(Closed) RI Venue Suggestions

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Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Sorry, super busy day at work yesterday – but I’m back!  So I just went through this whole planning thing with basically the same ideas and similar budget.  The most economical places that are on the water are the following:

1) The Towers in Narragansett – but I totally get that this isn’t everyone thing.  It is right on the water though and affordable.  One thing that’s not so great is that there isn’t a seperate space for ceremonies, so you have to do it in the same room as the reception.  I’ve been to weddings (ceremony + reception) there are they were very nice. 

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2) The Easton Beach Rotunda – this is a great Newport option for a creative bride.  It’s very inexpensive.  The price includes the ceremony, which can happen right on the beach, some of your rentals (tables and chairs), and use of the carousel.  The main catch I’d say is that the room is very plain…thus, where the creative part comes in.  It’s a blank slate so you can really do whatever you want.

http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/economic-development/ballroom/home.cfm

3) Atlantic Beach Club – technically in Middletown, but everyone calls it Newport.  This place might not be super cheap, but it will definitely be less expensive than other Newport venues.

http://www.atlanticbeachclub.com/

4) Kinney Bungalow – in Narragansett, but not on the water.  It is affordable though and has that charming old estate feel.

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5) the DeWolf Tavern – in Bristol.  I don’t know a ton about this place, but I think it would be less expensive than some other places and has a nice old feel as well.

http://www.dewolftavern.com/

For options 1, 2, and 4 above you would have to bring in your own cater (I have a couple to recommend if you go that route!).  Options 3 and 5, the ABC and the DeWolf Tavern, do it on site.

 

Those are the most affordable options that I’ve come across.  Time of year and time of day make a big difference though.  It seems like you know some of the big guys already – Belle Mer, Linden Place, Castle Hill, Glen Manor, Blithewold, etc.  If you are willing to do an “offseason” wedding (mid October to mid May) some of these places might be in your budget.  Don’t count them out.  I would definitely call them and ask if you fall in love with one of them.  If you want more suggestions in that category, let me know and I can send you a few others. 

Day weddings are definitely less expensive too if a place does them (not everywhere does).  I know that Oceancliff has reduced rates for both offseason and day weddings:

http://www.newportexperience.com/OceanCliffHotel.php

They also have a sister site (on that same website) called Regata Place that is a little less expenisve.  It’s very Newporty in that is is right on the water with all sailboats around you.  It’s not for everyone though because it is permanent tent on a dock.  It has nice vibe though and it’s worth checking out.  I believe they have the same menu as the Oceancliff as well. 

One more piece of advice: if you don’t mind a bit of a gamble and are flexible on dates, wait until next Januray to look at 2012 dates.  Many places reduce prices on available dates for the same year because they are trying to fill any spots that aren’t booked.  I know that Oceancliff does this, so many others probably due as well.  So in January 2012, you might be able to snag a great deal on late summer or fall 2012.

Let me know if you’re thinking of anywhere else and I can make suggestions or tell you what I know about it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We’re getting married at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown.  Our budget is 15,000.  We’re having a day time wedding.  The country club is beautiful with a view of the bay.  If we had a bigger budget, though, I would have gone for Newport!

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh, I thought of a couple more less common ones:

The International Yacht Restoration School – it’s an intesesting space in Newport.  I haven’t been, but it looks like it has a nice brick loft feeling in the event space.  The thing that I didn’t think was too great was that I don’t think you can see the water – I can’t tell though, so it might be worth looking at.

http://www.iyrs.org/

The International Tennis Hall of Fame – not for me, but a cool space.

 http://www.tennisfame.com/host-an-event/weddings-rehearsal-dinners

The Newport Art Museum – another really pretty space!

http://www.newportartmuseum.org/pages/facility_rental.cfm

Just thought maybe you hadn’t thought of those yet…I’ll stop with the random ideas now, hahaha!

 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

I recently got married at the Atlantic Beach Club. It’s right on the water, overlooking the cliffwalk. It starts at $100 per person, but that includes catering, 2 hours open bar, chairs, linens and there are no hidden fees. There is an 18% service fee and 8% tax- which was standard when we looked in RI. So it ended up at about $126 per person, but since there were no hidden costs and no rentals needed, it made it much more affordable than the other sites. They also charge $45 for those under 21 and a cheaper kids fee (I think for under 12). I forget the kid fee, since we only had one. We actually didn’t know this until we paid our final deposit, so it saved us some money.

My husband grew up in Jersey- so a good chunk of our guests were form there and loved the venue. If you have any questions about it, let me know. Good luck with your planning! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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@HaveGroomWillTravel: I’d also try Squantam Association in East Providence! Gorgeous venue and it overlooks the Port of Providence, so you get a water view!

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