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The Catered Affair at The Boston Public Library

Boston , MA
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LOCATION

230 Darmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116 US (map)

PHONE

617-859-2282

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ABOUT US

The Catered Affair and the Boston Public Library have combined strengths to bring you Boston's most unique wedding venue in the heart of Copley Square. The BPL has a variety of event... Read more
The Catered Affair and the Boston Public Library have combined strengths to bring you Boston's most unique wedding venue in the heart of Copley Square. The BPL has a variety of event spaces ranging from the intimate to the impressively grand. The beautiful Italianate courtyard can make any ceremony or cocktail reception unforgettable. Continue the evening in the Guastavino Room or Abbey room where guests can dine in the serene Guastavino or the dramatic Bates Hall with dancing to follow. Looking for a more modern atmosphere? The newly renovated Johnson Building is the perfect backdrop with floor to ceiling windows, wide open space, and crisp and colorful lines.

The Catered Affair will customize your wedding to reflect your personal style and taste. From the formal to the informal, from intimate to grand – We pride ourselves in our relationship with you, your family and your guests.

Weddings at the Library take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when the building has closed to the public. For more information, please contact the Sales department at 617.859.2282. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
8
Describe your venue:
Government Building, Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
330
What event services do you offer?
Cake, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What event items are available?
Chairs
What food and beverage items are available?
Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Shuttle

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had an excellent experience with the Boston Public Library and would highly recommend it to anybody considering a venue in Boston.
We had an excellent experience with the Boston Public Library and would highly recommend it to anybody considering a venue Read more...
We had an excellent experience with the Boston Public Library and would highly recommend it to anybody considering a venue in Boston. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
10/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Everything was perfection. I worked with Eliza on all of the details and she was SO helpful and so knowledgeable. Every single detail was covered. The food was sensational and WOW, what a venue. You cannot go wrong with having an event here!
Everything was perfection. I worked with Eliza on all of the details and she was SO helpful and so knowledgeable. Every Read more...
Everything was perfection. I worked with Eliza on all of the details and she was SO helpful and so knowledgeable. Every single detail was covered. The food was sensational and WOW, what a venue. You cannot go wrong with having an event here! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
From the first time we visited the BPL, it was clear that the venue was gorgeous and The Catered Affair knew exactly what they were doing. We worked with Michele, who guided us through the whole process and handled everything on the BPL side. She was great. Almost everything throughout the planning was very clear - the timeline, what needed to be done, ... - and the BPL listened to any special requests we had. On the day of, we didn’t have to worry about any set-up or organization throughout the night. We were free to focus on enjoying our wedding. (We even had an attendant making sure that we were able to try the food and drinks throughout the night.)

A few downsides: the person contacting the vendors did so without always communicating with us - although this gave us less to worry about, it led to a couple of moments of confusion; and it’s definitely not cheap.

Overall, we are thrilled to have chosen the BPL - a beautiful venue, and TCA has it down to a science.
From the first time we visited the BPL, it was clear that the venue was gorgeous and The Catered Affair knew exactly what Read more...
From the first time we visited the BPL, it was clear that the venue was gorgeous and The Catered Affair knew exactly what they were doing. We worked with Michele, who guided us through the whole process and handled everything on the BPL side. She was great. Almost everything throughout the planning was very clear - the timeline, what needed to be done, ... - and the BPL listened to any special requests we had. On the day of, we didn’t have to worry about any set-up or organization throughout the night. We were free to focus on enjoying our wedding. (We even had an attendant making sure that we were able to try the food and drinks throughout the night.)

A few downsides: the person contacting the vendors did so without always communicating with us - although this gave us less to worry about, it led to a couple of moments of confusion; and it’s definitely not cheap.

