How Much Does an OceanCliff Newport Wedding Cost?

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This OceanCliff Hotel, located in Newport, Rhode Island, was designed in 1864 by the architectural firm, Peabody and Stearns.  Until 1954, the resort remained a private club; however, it was sold and converted to an oceanfront retreat.

The resort is located 90 minutes from Boston and Hartford on the historical Ocean Drive and sits on 10 acres, overlooking the water and well-manicured lawns.

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How much does an OceanCliff wedding cost?

On average, plan on spending at least $7,000 to $9,000 for the rental fee and about $75 to $150 per person for catering costs, according to previous couples who had a wedding here.  The food and beverage fee is said to be $10,000 to $45,000, depending on the time you rent.

According to, the average cost per plate is around $75 to $150 per person, depending on the menu chosen.

On this forum thread, one reviewer stated that the rental costs were around $9,000 for the venue on a Saturday night.  This did not include the catering costs. says a $2,500 deposit is required to secure your venue and packages start at $65 per person.  Tax, alcohol and a 21 percent service charge is extra. toured multiple wedding venues and said the OceanCliff estimated cost on a Sunday was $26,000 and $15,490 on a Thursday once the ceremony, site fee, food, beverages, bartender and administration costs were factored in.

OceanCliff wedding overview

The venue offers three options:  the Grand Ballroom, Upper Deck and Safari Room.  The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 225 guests and is known for its floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook the bay.  The Upper Deck can seat up to 150 guests and sits on the edge of the bay, offering views of the Newport Beach.  Lastly, the Safari Room, a casual reception area, can accommodate up to 70 guests.

Services offered include a wedding coordinator, free parking, linens, silverware, glassware, Chiavari chairs and candles.

What are the extra costs?

Accommodations for your guests, if you wish to provide it, will be extra.  As mentioned, OceanCliff has 25 rooms that your guests can reserve, whether at your expense or theirs, to stay after the wedding.

The sales and service charges are not included in the wedding package estimates.

Valet parking is offered for your guests at an additional charge.

Do not forget about all of the other expenses that go into the wedding.  The costs above are only for the OceanCliff ceremony and reception.  You will still need to budget for decorations, a florist, a photographer and videographer, for example.

Tips to know

A non-refundable deposit and payment schedule is mandatory in order to reserve your date.

The venue will only hold one wedding at a time, offering a private experience.  However, this means that you should book as far in advance as possible in order to secure the date that you want.

OceanCliff is part of the Newport Experience, which is an entertainment company that specializes in oceanfront weddings, social events, and corporate retreats.  There are other venues that the Newport Experience can offer you, and each one can provide you with much the same experience as OceanCliff.  If you are trying to secure a date that is not available, check with one of their other locations to see if something else is available.  Each location also has its own pricing scheme, so be sure to check that as well.

How can I save money?

The hotel charges the most for Saturday night weddings, so if you are on a budget, it is best to choose another day for less money.  This can be said about any wedding venue, however.

Make sure that your wedding does not go over the allotted time because if it does, you will need to pay overtime costs—that is per person, per hour basis.

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