General Information

Blithewold is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Marjorie and George Lyon’s wedding at Blithewold. There is still time left to book your event for this historic 2014 season.

For inquiries and to set up an appointment to discuss rates and availability, contact Karen Bellavance in the Special Events Office (401) 253-2707 ext. 11, or kbellavance@blithewold.org

All rental fees include:

  • Exclusive use of mansion and grounds
  • Wedding tent with clear sides, hard surface floor and lighting
  • Bride's dressing room available 1 hour before the event
  • Photo opportunities on the grounds one hour before the event
  • Coordination of deliveries and services
  • Event Manager and staff on duty throughout the event
  • One-year Blithewold membership

The reception rental fee is for a five-hour period from 5:00 p.m. -  11:00 p.m.  on Friday or Saturday, and 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. Parties have the option of extending the contract with extra charges per 1/2 hour. The maximum is a six-hour event.

Thirty-minute wedding ceremonies are held in the beautiful North Garden at Blithewold for an additional fee. This fee includes a coordinator, staff, and a one-hour rehearsal.

                                                                                                                                      

Blithewold is very excited to now offer our beautiful North Garden for morning wedding ceremonies Saturdays and Sundays from May through October starting at 10 a.m.. Enjoy the natural beauty that is Blithewold with Narragansett Bay as the backdrop for your ceremony. The garden is the perfect choice for gatherings of ten to one hundred and fifty guests. There is also the option of having your wedding photography done on our 33-acre estate following your ceremony.

Other rentals including tables, chairs, heaters (if necessary), a dance floor, custom lighting, custom tent decorating, and the caterer are the responsibility of the lessee.  There is a mandatory charge for security.

 

New for 2015:

Blithewold is working on enhancing the experience for you and your guests on your special day. The result is a pavilion which includes bathrooms and a bridal suite. This pavilion will be situated on the south side of the tent to provide closer amenities for you and your guests without disrupting your views of Narragansett Bay.

 

Prices and Security Charges are subject to change without notice.

 

Photography

Blithewold provides you with memorable photo opportunities. You and your groom can stroll the water's edge, embrace in our bamboo grove, or pause at the Water Garden for unforgettable photographs of your special day. Exuberant wedding party photos on the Great Lawn are treasured equally with formal portraits in our enchanting perennial garden.

Approved Caterers

The following is a list of approved caterers for your special event.

Blackstone Caterers 401.848.2030 ~ www.blackstonecaterers.com
Glorious Affairs 401.842.0404 ~ www.gloriousaffairs.net
Russell Morin Fine Catering 888.552.7822 ~ www.morins.com
Tom’s Market Catering 401.619.3310 ~ www.tomsmarketcatering.com
Pranzi Catering 401.383.3631 ~ www.pranzi.com
Blue Rocks Catering 401.846.9902 ~ www.newportcaterer.com
Emery’s Catering 401.725.5680 ~ www.emeryscatering.com
Plantation Catering 401.846.4794 ~ www.plantationcateringofnewport.com
McGrath Clambakes 401.847.7743 ~ www.clambakeweddings.com
Ananda by Russell Morin 888-552-7822 ~ www.morins.com
Catering by Andrew (Kosher Only) 617.731.6585 ~ www.cateringbyandrew.com

 

Average Historical Temperatures for Bristol

May: 68
June: 78
July: 83
Aug: 81
Sept: 74
Oct: 64

 

Gardens

Find out what’s in bloom on your special day

Photo: Snap Weddings

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