“A wedding on the water is symbolic. Some love the rich romance of the sea, others appreciate the deeper spiritual symbolism of the river. Marriage, like water, has an ebb and flow; a give and take,” says Oregon Bride, and it’s absolutely true.
About 40% of brides and grooms-to-be are looking for unusual venues that better reflect their personality, and if you’ve always dreamed of a life at sea, a marriage at sea is a close second. Sure, it takes extra planning, but for the right couple, it’s entirely worth the waves. Here are just a few undeniable reasons why tying the knot at sea may be the perfect option for you and your special someone.
You’ll have the chance to invite fewer guests.
As of 2014, the average couple invites 136 guests to their wedding, but many couples invite more. If you’re growing weary just at the thought of inviting that many guests, having a quaint and peaceful wedding aboard a yacht or cruise ship means you have the option to invite fewer guests. If you want to keep your ceremony as intimate as possible, you can choose a yacht that accompanies just the number of guests you want to be on the water with you the moment you say, “I do.”
You can get creative with your decor, wedding favor, and catering options.
Since having a wedding on a boat means incorporating an automatic nautical theme, you can also seize the chance to be creative with the other elements of your big day, including the decor, wedding favors, and catering options. For example, the top five most popular product categories are wearables, writing instruments, bags, calendars, and drinkware. With that in mind, consider combining your own interests with something nautical-themed, e.g., lighthouse pens, or shot glasses with anchors imprinted on them. Nothing is off limits when it comes to being creative with the nautical theme of your water-based wedding.
You can indulge in all the services the yacht has to offer.
The global spa and wellness industry has been growing by 12% annually since 2007, and if you’re considering a larger yacht or cruise ship for your big day, it more than likely comes fully equipped with all the amenities you and your wedding party need to feel fully pampered. From pools and hot tubs to saunas and steam rooms, many yacht wedding packages come with full use of these luxurious facilities. Anchors aweigh!
Everybody loves boats!
When all is said and done, having a wedding on the water ensures that each and every one of your guests will make priceless memories. The simple fact of the matter is that almost everyone enjoys a beautiful and relaxing boat ride. In fact, in 2016, over 87 million U.S. adults participated in recreational boating, using boats for sports activities (like fishing and water skiing) and/or traveling. But when the nautical life is combined with a meaningful occasion like a wedding, it truly becomes a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved.
If you’re still not convinced, take it from Oregon Bride:
“Why get married near it, when you can get married on it? The view doesn’t get any better than that. Imagine saying your vows on the bow of a stately cruise ship, surrounded by friends, family and the glistening river…These elements can be woven into the ceremony giving it even more depth and meaning.”
So there you have it — a wedding on the water is a memorable and unique option for any couple that loves adventure. There’s no boats about it!