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Newport RI is considered to be one of the top wedding venue destinations on the east coast. Besides Newport's inherent natural beauty and expansive coastline, its backdrop of storied mansions with sweeping lawns down to the water's edge make for an incredible wedding experience. Add in beautiful beaches and water views from just about everywhere, and you can see why those wanting a dream wedding often look to Newport RI.

When you consider all that the area has to offer, it makes this seaside enclave the perfect wedding venue for you and all of your guests. Whether you are incorporating fun activities for your guests like mansion visits, harbor tours, trips to local vineyards or maybe even an authentic clambake on the beach, the list of exciting activities is endless. It makes planning the perfect wedding easy knowing that your guests can participate in these events or simply choose to tour historical buildings, dine at over 100 restaurants and explore Newport's unique blend of stores and shops.

Still, choosing the right wedding venue in Newport can be a daunting task with so many options available- from small intimate restaurants and hotels to large function halls and facilities specifically built for weddings and large functions. Unlike many other wedding destinations, Newport's smaller establishments make themselves available for wedding functions such as rehearsal dinners, receptions and even to hold the actual ceremony. The wedding venue you eventually choose will be largely determined by both your budget and your guest list, so try to get these numbers in check before you start searching. Also, try to determine whether you are looking for a smaller intimate location, or perhaps a fairy tale wedding right on the beach or on the lawn of one of the famous mansions. The area's many catering companies can be mobilized to serve your guests just about anywhere, which can make the location of any of your wedding events truly special and unique.

Wedding venues range in size from small intimate hotel courtyards to venues built specifically for weddings and events. Amongst all these locations, there are also plenty of historic buildings and locations for your wedding reception, including Fort Adams, The Eisenhower House, several vineyards and even the Tennis Hall of Fame. If you're willing to go a little further outside of Newport, even more options are available in nearby Middletown, Narragansett, Tiverton and Bristol. Just use your taste as a guide, and explore as many options as possible as early as you can. Prime dates on Saturdays in the summer months are the first to go, with Fridays and Sundays a close second. Rhode Island is absolutely beautiful in September in October with temperatures in the 60's and 70's most days. Cooler days means your guests and wedding party are more comfortable, yet you can still experience all the things that make Newport great - warm ocean waters, sailing, fine dining and nightlife along the downtown wharves. The season really doesn't end on Labor Day as it does in many New England coastal communities, with many of the outside shops and dining staying open through mid-October if weather permits.

To help with your budget, try to use the same vendor for as many things as possible. This can make your planning a lot easier and also drive down costs. A lot of wedding venues in Newport have existing relationships with caterers and florists, and even event planners to help make decisions and plan the perfect day. There are hundreds of weddings held in Newport each year, and these experts can really help you navigate the countless choices before you. Either way, there truly is something for everyone's dream destination wedding, whether you want to fly high in a helicopter to start your new married life or just enjoy an intimate ceremony with family in a private courtyard. The choice is yours and the options are endless!

the bohlin wedding receptions on newports waterfrontThe Bohlin
Newport Yachting Center
Newport, RI

Say “I do” overlooking Newport's famous harbor. Celebrate in the midst of majestic sailboats and watch the sun set over the iconic Newport Bridge. This waterfront setting offers soft Atlantic breezes, unsurpassed harbor views, and comfortable, casual elegance. Enjoy the intimacy of our private seaside retreat just steps from all that downtown Newport has to offer.

wedding receptions at greenvale vineyardsGreenvale Vineyards
582 Wapping Road
Portsmouth, RI

How does sweeping waterviews and a country vineyard sound for your wedding or event? About 15 minutes from downtown Newport lies a beautiful vineyard set on a cliff overlooking the Sakonnet River. Surrounded by rolling hills, forest and a working vineyard, Greenvale can accommodate weddings of up to 200 people on its sprawling seaside lawn with outdoor tents or inside at the stable for more intimate wedding receptions or rehearsal dinners. A truly unique and beautiful location.

newport harbor island wedding venue on goat islandNewport Harbor Island Resort
1 Goat Island
Newport (844) 807-5857

For city, harbor and bridge views, this location can't be surpassed. Its sits on the tip of Goat Island, just a few hundred yards from downtown Newport, and offers a traditional setting for your reception and rehearsal dinner. Imagine your wedding day on a resort-style island featuring a quaint historic working lighthouse and The Newport Bridge over sparkling waters as the scenic backdrop for your ceremony and reception. A variety of indoor and outdoor venues are available for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. A $34 million renovation has enhanced all aspects of the resort, making it an easy choice for couples who want a single location for all the festivities.

the landing wedding receptions on bowens wharfThe Landing Restaurant
30 Bowen's Wharf
Newport (401)847-4514

If you're looking for a more relaxed environment for your wedding but still want all the charm of Newport, this is the place for you. A wall of french doors is the only thing separating you and your guests from Newport Harbor and its beautiful sunsets. Because of its layout and size, The Landing can accommodate both small and large weddings with ease, and can make for a fun and unforgettable day!

the lobster bar wedding venue on newport's bowens wharfThe Lobster Bar
31 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI (401)847-4514

This authentic coastal New England restaurant and bar is located right on a working wharf. Its perfect location gives 180 degree views of Newport Harbor and features nothing but the freshest local seafood. For those seeking a perfect place for coastally-inspired wedding receptions and other special events, look no further.

midtown oyster bar wedding and eventsMidtown Oyster Bar
345 Thames Street
Newport (401)619-4100

Midtown Oyster Bar sits right at the main intersection of Thames Street and Memorial Boulevard, and offers water views from its harbor-facing deck. Although the actual building is relatively new, it was designed rich in colonial charm and character- an ideal place for a rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding reception. With massive vaulted ceilings and cozy dining areas, Midtown can easily accommodate groups of many sizes comfortably. Beautiful building!

newport harbor hotel and marina wedding rehearsal dinners and post reception lunchesThe Newport - Harbor Hotel and Marina
49 America's Cup Avenue
Newport, RI (401) 847-9000


Looking for the perfect place for your rehearsal dinner or intimate weddng? The Newport - Harbor Hotel & Marina offers coastal-inspired cuisine, a full lounge & bar, outside function lawn at the marina and even direct access to sailing adventures for your guests on real America's Cup Racing Yachts. With 133 guest rooms, its also the ideal location for your guests to stay throughout the festivities.