Rhode Island offers a wide range of venues with that historic, New England charm that many couples are after. There are also a plethora of waterfront wedding venue options so if you are hoping to get married with the ocean as your backdrop, there’s plenty of options on our list.
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Aldrich Mansion is a 19th-century home and it’s surrounding property that sits on the banks of the beautiful Narrangansett Bay. Couples can rent the historic mansion and the estate property which offers amazing views of the water and many other extras to make your day comfortable and easy to plan. The event rental includes a six hour reception in elegant but unique rooms as well as tables, settings and linens. Convenient and nicely appointed dressing areas and private bathrooms for the wedding party give the bride and groom extra privacy for spending time getting ready and enjoying the company of the bridal party and are a well-appreciated touch.
836 Warwick Neck Avenue, Warwick, RI 02889, Phone: 401-739-6850
2.Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina
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Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is a four-star resort hotel property in Newport that offers wedding hosting services. The property sits on beautiful Goat Island with views of Narragansett Bay in every direction. The location offers the best of both seclusion and convenience as you’ll almost feel as if you are on a private island but you are just a short trip away from numerous attractions and amenities in the town of Newport. The property is notable for having the most event space of any wedding venue in Newport and the views are simply stunning. Each of their specially crafted wedding packages includes highly rated professional services from their professional staff including a skilled wedding planner who will help you navigate all of the details.
1 Goat Island, Newport, Ri 02840, Phone: 401-849-2600
3.Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue
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Belle Mar is an elegant, upscale event venue offering sweeping views of the bay. The venue is both modern and glamorous, perfect for the classy bride who wants an upscale wedding with views of the ocean. One highlight of the property is the meticulously manicured outdoor gardens and lawns with tons of roses perfect to compliment a couple who dreams of a flower-filled wedding. The property has its own catering service which offers farm-fresh dishes and a range of delicious menu options. Booking a wedding at Belle Mer is sure to guarantee that sophisticated and luxurious experience that one would expect in Newport.
2 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840, Phone: 617-854-5000
4.Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum offers one of the best gardens in the area, so if its a garden wedding you are after, you’ll appreciate the numerous different gardens, the bamboo forest and hundreds of different plants available to admire. The venue also features a 45-room English-style manor home and views of the bay. These features are spread across 33 acres providing ample different options for your wedding. Most wedding ceremonies are held in the North Garden. Then you will have private use of the Mansion and Wedding tent for the rest of your wedding day. The tent is nicely appointed with hard flooring and indoor lighting for a classy touch to your outdoor wedding day.
101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809, Phone: 401-253-2707
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The DeWolf Tavern is an upscale restaurant serving New American cuisine. The restaurant is located within the former building of the historic DeWolf Rum Distillery which offers views of the harbor and an extensive collection of rum. As the only waterfront hotel on the East Bay, the property is often used for private events such as weddings. They offer several wedding packages to meet your budget, event needs and personal preferences. As the DeWolf Tavern is first of all a restaurant the menu selections are delicious and well-presented and include everything from impressive appetizer displays to live chef stations and a wide range of buffet options.
259 Thames Street, Bristol, RI 02809, Phone: 401-254-2005
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The Eisenhower House in Newport is a banquet hall that occupies the space formerly known as the Quarters Number One of Fort Adams. It was first built as the home for the Fort’s Commandant and was also used as the summer home of President Eisenhower. The home is a historic building that makes up part of the Fort Adams State Park. The property makes a beautiful setting for weddings and other events as it offers sweeping views of the Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. The property can accommodate large events with weddings of more than 300 guests easily fitting in the large lawn that overlooks the water.
1 Lincoln Drive, Newport, RI 02840
7.Glen Manor House
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Glen Manor House is a banquet hall in Portsmouth that occupies a beautiful French-style mansion. The home was originally built to be the private residence of H.A.C. Taylor, was later used as a Catholic school and is now managed by a group of local volunteers who make the home available for private events such a weddings. The space is perfect for either a traditional or contemporary wedding with a touch of historical charm. There are a number of spaces available for event use such as large terraces and peaceful gardens that can work for both formal and more laid-back weddings.
