Independence Harbor Testimonials

Since it’s inception in 1976, Independence Harbor has evolved into one of the most sought after destinations for wedding receptions and garden wedding ceremonies in Southern New England, But don't just take our word for it!  Below are testimonials from Wedding Wire, The Knot, Social Media Channels and personal messages sent to us directly!




"I was married at Independence Harbor in early April. .... All of our guests raved about the quality of the passed appetizers as well as their entree's (we did seated). Our day-of wedding coordinator was Matt and he was absolutely amazing, he made sure everything was executed as we wanted and was the most flexible staff member we had dealt with. They make you pay for the cocktail hour upfront, which doesn't make sense since you have no idea how much it will end up costing at the end of the night. At the end of the day it is an ABSOLUTELY beautiful venue and I would highly recommend it to an organized bride who is flexible and doesn't get stressed out easily! Our guest count was around 185 and the venue cost was $12,500 which nets out at $70 per plate which truthfully isn't bad in comparison to a lot of the other venues we checked out."

Jackie A

-  via The Knot


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"We had our wedding here in September of 2015 and it was perfection. We had our ceremony outside in the gardens. The landscape was beautiful and so quiet and serene. The weather being 68and partly sunny made it even better. The ceremony time allotted was a half an hour which was the perfect amount of time for us. We also had our reception here. It is a classic new england style room with plenty of space and gorgeous windows. . The attached porch was also perfect for the cocktail hour as well. We chose an open bar for the entire reception and there were all types and brands of alcohol available to guests. Our bar tab at the end of the night was expensive but this is what we had planned for and we wanted all of our guests to have a great time. The food was delicious, from the hors d'oeuvres to the main dish and then dessert. We chose the honey mustard chicken medallions, seafood stuffed mushrooms, mini beef wellington, and mini quiche for the cocktail hour. For the main dishes guests chose from either chicken francais or baked filet of sole. The dinner portions were large with mashed potatoes and veggies. For the dessert buffet we chose the cookie/pastry and coffee table. All of the people working who were assisting us were very friendly and accommodating. We felt extremely comfortable. Overall I would suggest this venue to anyone looking for a beautiful, classic, yet affordable wedding experience. I also would recommend having your wedding during the 11:00-4:30 time slot. This is what we did, and we loved that it was daytime throughout the entire wedding. Thank you Independence Harbor for such a memorable experience!"

Jackie O

-  via The Knot


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"Independence Harbor did a wonderful job with my wedding! They were very professional, answered all my questions very quickly and made my wedding go so smoothly. Anne was great and Maddie was awesome the day of the wedding. She reassured me everything was going to go alright when it started downpouring on my wedding day! She was even able to get the ceremony started early when the rain stopped to make sure I got to have it outside. The food was excellent and everyone raved about the portion sizes. The beef was just massive! The best thing Maddie ever did was pull myself and my husband into the bridal suite during the cocktail hour to have some "us" time and she stocked it with all the hor d'oeurves and drinks. They were great! The only thing I didn't like was their lack of flexibility with arrival times, but I also understand because of their day wedding. Other than that they were excellent!"

Jenn

-  via Wedding Wire


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"I loved working with Independence Harbor! I knew I wanted to get married outside, and once I saw the beautiful grounds I knew this was the place. The prices are very reasonable for what you get, and the food is excellent! My guests raved about the food. This place is so pretty you don't need a ton of decorations. We had no idea what to do about our seating plan and how to set up the tables and Connie gave us her advice and helped answer all of our questions about everything. I was worried about having to worry about different things the day of the wedding, and after meeting with the banquet manager the night of the rehearsal dinner, all of my worries went away. They took care of EVERYTHING. I was left to have a good time and enjoy my guests. I would recommend this venue to my friends and family. I had the best time and thank Independence Harbor for their help, advice and professionalism throughout the whole process and throughout the day of the wedding. They really made it a day to remember!"

Jessica

-  via Wedding Wire


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"I can not say enough how great the staff was on our wedding day. They were so helpful and nice. Our wedding was held on site and performed by my brother (one day license), Matt our day of coordinator was so helpful and making sure that everything went smooth. I had no worries about the day of ceremony knowing that he had our backs. We have had so many compliments on our wedding about Independence Harbor and how beautiful the grounds are and also about how great the food was. Our wedding day was so relaxed and easy going (my bridesmaids even commented that I was too calm), but with the amazing staff members at Independence Harbor taking care of all my needs it was easy to to just sit back and enjoy every minute of our wedding."

Jill L

-  via The Knot


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"Independence Harbor was AMAZING!!!! The staff is EXTREMELY friendly and helpful. They walk you through everything and are very willing to answer any questions you may have. The venue itself is beautiful. I can't tell you how many compliments we got on how beautiful inside and outside was (and our wedding was in JANUARY!) Everything is kept very clean inside and out all throughout the year. The food is also equally amazing! We chose the buffet selection number 1 and had plenty to choose from. We indulged and tried everything offered! It was simply delicious! We got out dream wedding for a fraction of the cost.

IH is very affordable and works with almost every budget! This venue is definitely worth taking a look at! Anne, Connie, Matt and Martha are 4 of the best people in the wedding business! They know their stuff for sure! My husband and I were ALREADY talking about having a vow renewal ceremony there every 5 years! Everyone just had such a blast including my husband and I. It truly is an awesome establishment! They know how special this day is for you and will do anything to make sure everything goes as planned! Thank you so much Independence Harbor for making our day perfect!"

Jon L

-  via The Knot


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"Greet Place! Great Value for price! The view is so amazing! my husband and I just melted away passionately here."

Juana

-  via Wedding Wire


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"Our experience with Independence Harbor was fantastic. From day one of planning, to the hands-on staff present on the day of our wedding (thanks Matt and Katie) - Anne, Connie, and the team ensured we had a flawless wedding day.

Those of you worried about not having a "wedding planner" don't fret, Connie knows answers to situations that hadn't yet crossed my mind, and the team is there to help as much/little as you need.

Arts Bakery (down the road) did a fantastic job of our cake and cupcakes, and our guests raved about the mac & cheese martini bar.

We highly recommend Independence Harbor to anyone scouting it out for their wedding."

June 7, 2016

-  via The Knot


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"Independence Harbor was not only the most beautiful place to have a wedding, but the staff and coordinators were especially helpful and went out of their way to make our day perfect. Everyone we talked to was so nice and accommodating. The wait staff even brought us each out a second dinner so it would not be cold when we were ready to sit and eat because we were busy going around to all of the tables when dinner was initially served! My husband and I were extremely satisfied with the overall experience and would highly recommend Independence Harbor to anyone looking for a top notch wedding venue!"

K Pinnetti

-  via Wedding Wire


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"Wedding of my dreams - It was so beautiful being outside in June. We had beautiful weather and the person assigned to us for the day made sure everything went smoothly from the ceremony to the reception."

Kara S

-  via The Knot


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