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How Do Our Gardens Grow??

Brian Dunning - Friday, March 08, 2019

Our stunning perennial gardens are planned to showcase ever changing flowers. April is Daffodil Season, May offers Hundreds of Tulips and Stunning Flowering Trees and Shrubs, June is lush with Poppies, Iris, Shasta Daisies and Peonies along with Thousands of Annual Plants offering amazing garden color. July with its Astilbe, Liatros and multi colored border plants will Wow your guests, and August and September offer Gardens that are Full and Fabulous. October offers Chrysanthemums in the jewel tones that you dream of for the Fall Season. Garden Videos are now available on our "ihweddings.com" Web Site and on our Facebook and Instagram and You Tube pages. One look will have you aching for winter to be over!

Celebrate by Brunch!

Brian Dunning - Friday, March 08, 2019

Mother Nature decided to send us one last blast after a relatively easy winter. Our Monthly Brunch held on March 3rd was well attended in anticipation of the storm. Our St. Patrick's Day theme was so much fun. Our chefs outdid themselves with a wonderful Brunch menu accented by their fabulous food art carvings including the proverbial "pot of gold". Flower arrangements felt a little like Spring...Yellow and White Tulips, White Roses, Fragrant Bells of Ireland, and bright touches including Yellow Calla Lilies. Our Brunch is held Monthly on the first Sunday, offering a great opportunity to celebrate a special event with those closest to you or...planning a wedding?? Why not make a reservation and come check out our beautifully remodeled Dining Room and sample our food and exceptional service. Hope to see you soon.

More 2019 Wedding Trends

Brian Dunning - Wednesday, February 13, 2019


As 2019 takes shape, we start to see what trends are popular. This year, both the men and women in the wedding party will have more RELAXED choices.
FASHION: Why not choose a color and length (and maybe a designer for continuity) for your Bridesmaids and let them select a dress that flatters them, select a suit or blazer for the guys (navy is always a classic look) and tie that together with a gift of ties and socks. Best of all, they can wear it again.

COLORS: Burgundy, turquoise, and emerald green continue to show up everywhere. Couple with "garlands of greens" for the head table. The rich color tones that "Dahlias" offer will make it the "go to" flower this year. Creams, blush and champagne colors will always look elegant and incorporate one of the "moodier" colors (think burgundy) to stay on trend.

STATEMENT INVITATIONS: Choose an invitation suite that best represents the "two of you". This will tell your story from color scheme to important events in your lives. Tell your story with "special table numbers" and "seating cards".

REMEMBER: You are marrying the person you love. Make it YOUR OWN, but have fun with it

Recent Engagement?

Brian Dunning - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It's February. Mother Nature has gone easy on us so far this winter. So many engagements happen between Christmas and Valentine's Day. This is the perfect time to schedule a private tour of Independence Harbor and select your Special date. Most couples choose a wedding date within one year of their engagement. 

Every season is SPECIAL at "IH":
SPRING offers daffodills, tulips, hyacinths, and flowering trees and shrubs.
SUMMER offers our perennial gardens at their prime,enhanced by thousands of colorful annuals, manicured lawns and trees and beautiful views of the Assonet River along our East Bank.
FALL offers rich colors of endless chrysanthemums and gorgeous NE foliage.
WINTER offers beautifully decorated sleighs and carriages and thousands of miniature white lights creating a magical winter landscape....and BEST of ALL, Winter Wedding Savings!

We have recently added videos of the Independence Harbor Gardens by the month to our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and You Tube accounts to help you envision the perfect time of year for your Special Celebration.
Our newly remodeled dining room sparkles with warm, organic, neutral colors, champagne chiavari chairs, and the dining room's window wall enclosures create an intimate and spacious elegance with beautiful views of the renowned "IH" landscape. 
Our "All Inclusive" Wedding Package Menu is also impressive, and affordable!

Call us today to schedule YOUR private tour of "IH", and select YOUR Special date!

"Super" Brunch

Brian Dunning - Sunday, February 10, 2019

Our Sunday Brunch is always held on the First Sunday of each month. The date for our February Brunch fell on Super Bowl Sunday. It did not take too much thought to decide to use the New England Patriots for our decorating theme. Flowers, Fabrics, and Balloons were in Red, White, Blue and Silver. Our chefs really stepped it up with their amazing food art paying tribute to both Valentine's Day and our beloved Patriots. Best of all, the Patriots won the Super Bowl!!!
Why not make a reservation for our next brunch and explore putting our Independence Harbor Team to work for Your Wedding!!


Brian Dunning - Saturday, January 12, 2019

A study in contrasts, wedding trends for 2019 include Alternative Engagement Rings (think pink/blush sapphire or multicolored stones)... Simple Gowns with clean lines (think Meghan Markle),...toned down Natural Makeup (show off those freckles)...Velvet, Opulent Wedding Cakes, and Natural Greens along with Ornamental Grasses incorporated into bouquets, centerpieces and accents.
Full Service Seated Dinners are back, and this will be the year of the "Gin" cocktail. 
Living Coral is the 2019 color of the year, but deep moody hues in florals continue to trend, set off with metallic accents. 
Entertainment will include DJs with Bands or Musicians incorporated into the mix.
The BOTTOM LINE? No rules...make it your special day!

Celebrate Valentines Day!

Brian Dunning - Saturday, January 12, 2019

TREAT YOUR VALENTINE: February is Valentines Month! Why not surprise your sweetheart with reservations to Independence Harbor's February 3rd Sunday Brunch. With a Valentines Theme, our sumptuous Brunch Buffet is sure to WOW! For further details and full menu, see our website at: www.ihweddings.com/brunchmaster/february3

Bridal and Baby Showers

Brian Dunning - Saturday, January 12, 2019

SHOWER THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE: Independence Harbor offers bridal and baby showers during the months of January, February and March for groups of 50 or more. Choose from our Breakfast Buffet, our Brunch Buffet, or our Luncheon Buffet. Our dining room is beautifully decorated, and our grand fireplace will be lit creating an intimate gathering for the guest of honor, friends and family. For more information, menus and pricing, visit our web site at:  www.ihweddings.com/showers

Spring 2019 Savings

Brian Dunning - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Check out Independence Harbor's "Last Minute" available dates for April of 2019. Available April 2019 dates offer lower guest minimums of just 100, Free Facilities Rental, Free Garden or Fireside Ceremony and Winter Menu Pricing (our lowest pricing structure). Choose complimentary up-lighting in your choice of colors to give your wedding that WOW. Some dates offer an additional photo hour with your photographer prior to the ceremony at no charge. April is daffodil season at "IH" and our gardens offer hundreds of the happy flowers...Just Spectacular!

Reserving a Date for Your Wedding

Brian Dunning - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

'Tis the season for booking weddings! The most popular engagement times are Christmas time and Valentine's Day. This is the perfect time to reserve your date and be certain that the date you have your heart set on is yours!