Love & Luxury: Newport’s Finest Weddings

“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties, there isn’t any privacy.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The allure of Newport once drew the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other prominent families. Today, it captivates couples eager to emulate the Gilded Age for their weddings, blending timeless elegance with modern touches. Planning a wedding in Newport, Rhode Island, offers a sophisticated experience inspired by the luxury of a bygone era.

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The first step in planning your dream Newport wedding is selecting the destination. Lisa DiBenedetto, founder and lead wedding planner at Nightingale Wedding and Events, provides refined planning services throughout New England and is passionate about Newport. Lisa shares, “Newport allows clients to showcase the town they love, combining nostalgic charm with beautiful beaches.” Newport boasts many activities, stunning sites, and coastal luxury, making it the perfect destination for a memorable wedding celebration.

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Wedding Venues 

The Preservation Society of Newport ensures that the mansions, including Marble House and Rosecliff, offer a glimpse into the past while remaining impeccably preserved. They boast grand ballrooms, manicured gardens, and breathtaking views, all perfect for a glamorous wedding. 

The Marble House remains as exquisite today as it was in the late 1800s when guests sipped champagne and dined on caviar. Renowned for its extravagance and timelessness, weddings at Marble House embrace the past while setting the stage for the couple’s future. Similarly, Rosecliff, modeled after the Grand Trianon, is the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles and is nestled along the Newport Ocean. Its stunning vistas, vibrant landscaped gardens, and captivating architecture make it an ideal backdrop for saying, ‘I do.’


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Gardiner House is a new upscale waterfront boutique hotel in Newport, RI. Intentionally designed to welcome guests into a Newport setting, it celebrates the iconic town’s history and love for entertainment. Gardiner’s collection of indoor and outdoor spaces offers unmatched views, unique vantage points, and distinctive style. 


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International Tennis Hall of Fame

Nestled in the heart of Newport, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is surrounded by lush gardens and historic architecture, offering a picturesque setting for your special day. The venue’s landmark surroundings blend seamlessly with contemporary amenities, creating an atmosphere of refined elegance. Embrace the timeless charm for which Newport is best known.

The Finest Dining

After selecting your venue, the next crucial step is choosing your event caterer. The dining room becomes the center of socializing and revelry, expected to dazzle guests with its opulence.

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On the menu, polished servers pass the finest champagne and offer hand-crafted hors d’oeuvres like Tuna Poke Crisps, Peking Duck Wraps, and Seven-Layer Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraiche. Formal tableside service features a Roasted Rack of Lamb, Filet of Beef, or freshly prepared Atlantic fish, showcasing proper etiquette and elegance. Choosing the right wedding caterer ensures your Newport wedding is flawless.


Opulent multi-tiered wedding cakes add to the ambiance, with options like a White Velvet Mousse Cake with Grand Marnier-flavored strawberries and white chocolate mousse. A dessert buffet with Fresh Fruit Tartlets, French Macarons, and Cocoa-Dusted Chocolate Truffles provides additional sweets for guests to enjoy.

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Floral Design

Flowers everywhere! Michelle Pupa of Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design shares, “We love adorning as many surfaces as possible with bountiful blooms, especially in the dining room and guest tables. We love to work with our clients to highlight the breathtaking architectural elements unique to the mansions .” Let Newport’s historic mansions and stunning locations set the scene for a celebration as timeless as your love.

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Moments Captured

Award-winning Lena Mirisola Photography has been documenting one-of-a-kind celebrations for over a decade, beautifully capturing the essence of couples and their unique love stories. Lena shares, “The unique coastal charm makes capturing Newport weddings magical. Newport has a heightened elegance with its Gilded Age mansions that other seaside towns in New England can’t match. Without reservation, Newport weddings call for top event caterers serving champagne, elevated raw bars, and coastal cuisine. Nothing beats the crisp, salty ocean breeze during a ceremony and dazzling orange sunsets at cocktail hour.”

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Hosting your Newport wedding offers an unparalleled blend of historical elegance and breathtaking coastal scenery, ensuring a uniquely memorable experience for you and your guests. Paired with an experienced caterer and top vendor partners, your event will be a flawless and unforgettable celebration worthy of Gilded Age glam.

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us to check date availability and begin planning your dream wedding.


Kori Carter Gillespie, Director of Brand Marketing at @thecateredaffair in Boston, Massachusetts, is a dedicated content writer passionate about sculpting compelling brand narratives, particularly for boutique lifestyle brands.
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