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How Do I Organize a Yacht Wedding?

By Isabella Stark

April 1, 2015

How Do I Organize a Yacht Wedding?Organizing a yacht wedding is much easier than planning a similar celebration at a different venue. Selecting your wedding theme, deciding on a wedding menu, even choosing your guests –having an elegant Florida charter yacht as your venue gives you a starting point that helps the details fall in place. Here are some yacht wedding planning tips that will make the process easier:

Assembling your guest list
Planning a Florida yacht wedding allows you to narrow down your guest list without hurting anyone’s feelings. Everyone understands that there are set occupancy rules, so no one can expect you to add another person or couple at the last minute. Once you have a general idea of the size wedding you prefer, look at available vessels the charter yacht company has in their fleet before finalizing your guest choices.

Choosing your vessel
There are several factors to consider when choosing a vessel for your yacht wedding. You need to take into account the size of your guest list, your dining preferences, and the temperature. While charter yachts have set occupancy rules that cannot be broken, the number of attendees allowed may be different depending on the dining option you select. For example, Charter One’s flagship vessel, The Floridian Princess, can accommodate 400 guests if the chosen dining option is a buffet dinner, or 350 guests for a formal seated wedding yacht dinner cruise. The Floridian Princess also features air conditioned decks; while Florida wedding charter yachts are cooled by gentle breezes raised by the movement of the boat, if you are planning a daytime wedding in the middle of the summer, you may want a vessel with air conditioned decks.

Selecting the theme
While getting married on a yacht opens a world of possibilities when it comes to selecting your wedding theme, a nautical theme is a natural choice. A casually elegant nautical wedding theme is easy to create, with the groomsmen in their Sperrys and the bridesmaids in Navy blue with seersucker accents; you can even send wedding invitations as a message in a bottle to add a whimsical note. Within the nautical theme, your yacht wedding can be as elaborate or casual as you choose. Evening and sunset wedding yacht cruises tend to be more formal, while daytime weddings on a yacht run the gamut from elegantly formal to exceedingly casual, with guests changing into swimsuits for the reception.

Choosing your menu
Some charter wedding yachts in Florida already have a superb onboard chef, so you don’t have to go through the laborious chore of searching for a decent caterer. Select your wedding menu to complement your theme; pairing a breezy nautical theme with a succulent seafood buffet is always a perfect fit, or you can match the time of the ceremony with the menu. For instance, an afternoon yacht wedding with finger foods and butler passed hors d’oeuvres are ideal for an afternoon yacht wedding, while a seated formal dinner adds a timeless elegance to an evening wedding on a yacht.

Choosing a celebrant
One of the many wonderful benefits of having a yacht wedding in Florida is that you are not restricted in your choice of celebrant. You can have your Priest, Rabbi, Reverend, or other religious leader come aboard to administer your vows, or you can have the captain of the yacht perform the wedding ceremony. Having the captain as your celebrant can be the perfect way to avoid conflicts with family members from different denominations on your happy occasion.

Enlisting Professional Yacht Wedding Planners
If your question, “How do I organize a yacht wedding?” is a cry for help rather than a request for direction, you can always turn your organizing chores over to the expert event planners at Charter One. Our dedicated team will take over all the details of planning your yacht wedding; since we have long-standing relationships with the best local florists, entertainers, and other vendors, we can arrange for every detail you desire to make the magical wedding of your dreams!

Contact Charter One Yachts today at 954-771-0102 or visit us at to discover more ways Charter One yacht weddings in Florida can make organizing your yacht wedding an effortless joy!

Isabella Stark has been with Charter One Yachts since January 2016. She graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Communications and met Matt and Lauren Talchik during her internship with the Winterfest Boat Parade. Isabella has lived in Fort Lauderdale for most of her life. She is married, and has two little girls who love visiting the crew on The Summer Wind. Isabella loves coordinating special occasion charters and proudly says that she loves her job.

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