Top 20 Questions

After many years hosting at Herrington on the Bay, we are greatly attuned to your needs. To help things go smoothly, we have answered some of the most common questions here:

How will guests find my wedding at Herrington on the Bay?

We can provide reproducible directions to our facility to you. Directions can also be found on our web site, and we also suggest that guests seek Google, MapQuest, or GPS directions.  The physical address to our Yacht Club Venue is 7151 Lake Shore Drive Rose Haven, MD 20714. The physical address to our Paradise Ballroom Venue is 668 Friendship Road, Friendship MD 20758.

Does Herrington provide a wedding ceremony coordinator?

Herrington on the Bay includes an event coordinator who will take care of your reception. A wedding ceremony coordinator may also be added to your contract. Pricing depends on the day/time of your event.

In the cost summary, it appears as though labor costs are taxed. Is this correct?

Yes. Maryland state law requires that labor costs be applied to catered parties of 12 or more guests must be taxed at the Maryland sales tax rate (6%).

Is there lodging on site?

The Inn at Herrington Harbour is located on site, and offers 45 luxury guest rooms and suites, featuring gorgeous waterfront views.  The Dover House is a 3 bedroom home that is available to rent through Herrington on the Bay.

Is Wedding or Event insurance required by Herrington?

No.  However, insurance can help safeguard your financial investment and we recommend totaleventinsurance.com. Contact them for more information and a quote to see if it fits in your planning.

May I have my wedding rehearsal at my ceremony site (Polynesian Lawn or Herring Bay Garden)?

Herrington will endeavor to make accommodations for you to rehearse on the Polynesian Bridal Lawn or Herring Bay Bridal Garden. For even greater convenience, ask about hosting your rehearsal dinner at Herrington on the Bay as well.

Will there be enough parking for all my wedding guests?

Yes, we have ample free parking whether your event is located at the Herrington Yacht Club or the Paradise Ballroom. Ask us about valet parking options for your guests as well.

Is electricity available at the Polynesian Lawn and Herring Bay Garden?

Yes, there is power within 25 feet of the lawns and it is available for podiums, musicians, and other ceremony needs.

What if I plan an outdoor ceremony and it rains?

Rest assured that Herrington on the Bay provides a rain plan for your ceremony. We can quickly relocate your wedding inside of the venue that you have reserved for your reception at no extra cost.

Who supplies the ceremony chairs on the Polynesian Lawn and Herring Bay Garden?

Herrington on the Bay furnishes white folding chairs for wedding ceremonies. These chairs will be cleaned for your wedding 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

How many guests can be seated in the Harbourview Ballroom of the Herrington Yacht Club (entrance level)?

We can accommodate up to 100 seated guests in the Harbour View Ballroom with a dance floor.

How many guests can be seated in the Chesapeake Ballroom of the Herrington Yacht Club (upper level)?

We can accommodate up to 175 seated guests in the Chesapeake Ballroom.  Ask your Event Designer about floor plans.

How many guests can be seated in the Paradise Ballroom (outside tent facility)?

The Paradise Ballroom accommodates 250 guests for a buffet dinner and 280 guests for a served meal. A tent extension is also available for an additional fee that can increase capacity to 350 guests.

Who provides the flowers and centerpieces?

You may bring in your own unique flowers and centerpieces. We can refer you to a preferred professional if needed.

May I bring my own food, linens or other rental items?

Herrington on the Bay is a full-service caterer and we exclusively provide all food, beverages, linens, and other services on our properties.

What will the Herrington staff wear at my event?

Herrington’s staff wears all black catering attire.

Am I expected to tip the service staff?

While gratuities are always appreciated, this is a personal choice that each guest can make. The labor charge included contributes to the hourly wages of the entire event staff and is not distributed as gratuities or tips.

Can I take left over food home?

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health requires that any leftover food be handled only by Herrington on the Bay, the licensed food service facility. As an eco-friendly wedding venue, we compost leftover food at Honey’s Harvest Farm.

Does Herrington allow outside caterers?

No. We are the exclusive food and beverage provider for our venue. Wedding cakes are only exception.

Can I bring my own liquor, beer, wine and/or champagne?

Herrington provides all beverages including alcohol per the liquor license.

“My wife and I both found the Herrington on the Bay early on during our venue search, and we loved it so much that one look was all we needed to decide that was the place for us, and we booked on the spot. From the start, we had an awesome time working with all the staff, and the chefs were fantastic! Our friends and family have all raved about how wonderful everything was from the views to the food to the atmosphere, and we highly recommend the Herrington on the Bay to everyone looking for a waterfront venue.”

– Ashley + Kendall

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