Bodleian Libraries

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£2700 - £20000 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
On-Site
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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COVID-19 Update
We can now help with small wedding ceremonies this year at weekends. Please drop us an email to find out more! The Bodleian Weddings Team are working from home and still available for enquiries. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss availability and our wedding packages.
Set in the heart of the 'city of the dreaming spires', the Bodleian Libraries are a historic venue steeped in romance and elegance.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£2,700
Maximum Price
£20,000
We now offer a range of small wedding packages, starting from £1500 inc. VAT. Get in touch to find out more about our small wedding ceremony & reception packages. Ceremony only package from £2700, which includes venue hire, experienced Wedding Coordinator offering venue & supplier guidance, dedicated venue staff on the day and a private entrance to the Bodleian for your guests. Ceremony & reception OR reception only packages from £7700. This includes venue hire, experienced Wedding Coordinator offering venue & supplier guidance, dedicated venue Staff on the day, private entrance to the Bodleian for your guests and audio set-up and uplighters for your Band or DJ These are our recommended packages, but we do have other options available upon request.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Museum
Attraction
Dining Capacity
120
Reception Capacity
200
Usual Finish Time
01:00 AM
Late Night Extension
Yes

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence

Venue

City View
Grade I/II Listed Building
Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
Ballroom
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available

Cultural Specialists

Other
Full Description
In the Old Bodleian Library, both the grand Divinity School and classic Convocation House are available for private hire, giving couples the chance to enjoy these spectacular spaces on the most special day of their lives. Whether a small and intimate ceremony, or a jubilant celebration with all of your friends and family, the Bodleian Libraries will provide the most magnificent backdrop to your wedding day. Upon entering the Old Bodleian, you are welcomed by the warm stone walls surrounding the Old Schools Quadrangle. With their intricate detail lit up by the beaming natural sunlight, this provides the perfect setting for any drink receptions. Leading in from the Old Schools Quad is our distinguished Divinity School: our grandest room that can be used for both ceremonies and wedding receptions. Completed in 1488, it is a masterpiece of late gothic architecture with a magnificent stone carved ceiling. The great arched windows down both sides create shafts of light giving a dramatic effect to any celebration. Adjoining the Divinity School, Convocation House was added in 1637 to provide a distinguished meeting place for the University's supreme governing body. The wooden tiered seating arranged around the room creates a chapel-like setting. Complimented by the excellent natural acoustics, this room is an idea setting for civil ceremonies and partnerships. In conjunction with the Old Bodleian, the Weston Library across the road offers a smooth stone floor, high ceilings and visible gallery of books. Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library provides a modern and flexible space which is perfect for larger wedding receptions. For smaller drink receptions, there’s also the roof terrace with an amazing view of Oxford’s ‘dreaming spires’. The Bodleian's Events team recognize that no two weddings are the same and will help to provide a friendly and professional service. We help tailor your day to suit your budget and tastes.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Kate Del Nevo
My role is to lead the team in the sales and marketing of the Bodleian as a Wedding Venue. I love meeting wedding couples and helping them create their dream wedding in the truly unique setting of the Divinity School. Every time I walk into the room it never fails to put a smile on face and I feel so lucky to work at the Bodleian. We also get to work with amazing local wedding suppliers and seeing what they do in the space is truly inspiring!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1487
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
3
Reviews
(27)
D&M
Married in September 2021
September 2021
Best day of our lives
Much like the building itself, the staff at the Bodleian could not be any better. Our wedding there was the best day of our lives by such a long way that it did not feel like we had left the earth for day. The staff at the Bodleian made every little thing happen exactly as we wanted it and also stepped in with recommendations for how to do things even better, all of which they were absolutely right about. They provide top quality service incredibly quickly and really do an amazing job of tailoring the event to match the personality of the couple, one of the most special things about our day was how well it reflected our love and personalities. What was especially impressive was that we live in Switzerland and we organised our wedding during a pandemic, but the team at the Bodleian were so good that everything was organised perfectly and the end result on the day means we are still riding the wave of happiness several days later. We cannot imagine two more lovely or professional people than Hannah and Kate. They are superhuman in their kindness as well as their incredible abilities to organise, manage and create the most amazing weddings. In the run-up and on the day itself everything was managed perfectly, we did not have to worry about a thing. We did not have to do anything afterwards, it was call taken care of. We will be coming back to have a blessing for our marriage on one of our wedding anniversaries and we cannot wait. A huge thank you from us!
J&L
Married in September 2021
September 2021
Simply stunning
The space is simply stunning. Beautiful architecture inside and out! I could not think of a more perfect venue to hold your wedding in the UK. The event team are extremely helpful too and wonderful to work with.
R&P
Married in August 2021
September 2021
Couldn't have been more special
The Bodleian Library is the quintessential Oxford wedding experience. It was an unforgettable day in a historic and beautiful location. It couldn't have been more special.
M&N
Married in August 2021
September 2021
The support was exceptional
As a couple who’d met at the university, the Bodleian Library was the perfect and most personal venue for us. It was a magical setting for the most beautiful day, and the support from the Bodleian team meant that we could focus on enjoying every moment. The support throughout the pandemic was exceptional, with the team working seamlessly to arrange everything. We genuinely had the most spectacular and memorable day - thank you!
M & S
Married in August 2021
August 2021
First-class honours!
You simply cannot get married in a better place than The Bod. It is timeless, and breathtaking inside and out. Every single guest was blown away as they arrived, and in awe when taken to their seats. The service is impeccable. From day 1, to the big day itself, you will have the best communication and experience possible. We couldn’t recommend The Bodleian any higher. First-class honours
R & J
Married in August 2021
August 2021
Magical and unforgettable day!
An outstanding venue with excellent support staff. The whole experience makes for a magical and unforgettable day!

