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Last update: December 2023
Located in the heart of Oxford, The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and an impressive wedding venue emitting old-world charm. This beautiful 17th-century building formed the centre of Oxford science in the late 1600s and its galleries today offer a spectacular setting for any wedding celebration. You can wow your guests with an unforgettable event set in the heart of the ‘dreaming spires.’
Facilities and Capacity
The Bodleian Library invites you to enter through its magnificent ceremonial doors and toast your once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. Gliding through the Old Bodleian, you will be welcomed by the intricate details of the stone walls surrounding the Old Schools Quadrangle before experiencing the masterful late gothic architecture of the Divinity School. The Convocation House provides a distinguished ceremonial space for up to 100 guests with a fan-vaulted ceiling, fine woodwork, and chapel-style wooden benches.
Offering their grandest rooms for private hire, the Bodleian Library provides an experienced wedding team to help ensure your special day runs smoothly. The Bodleian wedding team strives to provide a professional and attentive service tailored to your tastes. Whether you seek the intimacy of a small wedding or a full-scale event with the ceremony and reception included, the Bodleian Library has a range of packages available to suit almost any budget. Options include:
- Exclusive use of Old Schools Quad for an evening reception (Saturdays & Sundays)
- An experied sole caterer who can tailor food and drinks menus to your requirements
- Space for a dance floor
- Live band and DJ facilities
- License for civil ceremonies and partnerships
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Harry & Eleanor - 30.09.23
The events team went above and beyond – they were considerate, kind and helpful – making the whole process easy, straight forward and smooth running on the day.
We honestly couldn’t recommend the Bodleian enough – book a show round and go see the space for yourselves - you will love it too, I’m sure!
An amazing place for an amazing day
We visited the Divinity Schools on one of their open days and absolutely fell in love. The staff were brilliant to work with and made everything super easy for us.
As expected, the venue on the day was perfect. The Bod staff worked really well with the rest of the suppliers (including caterers, florist, furniture hire etc.) so that the day went perfectly smoothly.
We had such a fabulous time in the perfect setting and wouldn't have changed a thing!
Fantastic Wedding Venue
Beautiful Venue, Brilliant Team
Fantastic Oxford Reception Venue
The building itself is absolutely stunning and needs very little doing to it in the way of decoration - the architecture speaks for itself! So many of our guests told us how much they loved it.
Hannah made the whole planning process easy and seamless. She was always responsive and assisted with suppliers and timings. Planning our wedding was much less stressful knowing we could rely on her advice and expertise. The team also made sure things ran smoothly on the day so that my husband and I could just enjoy ourselves. Hannah even helped me with my veil!
Overall, we had a fantastic wedding reception at the Bodleian and are so grateful to Hannah and the team for all their efforts.
The perfect venue for an Oxford Wedding!
From the very start, Hannah, Kate and the rest of the Bodleian team were a pleasure to work with and were very professional, accommodating and helpful. On the day, the room looked amazing, the event ran smoothly and we received so many compliments on the choice of venue!
We would highly recommend Blackwell Hall for anyone looking for a unique and memorable place to wed in Oxford.
Thank you all for everything!
Wonderful staff - beyond beautiful venue
As soon as my husband and I found out you could get married in the Bodleian we knew that what we wanted to do. Firstly the events team were really responsive and helpful in finding a slot we could do, despite quite a late request and they calendar being pretty packed.
We had a great first meeting where the events manager took us through how things would work, and how we could decorate etc. - and Hannah was great putting up with my endless questions leading up to the day.
The venue itself is beautiful - so bright for what it is, and beautifully appointed. They liaised with my registrar, flowers, and photographer for me so everything went off without a single hitch. Overall a beautiful venue, fabulous staff and a perfect ceremony.
Thanks to Hannah and the team!
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Christian's & Michelle's Wedding
An absolutely perfect ceremony...
We’re so pleased that we had our ceremony with you. It was the absolute highlight of the day and it was so very special to have it at the Bod, with all the memories that we have of it. Thank you.
All our best wishes,
Sarah and Adam
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