When the contract is signed, to continue holding the date, we require a $1,000 booking fee to be paid.
Halfway prior to the event, 50% of the remaining fee will be due.
The final installment will be required 30 days prior to the event.
We prefer cash or check but can accept major credit cards with a 4% transaction fee applied to each transaction.
You are welcome to send smaller, partial payments of any amount prior to the specified due date, so in effect creating your own payment plan on your own schedule.
Full payment is due by the specified due date.
We also reserve the right to request a credit card on file for any damages to the facility or grounds.
The process is easy! Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your requested date, and a back-up date.
We’ll then start the contract process and email you the information needed to create the contract. A date is then reserved for you once you have provided the first payment at the time of signing the contract.
Before booking a date, we would love to show you our family-owned venue in person. You are not required to view the property before booking with us, you can request a tour (or Facetime tour if you live out of town) on our tour request page. We’ve had couples book with us without being able to tour the property in person, and we can easily handle the contract and deposit.
Wonderful question! We believe that the average total wedding budget of a couple getting married at Island View Waterfront is between $20,000 and 24,000. This includes the total cost of a wedding (the venue, catering, photographer, DJ/band, florist, etc.). With the beautiful natural setting and all that is included in our packages, and with smaller guest counts and creativity within your budget, it is possible to spend less.
We do not have a food or guest count minimum. We know weddings can be expensive and we don't want you to worry about minimums that can add to your overall budget.
Yes, we require professional caterers with liability insurance, however, you get to pick your caterer. This is an extra measure to help keep you and your guests from any foodborne illnesses and also to provide you with another layer of quality service.
However, if you need help choosing a caterer (or any vendor) we have a list of recommendations.
Since there are so many caterers to choose from, we do require prior approval of a caterer for events at Island View Waterfront.
Caterers will be charged a $175 utility fee to use our kitchen and equipment.
All caterers must have liability insurance and list Island View Waterfront as an additional beneficiary. Proof of this insurance must be given to us 60 days prior to the event.
Also, we require caterers to collect and remove any trash created by the caterer or by the use of their product. Caterers are also responsible for providing their own linens and cleaning the kitchen before leaving the venue. It’s helpful to advise your caterer of these venue rules so they can prepare for your special day. Please have them email us so they understand our expectations prior to your special day.
If using a corporate company, drop off service, or food truck, you must have staff hired to setup, maintain, cleanup, and breakdown the event.
There are 1 standard-size refrigerator, 1 large standing freezer, a 3-compartment commercial sink, 2 prep tables, a small portable island cart, a microwave, a 6 burner propane stove with oven a flat top grill with broiler and oven, a hand-washing sink, 1 ice machine, and 1 walk-in. We also have 2 entrances for the caterers for easy unloading and loading of their food and supplies.
Unfortunately, no. All alcohol must be ordered through Island View Waterfront.
And should your caterer not have bartenders, you must hire a professional bartending company that is TAM certified and are insured.
We only host one wedding each day at Island View Waterfront to ensure your event is special and uninterrupted.
There are! White Marsh, Maryland offers a variety of accommodations. And there are plenty of local AirBnBs in the area to explore.
Our main lot can hold up to 50, and our parking field can hold up to 100.
We have a limited number of straight tables onsite that can be used for your gift table, head table, etc. Usually we have a few extras that can be mixed in with reception seating, but the majority of your guests will be seated at round tables.
No. Island View Waterfront provides an awesome venue, tables, and wedding chairs for the allotted amount of time. You are welcome to bring your own linens.
Island View Waterfront always recommends a plan A, B, and C.
With that being said, in order to keep cost venue rental at such a low price, a tent is not included in the price. So any rental that will have more than 60 guests will be required to rent a tent for their event.
Any rental with 60 or less guests can use the main building as their Plan B
Because we only host one event per day, our fee structure remains the same whether you hold your ceremony, reception, or both onsite.
We are dog friendly, with some specific stipulations. Dogs are allowed (only with pre-approval by Jessica) at the ceremony and pictures. Animals, other than service animals, are NOT allowed under roof or near food. Dogs must be on a leash and someone must be responsible for them other than the bride and groom, and any “deposits” of waste must be picked up with your own poop bags, sealed, and put in outside trash cans.
We prefer cash or check.
But we can accept all major credit cards with an added 4% processing fee per transaction.
We do not keep a cancellation waiting list because cancellations are unpredictable. As soon as a date does become available we post it here.
You are allowed to decorate and have access to the venue according to the time frame noted on your contract.
Extra time or days are available by purchasing the two-day package. This package allows you an additional eight (8) hours the day before your event for your rehearsal, to decorate, or prepare the venue for your special day.
No. We do not provide a coordinator. We provide staff members that handle the logistics of our building. We do ask that you have a day-of coordinator for your event.
We do require you to select someone to be the decision-maker for the day, to help make important decisions on the day of your wedding. This should be someone other than the bride, groom, bridal party, and immediate family members if possible.
With that being said, although we don’t require a planner, we do thinks it’s a good idea to have one. It’s always beneficial to have at least a day-of-event professional wedding planner to help support you and your vision for the day. Let them take that stress from you so you can fully enjoy your special day.
The benefit of a wedding at Island View Waterfront is that there is no "set" design. Its's your day to decide. And while a team member will be there to help as needed, your caterer (and day of coordinator) will be in charge of that. It is helpful if you send us your plans, just in case.
Our 1 hour of rehearsal time is scheduled a day the week before the wedding, if available. If an event is booked the day before your wedding, you may contact us to see if there is availability on another day to have the 1 hour of rehearsal time. Some couples select our two-day option to allow for the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and extra decoration time. See our investment page here for details.
Sparklers are allowed in the grass area or driveway area for the send-off of the couple . All other fireworks are not allowed as we don’t want to scare the animals or disturb our neighbors.
Please contact us if you need to make prior arrangements for a vehicle to be left overnight.
Music on Friday's/Saturday's must conclude by 10pm to ensure that you, all of your items, and all of your vendors are off-property by 11pm. Music on Sunday's and weekday events must conclude by 8pm to be off property by 9:00 pm.
All deliveries and pick-up of items must take place during the standard rental period. If you have a two-day package, rental items may be dropped off the day before the event during the scheduled six-hour time frame of 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
LED candles inside
Yes! We love food trucks and think they are a fun option for your reception.
Just be sure they offer staff to setup, maintain, cleanup, & breakdown.
Outside food and drink are permitted prior to the ceremony (during setup). But please no glass or alcohol.
Trash removal from the bathrooms will take place throughout the reception.
You will need to remove any personal items by the end of the event, along with picking up any trash and making sure the furniture is back in its original place.
As a reminder, we require caterers to collect and remove any trash created by the caterer or by the use of their product. Caterers are also responsible for cleaning the kitchen before leaving the venue. It’s helpful to advise your caterer of these venue rules so they can prepare for your special day.
Yes! Just ask and we would be happy to make recommendations.
No. Our main building has a lot of family history so we only allow magnets to be used on metal surfaces. No tacks, tape, nails, staples, etc. are to be used on wooden surfaces. We have beautiful romantic ceiling lights that can only be reached with tall ladders, so please, do not add anything to the ceiling. Our floor is very old, so we kindly ask that no tape of any kind be used on the floor.