courtyard was perfect for the ceremony and so inviting for guests to catch some air in the soft light of the fountain.The Popular Reading Room was warm and inviting for the evening festivities. The location is great for (out of town) guests as there are so many hotels in the area. I recommend this venue without reservation.