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OceanCliff is a beautiful waterfront wedding venue located in Newport, Rhode Island. It occupies the site of the former Bronson Villa that was built in 1864 and has been converted to an oceanfront retreat that can hosts lavish parties and events. Located on ten acres of rolling lawns with spectacular views, this venue is perfect for a classic wedding.

Facilities and Capacity
OceanCliff has many event spaces that are the ideal backdrop for various wedding celebrations. The Grand Ballroom accommodates anywhere from 70-230 guests, while The Upper Deck seats up to 150 guests and has sweeping views of the Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay. The Safari Room is a restaurant and bar that couples can use for a cocktail hour or rehearsal dinner, as it accommodates 70 guests outside and 50 guests inside.

Services Offered
OceanCliff has many upscale amenities that will make the couple's wedding day fun and stress-free. The venue offers the following services:

  • Distinctive selection of wedding menus
  • Suggested vendors
  • Newport attractions
  • Elite wedding coordinators
  • Romantic wedding packages
  • Stylish guest rooms

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$3,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

50

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel
Mansion
Resort
Restaurant
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December
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4.7 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
161 Reviews
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
94% Recommended by couples

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161 Reviews
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Anna M. Married on 05/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unforgettable wedding at OceanCliff Newport

OceanCliff is a spectacular venue with the most captivating view in Newport. Unlike some other waterfront venues in Newport (and on Cape Cod), the OceanCliff ballroom is perfectly shaped with windows along the pinnacle to beckon all eyes to the bay. This venue offers the best of both worlds鈥攁n outdoor cocktail hour under the upper deck tent followed by an indoor reception in the ballroom with beautiful chandeliers, uninterrupted water views, and a stunning sunset. Treat your guests to the comfort of a climate-controlled ballroom with real bathrooms without compromising on the view鈥攁nd with easy outdoor waterfront access throughout the reception. We much preferred this experience to a tented outdoor wedding, and we lucked out with gorgeous weather. Also, OceanCliff, built from 1894-1896, offers a more majestic setting and castle-like feel than other more recently built waterfront Newport or Cape Cod venues.

Not only is OceanCliff a beautiful venue, but the OceanCliff team is fantastic and provides unparalleled service. We can鈥檛 thank them enough for making our day unforgettable!

We truly appreciate all the time and effort the OceanCliff team devoted to our special event, from booking with Susanne (and her help with booking our church ceremony as well) to details with Kasey (and there were many details!) to guest room updates with Susan to the 'day of' with Taylor, who pulled off everything with apparent ease. Everyone was a pleasure to work with and offered great advice-- from hors d'oeuvre selections to where to locate the band for a more spacious dance floor with a headcount of 202 guests.

In addition, we are very thankful to Juwana, our steward, who was so attentive and went above and beyond to take great care of us all evening. Every single team member, from servers to bartenders to those breaking down the tables at the end of the night, provided outstanding service with a smile.

And did we forget to mention that the food was absolutely amazing? We heard great things from guests about the poached peach salad, all three entrees (filet mignon, halibut & vegetable Napoleon), and all the hors d'oeuvres, which were plentiful. The lamb chops and raw bar were an especially big hit, but everything was wonderful!

We have received countless compliments from guests on the excellent service provided by the staff, the delicious culinary creations, the gorgeous set up of the upper deck tent and the ballroom with beautifully set tables, and the magnificence of the venue overall (again, what a view!).

We were thrilled with everything on our wedding day and highly recommend OceanCliff!
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Joe S. Married on 01/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience with the great team at Oceancliff

The team at Oceancliff went above and beyond to make our wedding day special for us. From answering all of our questions during the early days of planning, to day of event management, the staff was attentive, responsive, caring, and enthusiastic. Paige and I could not be happier to have had our special day at Oceancliff Hotel
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Andrew F. Married on 09/24/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Such a special venue

We had the most incredible experience at OceanCliff. Everyone was so helpful, thoughtful and professional. They made our day so special. The staff is SO wonderful, and the venue is SO beautiful. I know we will come back as much as we can!
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Professional Network & Endorsements

22 Endorsements
Arielle Unger Photography Arielle Unger Photography Wedding Photographers

Beautiful venue with an amazing wedding coordinator and staff! Highly Recommend!

Gwendolyn Pellegrino Photography Gwendolyn Pellegrino Photography Wedding Photographers

A wedding celebration at OceanCliff means that not only will every detail be executed perfectly, but you and your guests will also be treated to spectacular ocean vistas and the Newport Bridge. I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding in this amazing mansion, capturing all of it's splendor. I couldn't speak more highly of it. Enjoy your wedding planning!

ArtImage by Sam Chinigo ArtImage by Sam Chinigo Wedding Photographers

Excellent venue & staff. Wonderful views of the bay and the bridge. As I always tell my couples...find a unique venue that will create an experience for your guests. If you're looking for a great location for a ceremony by the water...this is it.

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OceanCliff frequently asked questions

OceanCliff includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
OceanCliff includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at OceanCliff includes:
  • Bartender(s)
The space offered by OceanCliff for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
  • Mansion
  • Resort
  • Restaurant
  • Waterfront
OceanCliff offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
OceanCliff offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
OceanCliff offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
OceanCliff offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
OceanCliff is recommended by 94% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.7 in average response time, 4.7 in flexibility and 4.6 in value.

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