bride and groom looking over the water at sunset

Are you tying the knot in Rhode Island? Congratulations! New England offers some of the most beautiful landscapes, making it the perfect destination for beach weddings. Yet, when you think of a “beach wedding,” you likely picture tropical foliage, hot weather, and Hawaiian shirts. But Rhode Island beach weddings are not your average waterfront celebrations!

Bride and groom looking at over the water at sunset

Instead, couples pick Rhode Island for its temperate climate, delicious seafood, and coastal charm. So if you dream of hosting the quintessential beach wedding, consider these four fun ideas:

1. Celebrate with a clambake

Clams are a must at any Rhode Island celebration, but a seafood boil probably does not match your vision of an elegant and formal wedding! But nowadays, weddings are hardly a one-day occasion. Instead, couples are hosting weekend-long experiences as a way to thank their guests for coming to attend.

So why not greet your loved ones with a laidback clambake on the night before your Rhode Island wedding? There are few things better than a good, old-fashioned New England clambake, complete with clams, lobsters, mussels, and scallops. Don’t forget the sausage and potatoes, too!

2. Take off on a yacht

When you say “I do” in the sailing capital of the world, it only makes sense to add some yachting to your wedding weekend itinerary! If you have a waterfront venue in Rhode Island with dock access, an evening boat trip is a perfect way to wrap up the day and sail off to your happily ever after!

Alternatively, you could turn it into a group activity by inviting guests to join you for a cruise during the weekend. What better way to host a welcome party or post-wedding brunch than on the water? (Psst – did you know Regatta Place has its own private schooner for this precise reason?)

3. Host a DIY coffee milk bar

Outside of the Ocean State, the words “coffee milk” may mean little to people. But here, this well-known drink is a local staple — and a perfect addition for a Rhode Island beach wedding! For out-of-towners, think of a glass of chocolate milk but with coffee syrup instead of chocolate. Delicious!

Consider setting up an interactive station where guests can whip up their own glasses of coffee milk. While this creamy delight is typically served on its own, there is nothing stopping you from offering add-ons for guests to dress up their drink, like chocolate syrup (did someone say mocha?), whipped cream, vanilla, or cinnamon.

4. Embrace a New England theme

Not all beach weddings are the same — so if you’re looking to feel the sand between your toes without the tropical vibe, you’ve come to the right place! For your Rhode Island beach wedding, opt for coastal-inspired décor like clamshells, mussels, and lobster traps. Think sailor’s knots and anchors instead of palm trees and starfish!

Here are a few ideas to add a Rhode-Island inspired maritime theme for your wedding:

  • Fill a small rowboat with ice and use it as a grab-your-own drink cooler.
  • Use driftwood as the foundation of your centerpieces. (Start looking now!)
  • Create a seating chart that uses compass directions instead of table numbers.
  • Use sailing flags as escort cards that double as guest favors.

Rhode Island beach weddings are in a league of their own . . .

. . . and we can’t wait to help you bring yours to life. There’s so much more to entertainment, and we know you want the best Rhode Island wedding DJ around. Get in touch with me today, so we can start discussing your big day and make it a night everyone will remember!