5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Nautical Wedding in Toronto

Consider a nautical wedding!  Imagine walking down the aisle alongside the sun, glittering against the rippling waves. The fresh air and gentle breeze tickling your senses. Rich hues of purple and orange paint the perfect backdrop, as the sun sets against the water. You’re glowing, there’s a sparkle in your eye and you say I do. Finally, the day turns to night and the stars electrify the sky with the Toronto city lights, as you share your first dance as a married couple.

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If you like the sound of this, why not experience it for yourself? There are numerous reasons that make nautical weddings in Toronto a truly breathtaking experience. However, at Mariposa Cruises, we offer plenty of other perks; including a limited time offer, where you can SAVE 20% OFF 2020 weddings when you book by August 31st, 2019!

1. Ever-changing Scenery 

Exchange your vows with a view! Getting married on a boat guarantees a scenic background to compliment every moment of your event, especially in Toronto. We have one of the most iconic skylines in the world and there’s no better way to experience it than from the water! From the city skyline and sunset views, to the lush Toronto Islands, every view is different. We’ve made many dream weddings come true and know the importance of capturing memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Our vessels offer dynamic angles that provide lots of natural light and the best views in the city.

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2. Personalize Your Ceremony: We Make Planning Simple and Stress Free!

When you have a wedding at Mariposa Cruises, your boat is your oyster! Religious or not, big or small, we do it all! Getting married on a boat allows you to customize your wedding to represent your personal values and preferences, whatever the theme or style may be. Many newlyweds are keeping up with the trend of getting married in unconventional venues, such as a boat. However, we offer all elements of a traditional or non-traditional wedding, even a blend of both! We provide our clients with a full-service event planning team that is efficient and cost effective. They take care of all the details from décor to entertainment, food and beverage, photography, music and anything else your heart desires.

Our personalized planning process is simple and stress free! A Sales Manager will help you find a vessel that is the perfect fit for your wedding. Each of our six vessels are uniquely styled and vary in capacity from 40 guests to 560. Every couple is assigned an Event Coordinator, who will detail your event from start to finish. A dedicated Restaurant Manager and hospitality team are there for you on the day of your cruise; and DJ services are included on all vessels except the yacht Rosemary. Finally, our navigational team ensures smooth sailing and the best cruise route for the day of your wedding.

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3. Smaller & More Intimate 

When choosing a wedding venue, location, style and proximity to guests are very important. Having your wedding on a boat always allows you to stay within close range to your family and friends, whether you’re hosting 50 people or over 500. The outer decks provide comfortable seating arrangements that give guests the ability to easily mingle while enjoying the scenery. Our venue allows you to control the type of experience you want your guest to have, so that you can spend more time on the dance floor or chatting with your guests.

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4.  Feels Like You’re on Vacation 

Having your wedding on a boat feels like a destination wedding without the hassle! You don’t need to limit your number of guests, worry about finding accommodations or an expensive plane ticket to feel like you’re leaving the city. Why head to the tropics when you can experience the lush greenery of the Toronto Islands? The thrill of setting sail makes your guests feel like they are going on an excursion, even though they are just experiencing Toronto in a new way. On a Toronto cruise you can instantly be transported from the hustle and bustle of city life to a peaceful escape in minutes! During your voyage, guests can explore Toronto’s magnificent lakefront, waterways and lagoons . Plus, it’s a great way for out-of-town guests to experience Canada’s largest city.

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5. An Outdoor Wedding with all the Benefits of Being Indoor

The appeal of an outdoor wedding, with the inherent beauty only nature can provide is undeniable. However, spacious outdoor venues in Toronto’s downtown core are hard to find. Especially, those that can host a large number of guests, pre-wedding gatherings, a wedding ceremony and reception at the same place. At Mariposa Cruises, our vessels can facilitate all of this, while providing you with open, airy decks and private interior spaces. Better yet, you won’t have to worry about logistics and added expenses of transporting your guests to different venues. Enjoy your wedding ceremony in the natural light, with a picturesque backdrop and end the night by dancing under the stars!

