45 total reviews
Independence Harbor is great. Attractive landscape, great service and management of your reception.
Independence Harbor was AMAZING!!!! The staff is EXTREMELY friendly and helpful. They walk you through everything and are very willing to answer any questions you may have. The venue itself is beautiful. I can't tell you how many compliments we got on how beautiful inside and outside was (and our wedding was in JANUARY!) Everything is kept very clean inside and out all throughout the year. The food is also equally amazing! We chose the buffet selection number 1 and had plenty to choose from. We indulged and tried everything offered! It was simply delicious! We got out dream wedding for a fraction of the cost. IH is very affordable and works with almost every budget! This venue is definitely worth taking a look at! Anne, Connie, Matt and Martha are 4 of the best people in the wedding business! They know their stuff for sure!
My husband and I were ALREADY talking about having a vow renewal ceremony there every 5 years! Everyone just had such a blast including my husband and I. It truly is an awesome establishment! They know how special this day is for you and will do anything to make sure everything goes as planned!
Thank you so much Independence Harbor for making our day perfect !
My wedding night was beautiful. I had a lovely evening wedding outside in the gardens. The grounds are gorgeous! The staff and management were great! I received so many compliments on the venue selection from my guests. The food and service is amazing! I highly recommend this venue!
I can't say enough good things about Independence Harbor. The venue is beautiful; from the gorgeous gardens to the nicely appointed reception area. It is clean, up-to-date, and neutral enough that you can add your own touch with any color scheme you desire.
Connie and Anne were great in the original planning. Matt and Dee were AMAZING as our day-of wedding coordinators. Just... wow! We had a little problem (every wedding will!) I didn't order enough boutonnieres. Matt just whipped up another one from the garden and PRESTO! we were set.
The wedding coordinators did a nice job of keeping us on track with the timeline. You will be amazed at how the time gets away from you. Everybody says that but it is SO TRUE! We were politely and gently prompted to move on to the next stage when it was time. Also, Dee served us (the bride and groom) our food and it was great because I actually ate a little bit. They also are sure to bring you the cocktails and appetizers your ordered for your cocktail hour, out to you while you're having your photos done.
I highly recommend having the ceremony and reception at Independence Harbor. I have been to other weddings where the transition from ceremony site to the reception is very disjointed and the guests are just waiting forever. If you have your heart set on your church, of course, do it! But you can absolutely have a meaningful (and as spiritual as you prefer) ceremony. You rent the gorgeous garden and then personalize the whole ceremony to your own tastes.
Speaking of taste - all of our guests remarked on the great buffet. I had many people tell me that it was the best wedding food they had ever had. Go for the Sunday brunch to sample the menu. There are plated options as well, but the buffet was more economical for us, and it also sped up the process.
When it was time to go, everything was boxed up and ready to take with us. We were exhausted from the full day and just ready to go to bed. There was nothing undone or not thought of in advance. IH is an exceptional venue run by professionals.
We kept everything very simple in order to cut our costs. So my $9,000 is on the lower end and for 100 guests. There are ways to do it on a budget - and there are ways to take it to a very grand scale. Just talk with the Independence Harbor staff up front, be realistic with your budget and let them do the work for you.
Bottom line; I couldn't be happier with the result. Independence Harbor was an excellent venue.
I was married at Independence Harbor in early April. The venue is extremely strict in regards to what can and cannot be done so it's a bit frustrating to deal with as they offer no flexibility whatsoever. All of our guests raved about the quality of the passed appetizers as well as their entree's (we did seated). Our day-of wedding coordinator was Matt and he was absolutely amazing, he made sure everything was executed as we wanted and was the most flexible staff member we had dealt with. They make you pay for the cocktail hour upfront, which doesn't make sense since you have no idea how much it will end up costing at the end of the night.
At the end of the day it is an ABSOLUTELY beautiful venue and I would highly recommend it to an organized bride who is flexible and doesn't get stressed out easily!
Our guest count was around 185 and the venue cost was $12,500 which nets out at $70 per plate which truthfully isn't bad in comparison to a lot of the other venues we checked out.