3 Frank Coelho Drive, Portsmouth, Phone: 401-683-4177
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Greenvale VIneyards is a small vineyard in Portsmouth that produces a curated range of delicious wines. The vineyard sets on a beautiful property along the Sakonnet River on Aquidneck Island which makes for a beautiful backdrop for your wedding day. The ceremony space is beautiful as it is located in the middle of the grape vineyards and offers views of the surrounding farmland and the river. Small receptions and rehearsal dinners are often hosted in the vineyard’s tasting room which is located inside a restored stable. Larger receptions can be held in the Vineyard Site which can hold up to 200 people in a tent-covered outdoor space.
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871, Phone: 401-847-3777
9.Aqua Blue Hotel
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Aqua Blue Hotel is a contemporary hotel located in Narragansett Pier, just a short walk away from the Narragansett Town Beach. The property offers two different spaces that can be used for weddings including the Ocean View Terrace and The Grand Ocean Ballroom. The terrace is a popular ceremony location as it offers a stunning ocean view, however others choose to use it for their cocktail hour. It can accomodate ceremonies of up to 120 guests. For larger weddings, the Grand Ocean Ballroom can hold up to 250 and is the perfect reception spot with the option for live music and other exciting services.
1 Beach Street, Narragansett, RI 02882, Phone: 401-783-6767
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Harbor Lights is a premium, full-service marina located in Warwick. The property is located right in the middle of Narragansett Bay with convenient access to I-95, and the airport. The property offers the best of both worlds with the elegance and luxury amenities of a country club and stunning waterfront views. The space is a unique wedding venue with many options for indoor and outdoor receptions and ceremonies to suit a wide range of tastes. A range of amazing amenities await to help you craft an especially amazing wedding weekend. Whether you prefer to play a few rounds of golf for your bachelor’s party, sip cocktails by the pool with your best gal pals or take a cruise of the harbor with a few of your closest guests following your rehearsal or seaside ceremony it’s sure to be unforgettable.
150 Gray Street, Warwick, RI 02889, Phone: 401-737-6353
11.Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm
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Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm is a picturesque, historic venue located on a beautiful farm dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The building has a stunning, chic interior that features the original historic woodwork and a distinctive charm. The Grand Hall, where many host their reception affords guests amazing views of the farm and is particularly beautiful at sunset. The property has an outdoor ceremony space in the arbor as well as plenty of beautiful space for an outdoor cocktail hour before your reception. The gorgeous grounds will feature nicely in your photos so you’ll be able to remember the beauty of your wedding day for years to come.
505 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI 02882, Phone: 401-788-2573
12.Meadow Brook Inn
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Meadow Brook Inn is a beautiful wedding venue that offers both an outdoor ceremony area and indoor reception space. The ballroom can hold up to 200 guests for a reception with massive windows overlooking the rest of the grounds and room for a dance floor. As stunning as the interior of the buildings are, they don’t compare to the property’s beautifully landscaped grounds complete with a small brook, outdoor bar, and gazebo. The property specializes in weddings, so you are sure to have an attentive and experienced staff who are well versed in the variety of needs and desires that couples have for their wedding.
168 Carolina Back Road, Charlestown, RI 02813, Phone: 401-364-3669
13.Mt. Hope Farm
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Mount Hope Farm is a country estate that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property features a rustic barn dating from the 1860s. One of the barn’s most special features is a fieldstone fireplace that has been beautifully kept up and restored. You and your wedding guests alike will surely appreciate the way that history and nature are melded together at Mount Hope Farm. The property can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated reception. There are several special event spaces in addition to the barn including a charming cabin by the bay, beautiful gardens and an outdoor patio. The venue works only with Russell Marin Fine Catering who offer delicious and varied menu options to suit any palate.
