Bodleian Libraries

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£2500 - £10000 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
£2,500
Maximum Price
£10,000
We now offer a range of small wedding packages, starting from £660 inc. VAT. Get in touch to find out more about our small wedding ceremony & reception packages. Ceremony only package from £2500, 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 £7500. 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

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available

Venue

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

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence

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
(18)
S & N
Married in June 2021
June 2021
Magical Day!
We had an absolutely magical day and enjoyed every minute of it! Thanks for all your help and patience during the planning process. It was absolutely stress free and I really appreciate all your patience with all my questions (and the changing restrictions)!! Everything went really smoothly on the day and all the guests commented on how seamlessly everything was organised and managed. Thank you for all your warmth and patience. The set up looked absolutely wonderful and it was so nice to be able to bring our family and friends together in such a magical space after so many months of lockdown.
L & T
Married in May 2021
June 2021
The most incredible day
We had the most beautiful wedding at the Bodleian and highly recommend it as a venue. The team were so supportive and really cared about helping us have the best day, which we did! A huge thank you.
Zaki Charles
Wedding: November 2020
November 2020
Phenomenal service from the weddings team
It goes without saying that the Bodliean is a stunning venue and the perfect backdrop to get married in. But the staff at the Bodliean are what makes the venue truly exceptional. Caring, organised and extremely high standards. The whole wedding team will give you peace of mind that your wedding is in safe hands.
Ruth & Ben
Married in November 2020
November 2020
Thank you
Thank you so much for making yesterday happen. It was such a wonderful day and it was amazing to have the chance to be with our closest friends and family just before lockdown.
Cherry Tree Cakerie
Wedding: November 2020
November 2020
Stunning venue and a wonderful team
I have worked with the Bodleian for the past year as a recommended supplier and I have to say it's by far my favourite venue. It manages to combine magnificent architectural features with warmth and is the perfect venue for a couple wanting to get married within such a historical city. Alongside that, the wedding event team goes above and beyond to make every wedding special and you can see that they truly love the building within which they work. I love being a part of the team of suppliers at this beautiful venue!
Constance - Mrs T Weddings
Wedding: November 2020
November 2020
Stunning, historical Oxford University wedding venue
Having worked with the weddings team at The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford on weddings, and most recently their virtual showcase I have been beyond impressed. They are a professional, hard-working, conscientious, and most importantly friendly team who only want the very best for their couples and suppliers. They go above and beyond to ensure they wow their couples in every way in the build up to their big day. I highly recommend the team and, of course, the stunning wedding venue - right in the heart of Oxford University.

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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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!