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Venues in Bristol, RI,
(401) 253-2707
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4.6 out of 5
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  • 72 Reviews


    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!

    Taryn

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  • Once we saw Blithewold, our search for a ceremony and reception venue was over! The gardens and mansion are absolutely stunning no matter the season. Karen was very responsive over email as our date approached; she is extremely experienced, direct, and competent in running the show! Our day-of coordinator was very helpful in keeping the flow of the event smooth. Our guests thought it was one of the most beautiful sites they had ever seen. All in all, Blithewold was the perfect place for our wedding and we are so grateful to Karen and her team for making our special day even more special!

    Laura

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  • When my fiancee and I started to look at venues, Blithewold was the second spot we visited and we immediately fell in love. The spot is breath taking, from the garden where the ceremony was held to the various spots on the property for pictures and exploring, to the perfect tent for our party. We did not want to look elsewhere. Karen was absolutely wonderful to work with, always responsive to emails and ready to work with what we were interested in having for our big day. On the day of, weather called for scattered thunderstorms and rain started 1/2 hour before the ceremony. Karen kept me calm and assured that no matter what, guests would be kept dry while the rain continued and was very positive that rain would not stop my day. She was right, the rain stopped, outside chairs dried and ready to go, for a perfect ceremony. All the details as far as start and end times were honest and discussed from day 1. We were sad for the day to end. We cannot wait to go back to Blithewold for... 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

    Shannon

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    5 out of 5
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  • It was an absolute dream to celebrate our reception here! The grounds are immaculate, with so many places to explore for photos! We had a fun time getting our guests to enjoy the grounds (all yours during your event!) and dance the night away in the tent! That is what sold us on booking the Blithewold - not only was it gorgeous, but it was a completely private retreat for our celebration. Bristol is one of our favorite places in RI, and how lucky it is to have a wonderful venue like the Blithewold! Karen Bellavance was incredibly helpful every step of the way through endless emails and phone calls to iron out details. The day before our wedding we dropped of decorations with Karen and briefly explained setup - when we arrived at the reception everything was perfectly in its place! The staff were very accommodating and I couldn't be more appreciative. Ps. My husband and I, though originally from New England, have been living in California the past few years. When we saw the gorge... Read more

    Eileen

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  • We had the most perfect wedding at Blithewold! We got married over Memorial Day Weekend 2016, and the flowers in the garden where we had the ceremony were stunning! We didn't even feel like we needed any other aisle decorations since the garden and backdrop of the water were already so beautiful! There were so many places to take pictures! The guests loved the grounds and there was the most breath-taking sunset during dinner. The tent was also beautiful - it was nice that it already came with flooring and string lights. Karen was also such a pleasure to work with! She was so nice, responsive, and organized. We honestly could not have asked for a better venue for our wedding!!

    Amanda

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  • Blithewold was amazing during the whole wedding process! We had our ceremony in the garden cocktail hour on the lawn and reception in the tent and everything was absolutely perfect! Karen was a great coordinator! She helped us with rehearsal and making sure everything on the day of was perfect. The grounds are so well maintained and all the flowers and different gardens are amazing. They just built a brand new bridal suit and bathrooms right off the tent site. They are really nice and high class! I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is still in need of a venue!

    User5465889

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  • My husband and I truly enjoyed everything Blithewold offered! The mansion and property are well maintained and provided a gorgeous setting for our big day. And the sun setting over the bay was breathtaking, we can't wait to see the pictures taken! Karen Bellevance and Donna Bozeman were wonderful to work with! We chose to do be our own wedding planners, which was only possible with Karen's guidance and list of recommended vendors. They were also quick to respond to all of our questions, whether it related to the venue or wedding planning in general. And we have to say that ALL of our vendors complimented Karen and Donna's professionalism the day of. We also dropped off quite a few personal touches and decorations before our wedding. Karen and Donna displayed these items exactly as we hope and it amazed us how quickly Donna and her team packed up these personal items for us and helped us load them into our car following our reception. This allowed my husband and I to quickly ... Read more

