It’s official: The votes for Best of Rhode Island (#BestofRI) are in! We here at Engaged would like to take a second to congratulate this year’s wedding category winners and also thank them for all of the time and effort that they put into creating picture perfect weddings for the brides and grooms of this small (but large!) state. If you hadn’t heard (or seen, check out our Facebook live videos of the event here!) we all partied with the best on Thursday, July 28th at the Providence Performing Arts Center, which was the ideal spot for indulging in true Rhode Island culture and all of the perks it has to offer!
So does anyone have a wedding to plan soon? If so, take a peek at our Best of Rhode Island (Engaged) 2017 reader’s picks and learn just why they’ve been deemed the best of the best.
By Makaela Smith
Classic Wedding Venue:
197 Old River Rd., Lincoln, (401) 333-1300
Nothing says “wedding day” like Kirkbrae. Celebrate with them as they provide you with the wedding of your dreams. The grounds are pristine, the food is scrumptious and the experience will give you and your guests memories to last a lifetime!
Cranston, (401) 270-4834
Nothing says custom vacation planning like Annie’s Escapes: The business is a favorite among Rhode Islanders because they work with your budget to make your traveling dreams a reality (in any part of the world).They plan everything from destination weddings to adventure-packed excursions (or relaxing beach days, whatever you prefer!) that you and your new spouse are sure to love.
Local boutique for wedding dresses:
110 Main St., #100, East Greenwich, (401) 886-0885
What’s better than gorgeous wedding and bridesmaid dresses galore? The Bridal Garden has the experience, taste, and professionalism you will want when searching for the perfect gown. Let these experts help you out and you’re guaranteed to say yes to the dress.
Unique local wedding transportation:
2 Commerce Dr., Warwick, (888) 725-7871
With locations around Providence, Boston and Newport, this local limo company is sure to give you exciting and even over-the-top transportation for your wedding. Whether you travel by party bus, Double Decker bus, or even a vintage town car, yours and your bridal party’s grand wedding day entrance will be sure to turn heads.
Waterfront Wedding Venue:
590 Ocean Ave., Newport, (401) 849-3800
Rhode Islanders can’t get enough of this gorgeous waterfront venue; its elegance truly takes your breath away. Prepared to be blown away by the service and views that this venue has to offer.
Wedding cakes and desserts:
1413 Westminster St., Providence, (401) 369-8427
These desserts are so decadent that they should be considered the eighth deadly sin. Please your sweet tooth and your eyes with with a custom designed wedding cake, or go more modern and ask them to make you a full dessert table spread.
224 John Clarke Rd., Middletown, (401) 848-2030
Bubbly Champagne, fresh hors d’oeuvres and exquisitely prepared five course meals? It might sound too good to be true, but catering to your tastes is Blackstone Caterers’ specialty (literally!). Having handled thousands of galas, banquets, parties and weddings in New England, they have top notch event staff and they will make deciding between the tuna tartare and smoked salmon a total breeze (they’re both so good you’ll just have to order one of each).
2003 Broad St., Cranston, (401) 461-2299
Golden Gate Studios meticulously works to match mesmerizing floral arrangements with each couple’s personal style while also matching the venue setting and overall wedding theme. Each arrangement is elegant, original, handcrafted and budget-friendly.
Wedding hair and makeup:
2220 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland, (401) 644-0036
Ali Lomazzo Beauty is able to take care of all of your hair and makeup needs for your wedding day. They work with you to make sure your look is cry-proof, fly-away-proof, and smudge-proof while on your big day.
35 Baker St., Providence, (401) 447-5877
If you’re looking for a little something extra to wear on your special day, then stop at Perception Jewelry for a wide range of headpieces, necklaces, earrings or bracelets. Their glamorous collection will provide you with that perfect finishing touch to make you look and feel beautiful all day long.
461 Main St., Suite D, East Greenwich, (401) 996-3755
Elite Entertainment will make your night unforgettable with their wide selection of music, including top hits from any and every generation. They are your party experts and are here to make sure you and your guests hang out on the dance floor all night long.
Burrillville, (401) 309-8818
This creative husband and wife team are all about photographing real moments that are colored with emotion. Rest assured that a session with them will not only yield beautiful results, but an unforgettable and fun experience.
197 Old River Rd., Lincoln, (401) 333-1300 x 245
Tiffany Marsocci is known around these parts to be one of the best wedding planners in New England and she will be there for you every step of the way (pinky promise!). She’s helped plan and execute multitudes of weddings and can answer any question you may have about the process.
61 Ash Ave., Cranston, (401) 484-8222
Add a little personal flare to your special day: With unique designs that can be custom made to highlight any theme, trusting the talents at Little Birdie to create your signature save-the-dates, invitations and/or signage is a no brainer.