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Your Ultimate Guide to Rhode Island Wedding Venues

📷: Brad Smith Photography

 

Urban Delight 🌆

Are you both fans of that downtown vibe? Then these venues will set your hipster hearts aflutter. 

For the trendsetters among us, look no further than the Dean Hotel for your venue needs. With an eclectic array of art from local makers and artisans, the hotel’s vibe is sure to appeal to wedding guests with a refined taste. Consider checking out AS220, Trinity Rep, or Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel for entertainment, all just a few blocks away. 122 Fountain St., Providence, 401-455-3326, thedeanhotel.com.

A surprisingly harmonious combination of chic mid-century modern decor, trailer park furniture and Tiki bar accessories, Ogie’s Trailer Park is definitely a memorable venue. Serve up some Mai Tai’s, enjoy Mac n’ Cheese croquettes or bask in the glow of the outdoor patio’s kitschy string lights. Nowhere else will offer half the retro charm. 115 Westminster St., Providence, 401-383-8200, ogiestrailerpark.com.

You couldn’t ask for a more multi-faceted location than the Providence G. The building has it all: the Rooftop, a bar with view of the city; Garde, a restaurant stocked with local, gourmet meals; the GPub, a tavern with traditional food and drink and artisanal ingredients; the Lobby Cafe and a dedicated venue space. Eat, drink and be merry — all in one downtown space. 100 Dorrance St., Providence, 401-585-8005, providenceg.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: CAV, Renaissance Providence


 

Vintage 🗝

 

Old-school elegance and opulence abound, these sites will lend themselves well to those of you who’d like to take inspo from The Great Gatsby or the Roaring Twenties.

An intimate 800 square foot ballroom, elegantly landscaped grounds and a rich history are what set the Aldrich House apart. The Federal-style house, built in 1821, was home to New England political giant Nelson Aldrich. The home now serves as the Rhode Island Historical Society’s headquarters and as a venue for couples in love with this state’s history. 110 Benevolent St., Providence, 401-331-8575, rihs.org/rentals.

Once the home of the resident commandant of Fort Adams, the Eisenhower House eventually served as the summer home to the president for which it was named. With a sweeping view of the sea, spacious grounds for outdoor weddings and a cozy interior, it’s sure to satisfy even the most discerning couple — it was good enough for a president after all! 1 Lincoln Dr., Newport, 401-847-6740, eisenhowerhouse.com.

Modeled after a French chateau, the Glen Manor House offers a taste of European sophistication in rural Portsmouth. Just steps away from the Sakonnet River, guests can watch boats drift by as they enjoy cocktails from the home’s spacious terrace. It is also equipped with a library, ballroom and dining room, making it perfect for a party of any size. 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth, 401-683-4177, glenmanorhouse.com.


 

Winter Wonderland ❄

 

Rhode Island lends itself pretty well to summer weddings, but believe it or not, some people actually like the snow. Here are some of the coziest venues around that also look pretty in white.

Cool blue and white wallpaper, an adjacent icy river and acres and acres of rolling, snowy hills make Agawam Hunt the ideal site for a winter wedding. Their affordable rental package includes a professional coordinator, use of their glassware and silverware, custom designed floor plans and a personal bridal suite. 15 Roger Williams Ave., Rumford, 401-434-0980, agawamhunt.org.

Decked out in wreaths, green garlands and string lights, your wedding party will feel warm and cozy in Independence Harbor’s festive facilities. Have your reception in their dining room while everyone warms up by the enormous fireplace. They have a twenty-acre estate with plenty of room for an outdoor event or for strolling through snowy lamp-lit paths with your guests. 10 Narrows Rd., Assonet, Mass., 508-644-2225, ihweddings.com.

Overlooking scenic Narragansett Bay, Quidnessett Country Club is also only twenty minutes away from Providence. An understated white and beige interior with complementary warm lighting provides just the right backdrop for a winter-white wedding. Have your reception looking out over snowy golf courses stretching to the sea. 950 North Quidnessett Rd., North Kingstown, 401-884-1100, quidnessett.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Rhode Island Country Club, Waterman Grille


 

eXpression 🎭

 

Are you a DIY kinda guy or gal? These venues are blank slates waiting for you to make them completely your own.

