Wherever you’re right now, now’s the second to flee as we welcome a novel wedding ceremony venue to Love My Costume. The Bodleian Library is an Oxford landmark, an iconic website that stands out in a metropolis identified for its magnificence and historical past.

It is simply an unbelievable place to rejoice, so let’s take a second to study extra about this unforgettable place.

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Within the coronary heart of Oxford, the world well-known metropolis of ‘dreaming towers’, bursting with character and romance, the Bodleian Library affords probably the most extraordinary backdrop to your wedding ceremony day.

Step inside and a few of the grandest rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, and there are rooms excellent for intimate ceremonies or massive and jubilant celebrations with all of your family and friends.

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Hannah Vinten, Marriage ceremony & Occasions Officer at The Bodleian tells us extra:

“The Bodleian has three major wedding ceremony packages; Ceremony solely within the Convocation Home, ceremony solely within the Divinity College, and the ceremony and/or reception in all three rooms.”

“Convocation Home, initially constructed within the 17th century, is the most well-liked venue for ceremonies, accommodating as much as 100 friends. The area incorporates a gorgeous fan-vaulted ceiling and intricately carved woodwork, together with the fastened benches with chapel-style seating.”

“Adjoining to the assembly home is the anteroom, the Kanzlerhof. This area is used as a non-public entrance for ceremonies that happen throughout the day.”

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“The magnificent late Gothic Divinity College is an interesting venue for wedding ceremony receptions or barely bigger ceremonies of as much as 150 folks earlier than friends transfer on to their reception elsewhere.”

“The placing carved ceiling and heat stone ground create a splendor and the massive arched home windows improve the romantic nature of the area, particularly when the early night solar shines via. For seated wedding ceremony receptions, the Divinity College can accommodate as much as 100 and twenty friends, and our gorgeous out of doors areas such because the Previous Faculties Quad could be yours completely for an intimate cocktail hour or a celebratory post-wedding reception with drinks.”

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And past the rooms themselves, there’s a lot to like about The Bodleian. First, it is open to everybody – you do not want a college connection to get married right here and expertise all of it for your self. Second, it is a dry-hire location, which supplies you great flexibility and the flexibility to tailor your day to what fits you finest.

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It is also, maybe surprisingly, extremely adaptable on the subject of design, and weddings of all types work completely right here, as Hannah explains:

“We have seen an entire vary of various weddings on the Bodleian and every wedding ceremony is de facto totally different. The most typical association for ceremonies is 2 massive plinths on both aspect of the registrar/celebrant’s desk or stand, framing the couple completely, together with both an extended and low one on the desk itself, or maybe one thing increased on the ground in entrance of the desk.”

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“For giant receptions we had very traditional wedding ceremony setups within the room with white linen, plenty of inexperienced and white flowers and French Louis chairs giving a very elegant end. Or we have additionally seen garland lighting, college-style wood tables and brilliant flowers that give the entire thing a extra relaxed vibe.”

“You actually cannot go incorrect with the room format. One factor we’d undoubtedly suggest is a few further lighting in case you’re having a busy reception – the glitter ball makes a world of distinction to your get together hours!”

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As you’ll be able to see from the scrumptious photographs on this characteristic, The Bodleian could not be extra excellent as a backdrop to your wedding ceremony pictures. A scenic spot is the attractive Wren Door, and you may even e-book the Duke Humfreys Library completely for after-dark pictures, a privilege not usually allowed.

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For those who can carry your self to go away The Bodleian, Oxford itself is stuffed with spots for excellent photographs – how concerning the Bridge of Sighs, the Clarendon Steps, the Radcliffe Digital camera and even the enduring pink telephone field behind the Clarendon Quad?

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The Bodleian affords you a lot, however one factor stands out right here – you actually are spoiled for alternative, in each means, in a marriage venue not like every other on the planet.

The Bodleian Library is a foreign money providing private rounds of the present and the group would love to fulfill you to point out you all this venue has to supply. Please contact us at [email protected] to search out out extra.

Some 2022 dates are nonetheless accessible and 2023 dates are actually additionally accessible and The Bodleian additionally works intently with the Sheldonian Theater subsequent door and this area could also be accessible to you as properly.

We mentioned you are spoiled for alternative!


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Annabel is the founding father of Love My Costume. She lives in rural North Yorkshire along with her husband and enterprise accomplice Philip, their two daughters Eska and Leanora and three canines. She is keen about pictures, helps ladies in enterprise and in life and is in her component surrounded by nature and panorama.


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