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Venues in Bristol, RI,
(401) 253-2707
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4.6 out of 5
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    Wendy Fair

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  • Blithewold was a joy to work with from the very beginning until we sadly had to cancel due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our daughter's summer wedding at Blithewold was not to be. Amid all the stress and disappointment associated with 'unwinding' a wedding, Blithewold was professional and gracious.

    Thomas Benning

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  • Karen and the team at the Blithewold are extraordinary! Not only do they ensure that everything runs smoothly, but they run a tight ship which keeps everyone and everything on time. Their suggestions for vendors were spot on and so well researched that we felt like we not only booked a venue but a wedding planner as well. They took incredibly good care of our bridal party the day of the wedding and were such a blessing to work with.

    Samantha Scinta

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  • Blithewold is a truly incredible and one-of-a-kind wedding venue. I visited countless venues around the Newport, RI area before finding Blithewold, and I knew instantly that this was it! They had absolutely everything I was looking for - and our wedding reception was truly stunning. The massive lawn leading down to the water, gorgeous sunset views, unique gardens, beautiful and historic mansion, a big stone terrace and porches, a beautiful marquis tent with patio flooring, plenty of parking and a great set-up for event flow, helpful and knowledgeable staff - what more could one ask for?! We were completely blessed with the perfect wedding day weather (sunny with a few clouds, warm with a cool breeze, low humidity…) and our guests got to enjoy everything that Blithewold has to offer at its absolute best! Karen, the events director, was great to work with and incredibly helpful in guiding us with vendor decisions and making sure details were accommodated. Their catering relationship, w... Read more

    Stephanie Zurek

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    5 out of 5
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  • We held our September wedding and reception at Blithewold. We could not be happier with how everything turned out. We cannot thank Karen Bellavance enough for her understanding as we worked through the possibility of a schedule change due to medical reasons. Karen provided lots of good information leading up to the event. Our wedding ceremony in the garden went smoothly thanks to the clear instructions we received during our rehearsal the day before the wedding. Blithewold weddings are a well-oiled machine. The staff keeps everything running on time. The tent and facilities at Blithewold are wonderful and the setting is magnificent – especially if you are surprised with a dramatic sunset!

    Jennifer

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    5 out of 5
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  • Blithewold was the absolute perfect venue for our wedding! The grounds are breathtaking, and we still have guests raving about how beautiful the venue was. Karen was an absolute pleasure to work with. I planned our wedding from Chicago, which made planning tricky at times, but Karen was so responsive and accommodating to all my emails, even my random one-off questions that would pop up throughout the year. The Blithewold staff runs a well-oiled machine and they work with their vendors so seamlessly to ensure the day runs smooth. They truly create a magical, unforgettable experience.

    Lori

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    5 out of 5
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  • A magical wedding at Blithewold is how I would characterize my daughter's wedding on 9/16/17. The elegant mansion, beautiful grounds, gorgeous gardens surrounding the ceremony location and perfect tent for our dinner and dancing provided our guests and us with a 'wow' wedding night. Karen Bellavance and her staff were so attentive, professional and organized from the 12 months prior when we booked the venue up until the day after when I picked up neatly organized belongings from the tent. All of the details, vendors and timelines were orchestrated perfectly to make the wedding the least stressful for the bride and me, the mom. Karen and Blithewold together make this site a perfect 10 to have your wedding. Can't wait to see the pictures!

    Andy

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    5 out of 5
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  • This venue is truly amazing in many ways: the view of the water, the architecture of the mansion, the grounds and numerous gardens, the tent, and the staff. Karen was very detail oriented and had great vendor recommendations for us, which was a big help for us since we were from out of town. The day of the wedding, Karen and the staff operated like a well oiled machine, ensuring that everything went off without a hitch. They are truly top notch.

    Susan

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our daughter got married at Blithewold Mansion on 9-8-17. From the moment we booked this venue in November of 2016, our experience dealing with Karen Bellavance, Director of Special Events, was nothing short of fantastic. Karen provided a wealth of information in a very professional, yet personal and warm and sincere manner, was quick to return phone calls and emails, and most importantly, listened to us and advised us on every detail every step of the way. She is a pleasure to work with. The ceremony was held outdoors in the North Garden overlooking the scenic Narragansett Bay and was accentuated by the lovely gardens at Blithewold. The cocktail hour took place on the lawn, and the reception in the beautifully lit tent. The permanent stone flooring in the tent is a real bonus and adds to its ambience. We couldn't have asked for a better day, the bride and groom had the wedding of their dreams, and our guests are still raving about the gorgeous venue. I can't recommend having your wedd... Read more

