Our Top Wedding Tips

Among every group of friends there is at least one person who has organized, prepared and said “I do” at the altar. Thankfully, they are there every step of the way for you, to shed light on the do’s, don’ts and the what I wish I did on the big day! While we understand you may have a few friends like this, it is a totally different ball game when your wedding is on a boat! This comes with different obstacles, opportunities and advice! Not to worry, our seasoned team has received plenty of feedback over the years, and we compiled a few of our best wedding tips for you! 

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Beautiful Weddings Aboard our Boats

1.Do it yourself vs let others do it for you!

We understand, DIY is all the rage these days! Thanks to the internet, folding 100 name cards into origami shaped boats can be done in one weekend, but draping the entire boat in 2 hours flat? A bit trickier if you’re expecting to do it by yourself! What we suggest, is to be selective as to what DIY projects you take on, and what you hire someone else to do for you. We work with great décor specialists who can provide cost effective services to make your vision come to life! On your big day, we want you to be happy, relaxed and excited! Try to choose DIY projects that can be done well in advance, and leave the rest (especially day-of tasks) to the experts.

2.Choose an all-encompassing venue

One of the most frequent questions we get from couples is if the boats can host both the ceremony and reception. The answer is YES! Our vessels offer outdoor space for a ceremony, and flow nicely into the dining room for lunch or dinner. We can then transform the ceremony area back into the dancefloor while your meal is taking place. The transitions are seamless, and avoid any gaps in the day for your guests! You can always have a photo opportunity at the dock following your ceremony if you choose to do it dockside. The possibilities are endless!

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Wedding ceremony aboard the Showboat.

3.Plan Ahead to avoid day-of stress

Did you hire a photo booth for your wedding? A magician? Or did your uncle’s wife fly in from overseas? Help coordinate vendors and out of town guests by designating a responsible friend or family member as your day-of contact. Doing this ensures that someone is available at all times, but eliminates the stress for you! Saying I do is no small feat, let someone else take care of the rest!

4.Skip the Favors

While wedding favors can be tasteful, it is difficult to find one item that is relevant to all people. More frequently people are skipping favors altogether, and putting that money towards something else. A late-night food station? Guest transportation? There are many great uses for that money. We have also had some couples put the money towards a donation instead. This can make a much larger impact then the magnet or cookie you take home at the end of the night.

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A Happy Couple on their Wedding day.


While past clients have shared many of their own do’s and don’ts, each couple is unique and these tips won’t apply to everyone! To get started, we suggest making a list of what’s important to you and your partner, and incorporating some of these things into your big day. If you have questions or are looking for more guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our seasoned Sales and Events team! It is our mission to make your dreams come true! Visit our Wedding Page for more on our wedding services. 

 

Top 5 Best Things About Toronto Wedding Cruises

A big city like Toronto has no shortage of choices for wedding venues. Couples on the hunt for a city wedding with a beautiful outdoor setting find that wide-open spaces start to become scarce in the downtown core and come at a premium. Consider a Toronto Wedding Cruise. Mariposa Cruises has hosted thousands of nautical nuptials and if the idea of having your day on the water appeals to you, we’ve got five great reasons why you should:

City or Country Wedding: The Best of Both Worlds

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Intimate or Grand: Pop the Question Away from land!

Marriage proposal aboard The Captain Matthew Flinders

Newly engaged couples can agree that after showcasing their shiny new engagement rings, the first question asked is, “How did s/he propose?!” While people may tire of sharing other stories, an engagement story is truly one of a kind, and never gets old. For some, this is the day they’ve always dreamed about, and the biggest surprise of their lives! Not surprisingly, this leaves most people mounting under pressure once they realize that they want to pop the question, but don’t know how. (more…)

6 Helpful Tips for Planning your Wedding

Events Manager, Lauren Matunin talks wedding planning.  She’s been to over 100 weddings! Well not exactly…she’s coordinated that many during her tenure at Mariposa Cruises; plus many more special occasions on the water–so it sure feels that way! Lauren makes wedding dreams come true; and with so many happy nuptials behind her–and her own wedding to plan this year– she’s got plenty of insights & good advice to impart. (more…)

Sharon and Joe: Reflections on their First Wedding Anniversary

Our guests Sharon and Joe were married aboard the Showboat on July 3, 2015. A year later Mariposa Cruises is happy to welcome them on board again to share their wedding experience and celebrate their First Anniversary.

