Newport, Rhode Island, The City by the Sea, is probably best known as the home of Yale University. But it also has the distinction of other whimsical firsts, including the inventions of the hamburger, cotton gin, lollipop, and Frisbee. Sun, surf, sand, and vineyards characterize Newport these days. It’s also home to luxurious mansions, sailboats and yachts, and some of the finest wedding venues in the country. Newport can truly host any style of wedding, be it a classic nautical themed event at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home of America’s Cup Hall Of Fame, or winery venues like Greenvale Vineyards and Newport Vineyards.
1.The Chanler at Cliff Walk
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Offering architectural beauty and serene oceanfront views, The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport is a Forbes Four Star hotel that’s perfect for couples wanting a sophisticated waterfront or vintage wedding. The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a Gilded Age mansion of Newport fame, offers elegant rooms that are expertly decorated and provide event spaces for any type of ceremony both indoors and outdoors. The Terrace, a spacious and covered event space accommodates 120 guests, features classic columns, glittering chandeliers, and ocean views. The Cliff Lawn is a popular choice using the mansion as a backdrop on a well-manicured lawn. It also offers views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Cliff Walk. It accommodates up to 200 guests. Cliff Lawn and The Terrace can be combined for more space.
117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-847-1300
2.Aqua Blue Hotel
Located in Narragansett, Aqua Blue Hotel is an oceanfront hotel with breathtaking views. It provides radiant event space for weddings, and is an ideal choice for couples hosting an elegant wedding. Couples wanting an outdoor wedding will appreciate The Ocean View Terrace overlooking Narragansett Beach, and the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean. It accommodates up to 120 guests – perfect for ceremonies and cocktail receptions. The Grand Ocean Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 dinner reception guests. Couples will find a navy/taupe/white color palette in the newly renovated space, uniquely designed contemporary crystal chandeliers, a wood parquet dance floor, and floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views.
1 Beach Street, Narragansett, RI, Phone: 401-783-6767
3.Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport
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Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport in Middletown, a two-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, offers elegant event space and is ideal for brides and grooms planning indoor or outdoor weddings. The venue offers Easton’s Pavilion to host ceremonies featuring 8,000 square feet of space with a wood dance floor, large windows, and lovely chandeliers. It can accommodate up to 500 guests. The Sunset Room is a more intimate setting featuring 1,300 square feet and accommodating 60 guests. There is a hardwood dance floor, and the venue offers expansive ocean views. Atlantic Resort also offers outdoor ceremony space that is over 4,000 square feet, accommodates 400 guests, offers views of the ocean, and is tented.
240 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, RI, Phone: 401-236-2020
4.Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue
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Offering unique and special event rooms, Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue in Newport, is a four-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner. It offers exquisite bay and oceanfront event space, making this venue ideal for couples wanting a nautical or beach themed wedding. For a wedding in the garden, The Ocean Lawn provides magnificent bay views and colorful gardens; it accommodates 300 guests for a waterfront ceremony. The elegant Water Salon personifies glamour and sophistication featuring retractable glass walls that allow ocean views, two fireplaces, color changing uplights, and crystal chandeliers. The Island House has an ambience of relaxed luxury featuring two-water fountains, fire pit, and a colorful rose garden.
2 Goat Island, Newport, RI, Phone: 617-854-5000
5.Castle Hill Inn
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Castle Hill Inn in Newport, a two-time recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings awards, provides brides and grooms 40 acres of natural beauty to host the romantic wedding of their dreams. This historic estate provides unmatched space with a taste of charm and elegance in indoor and outdoor space. The Chalet Terrace pays homage to New England’s sailing tradition with Narragansett Bay and Atlantic Ocean views from its wood deck. The Lawn is an oceanfront space on manicured grass which is ideal for garden-style ceremonies and receptions. The expansive Lawn has the capacity to accommodate up to 250 guests.