Spring Virtual Virtual Showcase

11th March 2021
You are warmly invited to join us for a virtual event that will feature our Bodleian Wedding partners and give you a chance to meet our team and see the venue. Sign up at visit.bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Location & Contact Details

Address

Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3BG, England

Nearest Town

Oxford

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40

Nearest Train Station

Oxford Station

Nearest Airport

Heathrow

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Accreditations / Associations (1)

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Industry Awards (1)

Best Wedding Reception Venue 2020 - South East England by SME-News
FAQ
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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

'We had a truly magical winter wedding. The ceremony was conducted in the Divinity School and guests were seated on beautiful French Louis style chairs. The reception drinks were held in the Sheldonian where a string quartet played & whose roof had been decorated with metallic balloons. Guests then walk through the beautifully lit quad and back into the Divinity school, which had been transformed with long tables and amazing floral displays forming ‘puddles’ at the end of each row of tables. After dinner the guests went back to the Sheldonian to party and enjoy themed cocktails.' - Kate, Venue and Marketing Manager

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

'Be creative and enjoy the process' - Kate, Venue hire & Marketing Manager /// 'Lists! Make a ‘Master wedding list’ so you can tick things off when you have planned them. (This is a great feeling)' - Megan, Wedding Coordinator

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

'Table names: A different location on each table to represent a place where the couple have travelled together.' - Megan, Wedding Coordinator /// 'Booked themed table centres' - Kate, Venue and Marketing Manager

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique, magical, intimate, historical, atmospheric

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

'The wren door, or walking through the Divinity School doors' - Megan, Wedding Coordinator

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Yes (lips are sealed though!)

What’s your favourite canapé?

'Honey glazed, mustard cocktail sausages' - Megan /// 'Fish & chip cones' - Kate

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

'Cake!' - Megan /// 'Cheese' - Kate

What is your venue's most unique feature?

'The ceiling!' - Kate & Megan

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The team’s incredible work ethic and the ability to engage with the couples in a professional manner but always with a personal touch!