General Information and Pricing

You can also look at the Blithewold Wedding Brochure here.

General Information

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, offers a particularly beautiful and gracious setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and special events. May through October, the gardens and arboretum are especially lovely. Our wedding tent, with its permanent slate flooring, is situated on our 10-acre Great Lawn with sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. Our sunsets are spectacular!

The reception rental fee is for a five-hour event between the hours of 5:00pm – 11:00pm on Friday or Saturday, and between the hours of 4:00pm – 10:00pm on Sunday through Thursday.

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

Blithewold also offers the North Garden for morning wedding ceremonies Saturdays and Sundays from May through October starting at 10:00am. These ceremonies are limited to 50 guests and do not include exclusive rights to the Mansion and Grounds.

From May through October the first floor of the mansion, along with the terrace, porches and lawn may be used for the cocktail portion of your reception. For dinner and dancing guests move into our white 40 x 100 Century® tent. The tent can accommodate up to 225 guests. New Restrooms and Bridal Suite are located just steps away from the tent. We also have a full backup generator system set up in case of a power outage.

2021 Pricing:

Rates include tent rental with specialty lighting and hard surface flooring. The reception rental fee is for a five-hour period between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Friday or Saturday and 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday. Parties have the option of extending the contract time by 1/2 hour at a charge of $995.00. The maximum time available is 6-hours.

May – October 2021

Fridays: $7,995
Saturdays and Holiday Sundays May and October: $9,995
Saturdays and Holiday Sundays June-September: $12,995
Special! Non-holiday Sundays and Weekdays (ceremony included): $5,995

Thirty-minute wedding ceremonies in our beautiful North Garden (Includes white garden chairs, staffing and a one-hour rehearsal.): $1,500

*Please note: Tables, Mahogany Ballroom Chairs,, and a 20×40 Dance Floor are included. A deposit of 50% of the reception fee is due at the signing of the contract. Catering is the responsibility of the lessee and you are required to use one of our catering partners listed below. There is a $395.00 mandatory charge for a security guard along with a $1,000 security deposit. Pricing and Security Charges are subject to change without notice.

Pricing and Security Charges are subject to change without notice.
*There is no sales tax or service charge on any fees at Blithewold.

Rental Fees Include:

  • Exclusive use of the mansion and the 33-acre estate during the event. We do only one wedding per day.
  • Wedding tent (40’x100) with clear sides, hard surface flooring, and specialty lighting for up to 225 guests.
  • Coordination of deliveries and services
  • Bride’s dressing room available 1 hour before the event
  • Event Manager and Assistant on duty throughout the event
  • One-year Blithewold membership

Please contact our Director of Special Events Nicole Kowalsick by email [email protected] or 401-253.2707 x 11

Wedding Ceremony Only

A wedding ceremony only package is offered all year-round.

Rental Fees Include:

  • White garden chairs
  • Staffing
  • A one-hour rehearsal
  • Time for portrait photos right after the ceremony

Please contact Private Event Manager, Allan Millora by email [email protected]  or call 401-253-2707 x 21

Our Exclusive Catering Partners:

Blackstone Caterers

From gala events with 2,000 people to intimate cocktail parties in your own home, Blackstone Caterers is known for its exquisite food, spectacular presentation and unfailing service since 1945.

Recognized as the state’s “Best Catering Company” by RI Monthly and “Best Caterer” by Newport Life, Blackstone is privileged to be the perennial caterer of choice for the Newport Mansions and Rhode Island’s best parties. Thousands of banquets, balls, galas, meetings and conferences throughout Southern New England have been handled by Blackstone’s experienced team.

Whether a ballroom, boardroom or an intimate garden setting, allow Blackstone Caterers to make you the consummate host of your next event.

Contact Blithewold’s Director of Special Events, Nicole Kowalsick [email protected]. For more information, please visit

A Wedding may be the single most important day of your life, so choosing a Caterer for your Wedding Day is no simple task. Feel free to glance over our brief introduction to Emery’s Wedding Catering and let us know if we can be of service.

401-739-6800 | [email protected]

The staff at McGrath Clambakes & Catering has worked with many brides and grooms over the years to create their dream wedding. We offer a variety of wedding packages from which couples can choose or one of our event coordinators will work with you to develop your own customized wedding package.

Please contact us to request more information or feel free to call us to discuss your special day at 401.847.7743.

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