Exchanging vows on a gorgeous boat is definitely a memorable occasion. However, just like having your big day at a typical wedding venue, you’ll find that weddings on a boat have a couple of similarities and differences when it comes to planning.
Nevertheless, it goes without saying that it’s a lovely location host such a special occasion, and all the planning will be worthwhile when the day finally approaches!
Depending on which one of the boat charter companies you’ll be engaging, some may provide a variety of all-inclusive wedding day packages, while others may offer their input and suggest how you should plan your wedding. Either way, know that a yacht charter company like ourselves are always here to assist you!
Now, to guarantee your day is as special as you’ve always dreamt, here is a list of five helpful tips in creating an unforgettable yacht wedding.
Cut on guests
Compiling a guest list can be one of the most frustrating tasks in planning a wedding. Especially if you’re moving the entire party onto a yacht, your space will be even more limited.
Even yachts with high capacity levels have limited space for guests. Inviting too many people to your wedding on a yacht, can mean that guests won’t fit onto one level and will have to be split in the upper and lower deck.
However, it is not to say that these limitations are necessarily a downside. In fact, if you look at it in another way – it’s actually the perfect way to infuse exclusivity for your wedding!
All you need to do is ensure that you leave enough room for everyone to mingle comfortably and get close to all the action. Voila! Your list of guests alongside you and your partner are ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Pick the right timing
Besides making your booking confirmation as early as possible to secure the timing and date of your special day – deciding which exact timing to go for matters too!
In other words, we’re referring to the specific timeslot, as it determines the activities set for the day and setting for the wedding. For instance, if you prioritise photo opportunities – it’ll be good to start in the morning with the great lighting available. The only downside is that it’ll be a little hotter – but you can be prepared for an excellent lead up to the sunset!
Moreover, it’s also perfect for those who are looking to play in the sea or engage in water activities – safety-wise especially.
It’s only if you prefer something more quiet and relaxing, then should you go with a sunset by the bay for a more romantic setting, followed by a candlelit dinner under the breathtaking night sky.
Whichever choice you make, do so early so you’ll be able to get hold of the time slot you desire!
Plan photos beforehand
It can be quite a tricky business getting everyone in a group photo while you are all on board. And even have a beautiful couple photoshoot on the boat when your guests are standing around.
Make sure that you plan the photoshoot beforehand by also consulting your wedding photographer. Perhaps you can take the group photos before the formal events even start, this will also assure that everyone is on time.
Avoid bringing large items
Don’t hire extravagantly large décor and tables. Instead, opt for smaller décor items to decorate the deck and leave enough space for guests to roam around and even dance a little bit!
Simplicity is key here due to the limited space available, but that only applies to the size of the furniture or materials you’re bringing in; you can still go all out with your design and achieve the level of grandeur you desire.
Still, it goes without saying that you have to be prepared for any kind of weather. Warning your guests beforehand to pack in some sunscreen or raincoats will do the trick. Weather, especially on the open ocean, can be quite unpredictable and you have to make sure everyone aboard is comfortable.
As long as you do your research on what to expect when getting married aboard a boat, you are sure to have a memorable experience! Meanwhile, if you’re concerned about a private yacht cost, we’re always here to help and suggest you a yacht which suits your budget best.