Hello Rhody knotties!
I'm new to this board (and relatively new to TK in general) but I'm not a stranger to RI. I was born and raised in Johnston before I started my higher ed, and now I'm a PhD student at Virginia Tech.
FI and I have been talking marriage for a while, and did some preliminary planning and thinking before the engagement 2 weeks ago. We had originally thought of having the wedding in a different place but due to circumstances in my family (mom is sick/relatively crazy/insistent that the wedding be in RI), here I am looking.
I have relatively no idea where to start in the search for a ceremony/reception venue. I've looked through the choices on the Local Resources here, and have gotten a few ideas- Whispering Pines, The Ocean House, Warwick CC, and Belcourt are on the list of inquiries so far. We're basically looking for a place where we can do everything all-in-one: ceremony, cocktail hour, pictures, possibly in a hotel setting where our OOT guests could stay, etc and I KNOW there are more places than what's on the resource guide to look! We want something elegant and seamless/flawless for our day. And, to complicate matters slightly, we're trying to do this next August- we don't want a long engagement becuse of my school situation and because my mother is a cancer patient with an uncertain prognosis. We've got about a week while we're up for Christmas to look at venues.
That being said, does anyone have any rants/raves about specific all-inclusive places in RI? Any and all input would be greatly appreciated.