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Venues in Bristol, RI,
(401) 253-2707

About Us

Blithewold is an estate wedding venue located in Bristol, Rhode Island. Nestled on the edge of Narragansett Bay, this historic wedding destination features sweeping waterfront views. Originally built in the 19th century, the mansion offers classic New England charm that is sure to leave a lasting impression on guests.

Facilities and Capacity

Spread across 33 acres, Blithewold features a stately mansion, expansive gardens, and an arboretum. This romantic property offers memorable outdoor event spaces that showcase the care that goes into preserving the estate and its gardens. Couples can hold their ceremony in the North Garden which is located next to the mansion. The home and bay provide elegant views for each couple’s nuptials. After the knot is tied, newlyweds and guests can enjoy cocktail hour within the mansion and its covered porches and terraces. The happy couple and their wedding party can also take photos throughout the grounds and its many manicured gardens. A large white event tent serves as a covered outdoor space for the reception. It can accommodate dining and dancing while ensuring guests can enjoy the venue’s views throughout their experience. This spacious tent is suitable for weddings of up to 225 attendees. The estate’s seven unique and beautiful gardens are available for guests to explore and admire during special events.

Services Offered

Blithewold is committed to providing unforgettable experiences, and they host only one event per day to ensure you have ample time to celebrate your love. You and your guests will have exclusive access to the property for the duration of your celebration. Throughout the planning process, venue staff will work with you to help create the event of your dreams. They also offer the services of a wedding manager to oversee the execution of the event. On your big day, you and your wedding party will have access to a private suite to prepare for the festivities.

History

This mansion was built in the late 1800s, however, when destroyed by fire, a new building was constructed after the start of the 20th century. The current mansion is a quintessential example of architecture from the Country Place Era. Its design features a turn-of-the-century style that incorporates elements from both the late 19th and earth 20th centuries.


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  • We loved Blithewold and our wedding was beautiful! We did not have a good interaction with the event coordinator though, which added to our stress of an already stressful time of planning a wedding. When we first booked the venue, we had one coordinator who since retired. No one reached out to tell us she retired so I was emailing her not knowing. Then the new coordinator finally reached out. She was nice at first but then she stopped answering on a timely basis. Then when it got closer to the wedding she missed 2 phone appointments with us and was rude to us when we told her we didn’t appreciate her wasting our time since we had to take time out of work for the phone calls. She never introduced herself when we finally saw her at the rehearsal day. She allowed us to bring our own arch but then told me “we’re not touching that, you need to move it on the wedding day”. We didn’t even see her on the wedding day, she never came up to us to say hi or even congratulate us. The rest... Read more

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

    Yes

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 12,995.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 7,995.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

    Yes

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 1,500.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 1,500.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, Parking, Set Up

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

    1

    Describe your venue

    Garden, Mansion, Waterfront

    What kind of settings are available?

    Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Event Planner, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink

    What event items are available?

    Chairs, Tables, Tents

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, Flatware, Glassware

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    June, July, August, September

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    May, October



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