Post # 1
Please help me choose between a docked boat or hotel ballroom for my reception for 200-250 people. Prices are similar.
Option 1: Boat/Yacht: We would get the entire boat (2 levels + outside deck) but the guests would be spilt between the first floor and second floor. We are thinking a sitdown dinner, but it might isolate some people. About 150 people fit on each level. Guests would be able to mingle throughout the whole ship and there’s an outside deck. But everyone couldnt necessarily be together for the toasts, first dance, etc.
Option 2: Hotel ballroom. Everyone in one big room. Facilitates dancing, toasts, cake cutting. Convenience of hotel–everyone can just go upstairs to sleep, etc.
You guys are the bees knees!
Post # 3
This sounds like you really love the boat idea, but are torn because your guest count isn’t really compatible.
I’d say that for guest comfort, the hotel ballroom is probably the way to go. They’re there to see you guys, so the ballroom is the best way to let them do that.
The boat sounds great for private parties, but probably for guest list of no more than 150.
Post # 4
Hotel – I’m not a fan of separating guests. And you might find out weird things about your guests (I have a feeling my FI would refuse to come because he’s easily seasick). I realize its ridiculous about the seasickness but he was refusing to go to another wedding that was theoretically held on a boat (which was eventually moved through no fault of his). So it would be fun – but the hotel’s the safe bet.
Post # 5
i agree with angel. the boat would be awesome, especially if it doesn’t stay at the dock the whole time, but it’s probably going to be much nicer for your guests to be with you guys. besides, getting into the politics of who sits with you and who sits on the upper deck…i can just feel the stress headaches coming on!
Post # 6
Hotel- boat seems to separate people and though cooler does not sound as practical.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
I’d go with the ballroom, mostly because of the seasickness factor.
Post # 8
i’d go with hotel. i’d say boat if it was a smaller party. and it was a really cool boat. : )
Post # 10
Definitely hotel. The boat does sound cool, but I think it would be really inconsiderate to separate guests and possibly leave almost half of them out of toasts, dances and the other, spontaneous fun moments. Just think how you would feel as a guest if you were upstairs (or whichever floor doesn’t have all the action)?
And… as some of the posts here attest to – it’s hard enough figuring out how tables are laid out when they’re all in the same room. How do you decide who goes on which floor? Yikes! Too political for me…
Post # 11
I would suggest maybe a buffet on the boat (to avoid splitting up guests) but with 200-250 ppl, a buffet wouldn’t be practical so I am also going to vote hotel. good luck!
Post # 12
I get motion sick on boats, even docked ones. Though we’ve never met and thus I’m not expecting an invite I still suggest hotel for all of the reasons above PLUS the added reason of guests with motion sickness.
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2018 - Rancho del Cielo, Malibu, CA
i’d vote for hotel too, just for convenience sake (and some sensitive guests might still feel slightly seasick even if it is docked…haha i get so seasick!) though the boat does sound so lovely!
Post # 15
i love the boat idea! not many have it and it would definitely be different.. go for it! =)