590 Ocean Drive, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-849-3800
Once the Summer White House of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Eisenhower House in Newport is an ideal venue for couples preferring classic or traditional weddings in a historic locale. This regal venue is able to host up to 1,000 guests on its expansive property. Sitting atop a hilltop and featuring views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, the venue is two stories. It also features large windows, hardwood floors, and several working, romantic fireplaces. Ceremonies held on the Lawn feature long wood tables, manicured shrubbery and grass, a tent with a dance floor, and a large tree shading the wedding space.
1 Lincoln Drive, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-847-6740
7.Fort Adams Trust
Newport is the home of Fort Adams Trust, a wedding venue offering unrivaled historic charm that makes this location ideal for couples wanting a traditional, military, or nautical wedding. The North Lawn can accommodate 600 guests in its tented facility and features panoramic water views and a lighted North Wall. The North Casemates an indoor space inside the Fortress accommodates 200 guests and features windows that were once gun ports, three vaulted arched chambers, and views of the parade field. The Barracks Dining Room is a quaint space featuring polished hardwood floors, banquet-style bench and tables, and accommodating up to 40 guests.
90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-841-0707
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8.Forty 1 North
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Bringing modern elegance to Newport’s historic past, Forty 1 North provides casual and cool luxury on the waterfront making this an ideal location for a romantic, classic, or nautical wedding. The Leeward Room has over 1,600 square feet, accommodates 70 guests, and features slatted pine floors, pristine white walls, and large windows offering water views. The Windward Room features wood beamed ceilings, large French doors, wood floors, and can accommodate 50 guests in over 1,300 square feet. The Courtyard has room for 120 guests with over 2,000 square feet and features a manicured garden.
351 Thames Street, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-846-8018
9.Glen Manor House
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Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, a six-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner is dedicated to making dreams into reality, making this venue ideal for couples wanting a fairytale wedding. This regal Manor boasts grounds that are unrivaled featuring manicured lawns, colorful floral garden, classical hanging lights, ivy covered walls, and stone steps throughout the grounds. The outdoors and indoor space can accommodate 200 guests comfortably. The indoor space features several working fireplaces, arched entryways, and French doors. The elegant interior also features chandeliers, marble floors in the foyer, and a sweeping staircase.
3 Frank Coelho Drive, Portsmouth, RI, Phone: 401-683-4177
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Abutting the Sakonnet River in Portsmouth, Greenvale Vineyards with breathtaking views on land belonging to the same family for over 100 years is an ideal venue for couples wanting a rustic or vintage wedding. The barn on Greenvale Vineyards is a rustic building featuring wood walls, polished wood tables, and large windows. The waterfront space features views of the river, luscious green lawns, and is able to accommodate 200 guests. Ceremonies in the vineyard are breathtaking surrounded by beautiful grapevines and large trees. The vented tent has a wood dance floor. Greenvale Vineyards offers an event planner as well as set up and clean up.
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI, Phone: 401-847-3777
11.Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
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Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina is an Island resort located mere minutes from Newport’s downtown area, and is an ideal location to host a dream wedding. The venue offers Newport Harbor Lighthouse as an outdoor space and features a historic lighthouse, scenic ocean backdrop, and breathtaking views of the Newport Bridge and Newport Harbor. Rose Island Ballroom has over 4,000 square feet, accommodates 280 guests, and features 13-foot-high ceilings, hardwood floors, a wraparound deck, and French doors. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate 600 guests boasting over 8,000 square feet and featuring 12-foot-high ceilings, a center room chandelier, and ornate carpeting.
1 Goat Island, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-849-2600
12.Herreshoff Marine Museum
Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, home of America’s Cup Hall Of Fame is an ideal location for couples wanting a nautical style wedding. The venue offers rental space on the Waterfront, Hall of Boats, the A. Sidney Dewolf Herreshoff Room, the Conference Room, and the Aria Gallery. The Waterfront seats up to 250 guests with a dance floor and 300 without, and features Narragansett Bay views and a bride’s changing room. The Hall of Boats rooms features classic boats around the room, large rollup doors, and is able to accommodate 125 seated guests. This space is adjacent to the Aria Gallery, which allows for more occupancy.
