Planning a Rhode Island Wedding to Remember

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Vogue, The Knot, and Wedding Wire—all three of which are leading trend predictors and experts in wedding events and fashion—have shared their research on top wedding trends for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2022 season. Outdoor tent-style and garden weddings, long weekends away, and boho-chic themes will all be holding sway, as well as destination weddings to natural paradises like Rhode Island. It isn’t called ‘the Ocean State’ for nothing. Rhode Island is home to seven state beaches, many of which make the perfect backdrop for the ultimate nature-inspired wedding. To make the most of their beauty, keep the following tips in mind.

On the Water

For the ultimate Instagrammable wedding, make sure to make the most of the water, holding your ceremony and/or reception at one of Rhode Island’s many waterfront venues. Some of the most popular choices for couples wishing to say ‘I do’ to the sound of waves crashing on the shore include Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue, and Belle Mer. Just a few features offered by these and other top venues include seafront dining, outdoor wedding ceremony spaces complete with artificial turf and beautifully decorated wedding arches, and catch-of-the-day fish and seafood for your reception. If you are into yachting or sailing, then an ideal venue is The Bohlin at the Newport  Yachting Center, where you can exchange vows with a romantic sailboat floating in the backdrop over sparkling waters.

Ocean-Inspired Wedding Jewelry

To remember your Rhode Island wedding, let the ocean inspire your jewelry choices as well. Trending this year are colorful, meaningful traditional wedding ring styles like solitaire diamond rings, or modern, fashion-forward styles like stacked eternity rings and twisted engagement and wedding rings. Sea-loving brides and grooms are choosing gemstones like Tanzanites, Sapphires, and Blue Diamonds to play a starring role in their wedding rings instead of sticking to traditional white diamonds. Mixed metals are also in. Think a blue gemstone ring designed in rose gold, worn alongside a white gold, pave diamond wedding band. 

Embracing the Boho-Chic Trend

If you will be celebrating an outdoor wedding, then aim to incorporate boho-chic features, as they are trending strongly across the globe but are especially prevalent in seaside events. Think boho flowers on your wedding arch and in your bouquet and table décor. Typically, these arrangements include pampas grass, mustard roses, natural broom, white achillea, white canary grass, wildflowers, and dried flowers. For lighting, opt for golden fairy and tealights and make sure a few macrame chandeliers are hanging from the trees or within your tent or outdoor table structure. Make sure your look suits the theme. Boho brides are wearing their hair down in beachy waves and choosing natural/nude makeup looks. They are also opting for hippy chic materials like golden lace, organic materials, and guipure lace for their dress. For grooms, white and light beige linen and cotton are all the rage.

Rhode Island is known as ‘the Ocean State’ so if this state is your chosen destination for your wedding, it pays to make water a major part of your event. Choose a venue that will highlight the beauty of the sea. Take it a step further by embracing the boho-chic trend and opting for a laidback, warm, beachy vibe for your ceremony as well.

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