The Best Wedding Venues in Rhode Island
Excellent Rhode Island Wedding Venues
Despite being so small (much like Connecticut), Lil Rhody has no shortage of awesome wedding venues. This guide will help you narrow things down and find your perfect Rhode Island wedding venue.
If you have any questions or have any suggestions feel free to reach out to me. Furthermore, be sure to head over to my wedding planning resources for more helpful info when you’re done here. Lastly, be sure to see my list of the best Connecticut wedding venues if you’re still deciding.
Newport Wedding Venues
1. Newport Marriott
Perhaps the most convenient Newport wedding venue, the Marriott is downtown on the outskirts as you drive into town via the Claiborne Pell Bridge. The hotel is very tasteful in accommodating indoor weddings, but a quick walk outside puts you right at Bowen’s Wharf.
And you and your guests (up to 350–400 of them) will really appreciate not having to leave the venue when the party ends. To me, it’s really one of the best Rhode Island wedding venues.
2. Rosecliff Mansion
Perhaps surprisingly, Rosecliff is the only true Newport mansion wedding venue, accommodating everything from small to large celebrations. (Some of the other mansions do host smaller events, like rehearsal dinners.)
One of the more unique wedding venues in Rhode Island, Rosecliff is an old money mansion from the Gilded Age. While Connecticut’s The Society Room of Hartford is known for its Great Gatsby aesthetic, Rosecliff is where The Great Gatsby movie was actually filmed. Clearly, this venue is an icon not just in RI, but in all of New England.
With room for 160 guests, Rosecliff will have you swooning over its beauty.
3. Belle Mer
Located on Newport’s Goat Island, Belle Mer is a super versatile waterfront Newport wedding venue that can be configured in multiple ways to suit your preferences. On top of being absolutely beautiful, this venue also has convenient parking on site.
Interestingly enough, Belle Mer is a large wedding venue with multiple event spaces. The smallest, Island House Loft, can handle an intimate wedding of 30 people with a dancefloor. The largest setup is the Water Salon with the outdoor lawn, which can handle 500 guests with dancing. Step outside and get great views of the Newport Bridget and surrounding water.
One reviewer recalls how much they enjoyed attending a wedding at Belle Mer, saying, “We were here for the sunset and the windows and view to the west were absolutely beautiful. The venue itself is very accommodating and staff is very welcoming.”
4. Regatta Place
On the end of Goat Island is another wedding venue in Rhode Island located on the water, Newport’s Regatta Place. Accordingly, the true experience here is a fully-outdoor wedding day on the dock in Goat Island Marina. Accommodating 180 guests with great views of Newport Harbor, Regatta Place is the spot if a nautical wedding is what you’re looking for.
Couples love the service here. One notes, “They treated us as if our wedding day was just as important to them, as it was to us. Our wedding guests and vendors all rave about just how perfect the day was. You will not be disappointed if you choose Regatta!”
5. OceanCliff Hotel
If having a 10-acre Newport estate to yourselves and your guests on your wedding day sounds appealing, look no further than OceanCliff. Located at the southwest tip of town, this Newport wedding venue has showy, small castle vibes and plenty of privacy.
Inside, OceanCliff is among the more beautiful ballroom-style wedding venues in Rhode Island. The main venue building, with its 24 guest rooms, sits on 10 acres shared with a resort. Outside, you have spectacular views of Newport Harbor. There’s also a large deck for warm season celebrations outdoors.
Depending on the configuration, OceanCliff can host up to 230 guests. The ability to stay overnight on site makes things extra convenient.
6. Newport Vineyards
Perhaps an honorary Newport wedding venue, Newport Vineyards is actually located in Middletown next door. This can be viewed as a good thing: this venue is a little easier to access since it’s not in Newport proper. If you’re wine lovers, this place is perfect you and your wedding of up to 200 people.
7. Hotel Viking
Hotel Viking’s mottos is “anything but ordinary,” which does this venue justice. Located downtown just a few minutes from the water, this location is great for Rhode Island destination weddings since it has everything (200+ rooms, a spa, and dining) on site. Indoors, Hotel Viking can accommodate up to 150 guests for weddings. Nearby Kay Chapel can host your ceremony here, which is a short walk away on Church Street.
Jamestown and Narragansett Wedding Venues
1. The Towers (Narragansett, RI)
Perhaps Narragansett’s most iconic building, The Towers is also one of Rhode Island’s best wedding venues. This is primarily an indoor venue, with room for up to 150. It is, however, also a Rhode Island wedding venue on the water with awesome ocean views.
The Towers’ uniqueness and awesome water view location definitely make it another one of the best Best Rhode Island wedding venues. One reviewer puts it perfectly, saying, “My dream wedding come true! What a unique, picturesque, magical venue this was.”
2. Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm (Narragansett, RI)
Specifically located on historic Sunset Farm (which weddings generally don’t have access to), Kinney Bungalow in Narragansett offers both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Though it’s somewhat inland, this venue isn’t too far from Ocean Rd. and its water views.
And what’s in a name? One reviewer explains: “The sunset is really the best here! Look up when the sunset is on your big day and plan for that! We sat down for dinner as the sun was setting and it was the perfect backdrop for us.”
By all means, keep this one in mind if you’re looking for somewhat of a rustic wedding venue in Rhode Island.
