Ira Lippke NYPL

The New York Public Library



Not just for socialites and bibliophiles, the Library is a historic and special wedding venue

Brian Dorsey NYPL

This landmark is no doubt dramatic, from the front steps to the sweeping staircases within, whether lit with votives or left unadorned. History and culture permeates everything at the New York Public Library, making this a world-class location fit for the most elegant of couples.

Loulie Walker of Loulie Walker Events concurs, “The New York Public Library is a dramatic setting for a New York City wedding – guests enter the Beaux-Arts building walking up the stone front steps through the Library’s two lions, Patience and Fortitude.”

The NYPL is a beautiful place to have a civil ceremony, whether you’re Carrie Bradshaw or just as fashionable. Keep in mind that the civil part is a requirement (no religious affiliations allowed).There are three different locales within to choose from, ranging from the Celeste Bartos Forum, to Astor Hall, to the McGraw Rotunda.

New York Public Library Christian Oth
New York Public Library Ty Cole
New York Public Library Ira Lippke

These varied spaces allow one to have an event with multiple personalities and design as guests move throughout the Library.—Loulie Walker

And while you can check out a book gratis during the day, having a wedding at the NYPL is a different story. The cost for two of the spaces (one can choose which of the two) is $50,000. That’s before accounting for anything you bring in—decor, food, entertainment, etc. For those that can afford it, getting married amongst the library lions is one special place. The Bartos Forum holds up to 425 for a seated dinner, 350 if you need room for a dance floor. Twirl Tip: You must reserve at least two spaces in the building in order to get married here.

5th Avenue at 42nd Street, 212-930-0730,

Photo above by Brian Dorsey Studios. Photos above, from left to right, courtesy of Christian Oth Studio, Ty Cole Photography, and Ira Lippke Studios. Featured landing page photo by Ira Lippke Studios.