A Waterfront Event and Wedding Facility
on Kent Island on Maryland's Eastern Shore

FAQ

The following is a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding receptions at the Historic Kent Manor Inn. If you have some further questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact the Catering Sales Department and we would love to assist you with any questions you may have.

The following information will be helpful when planning a group function. Many of these guidelines are required by local ordinances. Please contact us with any questions.
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Reservations

  • A signed contract outlining the details of the event plus the Garden House rental fee secures your date. A schedule of payments for remaining deposits will be detailed in the contract.
  • Deposits will be due according to contract guidelines. Deposits and payments may be made by check, cash or credit card. All events must be fully pre-paid seven days prior to the function.

Garden House

Included in your Garden House rental fee:

  • Thirty-minute ceremony and a four-and-a-half-hour reception including a cocktail hour
  • Your own on-site coordinator to ensure your event is seamless and perfect in every way
  • A complimentary overnight king suite
  • Executive Chef William Lackey prepares a custom menu, unique to your event
  • Unlimited access to the Kent Manor Inn on-site wedding coordinator to answer any questions and assist you during your planning process to help customize your event
  • White 120-inch floor length linen with a matching 72-inch white topper; gold chivari chairs with ivory chair cushions
  • Historic Kent Manor Inn glassware, silverware and china
  • Complimentary parking—always
  • An experienced team of Historic Kent Manor Inn staff members on your wedding day to ensure that your wedding day is memorable
  • Waterfront ceremony site at our landscaped gazebo includes white folding ceremony chairs with padded seats
  • Cake-cutting service at no additional charge
  • Certaindesignated grounds may be used for photography before and/or after the ceremony on the day of the event. The Inn parlor is available for photography upon request. On Saturdays, the parlor will not be available for use by the wedding party past 5:45 p.m.

The Preserve

Included in The Preserve rental fee:

  • Thirty-minute ceremony and a four-and-a-half-hour reception including a cocktail reception inside The Preserve and/or on our outside patio adjacent to The Preserve
  • Your own on-site coordinator to ensure your event is seamless, stress-free and perfect in every way
  • A complimentary overnight king suite
  • Executive Chef William Lackey prepares your custom menu, unique to your event
  • Unlimited access to Historic Kent Manor Inn's on-site wedding coordinator to answer any questions and assist you during your planning process to help customize your event
  • White floor length linen with a matching white topper; gold chivari chairs with ivory chair cushions
  • Historic Kent Manor Inn glassware, silverware and china
  • Complimentary parking
  • An experienced team of Historic Kent Manor Inn staff members on your wedding day to ensure that your wedding day is memorable
  • The Preserve's ceremony site includes white folding ceremony chairs with padded seats
  • Cake-cutting service at no additional charge
  • Certain designated grounds may be used for photography before and/or after the ceremony on the day of the event. The Inn parlor is available for photography upon request. On Saturdays, the parlor will not be available for use by the wedding party past 5:45 p.m.

Outdoor Areas

  • Outdoor ceremony chairs will be cleaned just prior to the ceremony. The grass is cut on a weekly basis although the weather sometimes dictates the time.
  • There is ample parking. If the paved area is full, guests may park on the grass area beyond the lot.
  • Staff will arrive two hours prior to your event to begin setting up the facilities.

Bridal party

  • We offer a complimentary king suite for the night of the wedding.

Reception

  • Receptions are 4½ hours long but you can choose to extend that time. Prices are based per person depending on what type of bar that you choose to offer your guests.

Decorations

  • Our staff will place chairs at the ceremony site and all tables, chairs and linens at the reception site.
  • The wedding party is responsible for clean-up of items that are placed on our facilities. (i.e. bows, ribbons, balloons, rose petals, flowers, etc.). A minimum charge of $500 will be assessed for items not removed at the conclusion of the event.

Food and Beverages

  • Food and beverage service is exclusively provided by the Inn. Due to liquor license laws, all alcoholic beverages served must be purchased through the Inn.
  • Alternate menu selections are available upon request. We provide a complimentary tasting after we have received the contract and deposit. Our executive chef will provide the food.
  • Food prices are subject to change due to fluctuating food costs. Food pricing can be finalized at your tasting. The State of Maryland requires a 6% sales tax on all food and service charges and 9% sales tax on alcoholic beverages.
  • It is our policy to require proof of age from guests requesting alcoholic beverages who appear to be 30 years old or younger. No alcoholic beverages will be served to those who do not provide proper age identification.
  • You may provide your own wedding cake through a vendor of your choice. Our staff will slice and serve the cake to your guests. There is no cake-cutting fee.
  • Ample food will be provided based on your head count. If you are having photographs during the cocktail hour, staff will bring or save food and drinks for the bridal party.
  • Historic Kent Manor Inn will provide a banquet captain on (or for?) the day of your event. The captain is responsible for ensuring that all food and beverage is provided according to your contract. The captain does not substitute as a wedding coordinator.

Dress code

  • Our staff will be dressed in black tuxedo shirts and black vests with a maroon tie.

Music

  • Due to county ordinances, outdoor music must end by 10 p.m. Indoor music will not be allowed past midnight.

Accommodations

  • If you need sleeping rooms in the Inn, we will be happy to assist you. A king suite will be made available for each wedding party based upon availability. Please contact the Inn manager for reservation and deposit information for room blocks. Check-in time for all guests, including the bride and groom, is after 3:00 p.m. Check-out is by 11:00 a.m.

If it rains …

  • Garden House: We will move the ceremony inside the Garden House and drape white linen over the bar area. Guests will be seated at the tables already set up for the reception. We can set up several chairs along the dance floor for immediate family. Decision is made 2 hours prior to contracted start time.
  • The Preserve: You choice of moving into the pre-function space with ceremony setup or inside reception area with guests at reception tables.  Decision is made 2 hours prior to contracted start time.

Cancellations

  • All deposits are non-refundable unless we are able to book another similar function for the contracted date.
  • If an event is cancelled less than 180 days from arrival, room rental and one-half of the estimated costs of the function will be charged.

Vendors

  • Upon booking, we will provide a list of preferred vendors.

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