We were married on October 18, 2013. We chose this time of year because the trees and flowers are so colorful. We decided to let nature speak for itself. Independence Harbor is beautiful and the grounds are immaculate which is great for pictures. They also offer a fireside ceremony option which is perfect for a fall evening wedding. While it is a bit daunting when figuring out the budget, Independence Harbor is worth the money. They are thorough with the details and they tell you exactly what is and isnt included. They also run off season deals which is well worth taking advantage of. All the staff Anne, Connie, Brian and Martha are all easygoing and are there to help you every step of the way. Martha and Brian handle the rehearsal and cater to your every need at the wedding. It was wonderful to have a spare hand at every moment. It couldnt have been any easier or any nicer.
I was married at Independence Harbor on October 10, 2013. The entire process from start to finish was perfect. Any time I had a question, Connie or Anne would reply to my email within a matter of hours. They are very organized, which I appreciate. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous. We got married on a Thursday so there was no rental fee, and the prices for the meals were the lowest I had seen anywhere. The food is fantastic. Everyone raved about it. The day-of coordinators, Matt and Martha, were both very helpful and kept things moving so I didn't have to worry about a thing. The one negative I have is that we could only get there a half hour before the wedding, so no pics beforehand. But it ended up being fine because we got some great pics at my sister's house. I would definitely recommend this place. They are true professionals.
Everything was perfect. Couldn't have asked for better service..everyone was awesome to all of us. Martha serviced me every step of the way with a smile very polite attentive. I was very pleased with our wedding at independence harbor. Thank you all. Sincerely Mrs. Renae Desrosiers
Our wedding was on a Saturday night in August. The ceremony was perfect and the grounds were beautiful. The staff was extremely attentive, professional and courteous. Our guests raved about their meals, especially the clam chowder, and I.H. was very accomodating for our vegetarian and gluten free guests.
We have since heard from many of our guests that it was the best wedding to which they had ever been. It sounds too good to be true, but it is not. We will remember that perfect day for the rest of our lives.
- Melanie & Sean 8-10-13
Not a single detail was missed! This place promises everything they advertise and more. The venue itself is pristine. Extremely professional, they know their business in and out to help provide a flawless day. The owner himself worked with us also, can't ask for a more personal touch!
I chose IH because the grounds were absolutely beautiful, it's a private setting, and because my parents had their reception there as well. Every little request that I had, which was small and simple, were denied and came along with a rude response. Anne had the worst customer service I have ever experienced in my life. She caused me so much unneeded stress, anxiety, and brought me to tears on several occasions. This place is so demanding and unreasonable. I asked to have hashbrown potatoes instead of mashed (which were part of their menu) and after waiting 3 days for a response I was told no, it wasn't appropriate. How can they tell the bride what's appropriate for my own wedding?? When I asked to speak with the manager, I was told no, that she is paid to deal with brides herself. The only light at the end of the tunnel was one of the managers, Matt, who worked the night of the wedding. He was very friendly and was a pleasure to deal with. Overall, if I could do things over, I would NEVER have chosen IH for my wedding reception. If you go there....do yourself a favor and ask for Matt.
Independence Harbor is truly amazing. When we found it, we knew instantly that we had to have our wedding there - this was the best decision we could have made! Everyone there is so kind and so supportive. They made the whole process so easy for us. Even on the day-of, they walked us through everything! Delicious food, wonderful people, beautiful venue (inside and out!)... how can you go wrong? It's the perfect place and we wouldn't have changed a thing about our day!
I just wanted to take a minute and let you know how happy my husband and I were with everything at Jessica and Matt's wedding on Saturday. It started several months ago working with Connie and Anne. They were always available and answered all our questions quickly. I trusted their input and suggestions which made the decision making easier.
The day of the wedding was perfect! First, the waitstaff could not have done a better job. They were attentive and pleasant and went above and beyond to accommodate all our guests. Second, the attendant assigned to the bridal party was tremendous! She did not slack at any time and made sure Jessica and Matt had everything they needed. And third, the food was delicious and everyone had what they wanted including those special requests.
