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!




"posted 11/28/2017

Independence Harbor was absolutely amazing!! Everything was perfect and the grounds were absolutely gorgeous for a fall wedding!! I’m so glad I got married there! ❤️
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Fall 2018

-  via The Knot


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"You HAVE to get married here!!! - We got married at Independence Harbor a few weeks ago and they are the reason that our big day went so smoothly. We had a lot of little details that we wanted incorporated in our wedding and they made it happen!!! Matt was the most tolerant and accommodating wedding coordinator I have ever met. Roberta, the head waitress, made sure that I ate and got to see all of the little details of the day. Connie and Anne were super helpful at answering any and all questions (there were lots) that we had leading up to, the day of, and after. The food was great and the grounds are gorgeous. We can't wait to get our pictures back to re-live the day again. AND we are so excited that they offer a Sunday Brunch, so we can keep going back to remember how good the food was at our wedding."

Gina H

-  via The Knot


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"Hannah said...
Independence Harbor knows how to throw a wedding and for what you are getting it is so reasonably priced! My husband and I were married there on June 3, 2016. The grounds are impeccable! I was worried that with such a cold spring everything would be dead or just starting to bloom. I could not have been more wrong. The grounds were stunning. It was the perfect ceremony location. For cocktail hour they take the wedding party's drink order before the ceremony and bring them out while we were taking pictures. They also bring over hors d'oeuvres. The food was delicious! My husband and I did not end up trying the food before the wedding so we were a little worried. They do tastings the first Sunday of every month and we never ended up making it up there. We didn't end up getting to eat a lot so they wrapped the food for us to eat when we got home. We ended up choosing to have the ice cream bar for dessert. It was a huge hit. During the planning process, Anne and Connie are with you every step of the way. They are always available to answer any questions. They really are a perfect team. Anne is very kind and accommodating. Connie is no BS kind of person that you can count on to get things done efficiently. They lay out everything you need to do and when it needs to be done by, which made planning fairly easy. Matt and Katie were our coordinators on the day of the wedding. They were FABULOUS. The day ran so smoothly. They seemed to be everywhere but were never intrusive. They kept the night moving without ever being pushy. One moment that really stuck with me was at the end of the night Matt came up to me to tell me we had not reached the cap we had put on the bar. He confirmed my address and said they would be sending a check for the remaining $145. I just found that to be so honest. I would have never known if they hadn't said. Thank you Anne, Connie, Matt and Katie for making our day so special!

Wedding: 06/03/2016"

Hannah

-  via Wedding Wire


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"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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"Dear Connie,

Fabulous, magical, romantic, flawless, delicious, unique, beautiful...these are some of the adjectives our relatives and friends used to describe Kayla and Victor's wedding/reception at Independence Harbor. The evening was absolutely perfect! The buffet was so delicious. The mash potato bar and the hot chocolate bar were huge hits.

We have received nothing but positive comments about the whole evening. Our compliments and appreciation to Caylin (not sure of spelling) and to your excellent servers and bar staff. They were courteous, kind, accommodating, and supportive in all aspects of the wedding and reception.

Thank you for all your hard work in making this the most special evening for our family.

Sincerely,
Robin Winter

January 2018 Wedding
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January 2018

-  via Other


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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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