Post # 1
Has anyone hosted or attended a wedding on the Odyssey or one of the other boats (Spirit of Chicago or Mystic)? I would be curious to know what your experience was like, the pluses and minuses.
We are considering hosting our wedding there next June, but it seems like to good of a deal to be true.
Post # 3
We recently attended a large (like, several hundred people) rehearsal dinner on the Mystic Blue (it was a Saturday night, so there were fireworks). Overall, we enjoyed ourselves, but I’m not sure if I would have my wedding there.
– During dinner, guests were spread out on 3 floors, so you never saw some people. The toasts were shown on our deck on a tv screen, but you could barely hear what people were saying (we were not on the same level as the wedding party).
– Like I said, we were a very large group. I don’t know what they claim their capacity is, but they SQUISHED us in. If someone at your table wanted to get up, everyone else had to as well for you to slide out, because there was no room to push back your chair.
– Food (served buffet style) was so-so. I’m not a fan of buffets in general, and this one did not impress.
– We had bad weather (50 degrees, off and on rain), so no one really wanted to spend time outside. This meant that it was even more crowded inside. Then, when we did go out for the fireworks, you had to stand because the chairs on deck were all wet. It was also VERY slippery, especially if you made as poor of a shoe choice as I did. They also were unsure if they would be able to do the fireworks or not because of the weather, so you can’t necessary count on having those for your wedding.
– The DJs were just too loud, imo, especially since it was too cold to go outside to get away from the music
– If you get sea sick, you’re kind of stuck. I’m sure they have some sort of a backup plan if it was serious, but I was feeling queasy for the last 30 minutes or so, so I couldn’t really enjoy myself.
– The service was amazing. Our waiter was extremely attentive and friendly.
– Drinks were good, and strong.
– Fireworks. Duh, obviously a positive.
– A very unique experience. Leading up to the dinner, I kept telling everyone about it (“Can you believe they are having their rehearsal dinner on a YACHT on LAKE MICHIGAN with FIREWORKS???”). You definitely will have a wedding that sets you apart from others.
Overall, I think I would recommend it more for a smaller wedding, not for a large one, and it depends on the time of year.
Post # 4
@Leprechaun: Thanks. We are having a smaller wedding (only 100-120) and we are mostly just considering the Odyssey now – which would be a little nicer decor (although I haven’t seen it in person yet), sit down meal and everyone would be in one room, which holds more than our party is going to be. So thankfully some of your negatives wouldn’t apply.
We are actually considering a mid-afternoon time, so the fireworks wouldn’t apply either 🙁
Glad to hear the drinks were good, although the so-so food could be a concern.
If that was the rehersal dinner, how huge and fancy was the wedding?
Post # 5
@flutterbi:haha it was crazy! There were probably about 500 people at the wedding (it was at the Marriott downtown). They invited everyone to the rehearsal dinner, because it was a destination wedding for probably 90% of the guests. It was also a Greek Orthodox wedding, which was really different from anything I have ever attended. I got the feeling that big weddings are an important part of their culture, however. But the reception was crazy, so many courses, and the biggest ice cream sundae bar ontop of a dessert buffet. They easily spent over $100k during the weekend. It was funny since it was just a month after our wedding, and we only had about 75 guests. I think they were just too completely different for any of our mutual friends to really compare them though, totally apples and oranges.