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Exceptional Backgrounds for an Exceptional Day

Wedding Ceremonies

The Griswold House and Newport Art Museum grounds are an ideal place to tie the knot. Able to accommodate parties large and small, there are a variety of options where the ceremony can take place within the romantic setting of the Newport Art Museum.

 

Ceremony Rate: $1,400.00
Rental Includes:

  • One 2-hour event for the ceremony beginning at or after 4:15 pm
  • One 1-hour rehearsal day before ceremony (4 – 5 pm)
  • Access to the Griswold House Galleries, restrooms and Museum Grounds
  • 30-minute set up before event/30-minute break down following event
  • Tenet User’s Liability Insurance Policy (TULIP)
  • Standard conference room chairs for guests with need
  • Staffing & Security throughout duration of event

 

GRAND STAIRCASE – Griswold House

The Griswold House Grand Staircase is ideal for standing ceremonies with guest counts up to 125. With viewing points and limited seating for guests on the first and second floor, the landing allows the wedding party to be ‘center stage’ with the beautiful background of Richard Morris Hunt’s 1864 architecture framing the ceremony. With the bridal procession walking up the main staircase guests will be treated to a beautiful view of the ceremony as the Bride makes her grand entrance.

Depending on size of the wedding party, there are options for musicians to be on the landing or on our third floor balcony; the third floor balcony is available to the photographer(s).
 

COURTYARD – Museum Grounds

The Museum Grounds offer a one-of-a-kind backdrop for Wedding Ceremonies of all sizes. Offering a variety of set ups based on guest size, our Star Magnolia Tree and row of hydrangeas provide a classic romantic setting while the striking architecture of the Griswold House offers a uniquely Newport locale.

The most common set up utilizes the veranda for the Wedding Party, with guest seated and/or standing on the grass facing the Courtyard Entrance to the Griswold House. The Museum is able to offer standard conference room chairs for guests in need, but chairs for a seated ceremony will need to be contracted through a preferred vendor.

Larger ceremonies are able to take place on our grounds with a variety set up of possibilities. Please contact the Director of Rental Events to figure out a ceremony style that fits best for your special day.

 

Ilgenfritz Gallery – Griswold House

A Wedding Ceremony in the Ilgenfritz Gallery is the perfect location for a more traditional seated ceremony. Fitting up to 150 guests, the Ilgenfritz Gallery is the Museum’s largest and features work by regional artists working in a variety of mediums. Depending on the guest count, various setups can be arranged to allow the bride the grand entrance everyone anticipates.

 

*A Note About Artwork on View: Due to the changing exhibitions at the Newport Art Museum, the content of specific work may not be known until installation is complete. Due to our agreement with artists, work may not be covered, removed, or altered in any way for a private event. 


 

Rehearsal Dinner

The Newport Art Museum is a one-of-a-kind venue for both traditional sit-down dinners, and passed hors d’oeuvres cocktail rehearsals. The Griswold House features a large first floor gallery that can accommodate seated service for up to 120 guests, or more intimate seated dinners can be held in our historic rooms. Rehearsal Dinners featuring passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and cocktails can be spread throughout the first floor galleries in a variety of set ups with guests encouraged to browse our collection of art on the second floor.

 

Rehearsal Dinner Rate: beginning at $2,500
Rental Includes:

  • One 3-hour event
  • 2-hour set up before event/1-hour break down following event
  • Access to the Griswold House Galleries, restrooms and Museum Grounds
  • Tenet User’s Liability Insurance Policy (TULIP)
  • Staffing & Security throughout duration of event
  • 35 Museum parking spaces; additional parking lot can be rented for a fee

 


Wedding Receptions

The Newport Art Museum’s Griswold House and Grounds is a beautiful location to commemorate your special day. Working exclusively with Russell Morin’s Catering & Events, their Event Specialists are able to work within the Museum’s space to offer a variety of options to accommodate weddings both large and small.

Our Historic Griswold House features a large contemporary gallery able to accommodate seated service for up to 120 guests, or dinner and dancing for 100 guests. Larger guest counts are invited to expand their party onto our beautiful grounds, requiring the rental of a tent to hold the main event. Tented rentals do include access to the Griswold House throughout the duration of the event, and many clients choose to open their reception with a cocktail hour allowing guests to explore the Museum’s galleries.

Tents, tables and chairs are not provided by the Newport Art Museum for Rehearsal Dinners or Wedding Receptions, and will need to be contracted via third-party vendors or Russell Morin’s. Tented events will be changed an additional $500 Property Restoration fee to maintain the historic grounds of the Griswold House. The Cushing Gallery is available to rent for the duration of your event for an additional fee. Food and drink are prohibited in the Cushing Gallery.

 

Wedding Reception Rate: beginning at $5,500
Rental Includes:

  • One 5-hour event
  • 2-hour set up before event/1-hour break down following event
  • Access to the Griswold House Galleries, restrooms and Museum Grounds
  • Tenet User’s Liability Insurance Policy (TULIP)
  • Staffing & Security throughout duration of event
  • 35 Museum parking spaces; additional parking lot can be rented for a fee. 

 


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