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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


    Caitlyn

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    5 out of 5
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  • Blithewold has to be the most perfect venue for a wedding. It has a stunning mansion, breathtaking gardens, and a beautiful ocean/bay view. Our wedding on 6/20/15 was just beautiful. Karen Bellavance is great to work with, and helps execute your day. We were married in the North Garden, with a beautiful cocktail hour on the porch and lawn, followed by a fantastic reception dinner and dancing in the tent. Despite some rain at the end of the evening, and our band shorting out for a bit when the rain affected Blithewold's sound equipment, we had the perfect day. The new bridal suite and bathrooms are absolutely stunning. I would suggest one of the day-of coordinators stays close-by the bridal suite so that it is easier to get in and out. Other than that, we had the most beautiful, perfect day. The location was stunning, and I could not be happier. We visited Blithewold a number of times throughout the planning process, and were always greeted with open arms. Thank you, Karen and team!

    Laura

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  • We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful venue to hold our wedding. Karen and team ensured that the day ran flawlessly. They were organized, calm, and eased any nervous jitters that we had throughout the day. Karen was extremely helpful and responsive throughout the planning process, always answering e-mails right away and addressing any questions that I had with patience. Everyone commented on how amazing our venue was. From the North Garden where the ceremony was held to having wedding photos taken in the bamboo and along the water, to watching a gorgeous sunset from the reception tent, it was a day that we will never forget. I cannot recommend this venue, along with Karen, highly enough to brides and grooms. It is a spectacular site! - Laura

    User4594096

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  • Absolutely Beautiful! The staff was organized and amazing! They were very helpful with all of the planning and event coordination. Can not recommend them highly enough!

    Jane

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    5 out of 5
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  • We would recommend Blithewold to any couple looking to get married. Beautiful grounds and professional, flexible staff. The weather was perfect but we had the mansion as a backup. The guests didn't have to deal with the hassle of Newport traffic. I couldn't imagine getting married anywhere more beautiful. This is where you will want to start your life together.

    Gina

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    5 out of 5
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  • When my husband and I got engaged in January, my first stop searching for venue location was Blithewold. There was snow on the ground, and we could barely venture out on the grounds without snow boots on. Karen provided us with pictures,and videos to get the feel for the location during the summer months. I couldn't have asked for a better location and an amazing team for our day. Every single one of our guests commented on how beautiful the mansion and grounds were. It was the first time many of our guests had been there, even though both our families are local to RI. Karen was great to work with, organized and calm throughout the whole planning process. Her team was so responsive to any requests we had throughout the event. I cannot say enough good things about this venue. I do recommend hiring vendors that are familiar with Blithewold, especially photographers and videographers as the property is vast and lighting for certain shots takes special timing and having people ... Read more

    Surraya

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    5 out of 5
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  • I'm so glad we picked the Blithewold for our wedding reception and ceremony site. Karen was so organized from the first day we met her and worked closely with my planner to make sure my wedding day was flawless. Our guests couldn't stop complimenting us on the venue, the water views, the lush gardens, and the over all outdoor summer wedding we threw at Blithewold.

    Adrienne

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    5 out of 5
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  • The grounds are so beautiful, the tent is amazing and Karen is best of all! She worked tirelessly to help us organise our wedding reception. She was always quick to respond and if she was unable to meet with us she organised for someone else to meet us at the time most convenient to us. We were blown away by the beauty of the venue once they had set everything up for us. All the staff there were so helpful from beginning to end and we really felt that our every request and whim was granted. We are so grateful to have had such a stunning venue to celebrate our special day!