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Having a nautical wedding in Toronto is the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding! Embark with us on your journey and let us help you bring your dream wedding to life!

Contact a Sales Manager today!

For more information, please visit our wedding page.




What to expect on a Toronto Harbour Tour


The Toronto Harbour Tour was a truly magical experience. Immersing myself into open water felt liberating and the bright blue sky made for a beautiful day. On the tour, I was able to see Toronto from a new perspective and I discovered many of the city’s hidden gems. From the Toronto Islands and historical landmarks to the natural ecosystems and wildlife, every view was different. (more…)

Meet the Crew: Captain William Bennett, Director of Marine Operations

Meet Captain William Bennett, Director of Marine Operations for Mariposa Cruises. An extraordinary person to know, Will has an impressive career in Marine that spans across many shipping sectors, and has taken him on voyages around the globe.Having worked with Mariposa Cruises in previous seasons, we were thrilled to have Will Bennett join us in January 2018.  Responsible for the maintenance and operation of a fleet of 6 vessels, and leading a crew of captains, officers, engineers, mates, and deck hands, Will’s role is no small feat.


Mariposa Cruises joins Entertainment Cruises

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2018)  – Entertainment Cruises, the nation’s leading dining and sightseeing cruise company, today announced it has acquired Toronto-based Mariposa Cruises. The completion of the transaction extends the company’s footprint into Canada for the first time, boosting its operation to 48 vessels serving upwards of 2.3 million guests across 11 city locations in North America. (more…)

Meet the Crew: Leisure Program Coordinator Janelle Hazelton

Where it all started, Janelle pictured in front of the Mariposa Cruises kiosk.

Meet Janelle Hazelton, Leisure Program Coordinator for Mariposa Cruises and Toronto Ambassador extraordinaire!

It all started in Harbour Tours

Now in her fourth season with Mariposa Cruises, Janelle started out in Harbour Tours, leading live narrations. An endless resource of Toronto trivia, Janelle can point out virtually every landmark along the waterfront and harbour and give its history. Her favorite site along the tour is the Gibraltor Point Lighthouse, whose legendary spooky story she enjoys telling.  Did you know that the Rogers Centre set the world record in 1992 for the greatest number of inflated hot air balloons in an enclosed area—46 in total to be precise? (Janelle knows that.)  (more…)

Summer Event Planning: Your One Stop Shop

With only a few weeks of summer left,  it’s not too late to throw that summer party. We require as little as 24 hours to turn around your request so if you’re in the party planning mood you’re in luck!  Whether you are celebrating an important milestone like a birthday or anniversary, tying the knotentertaining important clients, or rewarding your employees, our team of skilled professionals are with you every step of the way. Here are some great reasons why you should plan your summer event with us: 


Intimate and Cozy Toronto Yacht Cruises

Nothing can compare to chartering a yacht! It allows for a sense of privacy with the freedom and flexibility to host your event as you please. Summer is in full swing and that means enjoying the warm weather and all that this great city has to offer– which includes Toronto Yacht Cruises! During the summer months, planning a private event and finding the perfect outdoor venue can be a challenge. No worries, the Mariposa team is here to help!  Within our fleet of six uniquely styled vessels,  we offer two yachts with the best patio views in the city! The Rosemary and the Klancy are perfect for small and intimate private events, ranging from 45 guests (on the Rosemary) to 80 guests (on the Klancy), depending on the style of your event. These yachts are the perfect for cruising in and around Toronto’s islands and lagoons.


From the Bar: Four Cocktail Recipes to try this Summer

Celebrate the summer season with these tasty cocktail recipes! The summer is here, which means it’s time to relax outdoors and mix yourself up something cool and refreshing. We bring you a few of our favorite picks for entertaining your guests and you can enjoy some of them on a Mariposa Cruise. We make summer party planning easy with a varied selection of beverages available, from delicious pre-pours to welcome your guests aboard, to fun Caesar and Mix & Muddle beverage stations. Non-drinkers and designated drivers can still mix & mingle with a selection of mocktails too.