Unique Ceremony Venues

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Everyone wants a special place to tie the knot, and with so many gorgeous ceremony settings in Newport, why not pick one that’s alluring and original? Where else can you find an old house, a theater, a library, a Quaker place of worship or a lighthouse for consideration? These locations might not be on your wedding venue radar, but they should!

 1. The Colony House

The Colony House, just a few blocks away from Narragansett Bay, is the fourth oldest standing statehouse in the United States. At first glance, the building has a stately look, but open the front door to find stunning details, such as dark wood flooring and intricately carved white columns.  Not only did our amazing editor Annie Sherman get hitched here, but it was also used as a film location for the Steven Spielberg film, Amistad.  Another fun fact: The Declaration of Independence was read from the steps in 1776. With its rich historical importance in Rhode Island, the Colony House is a perfect place to make your own history happen.


Colony House is non-profit owned by the Newport Historical Society.

Restrictions: maximum number of guests is 160; smoking and open flames are prohibited

Address: Washington Square, Newport, RI

Visit their website for more information.

2. Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center

Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is the perfect place to let your vows shine. First built as a Greek Orthodox Church in 1834, the theater was transformed into a cinema in the 1920s. It was eventually named for actress and singer Jane Pickens after she played a dedication concert there in 1974.  The JPT has slowly been refurbished over the past 12 years with additions such as new heating and a new liquor license. With a long center aisle, comfy seats, and a gaze-worthy stage, all your guests will have to do is sit back and enjoy the show.


The Jane Pickens Theater is privately owned.

Address: 49 Touro St, Newport, RI 02840

Visit their website for more information.

3. Redwood Library & Athenaeum

The Redwood Library & Athenaeum offers its three historical rooms and grounds for ceremonies and receptions. Built in 1747, it’s the oldest lending library in the United States. The building itself is made of wood, but “rusticated” to have a stone look, which makes it quite unique. The grandiose atmosphere and generous yard allow for plenty of creativity when planning. With the plethora of choices in this space, you should definitely consider putting this one on the books!


The library is an educational and cultural non-profit organization.

Address: 50 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI

Visit their website for more information.

4. Great Friends Meeting House

The Great Friends Meeting House is the oldest surviving house of worship in Rhode Island built and used by the Quakers in the 1700s. Its plain style white walls and exposed vaulted wooden ceiling create a rustic and airy atmosphere. It also features open bleacher style seating and a large surrounding yard, ideal for photos and frolicking. Gather all of your greatest friends to this simply stunning venue for your celebration.


Restrictions: maximum number of guests is 120; smoking and any open flame is prohibited

Great Friends Meeting House is a non-profit owned by the Newport Historical Society.

Address: 21 Farewell St, Newport, RI

Visit their website for more information.

5. Beavertail Lighthouse

Located on the southern tip of Jamestown, The Beavertail Lighthouse is surrounded by green space, rocky shores and breathtaking views. Established in 1749, there is a museum on the grounds fully dedicated to its history as the third lighthouse ever built.  While the actual lighthouse is only available to admire, the yard around it is available to rent for your ceremony, where you can enjoy the natural beauty of Jamestown while getting married to the light of your life.

No fee!

Restrictions: alcohol is prohibited

The Beavertail Lighthouse museum is owned by the Rhode Island Parks Association.

Address: Beavertail Rd, Jamestown, RI

Visit their website for more information.

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