Let's chat all things Block Island weddings and being a wedding photographer on Block Island. The island offers so much for folks getting married, and much of the information around getting married isn't necessarily readily available. As someone who lives year round on the island, I'm going to dish all my top tips and the best information I have about getting married in New Shoreham.
First, let’s give a little background on Block Island. The island is a 3 by 7 mile island about 13 miles offshore from Rhode Island. There’s limited WiFi, and cell reception, one gas station, a post office, about 50 or so small businesses, one school, and a medical center.
It’s about 60% conservancy land, with tons of beautiful, overgrown trails speckling the island. There are 365 ponds, “one for every day of the year,” and life moves at a bit of a different pace.
There are a few wedding venue located on Block Island. The Spring House Hotel, Narragansett Inn, Sullivan House, Cushman House, Champlin’s Resort, Hotel Manisses, Atlantic Inn, and Rose Farm Inn all provide environments for your wedding ceremony and reception — and specialize in weddings with more than 75 guests. If you’re looking for something smaller, the Block Island Beach House can be an option. Keep in mind that you can get married on the beach with less than 75 wedding guests without a permit.
Block Island provides the perfect small getaway for a weekend long wedding celebration. Your guests will feel like they’re going to a magical destination — that’s really just a short ferry ride from Point Judith RI, New London CT, Montauk NY, or Newport RI.
Other venues and dining rooms for special events include the Block Island Beach House, the National, Sister Sister, Mahogany Shoals, and the Beachhead. There are other places to order larger family style meals like Calaveras, Persephone’s, Three Sisters, Poor People’s Pub, and Tiger Fish.
Calling the New Shoreham Town Hall should be your first step. The clerks will walk you through the process and do so effortlessly and with tons of clarity. Follow their instructions to ensure that you have a smooth process with your marriage license — they’re the experts, and a blast to work with. For your license you need two witness signatures, and to have the license dropped off within 2 business days.
Block Island offers tons of unique wedding day experiences. You can have a film lab come to your wedding, take your wedding party out charter fishing, have a lobster bake for a welcome dinner, or go parasailing after your wedding day. The world out here is your playground.
When getting married out here, it’s really helpful for guests to have solid information about some of the little things. We have made a little guide for folks to get to know Block Island that you can change up a bit to fit your own wedding aesthetics. The guide goes over how to get here, where to stay, favorite places to eat, and things to do. It’s updated regularly to stay current, and can be printed for your guests.
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see some of my favorites
Meet me at Persephone's for a latte or Calavera's for tacos and let's discuss your vision and plans.
Just a reminder that we work with all types of love, relationships, and families. We welcome polyamorous and ENM relationships, as well as the BIPOC /LGBTQ+ community.
Each year a portion of our revenue and services gets donated to places like the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Mary D Fund, the Block Island Historical Society, the Block Island School, the Trevor Project, Project GLAAD, and more.