Weddings and Functions
Blithewold has always been a place for family and friends to gather and celebrate. The VanWickle family hosted many parties and celebrations at Blithewold. One of the most notable celebrations was Marjorie Van Wickle and George Lyon’s wedding which took place on June 1, 1914 in an elegant outdoor ceremony in Blithewold’s enclosed garden.
Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum offers a particularly beautiful and gracious waterfront setting for your wedding ceremony and reception. The ceremony is held in the exquisite North Garden adjacent to the mansion.
Blithewold also offers our beautiful North Garden for morning wedding ceremonies Saturdays and Sundays from May through October 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.
Following the ceremony, cocktails are enjoyed within the gracious turn-of-the-century mansion, on the terraces and two covered porches, overlooking the Great Lawn with its sweeping sunset views of Narragansett Bay. During the cocktail party and reception, your guests may stroll through the gardens and watch the sailboat races just as guests at Blithewold have done for the past one hundred years.
For dinner and dancing, your guests are escorted down to our white 40' X 100' Century Wedding Tent. Our tent accommodates approximately 225 guests. The wedding tent features a elegant bluestone patterned floor. The tent is situated next to our Linden Grove and overlooks the Great Lawn and unsurpassed sunset views across Narragansett Bay.
To ensure the greatest enjoyment and personalization for your wedding, we allow only one wedding per day.
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Please call 401.253.2707 x 11 for availability
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For inquiries and to set up an appointment - Contact Karen Bellavance in the Special Events Office: firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 253-2707 ext. 11 Email: email@example.com
Saturday, October 25
Capturing the Splendor of Nature: A Digital Photo Workshop at Blithewold, with Jan Armor
Sunday, October 26
Children's Pumpkin Flower-Arrangement Workshop
Thursday, October 30
Designing with Woodies and Shrubs with Polly Hutchison of Robin Hollow Farm
Sunday, November 02
Pruning Practices and Winter Interest Plant Walk
Thursday, November 06
Garden Design Luncheon The Slow Flowers Movement: From Field to Vase
Friday, November 07
Eco-Floral Hands-On Workshop with Debra Prinzing
Celebrating Our Arboretum
(Oct 23, '14)
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A rabbit’s eye view with Noel Kingsbury
(Oct 17, '14)
We are so lucky that yesterday’s rain held off just long enough to take a ground-level tour of Blithewold’s gardens with British garden designer/plantsman/author, Noel Kingsbury. He showed us, plant by plant, exactly what to look for to help predict how different plants will behave in our gardens. He reminded us that plant growth falls along […]
Christmas at Blithewold “You Are Invited”
(Oct 13, '14)
Although Blithewold is closing to the public this week, it is anything but quiet around the Mansion. We are now preparing to get the Mansion dressed up for Christmas! It is a bit hard to imagine a snowy winter in the midst of this crisp fall weather, but our decorating volunteers have been prepping and […]