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Graduate Providence

Rhode Island, 11 Dorrance St Providence, RI 02903 United States


Graduate Providence opened to the public in 1922, and is known as “The Crown Jewel” in the renaissance city of Providence, Rhode Island.  With grand architecture and an impressive list of past guests- including presidents, royalty and celebrities, the hotel remains the sparkling diamond of Providence.  Located in the heart of the city, Graduate Providence adds glamour and elegance to your special day.  Whether you choose the opulent rooftop Biltmore Ballroom, with soaring ceilings and panoramic views, or the classic elegance of the Capital Ballroom, this historic landmark sets the stage for grand events or intimate celebrations.

The excitement begins as you enter the legendary lobby with its Austrian chandelier and famous grand staircase.  This historic building exemplifies the discreet charm of Rhode Island combined with flair for intrigue and romance.

At Graduate Providence, formerly the Providence Biltmore, special events are planned with meticulous attention to detail and served with nothing but the best in hospitality.  Whether you are planning the wedding of your dreams or wedding festivities surrounding the big day, our staff will ensure an effortless planning process and flawless event!  Graduate Providence features exquisite culinary expertise, renowned for a passion for food, and an obsession for detail.

Planning your perfect event begins with contacting our Senior Catering Sales Manager, Elise Shatraw.  Elise has been part of our catering management team for over 20 years, and has over 30 years of experience planning weddings.  She has worked with hundreds of couples through the years, assisting them with details, offering suggestions and answering questions to ensure their wedding vision comes to reality.  Elise truly enjoys working with all couples to create fabulous wedding celebrations, always exceeding their expectations, and creating memories for a lifetime.  We will work closely with you to ensure that your event proceeds smoothly and efficiently from start to “I do”.

With the attentive service of our catering professionals and the exquisite cuisine of our renowned chefs, we will help you create an experience your guests will always remember.


Stately Package, Capital Package, Winter Wedding Package
Venue Types
Reception, Ceremony, Photographs, Welcome Receptions, Post Wedding Brunch
Cocktail Hour and Five Hour Dinner Reception, Setup and Teardown, 5’ or 6’ Round Tables and Banquet Chairs, Choice of Ivory or White Linens, Patterned Bone China, Glassware and Flatware, Votive Candles, Gift Table, Cake Table and Place Card Table, Dance Floor, Complimentary Cake Cutting and Service, Certified Wedding Professional Services, Banquet Host and Wedding Party Attendant, Complimentary Exclusive Suite for Wedding Night, Concessionary Pricing for Wedding Weekend Guests, Distinctive Settings for Wedding Party Portraits, Invitation to Annual Wedding Prelude
Classic, Elegant, Vintage, Dramatic


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Elise Shatraw


Rhode Island, 11 Dorrance St Providence, RI 02903 United States

Interview Transcript

I am Elise Shratraw. I am the Senior Catering Sales Manager here at Graduate Providence. Graduate Providence is a full-service hotel. When you first come into our entrance, we have a gorgeous lobby staircase that's very popular for wedding party photos. We have Poindexter’s Cafe which is our daily cafe. We also have Reiner's Restaurant, which is also very popular for guests to enjoy lunch or dinner as well as after parties. They also do offer two Top Golf Swing Suites which is really popular for a fun activity. We have the Norwich Spa which is also located right in the lobby as well. 292 guest rooms, two lovely ballrooms, as well as other function spaces that are ideal for other parties. Welcome receptions, post-wedding breakfast buffets, rehearsal dinners. There's a number of different other activities that we can offer you here at the hotel.

It's very convenient that if you're interested in doing a reception as well as ceremony here on site, you can get dressed and ready here at the hotel. Spend the night, you can spend the entire weekend. If you decide you prefer a church wedding, there's a number of churches within easy distance of the hotel, but again making us your central location. Many of our staff have been here for many years. We have excellent cuisine. Our catering staff strives to exceed every couple's expectation at every wedding that we do. We want you to see our hotel in person to be able to really feel the ambiance, the historic nature, and what we have to offer here at the hotel. We like to have you do our wedding prelude, which is our tasting event that we offer to all of our couples where you can sample a nice item from our menu to help you choose your menu. I'll also work with you through the planning process. If you need any referrals for other vendors, you need any help or suggestions with any questions that you have, I am here to help you with that. With Graduate Providence we do offer some unique venue spaces, particularly up on our 17th floor which offers a great view of downtown Providence.

I encourage you to please reach out to Graduate Providence to talk to us about your wedding plans and how we can make that vision for you come true. We strive here at Graduate Providence for all of our couples to be able to end their weekend with us, their wedding with us, to say it was the best night they've ever had in their life. We look forward to having you someday come in and visit us and further discussing your plans.

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