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Frequently Asked Questions

Are outside catering services permitted at Independence Harbor?
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.


Can I reserve Independence Harbor if I have fewer guests than the required “Minimum Guarantee?

Yes. The “Minimum Guarantee” does not require that you have that actual number of persons in 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 in June, the “Guaranteed Minimum” is 125. If your actual guest count in attendance is only 115, you will be charged for 115 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 115 and the guarantee of 125. In this example, the “Minimum Guarantee” of 125, minus your actual attendance of 115, equals 10 “Cover Fees”. Our “Cover Fee” for 2022 is $42.00 (“A” Date Pricing), $47.00 ("B" Date Pricing), $53.50(“C” Date Pricing), and $66.00 (“D” Date Pricing). “Cover Fees” are subject to tax and administration fee.. 

Can we arrive early at Independence Harbor to take photographs?

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 may enter the venue, early arrivals (including wedding parties) are limited. Early arrivals and "First Look Photo" opportunities are made available whenever schedules permit.

Does Independence Harbor do outdoor receptions?

One of the greatest features of Independence Harbor is its blend of outdoor and indoor services. Our gardens and grounds are a magical setting 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 expansive 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.

Does Independence Harbor offer "Overtime"?

Whereas most Wedding Venues offer five hour reception periods, Independence Harbor provides a five and one half hour reception period for all events. Independence Harbor does not offer overtime hours to be added to those reception periods. 

Does Independence Harbor offer "Wedding Packages"?

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 Chiavari 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 Framed 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



The New "All Inclusive" Wedding Packages 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 45 years, and are fortunate to be able to pass these valuable resources on to our customers. From disc jockeys, photographers, florists, and cakemasters, to 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.


Does Independence Harbor offer overnight accommodations?

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

Does Independence Harbor provide a wedding coordinator for each wedding?

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.

Does Independence Harbor require a minimum number of guests to reserve the facilities?

Yes. Minimum numbers of people are required to reserve the facilities.  

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


How much does a wedding cost?

Independence Harbor offers some of the most affordable "All Inclusive Wedding Packages" in Southern New England. Independence Harbor's pricing is always readily available on our website's "menus and pricing" pages.

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

The  "All Inclusive" Wedding Packages" Menu  offers four (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 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.