We first wrote our "hints for viewing venues" blog in 2018, and have been told numerous times how helpful it was. As engagement season approaches, we want
to share it with you again.
So, here goes our 2020 version:
The best time to choose the perfect venue for your Wedding Ceremony and Reception depends on how flexible you can be with your wedding date. At Independence
Harbor, wedding dates may be reserved up to two years in advance. Although most couples reserve their wedding date within one year of their wedding,
if you will consider only one special date for your wedding, we advise you to reserve your date as soon as possible! We have reserved
weddings with only two months advance notice! In fact, at "I.H." huge discounts are offered for "last minute" booked weddings!
A few hints on touring prospective venues:
Before you schedule a venue "Tour", it is best to put together a tentative guest list for your wedding, to include immediate family and your bridal party.
Most venues, including Independence Harbor, require minimum food purchases and guest minimums.
Set a tentative budget for your wedding. You will want to know that the venues you consider fit within your budget guidelines. Independence Harbor publishes
its wedding menus complete with detailed pricing on its website.
Spend some time scrutinizing the websites of venues that you are considering. If websites are difficult to navigate, or if information is lacking, request
of the venue to send you a hard copy of their menus etc. Carefully review guest minimums and event hours and event timing.
Most venues offer five hour wedding receptions...Independence Harbor offers 5 1/2 hour receptions. The Harbor's guest minimums vary by time of year
and day of the week. Full details are printed on our website and in our wedding menus.
Determine if your wedding will be private or if other weddings or events will take place at the same venue during your wedding hours. Independence Harbor
hosts only one event at a time on its entire 20 acre estate.
Be certain to determine what is included in wedding packages. Some venues charge separate fees for chairs, tables, linens etc. Also, be watchful
of "extra fees" such as cake cutting fees, fees for split meal selections, bartender fees etc.
Independence Harbor explains in detail its pricing and package details on its website and in its wedding menu. No surprise fees...we promise.
Consider if you can be flexible on the month of the year, day of the week, and time of day for your wedding . Pricing will vary depending on these
considerations. For example, a Thursday Night or Winter wedding will offer significant savings over a Saturday Night Wedding in Prime
Prepare a list of questions for venue personnel to answer. There are so many details involved in planning a wedding...you don't want to forget something
important to you. Anne or Connie, Independence Harbor's sales directors and wedding planners, will escort you on your tour of "I.H.", and attend
to all of your questions and concerns.