While planning a wedding there are so many factors that need to come together to make it a success. A primary one being the venue. If you’re having a nautical themed wedding or just love everything to do with the water, you might consider getting married on a boat. However, there are quite a number of things you would need to know before having a wedding on a boat.
For those couples looking to have their wedding on the water, below is all you would need to know about having your wedding ceremony on a boat.
The Pros and Cons of a Boat Wedding
One venue to cover all
Having the wedding ceremony and reception on board is a great idea because then you would not have to worry about extra logistics. Issues like 2 venues or transportation from one location to the other are eliminated with boat weddings.
One advantage of boat wedding ideas is the unmatched view that comes with the location. From the harbor to the coastline against the skyline. Nothing makes for a better picture background than majestic nature in all its splendor.
A lot of boats offer all-inclusive packages that bring the costs of your wedding down. This is because one package can handle everything from linens, tableware, catering, the bar, sound systems and everything related to wedding coordination.
Each boat can only handle a certain amount of people on board. Depending on the number of your guests in relation to your budget, you might either need to ask for a bigger boat or scale back on the number of guests you will entertain.
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Possible hidden fees
Depending on the boat company you use, there might be some hidden fees that can crop up with hiring a boat for your wedding. You would need to confirm that there are no extra taxes or fees for docking, fuel, gratuities or other.
You are stuck on board
It would be difficult to just step out or off like you would be able to do at any other traditional venue. So, you and your wedding guests would have to keep in mind that you are stuck on the boat for the duration of the wedding, or until the boat docks.
Boat Wedding Tips and Ideas
Try hosting other pre-wedding events on the boat
You could take the boat on a party trial run if you are not completely convinced that a wedding on the water is the direction to take. You could decide to have your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower on a boat, to have a feel of what it’s like. Who knows, it could even give you ideas on where to honeymoon if you weren’t totally sure.
Prepare for possible seasickness
Not all of your guests might be totally comfortable being on the water, so prepare for any possible seasickness or queasiness. You could ensure that there are some ginger candies, ginger ale or ginger tea on board to help any such guest.
Ensure there is wheelchair accessibility if needed
Not all charter boats are completely wheelchair accessible, and if this is of the utmost importance for your guests, you would have to confirm that the boat you are hiring is. Some boats have winding staircases to the upper deck and narrow corridors that make mobility difficult for disabled guests.
Have a back-up plan in case of bad weather
While most weddings on the water take place in the open air, it would be wise to have a plan B in case of any bad weather as is possible while in the open sea. So, find out the size of the interior space and if it would accommodate your invited guests just in case.
Add necessary information to your wedding website ahead of time
If you have a wedding website or hashtag for disseminating wedding-related information, it would be helpful to include some lines about your boat wedding. This would include the weather forecast for the day, the dress code guests should consider due to the wind and water, as well as any other information they might need about your chosen venue.
Discover the best locations on the boat for your photo-op
While being on the water gives you access to insane views, it would be a good idea to find the spots on the boat that maximize these views when you are taking a picture. This would be best discussed with your photographer so you can make the most of your wedding photos on your boat wedding.
Getting married on a boat is definitely a great idea for a wedding. However, there are a few factors you would have to consider before going down that road. The tips above will give you an idea of some of the pros and cons of making such a decision and having a great wedding on the water.