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 and the physical address to our Paradise Ballroom Venue is 668 Friendship Road, Friendship MD 20758.

Does Herrington provide a wedding ceremony coordinator?

A wedding ceremony coordinator can be arranged with one of our preferred vendors, but is not included in the cost estimates unless specifically requested. Couples are also welcome to contract with their own ceremony coordinator.

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

Yes. Maryland state law requires that any labor cost applied to catered parties for 12 or more guests must be taxed at the 6% Maryland state tax rate.

Is there lodging on site?

The Inn at Herrington Harbour is located on site, and offers 48 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.

Are deposits refundable?

Once you have reserved our services and property for your event, we no longer offer the date or location to other guests. Therefore, we may not resell the date if your event is cancelled, and cannot refund your deposit.

Is Wedding or Event insurance required by Herrington?

No.  However, we do suggest at least getting a quote for your event to see if it fits your planning.  Insurance can help safeguard your financial investment.

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.  The Harbour View Ballroom is located on the entrance level of the Herrington Yacht Club.

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.  The Chesapeake Ballroom is located on the 2nd level of the Herrington Yacht Club.

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

We can accommodate up to 220 seated guests in the Paradise Ballroom with a dance floor.

Who provides the flowers and centerpieces?

Each client is offered a complimentary consultation with our Event Stylist, who can provide centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, bridal arch decorations, etc. at competitive prices. Herrington permits each client to provide their own unique flowers and centerpieces if desired.

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, linens, and other services on our properties. We do so at the best value possible for our clients.

What will the Herrington staff wear at my event?

Herrington’s staff members wear all black catering attire. A more casual style uniform may be worn upon request.

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?

Unfortunately, no. 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 strive to minimize food waste. Leftover food is composted at Honey’s Harvest Farm and used to improve the soil and grow vegetables that we use on our menus. We are also a partner with “Means” a nonprofit  organization that is combating food waste by distributing unused food and produce to local churches, shelters, and food pantries.

Does Herrington allow outside caterers?

Herrington is a full service wedding venue providing exclusive food and beverage services to anyone hosting an event at our site. Aside from supplying your own wedding cake, no other food or beverages may be provided by outside suppliers.

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

Herrington on the Bay owns the liquor license for the property. Therefore, if your event is held at our property, you may not bring your own spirits or liquor.

“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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