Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library, in the heart of Copley Square in Boston, was built in 1895 in a Beaux-Arts Renaissance revival. From Italian marble, to decadent fountains, to all the books you could ever imagine, this is a hidden gem of a palace in the middle of the city.
Welcome to Italy! These columns, arches, fountain, balconies, and landscaping will transport you to old world Europe on your wedding day.
Bates Hall could be one of the prettiest reading rooms in the country, and especially iconic to Boston. During the day, people come here to study, get work done, or take out a book or two. You can also host your dinner here as it can hold more guests than the Guastavino room.
THE GRAND STAIRCASE
It was named the "palace for the people" for a reason! Walk through the front doors of the library and you'll be surrounded by marble. Glide up the staircase to the upstairs reception rooms, reading room, and balconies overlooking the courtyard.
Plan for photos in the grand staircase, on the balconies, in the courtyard, and in Bates Hall!
Definitely invest in uplighting - most ceremonies take place in the evening here at the library, so you'll want to dress up the space and make sure your guests can see you as you read your vows.
CEREMONY & COCKTAIL HOUR IN THE COURTYARD
Both the ceremony and cocktail hour take place in the majestic courtyard. Guests are seated under the arches, and the couple is in front of the fountain.
The Guastavino room is one of the rooms you can have dinner in. The Catered Affair is the BPL's in-hose caterer, who does a spectacular job on all the culinary parts of your day. To add to the scholarly theme, the top floor is lined with bookshelves.
Copley Square and the front facade of the library is a great place to take photos as you arrive for the day!
There is no on-site parking, so plan to park in one of the many garages within 1-2 blocks of the library.
The landing at the top of the stairs is covered in Renaissance paintings and sculptures. This is where dessert and coffee is served, and where your guests can marvel at all the different views of the library.
Dance the night away in this historic room, complete with checkered floors, larger than life antique paintings, and a door to the balcony!