One of our favorite RI wedding venues is the Herreshoff Maritime Museum overlooking Narragansett Bay. Located in Bristol RI, the Herreshoff is conveniently located about 30 minutes from downtown Newport. This event space offers multiple options for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, and reception spaces. With the hall of boats and a unique perspective into the world of boat building, this venue is perfect for a boat lover’s special day.
In Bristol RI, there are tons of historic wedding venues from Blithewood to Mount Hope Farm. Herreshoff takes the cake with a prime central location, waterfront ceremony location, and antique wooden boats.
The Herreshoff Museum
The Herreshoff manufacturing company builds wooden boats — the museum offers a look back in time at the process of wooden boat building. A treasure that gives a turn-of-the-century perspective, the hall of boats is a remarkable spot for your wedding reception. With tons of exhibits, the museum offers a unique step back in time to the world of wooden boat building.
Unlike a country club or other typical wedding venue, this RI wedding venue offers a unique experience close to Newport Harbor, the Newport Bridge, and Newport RI. Built-in 1971, the goal of the Herreshoff Museum was to preserve all that the wooden boat building company did.
Under the auspices of the Herreshoff, America’s Cup Hall of Fame has continued to preserve America’s yachting history. Founded by Halsey Herreshoff, America’s Cup Hall of Fame was built where Herreshoff Manufacturing Company originally existed.
A Waterfront Wedding Venue in Bristol Rhode Island
With indoor seating for up to 125, this little venue offers quite a bit for a larger crowd. With an airport located in Warwick, just about forty-five minutes away, this wedding venue is perfect for a destination wedding feel without the destination wedding cost.
Get married on the waterfront overlooking the docks, the harbor, and historic boats. Ride in on your own sailboat, or rent one for your rehearsal dinner. Have your reception in the tent on the waterfront or in the hall of boats. Among a dozen or so antique wooden Herreshoff boats, host your reception for an unforgettable experience.
A Harbor View Maritime Museum
Overlooking the harbor in Bristol RI, the Herreshoff is a unique wedding venue offering a small town, Americana feels. Step back in time with antique wooden boats, and a preserved Bristol RI downtown. Stay nearby at a small Airbnb, or rent out a beach house for the week with your closest friends and family. Either option will offer you the perfect place for getting ready just minutes to the waterfront and Herreshoff Museum.
If you’re a boating crowd, particularly into Hinckleys and sailboats, the Herreshoff is a perfect location for your wedding day. Fall in love with antique wooden sailboats, made by hand in Bristol RI at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. The antique boats are like art to anyone who appreciates boats.
Wedding Vendors for Your Bristol RI Wedding
If you’re considering different wedding vendors for your special day we have a shortlist that might be helpful. There are many we can talk about but these are the first that come to mind for each of these categories. We’re a big fan of the folks listed as they’re all 2SLGBTQ+ affirming and offer similar price points.
Check out Resurge Beauty for hair and makeup. Available anywhere in New England, Virginia is a client-centric hair and makeup artist that is incredibly accommodating, and offers services for large groups.
DJ Dan Moran is perfect for your entertainment needs. Offering DJ services and instrumentals for cocktail hour and ceremony, Dan is one of the best in the country. He pulls from your love story to create an experience that anyone can enjoy.
Botanica is by far one of the best in Rhode Island for your wedding flowers. A huge fan of dripping greenery and flowers, Botanica has a habit of crafting impeccable works of art out of the most incredible and unique flowers.
If you’re considering a day-of coordinator or planner, Vanessa Libby Events is perfect for your planning needs. Newer to the scene, she has spent years in the industry working for other venues and planners before going out on her own. A creative, and always down to break the rules, Vanessa will help you craft the wedding experience of your dreams.
We love working with these four for weddings in RI and throughout New England. All are team players who prioritize working together to accomplish a couple’s expectations. I hope this list helps you on your journey to your big day.
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