Rhode Island Nuptials: Ocean State Wedding Venues for Every Style

Places and spaces to celebrate along the coast.

By Stacey Marcus

Looking for a special place where your family and friends can gather to celebrate your nuptials in style? Whether you want to host a haute reception in a mansion, plan a party in a venue with ocean views or create an intimate affair in a restaurant under shimmering chandeliers, Rhode Island has an eclectic assortment of places and spaces to satisfy any vision.

Couples seeking history, luxury, panoramic water views, old charm, fine cuisine or natural wonder will be delighted with Rhode Island’s reception offerings.

BLITHEWOLD MANSION, GARDENS + ARBORETUM

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens + Arboretum offers a beautiful and gracious waterfront setting for your wedding reception. Couples can enjoy cocktails with their guests inside the turn-of-the-century mansion, on the terraces and two covered porches or overlooking the Great Lawn with lovely views of Narragansett Bay. Dinner and dancing for up to 225 guests under a white Century tent with a beautiful bluestone patterned floor. In order to enjoy a customized event for each couple, Blithewold plans only one wedding per day.

THE CHANLER AT CLIFF WALK

Featuring a historical mansion of classic beauty and elegance, The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport is a natural choice for luxurious weddings. The Chanler is a cliffside mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the start of Newport’s famous cliff walk and is a truly romantic destination. The property specializes in buyouts and intimate weddings, creating customizable experiences backed by the culinary creations of the award-winning Spiced Pear restaurant. Choose from the property’s three lawns, terrace or inside the Spiced Pear, all with breathtaking views, for unforgettable wedding ceremonies and receptions.

HYATT REGENCY NEWPORT HOTEL + SPA

The Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel + Spa offers an array of spectacular indoor and outdoor venues and impeccable service for your wedding day. The elegant Grand Ballroom offers an expansive 8,000 square feet for up to 450 wedding guests. Perfect for up to 225 wedding guests, the Rose Island Ballroom is the property’s most requested indoor wedding reception venue and enjoys views of the ocean, Newport Bridge and Fort Adams. Meanwhile, the aptly named 3,200-square-foot Waterfront Pavilion offers water views from every angle.

LINDEN PLACE

Four Presidents and Hollywood royals have been entertained at Linden Place. Actress Ethel Barrymore once summered here. An 1810 mansion set on two acres of gardens, Linden Place shares a campus with the Bristol Art Museum and a stunning carriage house-style ballroom with tented courtyard. Special features include a rare mahogany four-story staircase, which provides a magnificent backdrop for wedding photography. Guests can enjoy cocktails in the garden and mansion rooms, then head on to dinner and dancing in the historic ballroom, which is air conditioned in summer and warmed by a handsome fireplace in winter.

THE NEWPORT EXPERIENCE

The Newport Experience is a hospitality company specializing in oceanfront weddings in Newport, Rhode Island. Its family of venues provide unique seclusion and spectacular beauty for oceanfront getaways.

OCEANCLIFF

OceanCliff is a historic mansion hotel located on 10 acres of rolling lawns on Ocean Drive in Newport. Its Grand Ballroom accommodates 70 to 225 guests for dinner and dancing while a variety of other rooms allow for smaller affairs.

REGATTA PLACE

Located on historic Goat Island and situated in the heart of Goat Island Marina, Regatta Place accommodates up to 200 guests with amazing water views.

THE STONE HOUSE

The Stone House is a luxury resort located in the quaint seaside community of Little Compton. The property features 14 spacious and well-appointed guest rooms, a restaurant, state-of-the-art spa and private beach.

SCHOONER AURORA

This 101-foot classic schooner is a great way to get your guests out on the water and is the perfect addition to any weekend wedding or special event. Plus, a lobster boil on the Regatta Place patio is the perfect finale to a scenic sail.

NEWPORT MARRIOTT

Whether you fancy a grand affair or an intimate gathering, the Newport Marriott is a great venue for your dream wedding. From its seven-story atrium to its regal ballroom, the Newport Marriott provides a lovely brand of elegance in the heart of historic Newport. With over 20,000 square feet, the hotel can accommodate weddings of all sizes. An outdoor terrace is also available for seasonal weddings.

NEWPORT YACHTING CENTER

Say “I do” in the heart of Newport Harbor. Celebrate in the midst of majestic sailboats and watch the sun set over the iconic Newport Bridge. This waterfront setting offers soft Atlantic breezes, unsurpassed harbor views and a comfortable, casual setting. Enjoy the intimacy of the private seaside retreat just steps from all that downtown Newport has to offer.

ROSECLIFF MANSION

Rosecliff, a Gilded Age masterpiece, is the quintessential historic destination and one of America’s most romantic locations for an unforgettable wedding.

The snow-white terra cotta mansion, with classic lines, features the largest private ballroom in Newport and a heart-shaped staircase that provides the perfect frame for your wedding portraits. Whether you are having an intimate wedding or a grand extravaganza, Rosecliff is the ideal destination for your wedding celebration.

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