Manchester – It’s been a favourite meeting place for Manchester’s sweethearts since 1934 and now, for the first time, happy couples are able to exchange their vows in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, Central Library.
The Grade II* listed building, which fronts the city’s most desirable new destination St Peter’s Square, is now licensed to host civil ceremonies and is primed to become the most exclusive new wedding venue in the city.
The much anticipated wedding package offers couples the opportunity to be married in the privacy of one of Manchester’s best loved spaces, with exclusive access to the building being made available on Sundays.
While it was under construction in the 1930s, Manchester people referred to Central Library as the ‘Corporation Wedding Cake’, in reference to its unusual and unmissable shape – and E. Vincent Harris’ architectural masterpiece is now set to become a breathtaking setting for wedding ceremonies and celebrations.
After a four-year, £50m refurbishment, Central Library reopened in March last year, with 70 per cent of its space accessible to the public, compared to just 30 per cent before its temporary closure.
The previously hidden heritage spaces and the magnificent Wolfson Reading Room provide a unique backdrop for wedding photographs – while the library’s curved contemporary spaces, each offering a unique view of the city, are the perfect place to continue wedding celebrations into the evening.
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “After the successful, painstaking refurbishment of Central Library, we are now able to offer couples the chance to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives at one of the city’s most beautiful and treasured buildings.”