Idyllic Weddings at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

The 1000 Island area of Northern New York features very picturesque islands along the St Lawrence River. The draw of the river brings people to Clayton. One of those draws is to get married along the beautiful shores as huge ocean going vessels slip by the Seaway.


The 1000 Island Harbor Hotel has been open for just over one year. During this time, it has quickly become a favorite spot with both locals and visitors. Located on reclaimed land from the defunct Frink America, Inc. site, it stands as a beautiful building and grounds that reminds us of the historic gilded age of Clayton, NY.

With such a great location and venue, it is not surprising that the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is growing in popularity as a wedding host. In 2015, they hosted 44 weddings and they are already at 47 weddings for 2016. The hotel can handle 250 guests for a wedding reception with 105 rooms on-site. Thoughtfully, the hotel was designed so that most of the rooms have a view of the river.

For the ceremony, the hotel has a glorious outdoor location that is seasonally decorated. Ceremonies can be quickly moved indoors if weather becomes an issue.

Outdoor Ceremony location
Outdoor Ceremony location

Brides and grooms have also married on a boat on the river and then returned to the hotel for the reception.

The reception decor is what I consider Modern Elegant. Beautiful seasonal centerpieces with well appointed tables.

Table Setting

The hotel offers three extremely attractive wedding plans. All include:

  • Professional consultant to work with you and who has a list of excellent area vendors
  • 1 hour open bar before dinner
  • Champagne toast for the head table
  • 3 hours of open bar following dinner
  • Elevated, illuminated and skirted head table
  • Skirted and decorated cake and gift table
  • Complimentary cake cutting and coffee service after dinner
  • Complimentary menu tasting for two


The three plans, not including taxes (USD), are:

  • Elegant Sit Down dinner or Buffet for $69.99 per person
  • Exquisite Site Down dinner for $89.99 per person
  • Elaborate Wedding Buffet for $89.99 per person

The menu choices are excellent. In addition, a custom menu can be designed to accommodate the bride and groom’s wishes and many extras are also available. The 1000 Islands Habor Hotel staff are there to make it simple for the happy couple and will do their utmost to please them.


Usually, I am the one at the front performing the service. During the wedding ceremony that occurred while I was there, it was fun to be the observer. I can truly attest that the staff were performing at their best to make everything perfect for the bride and groom.


The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is an excellent choice for a beautiful, close and affordable destination wedding for brides and grooms in the triangle that is Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. There are many attractions in Clayton for the duration of your stay. Clayton is a short and pleasant 1.5 hour ride from Ottawa – the same amount of time it takes me to cross Ottawa going from Kanata to Rockland.