Blithewold is a beautiful 33-acre wedding venue located in Bristol, Rhode Island. This historic property is situated on Bristol Harbor and offers sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. It is one of the only New England estates built in the late 19th century that still retains its authenticity.
Facilities and Capacity
This 45-room mansion has an 11-acre Great Lawn and seven historic gardens that create a classic and grand setting. The North Garden has a waterfront setting that is perfect for a ceremony or reception. Your cocktail party can be held on the terraces and covered porches. For the dinner and dancing portion of your wedding, you and your guests will be escorted to the Century Wedding Tent that accommodates 225 guests.
With its natural beauty and elegance, Blithewold is the ideal backdrop for a wedding of any season. Services provided include:
69 Reviews for Blithewold
Recommended by 92% of couples
14 User photos
Thomas Benning · 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 Scinta · 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
Stephanie Zurek · Married on 09/23/2018
Perfect garden wedding
We held our September wedding and reception at Blithewold. We could not be happier with how everything turned out. We cannot thank Karen Bellavance enough for her understanding as we worked through the possibility of a schedule change due to medical reasons. Karen provided lots of good information leading up to the event. Our wedding ceremony in the garden went smoothly thanks to the clear instructions we received during our rehearsal the day before the wedding. Blithewold weddings are a well-oiled machine. The staff keeps everything running on time. The tent and facilities at Blithewold are wonderful and the setting is magnificent – especially if you are surprised with a dramatic sunset!Sent on 10/30/2018