3. Dragonline Studios (Jamestown, RI)
An eclectic venue located in a beautiful spot overlooking Narragansett Bay, Dragonline Studios is another great Rhode Island wedding venue. It’s located across Newport Harbor from Newport itself and provides awesome views.
A super unique place to get married in Rhode Island, Dragonline is comprised of several buildings and only hosts weddings in the summer. It can accommodate weddings of up to 200 people.
4. Conanicut Yacht Club (Jamestown, RI)
Conanicut Yacht Club is a stunner with water views and a country club feel. There are several areas available for weddings, or you can book the entire property for an event of up to 180 people.
5. Wetherledge (Jamestown, RI)
Wetherledge is another historic property in Jamestown with a small mansion aesthetic. Privately owned, the property can accommodate weddings of up to 250. While you’re here, you might want to consider taking advantage of the vintage Jaguar coupe that’s kept at the property.
Providence Wedding Venues
1. NYLO Providence Warwick Hotel (Warwick, RI)
Located just outside of the city, NYLO Providence Warwick is beautifully renovated with a sleek industrial look. You and your guests would enjoy a private patio area right along the Pawtuxet River. NYLO is definitely an underrated Providence wedding venue, able to accommodate up to about 150 guests.
2. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
Perfect for at-heart botanists and located in the city, right near the zoo with the same name, is Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. Interestingly, you could even classify this as a water venue since the Botanical Center is surrounded by three small lakes.
As long as you appreciate plant life, the Botanical Center is definitely one of the more specialized wedding venues in Rhode Island. Year round, this conservatory is home to dozens of species of fauna, making for a great wedding event space.
Accommodating up to 160 people, this venue is a DIY dream. You’ll choose all of your own vendors and design your event from start to finish. You may want to consider looking into some wedding planners if you decide to go with the Botanical Center for your wedding.
3. Omni Providence Hotel
Centrally located downtown, the Omni is the perfect wedding venue in Providence for city lovers. The venue can comfortably host weddings of over 600 people in its big ballrooms. With over 500 rooms in the hotel, this makes this Rhode Island venue a great choice for destination weddings.
4. Aldrich Mansion & Estate
Aldrich House is a National Historic Landmark is part of The Rhode Island Historical Society. So if you’re looking for a different kind of Providence wedding venue, this may be it. The property is modeled after old world European chateaus and can accommodate up to 250 people for weddings.
Like many other Rhode Island wedding venues on this list, Aldrich Mansion can handle both your ceremony and reception. People appreciate the professionalism at this venue. One reviewer notes, “The venue itself is magnificent and the care with which the staff attends to each detail elevated our vision to the next level.”
5. Graduate Providence / Providence Biltmore
Known for their unique hotel interiors (there’s one in New Haven, CT), Graduate Hotels took over the Biltmore and renamed it Graduate Providence. Fortunately, the popular aesthetic remains (like the famous “Biltmore” sign on the roof). It has ballroom and outdoor courtyard setup options.
The venue can handle weddings as small as under 50 up to as many as 250 guests. Graduate Providence is a downtown mainstay and beautiful venue for city lovers.
6. Providence Library
Weddings at Providence Public Library are beautiful. There are four event spaces to choose from, ranging from 180 guests in the Ship Room down to 80 in the Rhode Island Room. Similar to some of Connecticut’s Branford House mansion venue, the library is state-owned and reasonably priced.
There are plenty of hotels nearby in Providence. One issue to be aware of is that Providence Library doesn’t have convenient parking. Accordingly, you’ll have to look into shuttle and/or valet service.
Rhode Island Country Club Wedding Venues
1. Quidnessett Country Club (North Kingstown, RI)
Quidnessett is the quintessential (that’s a mouthful) golf course wedding venue, complete with water views and a top-notch ballroom. If you’re looking for a ballroom, this space is among the best Rhode Island wedding venues for sure, including one of the best cocktail hour gardens I’ve ever seen. It can handle weddings of up to 400 and has multiple configuration options.
2. Rhode Island Country Club (Barrington, RI)
A beautiful, well-manicured golf course and country club, RICC also overlooks Narragansett Bay.
3. Harbor Lights (Warwick, RI)
Also a golf course and country club, Harbor Lights is perhaps most well known as a Rhode Island wedding venue on the water. Above all, outdoor ceremonies and receptions take advantage of spectacular sunsets over Greenwich Bay.
4. Warwick Country Club (Warwick, RI)
Warwick Country Club is a traditional golf and ballroom aesthetics couples with great water views of Narragansett Bay.
5. Wannamoisett Country Club (Rumford, RI)
Yet another country club option for those who love rolling green hills, Wannamoisett touts itself as a “secluded…hidden gem” for your wedding day.
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Brewery and Winery Venues
For wine and beer lovers, there are several Rhode Island wedding venues catering to these themes:
- Newport Vineyards (Middletown, RI)
- Shepherd’s Run (South Kingstown, RI)
- Greenvale Vineyards (Portsmouth, RI)
- The Guild (Pawtucket, RI)
- Mulberry Vineyards (Chepachet, RI)
Rustic Rhode Island Wedding Venues
Sometimes, you just want simplicity and a laid-back vibe. Here are some rustic venues in Rhode Island: