FAQs

QAre outside catering services permitted at Independence Harbor?
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No. Independence Harbor does require that all food (except wedding cakes) be purchased through Independence Harbor. Wedding cakes, cupcakes etc. must be provided by licensed professionals.  Please review our Preferred Vendors list for more information.  All beverages must also be purchased through Independence Harbor.


QCan I reserve Independence Harbor if I have fewer guests than the required “Minimum Guarantee?
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Yes. The “Minimum Guarantee” does not require that you have that number of persons in actual attendance at your wedding. You are however, required to pay a “Cover Fee” for the number of persons less than the “Guaranteed Minimum”. For example, if you reserve a Sunday Daytime (10:00AM -3:00PM) in June, the “Guaranteed Minimum” is 100. If your actual guest count in attendance is only 95, you will be charged for 95 persons at the price of the food and beverage choices you have selected for your reception, plus tax and administration fee. You will then be charged a “Cover Fee” for the difference between your actual attendance of 95 and the guarantee of 100. In this example, the “Minimum Guarantee” of 100, minus your actual attendance of 95, equals 5 “Cover Fees”. Our “Cover Fee” for 2017 is $33.00 (“A” Date Pricing), $38.00 (“B” Date Pricing), and $48.00 (“C” Date Pricing). “Cover Fees” are subject to tax and administration fee..

QCan we arrive early at Independence Harbor to take photographs?
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Because Independence Harbor assures complete privacy for each event, and because the outdoor facilities as well as the indoor facilities must be in complete readiness before any guests are permitted on the estate, early arrivals (including wedding parties) are limited.

QDoes Independence Harbor allow "Overtime"?
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Independence Harbor provides a five and one half hour reception period for all Monday through Saturday events and Sunday Night events. Sunday Daytime events are provided a five hour reception period. Independence Harbor does not allow overtime hours to be added to those reception periods.

QDoes Independence Harbor do outdoor receptions?
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One of the greatest features of Independence Harbor is its blend of outdoor and indoor services. Our gardens and grounds are perfect for Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. Certainly there is nothing more elegant than serving cocktails or wines and hors d'oeuvres to your guests, as they gather on the patio after you've exchanged your vows on the gazebo, or upon their arrival at Independence Harbor from your church ceremony. Independence Harbor does not serve dinners outside. All dinners, buffet or full service, are served in the dining room.

QDoes Independence Harbor offer "Wedding Packages"?
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All Independence Harbor Wedding Receptions Are Offered Complete With:

Beautifully Furnished and Decorated Dining and Reception Facilities Comfortably Accommodating from 100 to 250 Guests

An Extraordinary Garden Landscape Completely Surrounding the Dining and Reception Facilities

An Expansive Outdoor Private Patio Complimented with Traditional Wicker Furniture and Sun Umbrellas

An Elegant Garden Gazebo Overlooking the Harbor's South Lawn Ideal for Wedding Photos and Garden Wedding Ceremonies

A Magnificent Stone Fireplace in the Main Dining Room Ideal for Wedding Photos and Indoor Wedding Ceremonies

Complete and Private Bar Service Including Professional and Certified Service Personnel

A Skilled and Attentive Food Service Team in Formal Attire Amply Staffing Each Event

A Professional Wedding and Event Coordinator and Food and Beverage Director Attending to Every Detail of Every Event

Independence Harbor's Acclaimed Wedding Planners Assist Throughout the Entire Planning Process

Individually Customized Floor Plans for All Events Using the Finest Designer Fabric Dining Chairs

The Finest Floor Length Table Linens Dress All Guest and Specialty Table Arrangements

A Selection of More Than Twenty Colors of Cotton Dinner Napkins

Glass Hurricane Lamp Centerpieces with Tapered Candles and Embossed Table Numbers are available for All Guest Tables

Fresh Floral Arrangements And Hand Carved Food Art Displays Decorate Each Specialty Buffet

Fresh Floral Arrangements Decorate "The Harbor's" Beautifully Appointed Restrooms

Complimentary Food Tasting Opportunities for the Bride and Groom

Large Parquet Dance Floor and Elevated Stage

Coat Room Attendant (Season Appropriate)

Independence Harbor'S Two "Wedding Package" Menus:  

       The Traditional 2018 Wedding and Banquet Package Menu 
                   and
         The New 2018 "All Inclusive" Wedding Package Menu


Independence Harbor will also be pleased to provide you with referrals on most wedding vendor services. We have had the pleasure of working with many talented people in our 40 years, and are fortunate to be able to pass these valuable resources on to our customers. From disc jockeys, photographers, florists, and cakemasters, to ministers, justices of the peace, ceremony musicians, horse drawn carriages, photobooth and uplighting vendors etc..The services referred by Independence Harbor are not required. They are however, highly recommended. We feel that is distinctly to your advantage to hire professionals, and especially those who are familiar with weddings, and more particularly with weddings at Independence Harbor.  Please review our Preferred Vendors list for more information.


QDoes Independence Harbor offer overnight accommodations?
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Independence Harbor does not offer overnight accommodations. We are happy to recommend several fine hotels which are close by for you and your guests.  Please review our Preferred Vendors list for more information.

QDoes Independence Harbor provide a wedding coordinator for each wedding?
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Yes. Every wedding at Independence Harbor is overseen by one of our Wedding Directors, as well as our Food and Beverage Director. Each detail of your wedding is attended to by these experienced and courteous professionals.

QDoes Independence Harbor require a minimum number of guests to reserve the facilities?
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Yes. Minimum numbers of people are required to reserve the facilities.  

Day of the week

Jan 1 - April 30

May 1 - Oct 31

Nov 1 - Dec 31

Thursdays

100

100

100

Fridays

100

125

100

Saturday Daytime

100

100

100

Saturday Nights

150

150

150

Sunday Daytime

100

100

100

Sunday Nights

100

125

100

Monday Holidays

100

125

100

Available dates listed on Independence Harbor's "Last Minute Savings Opportunities" may be offered at reduced minimum requirements.


QHow long in advance should I reserve my wedding date at Independence Harbor?
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Independence Harbor accepts wedding reservations up to two years in advance. If your heart is set on one, and only one particular date and time for your wedding , we suggest reserving that date two years in advance. If you can be flexible with your wedding date and time we suggest reserving April through October wedding dates 8-18 months in advance, and all other dates at least 6 months in advance. A variety of prime dates may still be available with shorter notice, and are often offered at reduced rates and reduced minimums. Please see our “Special Savings” offerings.

QHow much does a wedding cost?
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The cost of an Independence Harbor wedding reception is determined by your menu selections. "I.H." offers two distinct "Package Menus" that are fully detailed on our "Menus and Pricing" pages:

The "Traditional" Wedding and Banquet Package Menu, and the "All Inclusive" Wedding Packages" Menu.

Both menus offer three (4) pricing schedules providing a price for every budget. Each pricing schedule is clearly defined by day of the week and month of the year on our "Menus and Pricing" pages.

The "Traditional" Wedding and Banquet Package Menu is offered for those who prefer an "a' la carte" approach to designing their wedding reception fare. Simply select the reception dinner of your choice. Then, whether to add Hors D'Oeuvres, Specialty Appetizer and Dessert Stations, Toasting or Dinner Wines etc is entirely up to you.  

The Independence Harbor  "All Inclusive" Wedding Packages Menu  offers exceptional values for those planning a Wedding Reception with all the frills. These are truly extraordinary packages at extraordinarily affordable prices. Full details are available on our "Menus and Pricing" pages.



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Independence Harbor

10 Narrows Road

Assonet, MA 02702-0118

508-644-2225 | 800-287-8300