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    40 Westland Ave
    Portland, Maine 04102

Weddings

Congratulations and thank you for considering The Italian Heritage Center for your Wedding Reception. Our professional, experienced staff will help you plan and orchestrate your perfect day. Please keep in mind the menu on this site can be tailored to fit your tastes and budget.

We always include full linen and china set-up, cash bar, complimentary champagne toast for the head table, and we cut and serve your Wedding Cake for dessert.

We have two rooms to choose from, The DaVinci Room holds up to 135 guests. It features a fireplace and balcony. The Columbus Room holds 100 to 450 guests. It is a large chandeliered room with no obstructing posts and has been newly renovated. Included in the rental of the Columbus Room is the Montessori Library, which is where the bridal party gathers prior to being introduced. Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided to you and your bridal party during this time in the Library.

Frequently asked questions:Do we provide our own disc jockey or band?
Yes. We have a list of preferred vendors if you need some assistance finding entertainment. If you have the day slot, band or disc jockey can come in anytime after 9:00 a.m. to set up. If you have the evening slot, band or disc jockey can come in anytime after 4:30 p.m. for set-up. If you have an all day block we coordinate set-up times, although we are very flexible and if the entertainment need to set-up early we can usually accommodate their needs. Entertainment has to stop by 4:00 p.m., day slot and by 12:00 a.m., evening slot.

Should I count my photographer and disc jockey in my final meal count?
We always provide your band or disc jockey, and photographer with a meal at no extra cost to you as we consider this a professional courtesy, up to three complimentary vendor meals per event.

Your contract states no food or beverage is allowed to be brought in to The Italian Heritage Center; does this include Wedding Cakes?
Wedding Cakes are allowed to be brought into the center, traditional cookies such as baklava and Italian cookies are permitted. Party favors containing candy are allowed. No alcoholic beverages are permitted to be brought in at all. All food and beverage with the exception of the above must be provided by the center.

Do you charge a cake cutting fee?
No. For Wedding Receptions; we cut up and serve the clients cake on china at no extra charge. For ice cream service with cake, add $1.95 per person plus 7% sales tax and a 20% gratuity.

When are menus and linens picked out?
No less than 2 months before your scheduled date an appointment is set-up. At that time, we detail your entire event, including menus. We have several different color choices for table napkins and table linens are available in white or ivory. Chair covers and bows with several different color choices and fabrics are available starting at $5.00 per chair, we set-up and take down the chair covers included in that cost. Chair covers and specialty linens must be provided by us, no exceptions.

Do you provide centerpieces? 
Centerpieces are provided by the bride; however we have votive candles which are available, up to two per table at no extra cost. Candles are allowed as long as they are an enclosed flame, in a votive holder or a hurricane for large candles. We set-up all party favors, table arrangements, centerpieces, place cards, guestbook and pen in the room. Metal flake confetti is not allowed, no tacks or tape is allowed on our walls, and any balloons must be weighted down so they do not get caught in the chandeliers.

Do you have inclusive packages?
Yes. We have recently designed packages that include everything. Please ask. We will tailor complete packages that include some or all of the following: linens, floral arrangements, wine service, chocolate fountain, and Viennese dessert table. This is your day, and we can assist to make your vision a reality.

Basic Timeline:
After reception date is booked, no later than two months before, we meet and go over all details. At this meeting I will draw you a map of the room, and provide you with several copies for reserved seating. One week before, guaranteed count of guests is due. The guarantee is what you pay for.

Two days before:
*Final payment is due, for final payment we take bank check, money order, MasterCard, Visa or cash.

At this time you bring in to me, and we double check all final details:
*Guest Book and Pen
*Guest Place cards in alphabetical order
*Final Map of room, illustrating how many guests are at each table, where any special meals or children’s meals are to be delivered, and if a split menu how many of each item at each table.
*Party favors and centerpieces
*Bride and Groom toasting glasses
*Basket or container for gift cards
*Anything we are setting up in the room for you.

We pride ourselves in the hundreds of successful Wedding Receptions we have held at our facility. I would be happy to assist you in planning and coordinating your reception. Please call me with any questions, (207) 772-2500, my email address is manager@italianheritagecenter.com.

Sincerely,
Kimberly McDonough
General Manager

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