- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
My name is Kimmy, and I live in Orange County, CA. My fiance and I are getting married September 21, 2012 and have booked a yacht sailing Newport Harbor at sunset.
This is her: The Eternity of Electra Cruises
The boat is special & elegant and gives me the giddy awesome feeling of grandeur I wanted when looking for a venue… SO we booked it!
Now, I was working on my ceremony/reception timeline today and what I came up with was a 3 hour reception.
The Company outlines the sunset wedding schedule as follows:
4:30PM – Bridal Party & Immediate Family arrives5:30PM – Guests Arrive @ Dock5:45PM – Guests board yacht6:00PM – Yacht Departs Dock 6:15PM – Ceremony Begins 6:30PM – Guests head downstairs for cocktail hour / Bridal party & family take formal photos7:15PM – Grand Entrance of Bride & Groom 7:30PM – Opening of Buffet 8:45PM – Toast followed by First Dance, Father/Daughter Dance & family dances 9:15PM – Garter & Bouquet Toss 9:45PM – Return to Dock 10:00PM – Time for Honeymoon to begin
((We would probably run ours from 6:30-10:30 so we could have the September sunset!))
Now keeping in mind that everyone will essentially be stuck on the boat for a minimum of four hours (ceremony and reception included) does it make sense to out source the reception to my alma mater’s quaint little chapel on campus 2 miles away from the harbor ($500 + $100-200 in decorations)…?
In the chapel scenario, we would have our ceremony at the chapel at about 4/4:30 and they would will give us 2 hours before and 2 hours after to take photos and decorate and there are sound techs and lots of help from the university which would be awesome. Also having the reception elsewhere will give us 45 extra minutes on the yacht for dancing/drinking at the end instead of that time that would be spent in the ceremony.
OR should we add an extra half hour ($1050) or an hour ($2100) to make the reception a bit longer?
For a wedding ceremony, a cocktail hour & an hour for dinner, the 45 minutes left for dancing seems kinda short (that’s only like 10 songs?!) but since we’re doing it a little bit different by getting married on a Friday night & because we want to be married at sunset, it seems like it should be an alright amount of time AND we don’t want our guests to get tired or bored. I don’t want to keep people trapped on the boat for too long, but I also don’t want it to feel too short and regret not adding an extra hour or just having the ceremony at the chapel and using the boat for a party.
What do you all think is an appropriate length of time given the type of wedding we’re having?
We have a photo booth already booked (to combat boredom for those non-dancers!) and will have children there as well so I don’t want people to be looking at their watches wanting it to end but I don’t want it to go too quick and not be able to relax & enjoy it!
At the same time, I don’t want people to get lost in between the ceremony & reception and miss the yacht departure. Also, if we’re at the chapel at 4:30, I don’t know how we’ll get the DIY centerpieces and etc we’ve planned for the yacht.
Here is the ceremony space for the yacht:
Which ceremony space do you think is prettier? I LOVE the view of the yacht but I really dislike the way the ceiling looks in photos! Like an office building! :X
I think the church is really sweet but I am not sure it fits my glamorous but elegant wedding vision like the yacht does and it might be incongruent with it all? Also I dont know how we would be able to decorate both on time. BUT the perk is, we could have a more substantial ceremony that isnt rushed and restricted to the 15 minutes allotted on the yacht… I’d love a song and a reading and make it personal and beautiful, not just “repeat after me” cuz I think the ceremony is important!
SOOO here’s the POLL:
#1: Should we just have our photos as a first look at the hotel before, and when we get on the yacht at 4:30 so we can have a 20-30 min ceremony & enjoy our cocktail HALF hour with our guests (instead of taking formal photos), move onto dinner & have speeches while people are seated/eating so they overlap, then get up to the dancefloor & etc for the first dance and cake cut and the rest of the night dance mingle drink for maybe about an hour and then go back to our swanky hotel bar (6 miles away) for the afterparty hang out til about midnight/1AM.
#2: Spend $600-$700 ($500 rental fee + $100-200 in decor) on having our ceremony at the Chapel at 4/4:30PM, ceremony takes about a half an hour until around 5. Gives everyone a half an hour/45 minutes to get to the yacht docks that are about 2 miles away. Depart docks @6PM guests go RIGHT into cocktail HOUR, then dinner, then 45 extra minutes of dancing & drinking on top for a total of about an hour and a half of dancing, photobooth & other fun! Then the hotel bar after party gathering is still an option but I think people would be more likely to just go home because its been such a long process of wedding from 4:30-10:30PM so that bums me out a bit but heck I might be tired anyway! The details of decorating the yacht after the ceremony but before get there (my family friend is doing the flowers) and what I would do with that top level of the yacht if it wasnt set up for ceremony (games? maybe a putting green? IDK but it would cost more money!) The day would probably be more relaxed for me but would that be a long long friday for my guests? We’re having 125 of our closest family & friends and I’m sure many of them will take half days or maybe the whole day off but I don’t want to force them to.
#3 – Splurge & find $2100 (2nd job? lol) to make the yacht time from 5:30 – 10:30PM so that there can be more ceremony & dancing time and less time crunching stress and don’t have an after party gathering. My fear in this is that people won’t be able to make it to the yacht in time and we’ll leave without them… also the sun wont be setting at this time but there is a noise ordinance on the harbor so music can’t play past 10:30PM so that’s our only option but at least we’d be able to get on the yacht @ 3PM to decorate and photos!
Ayeyayeyaye I’m sorry I got so wordy bees but I could really use your help in this hard decision making process. Your advice really helps and I treasure the brides that have been there and done that so any and all testimony as a guest or having been involved in a wedding would be incredibly helpful!