Overall, we are thrilled to have chosen the BPL - a beautiful venue, and TCA has it down to a science. Read less
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Richard
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Annie Sarkis and the people at The Catered Affair are the best! they made our wedding perfect with the greatest of ease. Great food, great organization and AMAZING service! Without Annie I don't know how we could have had such a perfect wedding.
Annie Sarkis and the people at The Catered Affair are the best! they made our wedding perfect with the greatest of ease. Read more...
Annie Sarkis and the people at The Catered Affair are the best! they made our wedding perfect with the greatest of ease. Great food, great organization and AMAZING service! Without Annie I don't know how we could have had such a perfect wedding. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Loren
Wedding:
9/11/2015
5.0/5.0
The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library was the absolute BEST wedding decision my husband, family and I made for our wedding. We were completely BLOWN AWAY with how flawlessly Michele Ciccarelli executed my vision of what I wanted the atmosphere of our big day to be. We had a relatively non-traditional wedding. The Courtyard, Courtyard Cafe and Map Room Cafe were the perfect setting for this "cocktail party style" wedding. I can honestly say I’ve never been to a wedding like mine and have received countless compliments from family and friends that our wedding was the most unique, beautiful and fun that they'd ever been to. The night came together perfectly. From the Ceremony in the Courtyard to the flow and set up of dinner, dancing, and dessert, everything was fantastic.
From the first meeting with Michele I was sure we were in excellent hands. She helped me with decisions- but didn't push her ideas on me at all. All of the nightmarish stories of planning a wedding that you often hear about were non-existent at the BPL's Catered Affair. Michele is a pro and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of having their wedding at BPL to do so simply because of Michele and her team. We also worked with Erica through the planning and Sydney on the day of the wedding-they were both lovely and helpful.
The food was absolutely fantastic- from passed apps to several dinner stations to the desserts, everything was delicious and there was plenty of food for everyone. You could tell that the chef and his team take great pride in their work. This is NOT your typical run of the mill wedding food- this was fine dining cuisine that just happened to be at a wedding. If food is important to you, have your wedding here, you will NOT be disappointed and neither will your guests. The cocktails and bar staff were excellent also!

I could go on all day but in the end I just want to thank the Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library for everything- we couldn't be happier!
The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library was the absolute BEST wedding decision my husband, family and I made for Read more...
The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library was the absolute BEST wedding decision my husband, family and I made for our wedding. We were completely BLOWN AWAY with how flawlessly Michele Ciccarelli executed my vision of what I wanted the atmosphere of our big day to be. We had a relatively non-traditional wedding. The Courtyard, Courtyard Cafe and Map Room Cafe were the perfect setting for this "cocktail party style" wedding. I can honestly say I’ve never been to a wedding like mine and have received countless compliments from family and friends that our wedding was the most unique, beautiful and fun that they'd ever been to. The night came together perfectly. From the Ceremony in the Courtyard to the flow and set up of dinner, dancing, and dessert, everything was fantastic.
From the first meeting with Michele I was sure we were in excellent hands. She helped me with decisions- but didn't push her ideas on me at all. All of the nightmarish stories of planning a wedding that you often hear about were non-existent at the BPL's Catered Affair. Michele is a pro and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of having their wedding at BPL to do so simply because of Michele and her team. We also worked with Erica through the planning and Sydney on the day of the wedding-they were both lovely and helpful.
The food was absolutely fantastic- from passed apps to several dinner stations to the desserts, everything was delicious and there was plenty of food for everyone. You could tell that the chef and his team take great pride in their work. This is NOT your typical run of the mill wedding food- this was fine dining cuisine that just happened to be at a wedding. If food is important to you, have your wedding here, you will NOT be disappointed and neither will your guests. The cocktails and bar staff were excellent also!