By the time Joe and I were married, we had been together for 26 years!  Although we often talked about ‘tying the knot‘, we could not decide on ‘the how’, traditional or non-traditional.  The pivotal event that helped in our decision came when we attended a fundraiser aboard the Northern Spirit.  We later discovered that good friends had been married, years earlier, aboard the same ship.  We were ‘hooked’!  With Mariposa Cruises we had our traditional ceremony with a very unique venue!

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We made inquiries with Mariposa Cruises and met with Daryl, one of the sales staff.  He answered all of our questions and addressed our concerns.  Daryl turned out to be the perfect person to talk to, as he had married his wife aboard the Showboat the previous year.  His many ideas, suggestions and advice were so helpful.  Daryl left Mariposa Cruises shortly after our meeting, but there was a seamless transition to Sophie, their senior sales manager.  Sophie was very friendly and accommodating.  She was always available to chat about whatever we needed to know – a lovely lady. The person whom we dealt with the most, face to face, would be Lauren, our event manager.  Following our walkabout aboard the Showboat with our photographers, we had many discussions about the set-up.  Lauren was always patient and understanding in dealing with the many details.

THE WEDDING DAY WAS PERFECT!  We couldn’t have asked for better weather!  Everything went according to plan thanks to our cruise manager, Amar, who did everything in his power to ensure that we had the best experience possible.  We cannot say enough about the food!  Our guests still rave about it!

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One of the best compliments we received was from one of our 30ish year old nephews who asked, “Auntie Sharon can you get married again?”  The only complaint was that it was too short!  Everyone had such a wonderful time!  The entire Mariposa Cruises team was committed to making our wedding day special, and they exceeded our expectations!We have not ended our relationship with Mariposa Cruises just yet.  We celebrated our 1st anniversary with a dinner cruise on board the Showboat and possibly many more after that!

Hats off to the fabulous staff at Mariposa Cruises!

Outdoor Wedding Planning – Top 10 Things to Consider

How to plan an outdoor wedding

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Imagine walking down the aisle basking in the glow of the afternoon sun, surrounded by the natural beauty that only nature provides. You share your first kiss as husband and wife as the sun sets just behind you. Later at the reception you have your first dance as a married couple under the stars.

Whether you are looking for an alternative to a religious venue for your ceremony or simply a gorgeous setting for your reception, the appeal of an outdoor wedding, with its romantic natural backdrop, is undeniable. Planning and executing an outdoor wedding, on the other hand, can be unpredictable and is not without its challenges.

Over the years, we’ve played host to a number of weddings in the natural beauty of the Toronto Harbour. As such, we know what can make or break an outdoor wedding.

Here is our top ten list of what every bride and groom needs to consider when planning their outdoor wedding.

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Win Your Perk is back in 2015!

Win-Your-PerkThe year 2015 will be “the year” to host your event on the Toronto Harbour, now that the impressive revitalization of Toronto’s Waterfront is scheduled for completion in early spring and the Pan Am games will be hosted in Toronto this summer.

The Toronto harbourfront will be a flutter with fun and excitement for all visitors to enjoy and the perfect backdrop for your next big event. The only thing that could top hosting your 2015 event with Mariposa Cruises in 2015 would be to win one of our four premium perks in our 2015 Win Your Perk competition.

When you book your special event with Mariposa Cruises by March 20th, 2015 you will be entered into the draw for a chance to win one of four premium perks to enhance your 2015 cruise experience! Winners will be drawn on March 23rd 2015.

HERE ARE THE PRIZES YOU COULD WIN

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Getting hitched the Mariposa Way with a Showboat Wedding on the Harbour

Daryl Ledwon recounts his unique experience of being a groom and working with our Events Team to create a truly unique wedding on board the Showboat for himself, his bride and his guests.


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Photo by Isbertophoto Wedding Co.

It was honestly the best day of my life, marrying the woman I fell in love with so long ago. It went by so fast. I realize this will gain me some brownie points that I will hope to cash-in when I inevitably mess up….I’m a husband now, after all.

I speak with friends and associates all the time who are looking to book their wedding in a unique setting. It must be the age where everyone I know is getting married! I totally understand how important this is: setting up your special day; planning the perfect wedding; and ensuring the dream comes to fruition. (more…)

Top 5 Wedding trends for 2014

We are well into the height of wedding season and we have been keeping an eye on the latest wedding trends for 2014.

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Photo by Isbertophoto Wedding Co.

Every season we are fortunate enough to play host to many blushing brides and grooms looking for an unforgettable wedding experience. While every wedding is unique in its own way, we often see some reoccurring themes and emerging trends each wedding season.

Here’s a look at the top 5 wedding trends we have seen in 2014. (more…)