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4 Reasons Why Newport is the Perfect Place for your New England Destination Wedding

For all our brides who dream of having a New England wedding right in their backyard, Newport, Rhode Island is the perfect place to say ‘I do’! With all the feels of laid back life mixed with beachside charm, here are 4 reasons why Newport is your go-to getaway.  

 1. Beautiful Venues

This coastal beach town nestling on the fringes of NYC and Boston offers the perfect coastal backdrop. Whether you imagine being wed in a regal castle, or a quaint beachfront property, Newport has it all! We at Brilliant Event Planning especially love the Castle Hill and 41 North, but there are tons of venues to choose from, each more breathtaking than the last! Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.00.11 PM

 

2. Talented Florists

Some of the best and freshest florist ship out of Newport, why not head straight to the source? For rustic and vibrant bouquets, check out Robin Hollow Farm, or Laurie Marshall Flowers, both based right in Newport.  For a floral shop with a unique business model, check out BloomItOn, based right in Boston, MA. allows you to buy and sell your floral centerpieces for a fraction of the price, making this option both environment and budget-friendly. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.09.51 PM

 

3. Exquisite Cuisine

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly or quaint and trendy, Newport is in no shortage of delicious places to eat. THE place for all seafood lovers, this Rhode Island town offers the freshest catch-of-the-day, and you can bet the catering for your wedding will be equally are wonderful.  For a special historic treat while you’re strolling through town, be sure to check out White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in America! Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.24.24 PM

 

4. Beachside Fun

Surrounded by the sweeping Atlantic Ocean, Newport, RI boasts 8 different beaches where guests can tan, play games, or even fly a kite. Whether you plan on getting married on the shores of Newport’s beaches, or are in it for the ocean-side views, you can’t go wrong with any one--or several--of these locations. If you're feeling adventurous, ask the natives about making a short stop at Purgatory Chasm, a giant rock cavern located on the west end of 2nd Beach!

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5. Talk of the Town!

Whether taking a stroll down Bannister’s Wharf, or biking along Ocean Drive, you and your guests will be enthralled and delighted by Newport’s quaint little towns. There’s so much to see and shop, your guests might want to book an extra night! Thinking about hosting an afterparty for your wedding? Newport’s nightlife is classy and plentiful, with popular spots like The Fifth Element or Sky Bar at the Clarke Cook House.

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Photo Credits: Castle Hill Inn, 41 North, Robin Hollow Farm, BloomItOn, Katie Kaizer, Discover Newport, & Summer in Newport.

Crown Jewel: Spotlight on the Royal Mansour Marrakech

Forget the beach and move over Maldives! The new luxe honeymoon destination is here and its name is Morocco. With plenty of sun, culture, and la crème de la crème, Morocco is simply the place to be. And the best part? Morocco is home to the Royal Mansour Marrakech.

This world-class resort, owned by the King of Morocco, is his answer to the frequent question of what it's like to be king. In no way does the king's answer disappoint: all Royal Mansour guests receive a true royal experience, a fact that I can attest to. Just a few weeks ago I visited the property on a press trip and felt like royalty from arrival to checkout.

You could literally spend hours appreciating the exquisite build of the resort itself, starting from the intricate tile work in the main lobby and water-filled courtyard. Gauzy curtains and a sophisticated, contrasting ivory and mahogany palette give way to luxurious monochrome as you make your way towards the pool. The lounge's monochromatic tiling – reminiscent of the Taj Mahal in India – and the intimate outdoor patio – surrounded by lush gardens exclusive to the king’s property – are absolutely exquisite.

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Nestled in this architectural wonderland are the resort’s various restaurants. It was tough choosing between all the delectable cuisines available, but I felt completely immersed in the best of Morocco in their Moroccan restaurant.  The tasting menu is an exploration of all that Moroccan cuisine has to offer, and the service was impeccable.

The Royal Mansour wows too in its private quarter offerings: each guest "room" is actually a private riyadh, ranging from one bedroom to four-five bedroom homes, ensuring both intimate stays and family groups are wonderfully accommodated. The perfect Moroccan tea service, local sweets, and the world's most gorgeous bathroom instantly transport you to the lap of luxury when you arrive.

The toughest decision you’ll have to make here? The choice between the rooftop pool in your riyadh (there's one in every riyadh) or the sparkling hotel pool…decisions, decisions. But one thing’s for sure: the Royal Mansour is the perfect decision for the ultimate in romance, intrigue and culture on your honeymoon.

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