250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809, Phone: 401-254-1745
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Newport Vineyards is an ideal place to host a rustic but elegant wedding party. You’ll find several different event spaces available for your use including an industrial but elegant room known as the Tank Room and the charming Meadow Room which offers the additional touch of an attached covered porch that has views of the vineyard. You certainly won’t have to worry about what drinks to serve either as the venue will ensure there is ample local wine available for your event. The venue can handle weddings with up to 150 guests although the space can be perfectly intimate for a small wedding as well.
909 E. Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842, Phone: 401-848-5161
15.Omni Providence Hotel
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The Omni Providence Hotel is a four star hotel with event spaces for hosting weddings or other events. This property has room to host some of the largest weddings of any venue on our list and has two different ballrooms available for wedding use. For large weddings, you’ll certainly want to book the Narragansett Ballroom which is a roomy 8,000 square feet room that can hold up to 800 guests at either a ceremony or reception. A number of different wedding packages are available with plenty of services and amenities to choose from such as private cake tastings, and dedicated bridal suites.
1 W. Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903, Phone: 401-598-8000
16.Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
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The Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel is a 4-star hotel conveniently located near the Rhode Island School of Design and the Rhode Island State House in Providence. The hotel features modern design elements and artwork inspired by the school of design. The venue is roomy and has more than 10,000 square feet of event space spread across multiple rooms. The largest room is called the Symphony Ballroom and is perfect for those with a long guest list. The hotel’s on-site catering staff can design a custom menu for any event including weddings. Other staff members such as the on-staff wedding planner are available to help you perfect your wedding day plans.
5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903, Phone: 401-919-5000
17.Rhodes On The Pawtuxet
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Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is a historic recreation center located at Rhodes Place on the banks of the Pawtuxet River in the city of Cranston. Nowadays, the space is mostly used for hosting private events including weddings. Many original features are still a part of this unique venue including the original hardwood floors, perfect for dancing, the venue’s iconic flag, and a sculpture of Terpsichore, the muse of dance. Wedding rentals include use of the Grand Ballroom, space in the foyer for cocktails, and a newlywed suite. The venue can handle large events with guests lists up to 600 people.
60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 02905
18.Skyline at Waterplace
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Skyline at Waterplace is an event venue in Providence that offers a visually stunning backdrop for your wedding day at one of the classiest one-stop venues in Providence. The venue features three outdoor terraces with top-notch urban views as well as two different reception spaces that can seat up to 200 guests. There is plenty of room for you to host every part of your wedding day event here, from the ceremony, through cocktails and on to the reception. The property has high-tech audio and video equipment and plenty of appropriate lights to create the perfect ambiance for your event.
1 Finance Way, Providence, RI 02903, Phone: 401-437-6480
19.The Atlantic Resort Newport
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The Atlantic Resort Newport is a hotel offering locals and tourists alike a prime location to relax and celebrate one of life’s most exciting occasions - your wedding day. The hotel has 143 rooms and two seperate event facilities. The event spaces consist of two spacious banquet rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. The space is typically used as a reception venue only but there are many ceremony venues nearby that can work well with one of the ballrooms. The resort provides many decor elements and all of the tables, chairs and tableware that you will need. You’re only responsible for arranging the cake, music, flowers and your own photographer, so planning a wedding here is quite easy.
240 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842, Phone: 401-236-2020
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The Bohlin is a popular wedding venue located in Newport.The venue is perfect for that couple who would like an elegant but understated and casual wedding.They specialize in seaside wedding ceremonies with a photo-perfect backdrop of mighty sailboats and the Newport bridge in the background. After your beautiful ceremony, you and your guests will move inside to a gorgeous reception hall with plenty of large windows so you don’t have to stop enjoying the view of the harbor. The Bohlin is also conveniently located right in the middle of Newport Harbor, just a few steps away from downtown.