    Mj

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our wedding guests said it was "the most beautiful wedding they've ever been to!" I literally cannot say enough wonderful things about our August wedding at the Blithewold! We had our ceremony in the garden, our guests had cocktail hour on the grand lawn, and our reception was under the twinkling lights in the tent. All I can say is if you're lucky enough and the Blithewold has your date open BOOK IT! You get full access to the mansion and the grounds for you and your guest for what is a reasonable price with other comparable venues. Our pictures look like they're out of a story book. Again you can shoot anywhere on the grounds. We chose to shoot in the bamboo gardens, stone archway, the greenhouse, and our photographer found this beautiful little piece of beach straight back from the tent that was absolute perfection at sunset. I have to admit, I read every single review on here before booking the Blithewold. There were a few that said Karen was difficult to work with, which made me a... Read more

    michelle

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Having my wedding at the Blithewold Mansion was truly a dream come true. I had a few venues on my list that I looked into online, but I visited the Blithewold first and my search was over! Karen B, the wedding coordinator, could not have been a better person to work with. She is extremely good at her job, would answer questions promptly throughout the planning and the day of the wedding she was so calm cool and collected, it made everything run a million times smoother! The venue itself is the perfect combination of gorgeous gardens and flowers blooming in all seasons, along with a beautiful tent that gives you security from the crazy New England weather changes. I would get married here a hundred times over if I could!! Thank you so much to Karen and the whole Blithewold team for truly the best day of our lives.

    Katelynn Rei

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  • I am so glad that we had our wedding at Blithewold Mansion. It rained on the morning of our wedding. However, by cocktail hour, the sun was shining and the atmosphere and scenery at Blithewold were absolute perfection. Working with Karen and Deborah was seamless from start to finish. Overall, our wedding day was the best day ever.

    Alison Rhodes

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  • We were married at Blithewold on 10/12/18 and it was a truly phenomenal day. Karen and her team were very responsive and helpful from our very first inquiry through the day of the event. Blithewold hosts dozens of weddings every season, so they function like a well-oiled machine. While they are quite specific about which vendors they prefer to work with and how they like to do things, this actually simplified the process because their team has identified the best vendors and have excellent working relationships with them. The grounds are stunning and our guests were amazed by the views. We loved being able to do everything on site. We've had friends planning weddings say "I wish we'd looked at Blithewold before we booked our venue!" I can't recommend Blithewold highly enough if you're looking for a romantic, picturesque venue.

    clarice

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    4 out of 5
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  • The venue was so breathtaking. With so much natural beauty of the gardens and landscaping, you really dont need to decorate too much. If you are interested book early! We booked a year and a half out and dates were already slim. I would also recommend really sitting and discussing the rules and regulations relating to decor within the space to avoid any hiccups. The venue was beautiful enough for us to want to work within their guidelines. Overall incredible space, really happy we chose this space to celebrate in.

    Kristyn

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  • The mansion and grounds itself is gorgeous. But, the event coordinator Karen is not the friendliest or easiest person to work with leading up to and day of your wedding. I have an autoimmune disease that gets worse with stress or anxiety, you know, the two big things that happen before the day actually begins on your wedding. They have a strict can't show up before 9:30am to get ready for a 10:00am ceremony. I asked if it was okay to show up at 9:00am and explained why. Begrudgingly, she agreed to it but did not inform me that would change the length of time I had in the bridal suite. Which I would of listened to her if I was previously told I would have to be out of their sooner. Instead of asking me or addressing me with any concerns, she harassed my bridesmaids and made rude remarks in front of them to incoming clients. Karen was extremely rude to my mom at one point regarding everything. She rushed my ceremony to start, I was just finishing getting ready and my groomsmen were alrea... Read more

    Rebecca

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  • Blithewold Mansion was a dream come true. My husband and I instantly fell in love after visiting the grounds. We knew this was the place to start our life together. Karen was our wedding coordinator - she was so accommodating! I must have sent her a million questions and she was always very responsive. We got married on a beautiful, sunny day in August. The weather was PERFECT. I was the happiest bride in the world. From the gardens to the water and the tent. Everything looked flawless. The grounds were my favorite part. We took pictures on the front lawn, on the mansion terrace, in the ivy forest, next to the bamboo garden, on the rocks near the water, and in the gardens. Blithewold is truly picturesque and the perfect place to say I do! I highly recommend getting married at Blithewold Mansion!
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