1 Burnside Street, Bristol, RI, Phone: 401-253-5000
Hotel Viking in Newport, a five-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and the recipient of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award, has been providing this area with memorable and beautiful weddings for almost 100 years. This an ideal venue for a traditional wedding in a historic location. Hotel Viking provides weddings held in the historic Kay Chapel, dating back to 1859, and accommodates 200 guests. It features wood pews, hardwood floors and a vaulted ceiling. The Grand Ballroom, accommodating 300 guests, is ideal for receptions. It features a dance floor, recessed and chandelier lighting, and ornate carpet. The venue also provides upscale bride and groom changing rooms.
1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-847-3300
14.Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue
Combining beach beauty with a lavish, signature style, Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue in Middleton is perfect for couples wanting a lovely beachside wedding. The venue offers indoor and outdoor space, which are all equally impressive. Surfside Terrace I blends its rustic indoor space with the outdoors featuring retractable glass doors, a high plank ceiling, and direct access to the beach. Terrace II is over 5,000 square feet, accommodates over 350 seated guests, and features an expansive back deck, driftwood chandeliers, and breathtaking water views. This space also features large windows, polished wood floors, comfortable lounge furniture, and is steps to the beach.
3 Aquidneck Avenue, Middleton, RI, Phone: 617-854-5000
15.Newport Marriott and Spa
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Newport Marriott and Spa, a two-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and also a two-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner, offers elegant waterfront event space to make this an ideal location for a nautical, classic, or lavish wedding. This enchanting venue offers over 20,000 square feet of venue space, indoors and outdoors. The venue features a luxurious Atrium that accommodates up to 400 guests, high ceilings, large windows, and marble floors. The crown jewel of this enchanting hotel is the Grand Ballroom. The space accommodates up to 300 seated guests and features a nautical design with lush carpeting, high ceilings, and dazzling lighting.
25 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-849-1000
Newport Vineyards in Middleton, a two-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and overlooking the Rhode Island Sound, is an ideal venue for brides and grooms wanting a countryside wedding. Newport Vineyards accommodates 150 guests for weddings offering event space indoors and outdoors, The Meadow Room is elegantly styled with wood beams and ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers, and skylights. For more intimate ceremonies, the three season Vineyard Porch features wood floors, an enclosed porch with large windows, ceiling fans, and pendant lights. Weddings held in the Vineyard offer scenic views of the 75-acre farm. The venue provides tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, and glassware.
909 East Main Road, Middleton, RI, Phone: 401-848-5161
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OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, a four-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and a four-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner, is a former Villa that has been converted to this stately oceanfront retreat. It’s an ideal location for a private wedding. The Upper Deck at OceanCliff is a tented deck seating 150 guests and features wrought iron chandeliers, vented windows, and panoramic views of the Narragansett Bay and Newport bridge. The Safari Room is both an indoor and outdoor space that offers guests the chance to see fabulous sunsets and panoramic views of the Narragansett Bay. This space also features string lights and outdoor heaters.
65 Ridge Road, Newport RI, Phone: 401-619-7925
18.Queen Anne's Loft
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Queen Anne’s Loft in Newport, a 2019 recipient of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award, was originally built in the 1800s. This elegantly designed venue is ideal for couples planning a small wedding. This iconic venue is located in historic downtown Newport in the same neighborhood as Queen Anne Square and Trinity Church. The interior design features polished, hardwood floors, sconce and chandelier lighting, and high ceilings. It also features large windows offering views of Newport Bridge and Newport Harbor, and a full bar. This impeccable venue is able to accommodate up to 90 seated guests.
212 Thames Street, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-524-0286
19.Quidnessett Country Club
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Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingston, a four-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and also a three-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner, is a distinct, innovative country club and ideal for traditional weddings. This elegant venue offers Waterfront and Country Club event space. Outdoor weddings at the venue feature lush, manicured green space, a beautiful gazebo, and scenic views of Narragansett Bay. The remodeled Quidnessett Country Club ballroom is light and bright with gorgeous ocean views, a neutral color palette, stunning contemporary chandeliers, and beautiful carpeting. This venue is located 20 minutes outside Providence, Rhode Island.