    Courtney

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wife and I had been looking for different places to get married, but weren't committed to anyplace yet. When we turned the corner into Blithewold's driveway, our jaws dropped from how beautiful it was. The huge, beautiful grounds with the gorgeous building took our breath away. We walked in for our meeting with Karen Bellavance, who took us on a tour of the house and explained the location of the ceremony (Overlooking the water as we said our vows... how perfect?) and the tent for the reception (again, with water and sunset views!). She showed us a marketing video that allowed us to see the grounds in different settings and picture albums of previous brides. We were completely in love and Karen was so incredibly helpful with answering all our questions. All of our guests were equally in love with the location, they all kept commenting on how beautiful it was. During cocktail hour and as the sun was setting, our guests roamed the grounds to enjoy a special romantic moment away with t... Read more

    User4409114

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  • Blithewold is an amazing place to get married. The staff is extremely professional, and Karen is very responsive and wonderful. I would definitely recommend it. It even rained on my wedding day so the guests did not get to fully experience the beautiful grounds, but I'm still so happy we got married there. The tent with its stone flooring was the perfect place to have the reception out of the rain.

    Vanessa

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  • Blithewold Mansion is a dream come true. My husband and I had researched and visited every venue in the Newport area and had given up hope in finding our perfect venue. We both knew the minute we set foot on the property that Blithewold was it for us. The mansion and grounds are beyond perfection and it was an experience that neither us nor our guests will forget. You cannot match the beauty of this property. On top of the grounds, there is of course the staff. Karen is an absolute professional who knows exactly what she is doing and how to orchestrate your perfect day. She will let you realize your own dream wedding while providing helpful information and suggestions. I wish I could do it all over again...and if I did I would not change a thing. I truly got to have my dream wedding and it was all because of Blithewold's beauty and Karen's managerial skills! I cannot recommend Blithewold highly enough!

    Jaclyn

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  • From the moment we saw Blithewold we knew it was the place for us. Even on a dreary November day it was beautiful. We had an absolutely perfect wedding day from start to finish, and I couldn't imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding. Karen was wonderful to work with leading up to our wedding. She ran the entire rehearsal and let us drop off a lot of items the day before. On the day of, Karen and her staff were awesome - they did a great job of ensuring that the entire night ran smoothly.

    User4540482

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    3.8 out of 5
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  • We had our wedding on the Friday before Labor Day weekend 2014 and had the most picture perfect day. The weather was perfect, the mansion was beautiful, and the gardens were all in bloom. The staff were all courteous and helpful during the rehearsal and on day-of - Karen is good to work with, she's responsive, more-so in the couple weeks leading up to the wedding, and then she is very professional and knows how to get you through the rehearsal (with a rowdy groom party and all) and the day itself. We had both our ceremony and reception at the mansion - ceremony was in the garden and reception was in the tent. My only cautions are the following - 1. rest room access for guests is a little far from the tent, so just keep that in mind if you have older, less mobile guests, 2. access to the mansion on the day-of was later than we would have liked, it's such a HUGE property, that it was impossible to get all of the pre-wedding shots we wanted, so make sure you walk the grounds and figure... Read more

    Donna

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  • Most magical place in Rhode Island! Even more beautiful than the mansions in Newport and you get the whole place to yourself! Guests are still talking about the entire experience that the Blithewold was able to provide

    User4262908

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  • This venue has inflexible and unreasonable sound requirements. The requirements are so restrictive that it compromises the overall quality and fullness of sound. They proclaim to work cooperatively with other vendors while creating an environment of intimidation and threatening to shut down operations over a very subjective system of warnings. Venue staff hover over the venue in an unfriendly and unwelcoming manner. This is not a user friendly venue

    Elisa

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  • We LOVED having our wedding at the Blithewold. It's a gorgeous venue and the staff is very helpful and friendly. If you're looking for an outdoor venue with lush gardens and scenery and great photo ops, this is a great choice. They have a tent on the property that is used in rain or shine for your reception, so you don't have to worry about anything - they set everything up for you, and they have an excellent Plan B if it rains on your day. Aside from the beautiful venue, one of the reasons we chose Blithewold was because we knew they were prepared for anything. We felt well taken care of and our day was perfect. (And I never use the word perfect.)

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