I've sung at wedding receptions at Astor's Beechwood a half dozen times over the past several years. Astor's is relatively small compared to the other Newport mansions making it more romantic and intimate. There's room for a little over 100 guests in the main ballroom comfortably seated. I've performed at larger weddings at this venue where additional guests were seated in an adjacent room. I imagine they felt a little disconnected from the guests in the main ballroom. Other smaller weddings where all guests were in the main ballroom had coffee and buffets desserts served in the second room, including a chocolate fountain and cappuccino. I've always worked with the same function coordinator, so she's very experienced and dedicated to managing all of the details of your wedding reception.
Guests have a view through the windows onto the garden and out to the ocean facing East. Cocktail hour is in the garden just outside the ballroom. Often, jazz or classical musicians are hired to perform during the cocktail hour in addition to our wedding band, Tuxedo Junction, that performs for the wedding reception. I highly recommend Astor's Beechwood for a more romantic and intimate wedding reception at a Newport mansion.