    J

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • My husband and I were just married at Blithewold and we had an AMAZING experience. Karen Bellavance and her crew run a tight ship and made sure every detail of the ceremony was carried out perfectly. They worked well with the caterer and vendors, as well as with us throughout the planning process. We live across the country, which can make coordinating efforts a bit of a challenge, but we felt we were in good hands with Karen. She even took phone calls with us well after east coast business hours as needed to ensure we were all on the same page. We hired a band that has never worked with Blithewold before. There are some constraints around decibel levels as the mansion is in a residential area, but everyone communicated well and our evening was perfect (read- super fun dance party). The grounds and reception- Blithewold is gorgeous. We were married in the garden area facing the water. Even though it was mid-October, the flowers in the garden were colorful and beautiful. Th... Read more

    User7292616

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • I had an absolutely magical dream wedding at Blithewold in September. Compared to other venue prices in New England, particularly on the water, this is a very reasonable place if you want to have an elegant, unique wedding. The tent used is not an average tent similar to one you would rent. It's a permanent tent with clear windows ( if needed for rain) and a gorgeous stone floor which was a selling point for me. If it rained I didn't want myself or guests stomping around in mud. Because it is a historic place etc there are some rules, i.e. Sound restrictions and it closes down relatively early. Also were hoping to bring our puppy for pics but he was not allowed on the property. Karen Bellevance is an excellent wedding coordinator. She was very organized and responsive to all my questions. I communicated with her via email at least weekly. There was just one hiccup, because we had forecasts of thunderstorms 3 days before our outdoor garden ceremony we had to talk back up plan. One of... Read more

    Rita

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Blithewold is truly a magical place, the setting is breathtaking and the attention to detail by the staff is everything one can wish for. There are certain restrictions around the time the bridal party and guests can be on the property that can make the planning a bit more work, but for the most part is fine. We had our dream wedding at Blithewould a few weeks ago, and we had the best time, our guests keep commenting on how perfect everything went, and how beautiful it was. We both agree.

    Mary K.

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  • Karen was very responsive and helpful during the planning process and wedding.

    User5105905

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We had a perfect day at the Blithewold for our recent wedding and reception. Karen and her team did an incredible job coordinating all the vendors and making sure all of our little details were executed seamlessly and just as we wanted them to be. There is a strict time frame in which you can have your ceremony and reception, so be sure to plan for an after-party, as you will most certainly be required to get off the premises before 11pm. All in all a picturesque, beautiful place to get married and celebrate!

    User5471047

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  • Blithewold was an absolutely beautiful venue for our wedding. Everyone continues to comment about the setting. Karen was very professional in the planning stages and responsive in answering our questions. There are a number of rules and restrictions, some required by the state/town, but strictly enforced at Blithewold that can be kind of a pain e.g. Can't bring own alcohol before the event, early end time, volume restrictions. We were disappointed by the lack of organization at the rehearsal the day before. The day-of the team did a good job of coordinating the ceremony, but could have been more communicative and better at consulting me before agreeing with our officient to make some adjustments to the beginning of the ceremony.

    User4992634

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  • While Blithewold is undoubetly a special and beautiful venue, they are terrible to work with. My husband and I luckily were thrilled to give every single other wedding vendor a 5 star review, and were fairly easy going, but Blithewold did not live up to our expectations at all. Karen is not easy to communicate with or work with. In fact watch for your other vendors reactions when learning they have to work with her. Many vendors cringed, tiptoed around complaining about her, etc. When myself, my mom, and maid of honor arrived at the bridal suite 10 minutes early, Karen's assistant was incredibly rude (like, I would not have believed it if I were not there). After the first dance my mother was “ordered” to go put the card box in the car. This was minutes before she was supposed to give a toast. This resulted in confusion as the caterer was to handle the removal of cards with a pre-selected family member. Next, during the reception the power cut off multiple times to the music... Read more

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