The Bodleian Library

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£2900 - £20000 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
On-Site
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
shortlisted
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
£2,900
Maximum Price
£20,000
Ceremony only package from £2900, 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 £9000. 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 can create bespoke packages to suit your day.
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
150
Usual Finish Time
01:00 AM

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available

Venue

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

Food and Drink

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. 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 & Hannah Vinten
We work jointly to respond to enquiries, find couples their perfect wedding date, guide couples through the wedding planning process and are there on the day to oversee set up and greet every couple. We love meeting wedding couples and helping them create their dream wedding in the truly unique setting of the Divinity School. Every time we walk into the room it never fails to put a smile on our faces and we feel so lucky to work at such an incredible venue!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1487
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
(31)
A&P
Married in December 2021
December 2021
We would recommend the venue and incredible staff to anyone!
The Bodleian Library is an incredible venue. The staff were supportive, understanding and flexible through our (Covid-related) repeated changes to the date. The Bodleian team made all of the venue logistics simple, even when changes were required. On the day, the communication was spot on, allowing for set-up with zero worry and it provided a great start to a fantastic day. We would recommend the venue (and the incredible staff) to anyone!
C&J
Married in November 2021
December 2021
We could not have wished for any more
Our wedding at the Bodleian Library was perfect, from the planning to the actual day the Bodleian team were incredibly helpful and professional, we could not have wished for any more. The venue itself is spectacular, beautiful, and amazingly well suited for a wedding of any size - we would highly recommend it to anyone!
W&D
Married in October 2021
December 2021
The support was second to none
We chose Convocation House and the Divinity School for our civil partnership ceremony and celebration because we are both writers and have Oxford connections. Being able to make our personal history one small part of the river of history that runs through these beautiful places was an honour and a privilege. Being surrounded by millions of books was the icing on the cake. The support we got at every stage of viewing, booking, planning and holding our civil partnership and celebration at the Bodleian was second to none. The Bodleian is an outstanding place and very special to us – we considered no other for our day – but it clearly also attracts the very talented staff it deserves to take care of it and the people who choose it because it is so rare.
A&D
Married in September 2021
December 2021
Thank you Bodleian!
The venue was amazing, and we wanted a city wedding so this was perfect for us! Hannah was very warm and welcoming, and made sure the whole day was planned down. She also helped to recommend suppliers when one of ours pulled out at the last minute (!) Overall, very good in the lead up and on the day management - thank you Bodleian!
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.

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 enjoyed themed cocktails.'

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

'Be creative and enjoy the process' - Kate /// 'Always do what you want to do and try not to feel as though you have to please everyone attending - it is your wedding day! Guests are kept most happy when they are fed and watered regularly, but also when they see you happy!' - Hannah

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.' - Hannah /// 'Booked themed table centres' - Kate

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' - Kate 'The outdoor stairs across the quads which are framed with pillars' - Hannah

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

Yes (our lips are sealed though!)

What’s your favourite canapé?

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

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

'Cake!' - Hannah /// 'Cheese' - Kate

What is your venue's most unique feature?

'It of course has to be the ceiling!' - Kate & Hannah

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!