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.