Rhode Island may be small, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. The Ocean State is filled with stunning places to get married, and we've done the research on some of the best Rhode Island wedding venues to help kickstart your wedding planning journey. Read more about these noteworthy venues below.
With a name that translates to "beautiful sea," you know the views at this Rhode Island wedding venue won't disappoint. Located in Newport at the edge of Narragansett Bay, Belle Mer is one of the state's most notable wedding venues, especially if you're hosting a formal, black-tie wedding. While the ocean views from the lawn will definitely leave you speechless, the indoor event space is just as beautiful. The light-filled, grand ballroom features hardwood floors, chandeliers, and a retractable glass wall, providing a front-and-center view of the ocean. There's also a smaller (but equally as luxurious) reception space overlooking the Newport Bridge and the venue's rose garden, along with a loft space that's perfect for lounging or getting ready on the big day. As a Longwood venue (one of New England's top event groups), gourmet catering, event specialists, and basic rental furniture are all provided in-house.
If you've ever dreamed of getting married in a castle, don't miss this Rhode Island wedding venue in Warwick. Aldrich Mansion will be the fairytale event venue of your dreams, thanks to its French chateau-inspired exterior, grand, sweeping staircases, checkerboard tile floors, fresco ceilings, and stately banquet hall with a marble fireplace. This all-inclusive waterfront estate, which spans 70 private acres, provides in-house catering, event coordination, rentals, and several packages to choose from for your wedding day.
Home to seven gardens, greenhouses and arboretums, and a 19th-century mansion, this waterfront estate in Bristol is one of the prettiest Rhode Island wedding venues for an outdoor celebration. Blithewold is a dreamy, romantic setting for anyone who loves flowers—some of the gardens were planted more than 100 years ago, including the rose garden, which features a charming stone archway that is a perfect spot for wedding photos. Wedding ceremonies take place on the 10-acre great lawn overlooking Narragansett Bay, and the venue's permanent reception tent (including a dance floor) is one more thing you can cross off your rental list.
Known for its gilded walls, European-style fountains, gorgeous ceiling murals, and grand chandeliers, Rosecliff is a must-see if you're planning an ultra-glamorous Newport wedding. Dating back to 1899, this historical mansion will make you feel like you're getting married at the Palace of Versailles—in fact, Rosecliff was modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles, pulling inspiration from the palace's marble floors, stately courtyard, and Italianate gardens. Rosecliff has also been featured as a filming location for 27 Dresses and The Great Gatsby, and Bachelor nation fans might recognize it from Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon's 2019 wedding.
Fort Adams Trust
This unique Rhode Island wedding venue is perfect if you love history but also want an unexpected and memorable setting for your special day. Located along Narragansett Bay in Newport, this pre-revolutionary military fort has played a role in Rhode Island's history for centuries. You can get married at one of six event spaces at the venue, including inside the fort or on the North Lawn, which overlooks Newport Harbor and is the same location where the Newport Folk and Jazz festivals are held annually. If you prefer something a little more structured, check out the venue's Eisenhower House, a Victorian mansion that was once the summer home of President Eisenhower.
Mount Hope Farm
If rustic New England style is more your speed, Mount Hope Farm in Bristol is a charming and serene setting for your big day. This 127-acre farm is a traditional country estate, complete with a shingled cabin that overlooks Mount Hope Bridge and the surrounding bay. This full-service venue provides almost everything you'll need to pull off a memorable wedding, including a team of expert event coordinators, caterers, bartenders and service staff, and even overnight accommodations at the on-site bed and breakfast. Mount Hope Farm is a seasonal Rhode Island wedding venue that's available from May to October and can host weddings for up to 300 people.
Herreshoff Marine Museum
You can get married just steps from Bristol Harbor at the museum's waterfront brick courtyard, which features the venue's iconic flagpole, decorated with sailing flags for the ultimate nautical wedding backdrop. The Herreshoff Marine Museum can host weddings for up to 400 people and has a few different event spaces you can choose from, including the Hall of Boats, which is home to both life-size and model-size boats on display. Want to make a truly memorable grand entrance (or exit)? Consider arriving to the ceremony by water or sailing off into the sunset with your S.O.
The Kinney Bungalow
Set on 140 acres of farmland in Narragansett, this idyllic Rhode Island wedding venue is home to a 100-year-old "bungalow" that serves as the main event space. The barn-style building features gorgeous antique hardwood floors, seven-foot windows that wrap around the room to fill it with natural light, a brick fireplace, and other original finishes that add plenty of charm. Outside, you can take advantage of the spacious grounds for your ceremony or wedding photos. Getting ready is a breeze, thanks to the on-site dressing suites where you can relax before heading to the altar. Tables, chairs, and an optional wedding arch are all included with your rental fees.
The Bohlin at the Newport Yachting Center
This waterfront country club is as charming as they come. Exchange your vows with sailboats and the Newport Bridge in the background before heading to the marina patio for cocktail hour and mingling (or games, like corn hole!). The Bohlin offers three wedding packages, each including hors d'oeuvres, a custom wedding cake, personal event planner, temperature-controlled sailcloth tent, and basic rental items, like chairs, tables, linens, and china.
Pair your best day ever with beautiful scenery, vineyards, and sips at this inviting (and brand-new) winery in Narragansett. Shepherd's Run is a 36-acre estate complete with two banquet halls, a winemaker's room, and three outdoor event spaces to choose from while planning your special day. Catering at Shepherd's Run is provided exclusively by Blackstone Caterers, and the venue has 10 luxury guest rooms you can rent for your wedding getaway.
Located in the heart of downtown Newport at Goat Island Marina, Regatta Place can host up to 200 guests, but we think it would be equally great for smaller groups and microweddings. Your wedding ceremony can take place right on the marina dock, surrounded by yachts and views of Newport Harbor for a quintessentially nautical vibe. A cream-and-white-striped reception tent is permanently installed at the venue, adding plenty of whimsy and personality to the outdoor space. A few other perks about this Rhode Island wedding venue: on-site catering, complimentary catering, and event packages are all available. Finally, Regatta Place is easily walkable to Thames Street, making it easy to plan your rehearsal dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.