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Garden Party...

Brian Dunning - Saturday, September 01, 2018

Independence Harbor is renowned for its extensive perennial gardens, offering ever changing color and beauty. with acres of manicured grounds, "I.H." provides the perfect setting for your ceremony and reception. In September, our summer gardens are at their fullest maturity and beauty. 

Love the fall jewel color tones? Check out our October gardens with thousands of garden chrysanthemums accented by spectacular foliage, compliments of Mother Nature. Fall dates are available for 2019. Why not schedule a tour to see what we have to offer?

Dining Room Makeover Update

Brian Dunning - Saturday, September 01, 2018

This summer has been the very definition of summer...HOT! The gardens love all the sunshine and are just magnificent, as always. 
In addition, the Independence Harbor facility makeover is complete. New carpet throughout the dining room, bar and bridal lounge, new fabric and new paint, new bridal lounge furniture, and all new designer champagne colored Chiavari seating for the dining room. What a stunning new look and feel! We have used a gorgeous neutral palette throughout, which offers endless opportunity to make your theme and color scheme shine. We are getting rave reviews! Please come see for yourself. We can't wait to show you our "New Look"!

Dining Room Makeover

Brian Dunning - Monday, August 13, 2018

Our dining room makeover is complete! All New Champagne Chiavari Chairs, New Carpeting Throughout, New Fabric....and more...check it out:

Who will officiate your wedding ceremony?

Brian Dunning - Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts permits the option for a friend or family member to obtain a one day license to officiate your wedding ceremony. What a wonderful opportunity to make your ceremony unique and so much more meaningful by having that very special person pronounce you "married"! 


For more information, visit: www.mass.gov and search for "One-Day Marriage Destination".





Bird Seed for the Birds?

Brian Dunning - Saturday, July 28, 2018

Have a fun and environmentally friendly wedding send off. Couples today are searching for a "greener solution" for their wedding send off. Gone are the days of confetti, bird seed and bubbles. Why not try: Ribbon wands in your color scheme; Glow sticks; Fiber Optic Wands: or Kazoos or Party Store Tambourines? We would love to hear your suggestions!

Wedding Photos "On the River"

Brian Dunning - Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A popular wedding photo site at Independence Harbor is along our split rail fence bordering the scenic Assonet River at Payne's Cove. The Harbor's manicured lawns and lush natural grasses of Payne's Cove frame the riverfront and lend a whole different dimension to the Harbor's many photo ops! This is a perfect time to schedule a tour and experience the beauty and uniqueness of "I.H."
Thanks to Gracie Withers Photography for this beautiful image.

Not Your Mother's Martini!

Brian Dunning - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Independence Harbor's "All Inclusive" Wedding Menu Package includes stationary hors d'oeuvres offering a selection of our popular Martini Appetizer Bars. Our oversized martini glasses are artfully displayed and tables are beautifully decorated with fabric and fresh flower cuts and food art creations to match your color scheme. Choose from our "Mashed Potato Martini Bar", "Sweet Potato Martini Bar", "Macaroni and Cheese Martini Bar", "Nacho Martini Bar", and watch your guests delight in creating their own "Martini Appetizer" with all their favorite toppings. And don't hesitate to suggest a special "Martini Bar" unique to you! We have had "French Fry Bars" and "Taco Bars" and more! And, of course if you are also in the mood for a martini of the "non-food" variety, our skilled bartenders are happy to create your favorite liquid martini!     

June Weddings at Independence Harbor

Brian Dunning - Monday, June 25, 2018
Spring and Summer bring an amazing array of colors and structure to the "I.H." gardens. June is an exciting burst of beauty, from the gorgeous peonies in whites and reds and all shades of pinks, to orange poppies and purple and white and lavender iris. The cheerful shasta daisies and bright yellow stella d'oro lillies are complimented by the more than 12,000 impatiens and begonias and coleus and petunias and cleome and so many more bedding plants that are added to the perennial gardens in mid May. If you are considering a spring or summer wedding, now is the time to schedule a tour.

Theme Wedding Cakes

Brian Dunning - Monday, June 25, 2018
Wedding cakes today are as unique as your imagination. If you can dream it, a talented cake master can create it. Truly works of art, cakes are no longer just a simple white frosted confection with a wedding couple topper, today's cakes are as diverse as you wish to make them. Square cakes, cakes with combinations of shapes and even topsy turvy cakes are possibilities. Multi flavored, fabulous colors, photos, "chalkboard" painted, and frostings that resemble textures such as marble or lace. Organic touches continue to be popular with fresh or artistic florals incorporated to match your color scheme.
Themed wedding cakes: More choices than ever. Themed wedding cakes are a great way to tout your wedding style and WOW your guests. Travel, sports, gardens (one of our favorite themes), movies (Star Wars continues in popularity), vintage and gothic help to tell your story. Are you a Disney aficionado? If so, why not introduce your favorites such as "Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella or Mickey and Minnie? Or, try something a little different such as wedding cakes made from cookies, donuts or cupcake towers offering multiple flavors...or a Fall favorite...pies.
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The Bride's Bouquet

Brian Dunning - Monday, June 25, 2018
Meghan Markle, the new Dutchess of Sussex, carried a simple but gorgeous bouquet for her wedding. Incorporated were an all white arrangement of sweet pea, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia. Keeping with the tradition of all royal weddings, a sprig of myrtle was added for good luck. The all white scheme complimented the simplicity of her gown perfectly. Why not consider an all white bouquet for your wedding? There are a multitude of whites and creams to choose from at this time of year.