Boston Public Library Announces Wedding Ceremony Giveaway Contest

This February, four lucky couples will exchange vows in one of Boston’s most historic institutions for free. Contest registration is now open.

October 15, 2019 - As one of the city's most sought-after wedding venues, and in honor of the McKim Building's 125th anniversary, the Boston Public Library is giving four couples the opportunity to host their wedding ceremony within its historic walls this February — for free! Couples will have the opportunity to begin the next chapters of their lives by exchanging vows inside the historic Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square.

The giveaway registration period begins on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 and ends on Friday, November 15, 2019. All participants must submit their registration online at Four couples will be randomly selected and notified on or about Monday, November 18, 2019. The winning couples, along with ten guests, will exchange their vows on the morning of Sunday, February 2, 2020.

“We are excited to have this second opportunity ever to offer couples a chance to have the Boston Public Library become a special part of their life together,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.  “The McKim Building has always been the ‘palace for the people,’ and to celebrate its 125th anniversary we are able to make it available to couples that might not otherwise have access to this space. We are grateful to the many sponsors whose combined efforts will create a memorable experience for these lucky newlyweds.”

The package includes a pre-ceremony light breakfast and beverages, compliments of The Catered Affair, bouquets and boutonnieres provided by Fleur Events, ceremony music performed by SpeechLess Music, ceremony and mini-session photography provided by Janelle Carmela Photography, commemorative takeaway gifts compliments of the Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair, an overnight stay provided by the Westin Copley Place, and ceremonies officiated by Justice of the Peace Karla Firestone.

Learn more about how to enter the wedding ceremony giveaway contest at Registration opens on October 15, 2019 and closes on November 15, 2019. Terms, rules, and conditions apply.

The Boston Public Library hosts private events year-round featuring ornately-designed spaces with a variety of capacities that are ideal settings for holiday parties, corporate conferences, weddings, and more. The Boston Public Library does not offer one-hour wedding ceremony packages except through this special giveaway promotion.

Any questions about the wedding ceremony giveaway contest, or about event rentals in general, can be directed to the BPL Special Events Office at 617.859.2212 or at