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Your Ultimate Guide to Rhode Island Wedding Venues

📷: Melissa Trudeau Photography 

 

Parks ️️️️🏞️

 

They call it “Parks and Recreation” for a reason; you can’t have one without the other. These sites will for sure help with the recreation.

The entire western border of Colt State Park offers panoramic views of Narragansett Bay giving couples plenty of nautical photo ops. There are also hundreds of acres of fruit trees, flowering bushes and meticulously maintained lawns. Located in historic Bristol, it’s a short drive away from fine dining, entertainment and charming seaside villages.
Route 114, Bristol, 401-253-7482, riparks.com/locations/locationcolt.html.

Overlooking Greenwich Cove, Goddard Park has miles of trails for wandering guests, a variety of trees from all over the world and a quirky indoor venue space. The Carousel Performing Arts Building was once home to a merry-go-round, but after the ride was dismantled it became a spacious, customizable pavilion ideal for any event.
1095 Ives Rd., East Greenwich, 401-884-2010, riparks.com/locations/locationgoddard.html.

A fish pond, open meadow and scattered trees give Wilcox Park an unforgettable natural ambiance. Have your ceremony next to weeping willows draping their boughs into the pond’s calm waters. The park is surrounded by shops, fine eateries and quality recreation so keeping your guests entertained in town will be a breeze.
44 Broad St., Westerly, 401-596-2877, westerlylibrary.org/wilcox-park.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Tent Space at Roger Williams


 

Quirky ‍😜

 

Not one to follow tradition? These are not your typical venues. In fact, most already have their own unique themes in place for you to piggy back from.

If seaside just doesn’t cut it for you, consider “taking the plunge” a bit more literally with Mystic Aquarium. Have your ceremony at their Arctic Coast location, where beluga whales will also be in attendance, and follow up with a reception at the stunning outdoor Ocean Planet Pavilion or on the main exhibit floor next to the aquarium’s gorgeous coral reef.
55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, Conn., 860-572-5955, ext. 337, oceanbluecatering.com/index.php/weddings.

Miss the good old days when bowling alley birthday parties reigned supreme? Then satiate your nostalgia and let the good times roll by getting hitched and knocking down a few pins at Lang’s Bowlarama. Their beautifully renovated Skyline Lounge also offers a relaxed, retro vibe complete with a full service bar.
225 Niantic Ave., Cranston, 401-944-0500, langsbowlarama.com.

Located in Providence’s ‘Industrial Valley’ neighborhood, the Steel Yard is exactly what its name suggests: an outdoor site dedicated to welding, blacksmithing, jewelry and ceramics. But it’s also a simple, artsy space that will lend your wedding an urban flair. The best part? A portion of the rental fee supports programming and is tax-deductible.
27 Sims Ave., Providence, 401-273-7101, thesteelyard.org.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Jane Pickens Theater, Dragonline Studios


 

Rustic ️⛺

 

Ever the popular theme nowadays, rustic is different from ‘farm’ in that it still has that rural feel sans the cornfields — think less barn and more log cabin.

More than 200 years old, the Carriage Inn and Saloon was once a busy stagecoach stop along the Northeast corridor. It has since been restored into a beloved local restaurant and wedding destination, complete with its very own Whiskey Bar, and its mix of new lighting and exposed stone walls exudes rustic elegance.
1065 Tower Hill Rd., North Kingstown, 401-294-8466, carriageinnandsaloon.com.

Narragansett may be known for its ocean-adjacent location, but one of its most iconic venues, Kinney Bungalow, is actually positioned on farmland. A turn of the century landmark, the property hosts everything from small ceremonies in their beautifully landscaped garden to lavish galas in the bungalow’s grand hall surrounded by elegant interiors, original woodwork and sweeping views of the countryside.
505 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett, 401-788-2573, kinneybungalow.com.

Nestled on, you guessed it, twelve acres of private woodlands, Twelve Acres has provided guests with quality food, affordable prices and friendly service for more than twenty years. Have a good old-fashioned clambake reception in their outdoor pavilion and let your wedding  guests enjoy the venue’s various on-site activities, including bocce, horseshoes, volleyball and softball.
445 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 401-231-7799, twelveacresbanquet.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Bittersweet Farm, The Meeting House


 

Seaside 🌊

 

We’re the Ocean State after all, of course we’re going to highlight places that are placed quite literally on the water.

A team of expert planners that are willing to go the extra mile is what makes Harbor Lights such a special venue. If you’d like to capitalize on their seaside location, they’ll walk you through the details. Whether you want to go for a post-ceremony cruise or have cocktails on the beach, they can make your dreams a reality.
150 Gray St., Warwick, 401-737-6353, harborlightsri.com.

You really can’t find the classic elegance of the Ocean House elsewhere. The waterfront inn has been an iconic Watch Hill landmark ever since its construction in 1868. Here your wedding celebration can be filled with classic New England activities like clambakes or lobster boils or you can partake in more posh entertainment like croquet and spa treatments.
1 Bluff Ave., Westerly, 401-584-7000, oceanhouseri.com.

Few locations could offer a better view of the open ocean than the Towers. The Great Hall, where events are hosted, is decked out with hardwood floors, offers sitting room for 180 and standing room for 230, and provides an elevated, third floor view of the sea and Narraganset Beach.
35 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 401-782-2597, thetowersri.com.


 

Twenty-One Plus 🍻

 

This doesn’t necessarily mean “kids not welcome”, but rather, “appreciators of alcohol are more than welcome.” Drink up!

While it may be a bit out of the way for us locals (hey RI breweries, take the hint!), Night Shift Brewing is every beer-loving couple’s dream. Their Taproom’s eclectic decor and industrial furnishings create a laid-back atmosphere and their extensive selection of seasonal craft beers on tap leave nothing to be desired. They have even more amenities: live music, dancing and lawn games. 87 Santilli Hwy., Everett, Mass., 617-294-4233, nightshiftbrewing.com.

The Dorrance is well-known around these parts for their handcrafted cocktail creations, but their high ornate ceilings, luxurious bar and well-appointed dining room also makes for quite the elegant reception backdrop. Plus, their passionate team of experts can ensure a seamless event from start to finish with traditional service, cutting edge cuisine and creative, satisfying beverage selections. 60 Dorrance St., Providence, 401-521-6000, thedorrance.com.

Newport Vineyards has so much more to offer than their amazing wine selection: A sea of vines drape their romantic, spacious ceremony location while their Meadow Room produces a much-desired reception space thanks to its perfect blend of refined rustic touches and industrial chic flair. And, okay, the wine section does lend itself amazingly well during cocktail hour out on the Vineyard Porch.
909 East Main Rd., Middletown, 401-848-5161, newportvineyards.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Hyland Orchard and Brewery, Greenvale Vineyards

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1 Comment

  • Kamalesh Kiyoh August 29, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Rhode Island! what a wonderful place to organize weddings. The post above lists the various wedding venues in Rhode Island. The artsy, ballroom, and country club are perfect venues for the modern wedding. Recently I attended a destination wedding in Rhode Island, and it was a memorable experience to cherish for lifetime

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