20 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
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The Haversham is a beautifully renovated 19th-century tavern that is popular among locals and known among area visitors as a great spot to grab a meal or spend time relaxing around snacks and cocktails with friends.The Tavern is set on meticulously landscaped grounds where you can host your ceremony with an outdoor patio and a beautiful gazebo on the hilltop. From there, you’ll move into The Haversham House which is a seperate space than the public restaurant that you’ll have all to yourself for your reception. There they offer the option of buffet or plated meal service with many options for designing your menu.
336 Post Road, Westerly, RI 02891, Phone: 401-322-1717
22.The Regatta Place
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The Regatta Place is a waterfront banquet hall on historic Goat Harbor in Newport. The venue is located right in the middle of Goat Island Marina so you’ll spend your wedding day enjoying views of the water and surrounded by luxury yachts. The venue can accommodate up to 200 wedding guests who’ll enjoy feasting on delicious menu selections inside a sophisticated tent with flowing fabric accents and chandeliers that make a statement. As an extra special feature, the couple can finish their evening by sailing away on their private boat, the Schooner Aurora which is parked nearby.
5 Marins Plaza, Newport, RI 02840, Phone: 401-849-6683
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The Towers which is also called the Twin Towers by locals is a historic building in Narragansett. The structure was once part of the Narragansett Pier Casino which was constructed here in the late 1800s. Today the Towers are a popular venue for special events including weddings. The space has been recently restored and offers an elegant interior with plenty of charming turn-of-the-century features. You’ll find a full range of amenities available to help your day go smoothly such as an on-site prep kitchen, a bride’s suite, a nice outdoor patio for cocktail hour and a caterer’s pad. The venue can comfortably fit up to 250 people.
35 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI 02882
24.The Warwick Country Club
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The Warwick Valley Country Club is a family-oriented country club with top-notch facilities and recreational offerings. The property is a popular place to host weddings and other private events. One highlight of the property are the beautiful waterfront views over Narragansett Bay with the Jamestown and Newport bridges visible from the property. The views are especially nice at sunset. The food is also top notch with meal options including a hibachi bar and an array of delicious seafood all provided by the venue’s on-site catering company - Country Courtesy Caterers who provide everything you need for the food and beverages at your wedding.
394 Narragansett Bay Avenue, Warwick, Ri 02889, Phone: 401-739-0550
25 Best Rhode Island Wedding Venues
- Aldrich Mansion, Photo: Courtesy of bartoshd - Fotolia.com
- Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Photo: Courtesy of fesenko - Fotolia.com
- Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue, Photo: Courtesy of Dennis - Fotolia.com
- Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Photo: Courtesy of Georgi - Fotolia.com
- DeWolf Tavern, Photo: Courtesy of Denis Tabler - Fotolia.com
- Eisenhower House, Photo: Courtesy of cloudspirit - Fotolia.com
- Glen Manor House, Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com
- Greenvale Vineyards, Photo: Courtesy of aquar - Fotolia.com
- Aqua Blue Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of Tydav Photos - Fotolia.com
- Harbor Lights, Photo: Courtesy of Magryt - Fotolia.com
- Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm, Photo: Courtesy of Magryt - Fotolia.com
- Meadow Brook Inn, Photo: Courtesy of Artem - Fotolia.com
- Mt. Hope Farm, Photo: Courtesy of shchus - Fotolia.com
- Newport Vineyards, Photo: Courtesy of photobyjoy - Fotolia.com
- Omni Providence Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of mil87olia - Fotolia.com
- Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of nik - Fotolia.com
- Rhodes On The Pawtuxet, Photo: Courtesy of Phase4Photography - Fotolia.com
- Skyline at Waterplace, Photo: Courtesy of demerzel21 - Fotolia.com
- The Atlantic Resort Newport, Photo: Courtesy of nagaets - Fotolia.com
- The Bohlin, Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com
- The Haversham, Photo: Courtesy of EdNurg - Fotolia.com
- The Regatta Place, Photo: Courtesy of agaltsov - Fotolia.com
- The Towers, Photo: Courtesy of wideonet - Fotolia.com
- The Warwick Country Club, Photo: Courtesy of photographmd - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of demerzel21 - Fotolia.com