Communication with staff was very good. It rained on our wedding day and moving the ceremony indoors was not a problem. Other vendors were able to do their jobs without any inconveniences, and our guests loved the views and wrap-around deck. There was plenty of space for everything we had going on, which was awesome considering some of the microscopic dance floors we saw at other venues. Great value.
The Rotunda is a 12-sided round ballroom that sits right ON Easton's Beach (First Beach) in Newport, RI, and it's owned by the City of Newport so that's who you book through. It's a beautiful room, in a great location, with stunning views. We knew the minute we walked into the room that we had to have our wedding there. And it was perfect - an amazing place to get married.
The management was friendly and easy to work with during the booking process. We found their rates a little expensive for a standard Saturday night wedding, but we got a manageable price because we wanted a Sunday, daytime wedding. Also if you book off-season they discount even more.
One huge plus to this venue (for us) is that you can choose your own caterer, and we definitely wanted that flexibility.
The room is HUGE but not frilly. Just naturally gorgeous, with 15 foot windows on all 12 sides, each one with a water view. Even on a cloudy day (like we had) you get amazing light.
You can have your ceremony right onsite if you want, either inside the room or on the beach. The rental fee includes tables & chairs (for up to 200 people I believe) and they will run the adjoining carousel and offer rides for 1 hour! We didn’t meet the event manager until the day of the wedding, but she seemed very nice and took care of us really well that day.
The facility manager, John, is the one who first showed us the place before we booked it - and he is just wonderful. A very down to earth guy, nice as can be, goes way out of his way to help with anything. We already loved the venue, but meeting with him sealed the deal for us. He won us over that first day, and he was exactly the same way during our event.
They were all great to work with and our day went off without a hitch! It's a great place to have a wedding, I highly recommend it!
Friendly and helpful staff to work with. Great room with amazing views of the beach and salt ponds. The carousel was a big hit. A very reasonably priced venue for Newport.
If you are looking for a more casual feel to your reception, this is the perfect location. A working carousel, outdoor decks, and a beautifully unobstructed view of the ocean--all at a reasonable price. We've had lots of compliments from our guests.
Beautiful venue. Perfect price... best deal we could find in Newport. It was the perfect setting for our elegant but casual and fun beach wedding.
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