950 North Quidnessett Road, North Kingston, RI, Phone: 401-884-1100
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Regatta Place in Newport, a five-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and a three-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner, is a private and sophisticated venue that is ideal for couples planning an elegant nautical themed wedding. This regal venue is located on Goat Island, an Island steeped in rich sailing tradition on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Regatta Place is secluded on the waterfront, accommodates up to 200 seated guests, and offers expansive views of Newport Harbor and the many luxurious state-of-the-art yachts. Receptions and ceremonies are inside a tent that’s white and cream striped with billowing drapes, chandeliers, and vented windows.
5 Marina Plaza, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-849-6683
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Rotunda Ballroom in Newport is a six-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and a local favorite when it comes to wedding venues. The Easton Beach ballroom is ideally situated for a waterfront wedding. Historic Bellevue Avenue is located one mile from this symmetrical 12-sided space that features over 5,000 square feet, accommodates 175 seated guests, and has a wrap-around deck providing breathtaking ocean views. The venue features polished, hardwood floors, large windows, and recessed lights. Rotunda Ballroom also offers set up and clean up, tables, linens and chairs. Couples may want to take advantage of the one-of-a-kind photo opportunities on the historic carousel outside the ballroom.
175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-845-5812
22.The Bohlin at The Newport Yachting Center
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The Bohlin at The Newport Yachting Center, a 2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, offers fine, seaside weddings that makes this location ideal for couples wanting an elegant, nautical-style wedding. The Bohlin was inspired by New England’s revered nautical and architecture style, paying homage to the area’s nautical heritage. The venue provides a Sperry Tent consisting of 5,000 square feet and features rich woods, several chandeliers, and a wood dance floor. There is also also a 2,700-square-foot open-air patio that features views of the waterfront and shoreline with soft Atlantic breezes, and breathtaking ocean views that offer gorgeous photo opportunities.
20 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI, Phone: 800-653-3625
23.The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina
Located near Bowen’s Wharf, The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, provides event space that is ideal for couples wanting a romantic, nautical style wedding. The venue offers indoor space like The Marina Suite. Great for intimate ceremonies, the space features large windows that provide views of luxury yachts and the harbor, an adjacent outdoor deck, and seating for 75 guests. The Saltwater Restaurant and attached patio offers more space accommodating up to 200 guests. It has polished hardwood floors, ornate crown molding, large floor-to-ceiling windows, nautical lanterns, covered and uncovered patio space, and phenomenal harbor views.
49 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI, Phone: 401-847-9000
23 Best Wedding Venues in Newport, RI
- The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Photo: The Chanler at Cliff Walk
- Aqua Blue Hotel, Photo: Nomad_Soul/stock.adobe.com
- Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport, Photo: Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport
- Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue, Photo: Gordana Sermek/stock.adobe.com
- Castle Hill Inn, Photo: Castle Hill Inn
- Eisenhower House, Photo: kavastudio/stock.adobe.com
- Fort Adams Trust, Photo: Kzenon/stock.adobe.com
- Forty 1 North, Photo: Forty 1 North
- Glen Manor House, Photo: Glen Manor House
- Greenvale Vineyards, Photo: hreniuca/stock.adobe.com
- Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, Photo: Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
- Herreshoff Marine Museum, Photo: Artem/stock.adobe.com
- Hotel Viking, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue, Photo: Mikhaylovskiy/stock.adobe.com
- Newport Marriott and Spa, Photo: Newport Marriott and Spa
- Newport Vineyards, Photo: angor75/stock.adobe.com
- OceanCliff Hotel, Photo: OceanCliff Hotel
- Queen Anne's Loft, Photo: Queen Anne's Loft
- Quidnessett Country Club, Photo: Quidnessett Country Club
- Regatta Place, Photo: Regatta Place
- Rotunda Ballroom, Photo: Andrew Bayda/stock.adobe.com
- The Bohlin at The Newport Yachting Center, Photo: Sergey Ryzhov/stock.adobe.com
- The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, Photo: Yuliia/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Alexander/stock.adobe.com