Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Unique Wedding Receptions throughout New England

Brides living in Rhode Island and the Northeastern part of the US are very fortunate in that the six states that comprise New England, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, offer great diversity and beauty for weddings all year long.  This region, known for its cities and natural beauty of its mountains, ocean, woodlands and lakes, provides brides with a variety of options for reception venues. 

Reception sites are sometimes determined by the time of year the wedding occurs, but they should also be chosen based on individual style and taste. The reception location sets the tone for the wedding, and whether you are going for small town charm and cottages or for the historical and cultural allure of urban areas, New England offers many unique reception locations.

Spring Weddings in New England
New England locations to consider for spring weddings include the rustic grounds and gardens of New Hampshire or Connecticut Inns and historical country estates, or the manors and mansions of Rhode Island.  Other unique choices for spring receptions include lakeside lodges for country weddings, historical sites like grist mills, or fun places for animal lovers like the zoo or aquarium.

Country Estates Historic Buildings Waterfront Estates Retreat Center
Independence Harbor
Assonet, MA
Bradley Estate
Canton, MA
McGoverns On The Water
Fall River, MA
Events last all weekend!
Friendly Crossways Retreat Center, Harvard, MA

Summer Weddings
There aren’t many places in the US more beautiful in summertime than the coastline of New England.  There are so many unique options for brides having a summer wedding and reception in this region.  Obviously, the beaches and lakeside resorts of Newport provide a spectacular backdrop for a wedding celebration.  Boats and yacht clubs on the Kennebunk River and lighthouses on the seaport of Maine also make stunning locales.  Not into the beach scene?  How about a wedding at Fenway Park?  The oldest operating ballpark in the US offers multiple locations within the stadium to accommodate different types of wedding events.

Beach Weddings Country Clubs Cape Cod Newport
Belle Mer
Newport, RI

Alpine Country Club
Cranston, Rhode Island
The Lighthouse Inn
West Dennis, MA
Sardella's Restaurant
Newport, RI

Fall Weddings
In addition to spectacular summers, Mother Nature also gives New England the gift of beautiful foliage in the fall. Take advantage of the show stopping color and beauty of nature at unusual reception locations like apple orchards, farms and barns with horse drawn carriage rides, pumpkin patches and vineyards throughout the New England area.

Apple Orchard Country Farm Vineyard  
Sweet Berry Farm
Middletown, RI
Country Gardens
Rehoboth, MA
Sakonnet Vineyards
Little Compton, RI



Winter Weddings in New England
A unique location for winter weddings in New England might include the ski lodges of Vermont where you can arrive via sleigh and be photographed amid the snow capped mountains. Colleges, universities, public library, museums, and castles, elegantly decorated and steeped in history, also make exceptional reception spots.

Mountains Museums Castles Historical Buildings
Wachusetts Village Inn
Westminster, MA
Linden Place
Bristol, RI

Castle at BU
Boston, MA
The Catered Affair at Boston Public Library
Boston, MA

Weddings at banquet halls, country clubs and restaurants are also a great choice and offer lush green backdrops in Spring and Summer; colorful scenery for Fall weddings; or a snowy wonderland in Winter. So when you start your wedding reception search, be sure to take into consideration the season and the many unique receptions sites in Rhode Island and New England to make your wedding and reception one of a kind.

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