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5 Ideas to Make Your Boat Wedding Reception Truly Unique



You may already be planning a beautiful, traditional ceremony at a classic wedding venue, like a church, a banquet hall, or even a rustic barn. But when it comes to choosing the perfect spot for your wedding reception, why not think outside the box? A boat wedding reception offers a unique and unforgettable experience for you and your guests!


From breathtaking views to the tranquil sound of water lapping against the hull, a boat wedding reception is sure to be a day you'll never forget. And if you're looking for ways to make your boat wedding reception even more special, here are five creative ideas to help make your big day truly unique.


1. Nautical Decor


Who doesn’t like a theme party? You can embrace the maritime theme of your boat wedding reception by incorporating nautical decor throughout the space. 


There’s lots of angles you can take, here, but consider something like:


  • A navy blue and white colour scheme with accents of rope, anchors, and seashells

  • Hanging fishing nets adorned with fairy lights as backdrops or table decorations

  • Using driftwood as centrepieces

  • Incorporating beach lanterns for atmospheric lighting


2. Waterfront Entertainment


You can take the nautical theme a step further by providing entertainment that embraces the waterfront setting. A boat wedding reception venue should have enough room for you to hire a live band that can play upbeat tunes as you cruise along the water. This creates the kind of lively atmosphere you need for your guests to have a good time and celebrate your wedding.


Or, if a live band isn’t for you, you could also opt for a DJ. They can put together a playlist that combines your love for each other with your surroundings.


3. Personalized Touches


While a nautical theme is nice, what will make your boat wedding reception truly unique is adding personalized touches that reflect you as a couple. It’s always fun and romantic to create custom signage with love quotes or poems that hold special meaning to you both. 


And you don’t want your guests to forget about the experience either. Consider designing custom cocktail napkins or coasters with your initials or wedding date printed on them as keepsakes for guests to take home.


4. Sunset Ceremony


There's nothing quite as romantic as taking wedding photos against the backdrop of a stunning sunset over the water. But you have to time it right - the golden hour isn’t going to wait for you to get organized!


So, do your research, and make sure that you’ll be on the boat before the sun begins to set. The more time you give yourself and the photographer to find the best angle, the better.


5. Themed Food and Drinks


Finally, you can even work themed food and drinks into your boat wedding reception. Consider serving up fresh seafood dishes like oysters on the half shell or shrimp cocktail for appetizers, followed by main courses inspired by coastal cuisine such as lobster rolls or fish tacos. You can even pair these delectable dishes with signature cocktails like mojitos or margaritas served in seashell-shaped glasses for an extra touch of seaside charm.


If you’re not sure where to go for catering, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the boat company itself. They may have connections to local restaurants that’ll fit the bill.


The Bottom Line


As you plan your boat wedding reception, keep in mind these creative ideas to make your big day truly unique and memorable. From nautical decor to personalized touches, there are endless ways to infuse personality into every aspect of your celebration aboard a boat venue. 


So why not set sail on this new chapter of life in style? A boat wedding reception isn’t just an event - it's an adventure waiting to happen!


Is a boat wedding reception right for you? If so, we’d be happy to help you out! Click here to get in touch with Collingwood Charters, and book your event today.

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