There is an emphasis these days to bring a little of you and a little of your fiancé into your wedding theme. Many couples are incorporating their hobbies and interests into their wedding reception for a more personalized touch, and to give their guests a unique experience. Everyone wants their wedding to be remembered, and by personalizing your wedding, people will be talking about your event for years to come.
Here are a few ideas, by personality type, that go beyond your typical Newport Mansion wedding.
You and your fiancé are dedicated sommeliers: Why not take your love of wine and put it to good use? Treat your guests to a romantic dinner under a tent surrounded by vines of Pinot Gris. Greenvale Vineyards of Portsmouth, RI, can accommodate 50 guests for a smaller wedding or rehearsal dinner inside their Tasting Room and a tent can be placed on the property for weddings up to 150 guests with a dance floor.
You and your fiancé are art connoisseurs: A very unique and undoubtedly chic location would be a wedding at the Newport Art Museum. This 1864 Mansion was once the home of John Griswold, a China Trade Merchant, but now is the site of America’s oldest known surviving Art Association. The Newport Art Museum can accommodate up to 250 guests in a variety of spaces, either by tent on the lawn adjacent to the outdoor veranda, (perfect for cocktail hour), or in their main gallery. If the idea of having your wedding reception inside a gallery sounds like heaven, than this is a place for you.
You and your fiancé LOVE tennis: If the US Open makes you giddy, consider having your wedding reception at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Originally built as a casino for the rich and wealthy in 1880, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has hosted tennis celebrities Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe to name a few. The various indoor galleries can be used for cocktails, and the outdoor porches and the famous Horseshoe Piazza offer a variety of space to accommodate up to 200 guests with a dance floor.
You and your fiancé are military buffs: Consider the historical significance of having your wedding and reception at Fort Adams National Park. Originally commissioned in 1702, the 6-acre parade field, a space contained by the casements of the fort, can be rented and offer a completely private location. Brides of military enthusiasts will find this location a good “compromise” as the North lawn can be tented for a spectacular waterfront view.
You and your fiancé are all about being “green”: If incorporating the words organic or natural to your wedding is your goal, consider a tented reception amid fields of flowers and vegetation. Located in Middletown RI, Sweet Berry Farm is a local favorite for veggies, but also now hosts tented weddings in their fields. With tent sites that can accommodate up to 500 people, including the ceremony, a wedding reception here is a memorable event.