Blithewold is an estate wedding venue located in Bristol, Rhode Island. Nestled on the edge of Narragansett Bay, this historic wedding destination features sweeping waterfront views. Originally built in the 19th century, the mansion offers classic New England charm that is sure to leave a lasting impression on guests.
Facilities and Capacity
Spread across 33 acres, Blithewold features a stately mansion, expansive gardens, and an arboretum. This romantic property offers memorable outdoor event spaces that showcase the care that goes into preserving the estate and its gardens. Couples can hold their ceremony in the North Garden which is located next to the mansion. The home and bay provide elegant views for each couple’s nuptials. After the knot is tied, newlyweds and guests can enjoy cocktail hour within the mansion and its covered porches and terraces. The happy couple and their wedding party can also take photos throughout the grounds and its many manicured gardens. A large white event tent serves as a covered outdoor space for the reception. It can accommodate dining and dancing while ensuring guests can enjoy the venue’s views throughout their experience. This spacious tent is suitable for weddings of up to 225 attendees. The estate’s seven unique and beautiful gardens are available for guests to explore and admire during special events.
Blithewold is committed to providing unforgettable experiences, and they host only one event per day to ensure you have ample time to celebrate your love. You and your guests will have exclusive access to the property for the duration of your celebration. Throughout the planning process, venue staff will work with you to help create the event of your dreams. They also offer the services of a wedding manager to oversee the execution of the event. On your big day, you and your wedding party will have access to a private suite to prepare for the festivities.
This mansion was built in the late 1800s, however, when destroyed by fire, a new building was constructed after the start of the 20th century. The current mansion is a quintessential example of architecture from the Country Place Era. Its design features a turn-of-the-century style that incorporates elements from both the late 19th and earth 20th centuries.
70 Reviews for Blithewold
Recommended by 92% of couples
14 User photos
Wendy F. · Married on 05/08/2020
Impressive Response due to COVID-19
Blithewold was a joy to work with from the very beginning until we sadly had to cancel due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our daughter's summer wedding at Blithewold was not to be. Amid all the stress and disappointment associated with 'unwinding' a wedding, Blithewold was professional and gracious.Sent on 05/13/2020
Thomas B. · Married on 09/22/2019
Perfect Venue for Your Perfect Day!
Karen and the team at the Blithewold are extraordinary! Not only do they ensure that everything runs smoothly, but they run a tight ship which keeps everyone and everything on time. Their suggestions for vendors were spot on and so well researched that we felt like we not only booked a venue but a wedding planner as well. They took incredibly good care of our bridal party the day of the wedding and were such a blessing to work with.Sent on 10/09/2019
Samantha S. · Married on 09/01/2019
It Doesn’t Get Better Than Blithewold!
Blithewold is a truly incredible and one-of-a-kind wedding venue. I visited countless venues around the Newport, RI area before finding Blithewold, and I knew instantly that this was it! They had absolutely everything I was looking for - and our wedding reception was truly stunning. The massive lawn leading down to the water, gorgeous sunset views, unique gardens, beautiful and historic mansion, a big stone terrace and porches, a beautiful marquis tent with patio flooring, plenty of parking and a great set-up for event flow, helpful and knowledgeable staff - what more could one ask for?! We were completely blessed with the perfect wedding day weather (sunny with a few clouds, warm with a cool breeze, low humidity…) and our guests got to enjoy everything that Blithewold has to offer at its absolute best! Karen, the events director, was great to work with and incredibly helpful in guiding us with vendor decisions and making sure details were accommodated. Their catering relationship, with Blackstone catering, was a true blessing - we didn’t have to search for a catering vendor, and Blackstone offers delicious, creative food and truly amazing and professional service - they made our wedding the incredible event that it was! I am so grateful that we got to celebrate our wedding reception at Blithewold!Sent on 09/18/2019
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