At Belle Mer the bride won’t be the only one wearing white; their Water Salon exemplifies glamour with soft white sheers and sparkling crystal chandeliers. Pair the natural decor with black, gold, green — the classy color combinations are endless. Another plus? The room’s glass doors open out onto a flawless oceanfront lawn at the edge of Narragansett Bay. 2 Goat Island, Newport, 401-841-0330, longwoodevents.com/venues/belle-mer.shtml.

After tragedy struck in April 2014, Lakeview Pavilion rose from the ashes (literally) and transformed into a strikingly modern venue. Floor to ceiling windows give way to spectacular views of the surrounding lake and bathe the interior in natural light. Their dedicated staff has remained a constant and they are dedicated to exceeding your expectations for every detail of your wedding. 45 Lakeview Rd., Foxborough, Mass., 508-543-9099, lakeviewpavilion.com.

Venue 131’s chic setting and wide open floor plan is the optimal space for couples looking to completely customize their wedding. Their on-site decor creates a warm, rich backdrop, but their staff is also willing to work with you on all creative decisions to ensure that your day is both personal and memorable. 131 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, 401-722-9600, venue131.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: The Pines, The Imperial Room at One Rhodes Place


 

Yard 🏡

 

As in backyard — make your home space your reception space and have food trucks galore show up for a midnight snack.

Lucky for those of us who aren’t lactose intolerant, FanCheezical, Rhode Island’s original traveling cheese truck, is happy to offer their catering services to newlyweds. They will work with couples to help them stay on budget, and they can even design and name gourmet sandwiches just for your wedding. fancheezical.com.

Owned and operated by husband and wife team Tania and Brian Sousa, O’Crepe (aka the Rolling Creperie) is a small commissary kitchen on wheels. More specifically, they can cater to your late night post-dancing cravings with something savory like a Monte Cristo or a zesty chick crepe, or to your sweet tooth with a Parisian classic or Nutella crepe. 508-656-7578, ocreperi.com.

Whoever said food truck weddings couldn’t be classy obviously never heard of Plouf Plouf Gastronomie. The mobile bistro prides itself on its ‘rustic, made-from-scratch, French cuisine’ (made up of dishes like organic Duck Liver Mousse and Fresh Foie Gras) and calls master chef Mario Molliere their ‘quasi secret weapon.’ Plouf Plouf’s services may include customizable dining options (which can accommodate all dietary restrictions), rental and flower arrangements, event flow management and even graphic design for your menu. 401-236-1937, ploufploufgastronomie.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Del’s Lemonade truck, Friskie Fries


 

Zen 💆

 

No muss, no fuss, these low-key spots will take care of everything for you. And we mean everything.

The Five Bridge Inn sits on eighty acres of private, preserved land. Tie the knot under their canopy tent, play lawn games during the reception and then relocate to the screened gazebo and fire pit area to unwind after a perfect day. Afterwards, retire to your respective bridal suite and B&B rooms for the night and be prepared to wake up to a full breakfast. 152 Pine St., Rehoboth, Mass., 508-252-3190, fivebridgeinn.com.

Located in a seaside farming community, the Stone House was constructed in 1854 as a private residence for a Civil War hero. It was converted to an inn during the 1920s and today serves as an all-inclusive wedding venue. Amenities include spacious guest rooms and suites, a restaurant, a historic tap room, a renovated barn, an outside terrace and a private beach. 122 Sakonnet Point Rd., Little Compton, 401-635-2222, newportexperience.com/stonehouse.

Perched on a high ledge, Wetherledge estate offers commanding views of the entrance to Narragansett Bay. Hosting your ceremony on-site is no extra charge, but if you do choose to exchange rings somewhere else their owner is happy to chauffeur you in her vintage Jaguar Salon. They book one wedding per week, so do take advantage of the undivided attention at your reception and consider leasing the property’s Main House, circa 1889, for a few extra days of fun. 359 Highland Dr., Jamestown, 401-423-1499, wetherledge.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: DeWolf Tavern, Weekapaug Inn

 

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2 Comments

  • 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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  • justseegoods March 13, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Rhode Island is the one of the best and wonderful place to organise to wedding plans. You have to shared this post such a nice and things. Thanks for your sharing.

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