City Hall is a historic building with fine architectural detail. The interior is beautiful and has several locations that are terrific for a wedding or other special occasion photographs. The Aldermen Chambers and the main marble staircase are popular locations.
Although City Hall is a public building, a fee of $125 is required to reserve and use the building on a Saturday or Sunday for 4 hours; this is to cover the expense of having a custodian on hand. An additional $250 is required to cover security costs, to have the building open for your event. You may mail the check(s) to Public Property or hand-deliver to room 407 in City Hall.
To reserve City Hall for wedding photos only “in case of rain” your $125 check will hold the reservation. If you decide not to keep your reservation, you need to notify our office by the Thursday prior, and your check will be returned. If you do not notify the office by 4:30 pm the Thursday prior to your event, the check will not be returned.
Areas that can be used for photographs:
- The first and second-floor staircase
- Public landings overlooking the main staircase in the center of City Hall
- The Aldermen Chambers (if it is not in use)
If you would like to have your Wedding Ceremony at City Hall, small groups (of up to 60 max) can be accommodated in the Aldermen Chambers. The fee is $125 for 4 hours. We have chairs that can be set up, but you (or your appointed event staff) would be responsible for any decorating and removal of the decorations.
When decorating keep in mind:
- Nothing can be used to attach items to chamber walls, furniture, or fixtures. Adhesives, nails, push-pins, and tacks are prohibited.
- All décor must be free standing
- Confetti, glitter, small beads, silly string or any other small item that will be difficult to clean-up is not allowed.
- Candles and open flames are also prohibited.
In order to use the space for an event:
- Insurance covering damages of at least $1,000,000.00 must be provided.
- If your event will already carry insurance and the overall value of the certificate exceeds our minimum, we only need to be provided with a copy of City Hall named as an additionally insured party.
- If you do not have an existing insurance policy you can obtain a one-time certificate from your insurance provider or obtain one online. Eventhelper.com is one such source that is easy to navigate. (Depending on your event date, the cost of such a certificate generally starts around $65.)
- You will be required to sign a waiver with the Department of Public Property. After you complete the form below or speak to the Public Property department about your inquiry, this will be sent to you for completion.
Your insurance certificate must be provided 1 week prior to your event. Please use the following information for the certificate:
Contact: Jesenia Fajardo, 401-680-5300,
Location/Organization: Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903
*Your certificate will not need to include “Host alcohol coverage” as alcoholic beverages are not permitted at City Hall. You will also not need a Waiver of Subrogation.
City Hall is open Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30. Stop by anytime during regular office hours if you would like to see the building’s interior. Also, feel free to stop in at room 407 (Department of Public Property) for assistance and with any questions.