Boston library offering free wedding ceremonies in historic building

Boston Public Library and the Old South Church on Copley Square in Boston, where a few lucky couples are being allowed to stage a rare wedding.

The Boston Public Library is celebrating the 125th anniversary of one of its historic buildings with a wedding giveaway for engaged couples, offering free ceremonies in a building where a booking normally costs upwards of 8,000 dollars.

The only catch is that you’ll need to tie the knot on February 2 next year – no other dates available. The four couples who win the online lottery will be able to get married in a regal space amid the grand architecture and art of one of the rooms of the McKim Building.

“What better way to begin the next chapter of your life together than exchanging vows inside the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square?” the library said on its website.

The Abbey Room is named after artist Edwin Austin Abbey, whose murals of Sir Galahad’s quest for the Holy Grail adorn the room.

The McKim building, designed by architect Charles Follen McKim, opened in 1895. It houses the library’s distinguished research and special collections.

The giveaway includes a catered breakfast, music, photography, overnight accommodations, and a justice of the peace to officiate at the service. The weddings will take place all on the same day – February 2, 2020 – and each couple will be allowed just 10 guests, and one hour for their ceremony.

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square already is a popular wedding destination, however the cost of reserving the venue can range from 8,400 dollars to more than 15,000 dollars, according to the website Woman Getting Married.

Couples interested in entering the giveaway can register at the Boston Public Library’s website. The winners will be randomly selected. The contest is open through November 15.