I could go on all day but in the end I just want to thank the Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library for everything- we couldn't be happier! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Catered Affair was amazing to work with, especially our primary contact, Eliza Rafferty. She was incredibly responsive and helpful at every step of the way. On the day of, the wedding ceremony and reception went off flawlessly and smoothly. Beyond that, the food was phenomenal. I would recommend working with the Catered Affair to anyone!
The Catered Affair was amazing to work with, especially our primary contact, Eliza Rafferty. She was incredibly responsive Read more...
The Catered Affair was amazing to work with, especially our primary contact, Eliza Rafferty. She was incredibly responsive and helpful at every step of the way. On the day of, the wedding ceremony and reception went off flawlessly and smoothly. Beyond that, the food was phenomenal. I would recommend working with the Catered Affair to anyone! Read less
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Robyn
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
The Catered Affair made our wedding dreams come true. Seriously, the whole event was so immaculate, profession, seamless and classy. I wish everything and every partner I worked with had this outcome. The BPL setting speaks for itself but they still found a way to enhance it and make it feel like another world. Just writing this now gives me goosebumps. If you work with the Catered Affair you must absolutely request Alyssa Nichols as your coordinator or as I call her, your wedding Chief Operations Officer. She was an absolute dream and made so many amazing things happen. I think we were probably one of the larger weddings the BPL has hosted and we were planning it remotely from the west coast so it was a big responsibility and she kept all parties calm and happy, listened very well, helped negotiate discounts, recommended fabulous vendors and partners, and did a lot of real time problem solving. Alyssa even sewed up my bustle at the end of the night (in three stitches only!) so that I could enjoy the after party. Again, the level of professionalism and class this organization carries and instills in their entire staff is exactly what you want for a wedding. Thank you Catered Affair!
The Catered Affair made our wedding dreams come true. Seriously, the whole event was so immaculate, profession, seamless Read more...
The Catered Affair made our wedding dreams come true. Seriously, the whole event was so immaculate, profession, seamless and classy. I wish everything and every partner I worked with had this outcome. The BPL setting speaks for itself but they still found a way to enhance it and make it feel like another world. Just writing this now gives me goosebumps. If you work with the Catered Affair you must absolutely request Alyssa Nichols as your coordinator or as I call her, your wedding Chief Operations Officer. She was an absolute dream and made so many amazing things happen. I think we were probably one of the larger weddings the BPL has hosted and we were planning it remotely from the west coast so it was a big responsibility and she kept all parties calm and happy, listened very well, helped negotiate discounts, recommended fabulous vendors and partners, and did a lot of real time problem solving. Alyssa even sewed up my bustle at the end of the night (in three stitches only!) so that I could enjoy the after party. Again, the level of professionalism and class this organization carries and instills in their entire staff is exactly what you want for a wedding. Thank you Catered Affair! Read less
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Margaret
Wedding:
8/7/2015
5.0/5.0
I used The Catered Affair for our wedding at the Boston Public Library one month ago. Eliza and Alyssa were the wedding coordinators assigned to us, which in retrospect was the moment we struck gold. These women epitomize professionalism, they are ARTISTS in their trade. We worked with these ladies from the day we signed the contract, and still corresponding with them today sharing photos and words from the affair.

Our wedding was a month ago and my husband and I are still very much so on cloud nine from the whole entire event thanks to Eliza, Alyssa, and their wonderful staff - when I tell you that the night was beyond our wildest dreams, I mean I had the whole event pictured in my head and each minute exceeded my expectations. Not one stone was left unturned, each time I felt even one inkling of stress, there they were already taking care of it before I could even open my mouth. The photos and stories from guests do all of the talking, this night was truly a fairly tale.

I'd like to draw attention back to Eliza and Alyssa because without these ladies our wedding night would have been a hot mess. Among our 15+ meetings, they took us through the design process, the menu, the flow of the night, the schedule of events, every single wedding party member, as well as connected with each vendor regularly. Now, I certainly could have let go of the reigns and met with them only a few times and they would have planed a wonderful night - BUT I was enthralled by the whole process and wanted to very much so be part of it. They were welcoming (and professional when I was a little too much part of it), and their organization made me feel confident leaving each meeting. Lastly, Eliza and Alyssa's natural intuition really brought the night to life, they attended to every detail (most of which I would have never thought possible) which made my night stress free.

I still relive every detail through the photos and memory - a big THANK YOU to the whole TCA team!!!
I used The Catered Affair for our wedding at the Boston Public Library one month ago. Eliza and Alyssa were the wedding Read more...
I used The Catered Affair for our wedding at the Boston Public Library one month ago. Eliza and Alyssa were the wedding coordinators assigned to us, which in retrospect was the moment we struck gold. These women epitomize professionalism, they are ARTISTS in their trade. We worked with these ladies from the day we signed the contract, and still corresponding with them today sharing photos and words from the affair.

