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Reception
$750 starting price
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$700 starting price

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Congratulations on your engagement! We wish you much happiness as you embark on this new chapter in your lives. We invite you to schedule a tour of Rhodes (evening and weekend appointments are available), and we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. We appreciate your kind consideration! Please call 401.785.4333 to schedule your tour today!

Weddings at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

The famous Rhodes on the Pawtuxet was opened to the public in August of 1915. This beautiful building replaced the original structures (casino, boathouse, and ballroom), which burned to the ground in February of the same year. The architect John O’Malley designed the building in the neoclassical revival style, characterized by classical symmetry, prominent columns, and rounded arches.

Many unique features of the building remain today, including 10,000 square feet of hardwood floors, 21’ ceilings with unobstructed views, the sculpture of the muse of the dance, Terpsichore, and the original Rhodes on the Pawtuxet gazebo, affectionately known as “The Trolley Stop”. In addition, the illuminated flag, long a part of Rhodes’ romantic history remains. It is said that during military balls and social dances, ladies would stand beneath the flag as a signal that they were available and waiting to be asked to dance. Many people have met their significant others at Rhodes, and it is truly a beloved Rhode Island landmark.

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet underwent a complete transformation in 2020, highlighting many of its historic features. In the foyer, over the main bar, a mural of the Narragansett Bay is prominently displayed, painted by the famous watercolor artist, Hezekiah Dyer. This mural is original to Rhodes, and lends a stunning backdrop for the cocktail hour. The coffered ceiling, recently restored, frames this magnificent entryway as well. Crystal chandeliers and matching wall sconces enhance the elegance of this space. Cozy and intimate seating, defined cocktail areas, an expansive bar, and rich candlelight create an inviting space for your guests to gather and unwind.

As you enter the ballroom, allow yourself to take in the beauty of this unique space. The ceiling is tented with fabric drapery and Edison lights, enhancing the height and second floor orchestra lofts, original to the building. Rich creams and ivories adorn the walls, and the historic details are subtly highlighted with gold leaf. In bygone times, famous bandleaders and their orchestras, occasionally accompanied by famous singers, including Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, and Tony Bennett (just to name a few!) performed on the original three-tiered stage. The ballroom boasts one of the finest dance floors in all of New England, and is a stunning backdrop for a wedding or other special occasion. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet and its surviving structures were added to the prestigious Registry of Historic Places in 1978.

All wedding rentals include the use of the foyer, grand ballroom, and access to the newly renovated bridal suite (with a private half bath), and groom’s room (2nd floor). In addition, access to a special VIP area known as the Canoe Lounge is available as well, used as a separate cocktail / photo space for the wedding party if desired. This area highlights some of the history of the original Rhodes complex, when canoe rentals were procured on the premises in the late 1880’s – early 1900’s. Please note that the groom’s room and VIP lounge are NOT handicapped accessible.

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is pleased to offer Ralph’s Catering as their exclusive wedding and special occasion caterer. Boasting over thirty years as a top-rated caterer, Ralph’s Catering is fully licensed, and owner-operated, specializing in custom wedding, corporate, and social menus.

The meal is designed by you, with the guidance of a professional and experienced team. We will ensure that all aspects of your dining experience are as you always envisioned them. All menu items are prepared on-site, ensuring that your guests enjoy fresh, hot, delicious food that will exceed your expectations.

Please contact Rhodes on the Pawtuxet directly to select your wedding and special event menus (Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is an authorized representative for Ralph’s Catering.). We will be happy to assist you in planning and coordinating your special day, from inception to completion.

Bartenders are included in all venue fees, with the ratio of 1 bartender per 100 guests accommodated. Additional bartenders or cocktail staff may be requested, for an additional shift fee of $75.00 per staff member. The well-stocked bar may be run on a cash bar basis, host (open) bar basis, or any combination of the two.

Coatroom attendants are available with advance notice, and a fee of $75.00 (per attendant) will be charged. The coatroom has been recently renovated, and is located conveniently in the foyer. In addition, the restrooms have been updated and are located in this area as well.

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet includes the standard round tables (60” & some 72”), standard banquet chairs, and your choice of white or ivory floor-length tablecloths. Colored napkins are available as well.

Frequently asked questions

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

Yes

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

$750

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

Yes

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

$700

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
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)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception

What event services do you offer?

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

What catering services do you offer?

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

What bar services do you provide?

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

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Photo booth
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
July
August
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4.9 out of 5 rating
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Tina G. Sent on 09/16/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Tina Gillespie ( Mrs De Angelis now )

Look NO further! This place is amazing, fantastic the best ever. The layout is amazing when you walk in to the foyer/bar area they have a cocktail hour there and the chandelier the bar layout and the tables everything is just perfect. You can get married in the building if you want to they set up the ceremony beautifully. Then they open the doors to this magical huge room you just need to look at it you won't believe it this is the place . ! we had our wedding here on August 26, 2022 and Hillary & everyone was amazing and all the bartenders & staff.
I can't say enough . this place is affordable and beyond imagination. You can add anything to make your wedding more special LED lighting vases whatever linens you want. This is a Place to rent for anything . thank you we will never forget a wonderful experience
Kyah
Kyah G. Sent on 11/28/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience!

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is an absolutely beautiful venue! It was such a pleasure to have our wedding in the historic Rhodes - it is certainly not the typical wedding venue site. We were able to have our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one place and safe to say our guests were "wowed." Also, there was torrential downpour on the day of our wedding and our photographer found so many absolutely beautiful and unique spots to take pictures inside.

Not only is Rhodes absolutely gorgeous, but the staff is wonderful! Hillary and Jenn were so warm and welcoming during the touring and booking process, which made the stressful process of replanning a wedding due to COVID all the easier. Hillary was with us the entire wedding night and played such a huge role in setting up the venue to make sure it was perfect and also helped with every little step along the way.

Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a unique venue with a fantastic, warm, and helpful staff!
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Lynnea S. Sent on 06/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful & Seemless

This gorgeous venue literally checked all of my boxes. From the high ceilings, hardwood floors, and gorgeous decor to being in our budget, it truly was everything I was looking for. The food was AMAZING (so amazing that we went to 2 tastings :)) and the servers were so great. We worked with Maggie and she was so responsive, attentive and truly helped make even our strangest ideas come to fruition. She is so sweet; we loved working with her! We had the perfect day and there isn't one thing I would have changed about this venue. I highly recommend this beautiful space with excellent service!!
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Rhodes on the Pawtuxet frequently asked questions

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine
The space offered by Rhodes on the Pawtuxet for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is recommended by 99% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism and 4.9 in value.

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