I also want to tell you what a fabulous job Matt did in the day of the wedding in keeping things moving and organized. He was tremendous and I completely trusted his expertise. I never once worried about anything.
All in all, we could not have asked for a more perfect setting. It was such a memorable day.
Thank you all so very much!!
Dawna & Jim
Proud parents of the Bride :)
It was so beautiful being outside in June. We had beautiful weather and the person assigned to us for the day made sure everything went smoothly from the ceremony to the reception.
I used Independence Harbor for both my ceremony and my reception venue. The ceremony was beautiful, their grounds are meticulous and filled with flowers. The reception ran smoothly, food was really good. The only downfall is that they are very strict and have a lot of rules there. Also, it ended up raining later at night and many guests were enjoying the outdoor deck but it is uncovered. I think it would be a good idea if they put up some sort of awning. I had a wonderful wedding there and I am glad that I chose Independence Harbor!
I can't say how happy I am that we chose to get married at Independence Harbor. Everything went super smooth on the day of, even the rain cooperated! The food is delicious, the hall and grounds are gorgeous and the staff is super friendly and great. Matt was our wedding day head coordinator and he did fantastic job of keeping everything (and everyone) moving. Thanks so much IH!
We got married at Independence Harbor a few weeks ago and they are the reason that our big day went so smoothly. We had a lot of little details that we wanted incorporated in our wedding and they made it happen!!! Matt was the most tolerant and accommodating wedding coordinator I have ever met. Roberta, the head waitress, made sure that I ate and got to see all of the little details of the day. Connie and Anne were super helpful at answering any and all questions (there were lots) that we had leading up to, the day of, and after. The food was great and the grounds are gorgeous. We can't wait to get our pictures back to re-live the day again. AND we are so excited that they offer a Sunday Brunch, so we can keep going back to remember how good the food was at our wedding.
My husband and I highly recommend Independence Harbor as the place to have a wedding. Everything was wonderful! The place is gorgous, inside and out and the staff is amazing to work with!
I cannot say enough good things about my actual wedding at Independence Harbor!
The only deductions in my rating are for the sales team. The service/professionalism, etc, of the service team at the wedding was AMAZING and 5 stars.
We originally investigated the venue but didn't think that we wanted to invite more than 75 people (the min was 100 for the day we had in mind). Anne told us to look over the information, and she surprised us with two gift certificates for their monthly brunch. My husband and I went, and we fell in love with the food and the staff service!
As it turns out, Martha was our server for the brunch, and she ended up being the lead server for our brunch wedding. That woman is amazing, and kept me on track throughout the wedding. I had an idea of the wedding schedule I wanted, but theoretical vs. actual is a little fuzzy when you've never really hosted a wedding before and long lost relatives have you trapped in the corner. Not a problem! Martha and Matt (the manager during the wedding), were on top of their game, and they guided us effortlessly through the afternoon.
As a warning, some people might feel a little turned off by how "uptight" the sales women are at the brunch and through e-mail (mostly Connie). I promise that they do a good job - they are just very serious about their jobs. I will admit that I was very annoyed that they were showing the venue to potential customers during my wedding, and I would have liked to have been notified in advance.
Maddie, the banquet manager, is great to work with and her right hand man, Matt, took over all of the duties on the day of the wedding and he knew EVERYTHING.
The food is amazing, and people love to tell me how wonderful the wedding was. You won't be disappointed!
Beautiful, professional, delicious are just some of the words you could use to describe Independence Harbor. I wanted a place where I could hold my ceremony and reception, I got so much more when I booked Independence Harbor. The garden is gorgeous for a ceremony, the guests loved the grounds. The staff were beyond accommodating, I was so frazzled the day of and they were there, making sure everything went wonderfully! The reception and dining room was so amazing, not to mention the food! Words can't describe how good! Everyone loved it!
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A 20 acre Private Estate, unequaled in beauty reserved exclusively for your wedding. "One of Southern New England's most sought after destinations for Private Wedding Receptions and Garden Wedding Ceremonies." Acclaimed cuisine, celebrated service, renowned wedding planning... affordable elegance.
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2010
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2007