When a loved one dies, family and friends often want to come together for a memorial service or celebration of life. If you're saying goodbye to an avid sailor, or are simply looking for an unique and memorable way to say goodbye, hosting a celebration of life on a boat could be the perfect solution. In this blog post, we'll provide you with all the information you need to plan a beautiful and meaningful event.
1) Find the Right Boat
The first step is to find the right vessel for your memorial service. Consider how many guests you'll be inviting, the amenities you'll need, and any potential budget restrictions.
You may want to look for a boat that already offers catering options, as this will allow your service to go as smoothly as possible. Check with your local boat rental company to learn about your different options.
2) Pick the Right Location
Once you have your boat and crew selected, it's time to choose a location. If you don't have a special spot in mind, then you may just want to consider an area that has beautiful views and plenty of serenity.
And if you really want to set up a gorgeous, almost magical scene, then you may want to think about the timing of your event as well. The sunset can provide the perfect backdrop for your service, and give you and your guests a chance to share some final moments in the warmth of the sun.
3) Prepare the Service
Now that you've chosen a date and location for your event, it's time to start preparing the service itself. For example, you may want to consider having a minister or officiant on board, if you are hosting a religious service.
Otherwise, you can create your own ceremony according to your wishes and the wishes of your loved one. You may want to read special poems or stories, play songs that were meaningful to your loved one, or share any other meaningful reflections.
4) Provide Comfort and Convenience
Finally, make sure to provide enough amenities and comfort for your guests. Consider providing light refreshments, blankets and pillows, and anything else that may make your guests feel more comfortable during the service.
You may also want to provide some suggestions on the invitation to help your guests prepare. For example, remind them to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes, and bring any extra items they may need during the service, such as sunglasses or sunscreen.
The Bottom Line
Planning a celebration of life on a boat can be a beautiful and meaningful way to celebrate the life of your loved one. With the right boat and crew, a beautiful location and ceremony, and plenty of amenities for your guests, you can create a truly memorable event.
At Collingwood Charters, we’d be honoured to help you host your celebration of life. Not only does our vessel seat 70 passengers, but we offer a variety of catering options to suit your needs. Click here to get in touch with us, and start planning your event today.