Tips for Hosting Your Wedding on a Boat

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Weddings can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. Choosing a boat venue for your big day can make the event cruisy (both metaphorically and physically), with everything conveniently in one place and spectacular views for your guests to revel in. Not only that, but it can often be more affordable than many traditional wedding venues.

If you’ve decided to get hitched on board, there are a few things to keep in mind to help the day run smoothly.  

The Guest List 

When curating the all-important guest list, you’ll need to account for the amount of space on board. At Hamptons Sydney we can comfortably accommodate 100 guests, so you can still bring Great Uncle Steve’s second wife without drama. Some boat venues may be smaller, so confirm how many can safely fit in. It’s also important to check accessibility, especially for children or elderly relatively who might need some help. Finally, ensure your invitees are fully aware of the planned departure time and ready to arrive early, because there’s no room to be late. 

Health and Safety

Keep the event running smoothly by delegating someone to ensure everyone is hydrated (especially the wedding party), and has access to sunscreen and seasickness remedies if needed. Less fainting, more dancing! It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the regulations and restrictions of your venue in advance, to avoid any stressful surprises on the day.

Best Dressed; Less Stress

The best part about having your celebration on board a boat venue? Being out in the beautiful weather, of course. But this means you also need to consider the elements when choosing attire. No groom wants to be standing in the hot sun in a full three-piece suit, and the bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses should be selected with care so they won’t be flapping around in the wind.


Good news: When you have your special event on board a boat venue, most of the decorating is done for you. Elegant, bright venue? Check. Breezy summery decor? Check. Awesome views? Check. When planning decorations and a theme, this makes it so easy to get organized and bring your vision to life – just a few personalized touches is all you need, as long as they’re portable enough to easily transport and fit on the boat. You could include large LED letters, a floral archway, or intricate lanterns, to name a few. Instead of a bulky photobooth, why not leave a few polaroid cameras scattered around for your guests to have fun with and document the day?       

Timing is Everything

Consider the most suitable time of day for an on-board event. A 12:00pm ceremony likely won’t be the best lighting for photos, and your guests may not handle the direct overhead heat so well. Consider an afternoon ceremony and reception for optimal comfort (and pictures!)

Final Logistics

Where can guests park before boarding? Can the bridal party get ready on board or do they need to arrive fully dressed and made up? What happens if the weather doesn’t play nice? Check the answers to these questions via info@hamptonssydney.com , and make sure you write down all the little details and answers to niggling questions so you day can remain beautiful, romantic, and completely stress-free.

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