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California Yacht Weddings: California's Great On Water Weddings And Charters

Aug 8, 2008
Thanks to its incredible coastline, California yacht weddings are a great way to express your love of the Pacific and your spouse-to-be. If you're planning a nautical wedding, continue reading for a rundown of recommended yacht wedding charters in California, along with a few hints and tips that will keep you clean and dry on your wedding day.

Admiral Yacht Charters

Admiral Yacht Charters focuses the bulk of their business on California yacht weddings, all leaving from the Newport Beach Harbor. A standard wedding package with them will range in price from $7000 for 50 guests during the low season to just under $17,000 for 150 guests during the peak season. All wedding packages include boat charter, crew, décor, ceremony and a catered reception.

The yacht company has a strong profile in the Newport Beach area and books up quickly, so brides should be prepared to commit well in advance.

Hornblower Weddings in California

Hornblower Weddings have a fleet with ports in San Diego, Marina Del Rey, Berkeley, San Francisco and Newport Beach, meaning they can service almost the entire California coastline. That also means they're very popular with California brides.

The prices at Hornblower aren't the cheapest in California, but they're still reasonable. Brides can expect to pay about $150 to $160 per guest for a standard package that includes a sit-down dinner, drinks, a DJ, ceremony and decorations. The Hornblower fleet is made up of 25 vessels, ranging from small and intimate (20 guests) to massive (up to 600 stand-up guests).

Electra Cruises

Electra Cruises services the entire Southern California area, utilizing either their own fleet or a network of vessels in the surrounding area. Their services also go beyond yacht charters. They also do complete wedding consultations with the bride to arrange catering, decorations, invitations and other planning tasks. Many brides enjoy the personalized and customized service, along with the included DJ and photographer.

Electra Cruises is popular for a reason - they offer stellar yacht weddings at incredibly low prices. Brides can expect to pay $6000 and $16,000, depending on the vessel, day and number of guests, but their average price is about $80 per person for a Saturday wedding. However, while the company provides a photographer and DJ, the cost doesn't include a host bar. Expect to pay an additional $12 to $14 per person for bar services.

Hints for a Great Yacht Wedding

California yacht weddings are all about the open sea and beautiful harbors. Unfortunately, they also come with salt water, dirty piers and multiple wedding dress hazards. Keep your dress pristine by looking for a yacht company that offers an on-board change room and opt for a dress without a train.

If you decide after all that you strongly prefer a typical lengthy wedding gown and train for your ceremony on the yacht, you should come well prepared with 2-3 bridesmaids who can assist keeping your gown and train from dragging across a wet or dirty floor.
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