Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Aye Do, Captain


What’s the most literal way to have a Pacific Ocean wedding? Aboard a boat, of course! And if you’re anything like me with my pasty skin, don’t forget to bring the sunblock. I’ve found a number of vessels in L.A. that cater to special events for today’s topic. These boats come complete with experienced staff, tables, dinnerware, linens and catering to minimize your work.

FantaSea Yachts (Marina del Rey, CA)
When I think of yachts, I think of a small and more personalized boat. FantaSea Yachts, however, can accommodate 350 guests at once. Now that’s a big boat! They provide catering, alcohol, a wedding coordinator and even floral arrangements, but they’re also flexible so services can be ordered a la carte. Saturday evening packages begin at $110 per person, plus a flat $350 docking fee. FantaSea Yachts has a minimum of $8250.

Spirit Marine (San Pedro and Long Beach, CA)
Spirit Marine has two docking locations and can accommodate up to 149 guests. Packages include a champagne toast, catering and an extra 30 minutes for decorating the ship. Packages start at $35 per person for 2 ½ hours, but a 3 ½ hour minimum rental is required for weddings in July, August and December.

The Dinner Detective (Long Beach, CA)
Although it’s not the most traditional wedding reception, why not celebrate your nuptials murder-mystery style with the Dinner Detective crew? You and your guests can cruise around the Long Beach harbor aboard a steamboat for 60-90 minutes, and solve a crime at the same time. Guests will be entertained and encouraged to participate as a group. The Dinner Detective can accommodate up to 95 guests, and an 85 guest minimum is required for Saturday evening private parties. A three-course meal and show ranges from $76.95-79.95 per person.

Hornblower Cruises and Events (Long Beach, CA)
Hornblower Cruises and Events has great all-inclusive packages. Aside from the basics of the 4 hour cruise, the packages also include an officiant, bridal suite with hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, cake, DJ, a floral package and candle centerpieces. Evening packages start at $85 per person.

Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)
If you’re going to go big in L.A., it will have to be on the gorgeous Queen Mary. This ocean liner is permanently docked in Long Beach, long retired from its trans-Atlantic voyages. Seventeen different salons are available for weddings. This also means your wedding most likely won’t be the only event occurring on that day, so if you wanted something more intimate, this route may not be the best way to go. The majestic ship can accommodate as many as 1,120 guests at once! Packages begin at $54 per person for the reception only.

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