Your Ultimate Guide to Rhode Island Wedding Venues
Some of us just love to learn, so why not share that curiosity with your guests as well?
Rhode Island has a fascinating industrial history. Men, women and children came from around the country and world to work in New England’s nineteenth century mills, and the Museum of Work and Culture is full of exhibits exploring their histories. Have your ceremony or reception surrounded by the stories of these hardworking people.
42 South Main St., Woonsocket, 401-769-9675, rihs.org/museums/museum-of-work-and-culture.
If you’re looking for a space with a nautical theme, New Bedford Whaling Museum has everything you’ll need. Their Bourne Building houses the Lagoda, the world’s largest model ship. The museum is open to guests who would like to learn about New England’s rich whaling history while sipping drinks during cocktail hour.
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass., 508-997-0046, whalingmuseum.org.
A library wedding is any bibliophile’s dream, and you can’t find a more beautiful, bookish venue than the Providence Public Library. They have multiple venue spaces available, from the Garden Courtyard and Grand Hall for a regal look, to the Rhode Island Room for couples looking for a cozier space. They also have a gorgeous marble staircase that’s perfect for photo ops.
150 Empire St., Providence, 401-455-8000, provlib.org.
ALSO CHECK OUT: Redwood Library and Athenaeum
It doesn’t get more lavish than a giant, stately mansion, folks.
Many couples are first charmed by Aldrich Mansion’s grand architecture, glittering decor and magnificent views, but it’s the exceptional service that stays with them long after the rings have been exchanged. The venue’s chef dazzles all with his delectable cuisine and the staff’s high touch service is reminiscent of a time when butlers ruled the great houses of the Gilded Age.
836 Warwick Neck Ave., Warwick, 739-6850, ext. 102, aldrichmansion.com.
Linden Place has hosted a number of presidents and high profile names over the years, so it’s safe to say that they know how to make their guests feel comfortable and special. Wed here and you’ll have access to their historic mansion circa 1810, the splendid carriage house ballroom and the adjacent tented courtyard complete with a romantic rose garden.
500 Hope St., Bristol, 401-253-0390, lindenplace.org.
Home to Newport’s largest ballroom and a grand, heart-shaped staircase, it’s no wonder Rosecliff was the premier spot for social events in the late nineteenth century. Nowadays the mansion’s perfectly preserved furnishings, grand architecture and waterfront location along Bellevue Avenue have allowed it to remain a premier destination for couples in want of a fairytale-worthy setting.
548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 401-847-1000, newportmansions.org/weddings.
Musically Inclined 🎶
It’s your wedding day so all eyes are supposed to be on you — letting yourself feel like a rock star might just be the best way to go about it.
As one of the state’s best music venues, Fete Music Hall is decked out with the highest quality sound system, a dedicated stage and lighting, making them the perfect venue for showcasing your band or DJ. Looking to sip a few drinks while enjoying your music? They also give renters access to the four bars they have on the premises.
103 Dike St., Providence, 401-383-1112, fetemusic.com.
With dim lighting, exposed brickwork and distressed wood floors, the Met is a great venue for those looking for an edgier ambiance. An open floor design lets guests mingle while enjoying the couple’s favorite music. For classic rock fans, the venue’s on-site bar has pop-art pics of rock legends like Jimi Hendrix.
1005 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-729-1005, themetri.com.
If yours and your partner’s playlists consists of mostly Hamilton and/or Les Miserables, Theatre by the Sea is the spot for you. The refurbished barn turned theater will let you take center stage during your vows, putting you in company with some of the state’s most talented performers. Plus its location also can’t be rivalled as it is, quite literally, a theater by the sea.
364 Cards Pond Rd., Wakefield, 401-782-8587, theatrebythesea.com.
ALSO CHECK OUT: Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park
Newport Experience ⛵
This could also be ‘n’ for “nautical” or “naturally elegant”, but we think ‘Newport’ gets the message across just fine.
With a setting rich in romance, history and culture, Castle Hill Inn offers couples access to ocean breezes, unparalleled views and old-world charm. Take advantage of their delightful al fresco dishes and their billowy, custom sailcloth tent during your reception before retreating to your secluded wedding suite.
590 Ocean Dr., Newport, 401-849-3800, castlehillinn.com.
They don’t call it the Ocean Cliff for nothing; the resort is located on ten acres of rolling lawns that drop off to panoramic views of the Atlantic. Imagine this: a sunset ceremony by the cliff’s edge, world-class cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the private outdoor patio and a spectacular night of professional service and dancing in the grand ballroom. Swoon.
65 Ridge Rd., Newport, 401-619-7924, newportexperience.com/oceancliff.
Situated in the heart of Goat Island Marina surrounded by luxury yachts and sparkling waters, the Regatta Place is saturated in rich sailing traditions and culture. Their event planning specialists and on-site catering staff will help perfect every last detail, and you can choose to end the evening with a trip aboard the classic sailing Schooner Aurora, docked just steps away from the striped reception tent.
5 Marina Plz., Newport, 401-619-7924, newportexperience.com/regatta-place.
A list of places you won’t get kicked out of at 10:30 p.m.! Plus, awesome locations, superb accommodations and the avoidance of drunk driving — we see no downside.
A great location in downtown Providence with three spaces to choose from, Hotel Providence offers both convenience and comfort. Their Tilden Thurber Ballroom is picture-perfect for a more formal wedding while their Blackstone Terrace is ideal for weddings on a warm summer night. They also provide personalized in-house catering for parties with discerning palates.
139 Mathewson St., Providence, 401-861-8000, hotelprovidence.com.
With two ballrooms, a chapel, and an outdoor courtyard space, Hotel Viking certainly has plenty of venue spaces to choose from. A strong relationship with dozens of vendors allows them to cut stress by streamlining the wedding process. They also offer amenities like the Groom’s Room, a dedicated space where the groom and his entourage can relax before the wedding.
1 Bellevue Ave., 401-847-3300, hotelviking.com.
Ornamented in elaborate decor and located in the heart of downtown, Providence Marriott provides a lavish backdrop for any opulent wedding. They offer flexible wedding planning that is custom tailored to every couple and they also offer a complimentary room to the newlyweds and a reduced group rate for guests.
1 Orms St., 401-272-2400, marriott.com.
ALSO CHECK OUT: Gurney’s Newport Resort
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