Our wedding was a month ago and my husband and I are still very much so on cloud nine from the whole entire event thanks to Eliza, Alyssa, and their wonderful staff - when I tell you that the night was beyond our wildest dreams, I mean I had the whole event pictured in my head and each minute exceeded my expectations. Not one stone was left unturned, each time I felt even one inkling of stress, there they were already taking care of it before I could even open my mouth. The photos and stories from guests do all of the talking, this night was truly a fairly tale.

I'd like to draw attention back to Eliza and Alyssa because without these ladies our wedding night would have been a hot mess. Among our 15+ meetings, they took us through the design process, the menu, the flow of the night, the schedule of events, every single wedding party member, as well as connected with each vendor regularly. Now, I certainly could have let go of the reigns and met with them only a few times and they would have planed a wonderful night - BUT I was enthralled by the whole process and wanted to very much so be part of it. They were welcoming (and professional when I was a little too much part of it), and their organization made me feel confident leaving each meeting. Lastly, Eliza and Alyssa's natural intuition really brought the night to life, they attended to every detail (most of which I would have never thought possible) which made my night stress free.

I still relive every detail through the photos and memory - a big THANK YOU to the whole TCA team!!! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
2/28/2015
5.0/5.0
We got married in February at the BPL, and I am still in awe of what an extraordinary experience it was. We were completely and utterly thrilled with the entire experience, and we are so happy that we chose to marry at the BPL.

The Library itself is unsurpassed in history, beauty, and location, and there are a variety of spaces within the building where you can hold different events during the evening. Our guests loved having the run of the Library and seeing different rooms on different floors. The food was delicious (and we were able to totally customize our menu based on our preferences and, after the very extensive tasting, what flavors we liked. We are still getting compliments on it! The waiter and bartender service was impeccable.

But the most important thing to making our special day so perfect was the staff of the Catered Affair, who went above and beyond in terms of providing the utmost in attention to us. They had an answer for every question, a suggestion for every uncertainty, and a willingness to deal very kindly and pleasantly with a slightly harried bride who was planning her wedding by herself. When we received more snow than Boston ever had in the month leading up to our wedding, the staff went above and beyond to help restructure the different events and the flow of the evening in order to accommodate our unprecedented weather. They are, without exception, the best of the best. Thanks to Alyssa, Eliza, Michele, and the rest of the TCA@BPL personnel who made everything simply magical.
We got married in February at the BPL, and I am still in awe of what an extraordinary experience it was. We were Read more...
We got married in February at the BPL, and I am still in awe of what an extraordinary experience it was. We were completely and utterly thrilled with the entire experience, and we are so happy that we chose to marry at the BPL.

The Library itself is unsurpassed in history, beauty, and location, and there are a variety of spaces within the building where you can hold different events during the evening. Our guests loved having the run of the Library and seeing different rooms on different floors. The food was delicious (and we were able to totally customize our menu based on our preferences and, after the very extensive tasting, what flavors we liked. We are still getting compliments on it! The waiter and bartender service was impeccable.

But the most important thing to making our special day so perfect was the staff of the Catered Affair, who went above and beyond in terms of providing the utmost in attention to us. They had an answer for every question, a suggestion for every uncertainty, and a willingness to deal very kindly and pleasantly with a slightly harried bride who was planning her wedding by herself. When we received more snow than Boston ever had in the month leading up to our wedding, the staff went above and beyond to help restructure the different events and the flow of the evening in order to accommodate our unprecedented weather. They are, without exception, the best of the best. Thanks to Alyssa, Eliza, Michele, and the rest of the TCA@BPL personnel who made everything simply magical. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The library was amazing. Staff from the Catered Affair were absolutely unbelievable. The food, the decor, everything. It was a magical experience. Couldn't speak higher of my experience.
The library was amazing. Staff from the Catered Affair were absolutely unbelievable. The food, the decor, everything. It Read more...
The library was amazing. Staff from the Catered Affair were absolutely unbelievable. The food, the decor, everything. It was a magical experience. Couldn't speak higher of my experience. Read less
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