Hands up if you identify with Belle from Beauty & the Beast? She would definitely get married in a library wedding venue, and we don't blame her.
Her love of libraries is infectious and made us see them in a totally new light. They are the perfect wedding venue for book lovers, so we’ve rounded up our favourites from the UK and the rest of the world to inspire you. Book worms, this one’s for you.
So, take your time browsing through our comprehensive list of beautiful library wedding venues and allow yourselves to be excited by the prospect of saying "I do" in the way you have always dreamt of.
The Best Library Wedding Venues for Bookworm Couples
Like love and romance, literature can be a source of happiness for many people. If you and your partner adore reading, then getting married at in a library wedding venue must sound like a fairytale! Well, we're here to tell you that your fantasy doesn't have to be fictional for much longer - here are 17 of our favourites.
PS. If you need some help finding the perfect venue, make sure you read our guide to choosing a wedding venue.
1. Hodsock Priory - Nottinghamshire
2. The Swan Hotel - Gloucestershire
Give your library wedding an intimate, cosy feel by hosting it at the Swan Hotel in Bilbury, which can host intimate ceremonies and receptions of up to 24 guests in the library. It’s also a dream place to elope to – the venue can provide witnesses if you want to marry without fuss. Stay on in the picturesque Cotswolds after your wedding – it’s a gorgeous location for a honeymoon in the UK.
3. Dulwich College - London
The Old Library on site at Dulwich College is the perfect location for your library wedding ceremony. Whilst the books are no longer present, the history of the room makes it a great choice for book lovers. The wood-panelled walls give the room a warm, studious feel and the high, vaulted ceiling and arched windows flood the room with light.
4. Queen Mary University of London - London
5. Stanbrook Abbey - Worcestershire
This 16th-century, Grade II listed monastery is the perfect setting for a library wedding with lots of dramatic elegance. There’s a range of gorgeous locations for your wedding onsite at Stanbrook Abbey and a cosy library where you can enjoy drinks with your guests – that’s right, a library with a bar. What could be more perfect?
6. Bodleian Libraries - Oxfordshire
7. The Old Library - West Midlands
8. The Signet Library - Lothian & Borders
The Lower Library at the Signet Library, in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, whether it’s civil, religious or humanist. After the ceremony, you and your guests can ascend the grand staircase to the Upper Library which can accommodate 50-220 guests for any type of reception from a wedding breakfast to an evening affair.
The Upper Library has a royal seal of approval; King George IV described it as “the finest drawing room in Europe” following his visit in 1822.
Library Wedding Venues Around the World
If you're planning a wedding abroad but still want to book a unique library wedding venue, we have some incredible choices from around the world.
9. Bendooley Estate - Southern Highlands, Australia
The Berkelouw Book Barn at Bendooley Estate is the perfect choice for literature lovers who are searching for a wedding venue in Australia.
The barn wedding venue has a real rustic feel, with timber beams, iron pendant lights and a huge stone fireplace. If you choose to marry here, the venue is transformed – the shelves are rolled back, creating a beautiful book-lined space, and you can dance the night away surrounded by love stories and great literature.
10. The Library Hotel - New York, USA
11. George Peabody Library - Maryland, USA
12. Kansas City Public Library - Missouri, USA
13. New York Public Library - New York, USA
This beautiful library wedding venue is the second largest in America and the fourth largest in the world. If you’re looking for a famous or celebrity wedding venue, it’s perfect. The New York Public Library has starred in classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Sex and the City movie. Marry amongst the great love stories, as Carrie Bradshaw planned to do.
14. The Long Room in Trinity College Dublin's Old Library - Dublin, Republic of Ireland
The Long Room in Trinity's Old Library in Dublin gives us serious Harry Potter vibes, and given the sheer amount of vintage ladders, original wooden touches, and real antique books, it's easy to see why! You and your loved ones will be struck by just how grand this space is, with every nook and cranny filled with book after book. What better space for a literature lover to say 'I do'?
15. Neilson Hays Library - Bangkok, Thailand
Here is another classic-looking library wedding venue that has truly stood the test of time! Neilson Hays Library in Thailand's capital is as timeless as it is beautiful. It was granted 'Historic Landmark' status by the Association of Siamese Architects in 1986, an undeniable testament to its grandeur. Why not host your dream destination wedding at this remarkable library?
16. Boston Public Library - Massachusetts, USA
The Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts, doubles as an enchanting library wedding venue. The venue has so many event space options within the library that couples can customise their special day to suit their style and tastes.
Their Guastavino and Boylston rooms are perfect choices if you really want the experience of a library wedding. They also have a stunning courtyard that would be perfect for a drinks reception.
17. State Library Victoria - Victoria, Australia
The last chapter of our tour of the best library wedding venues brings us to State Library Victoria in Australia. This opulent venue has been welcoming book lovers and soon-to-be newlyweds alike since the 1850s, and now you have a chance to be part of its fabled history. Just imagine mixing and mingling with your guests besides those stunning pillars. The stuff of fairytales!
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