Ever since I was a little girl I was always consumed by the life of the yachting world; my grandparents owned a few boats and so naturally I was involved. From sailing in the British Virgin Islands to just spending the night in a marina in Miami I was always around the water and boats. Then as an adult I joined the family business of being a yacht broker for worldwide charters and events. So, you would think it would have been expected of me to choose a yacht wedding first but, I did not. As other brides out there, you must look at your other options just in case and so my Fiancé and I did.
When I say we looked at all of our options believe me, since I live in Florida, we looked as far as Panama Beach all way to the Florida Keys and not one place was honestly what we were looking for. Most of the hotels in Florida are cookie cutter and only provide the basic necessities of a wedding all while charging you an arm and a leg and for what? One hotel we fell in love with until we received an invoice and realized its double our budget. It can be very defeating especially when you do fall in love with a venue and realize you can not afford it.
After months of being unsuccessful in finding a venue, we revisited the wedding on a yacht idea. I made an appointment just like I would for my clients to show the yacht to my Fiancé and future in laws. As soon as we walked on the boat they were sold! One of the main wow factors we were looking into for our wedding was having an outdoor ceremony. The other venues we were looking into have that option, but they are completely open and vulnerable to the Florida sun. Thankfully, with these yachts majority of the top decks are covered while still being outside. So, we get the best of both worlds an outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception! Not only does it tie into my lifestyle, but this will also be a great way to show the family I am marrying into what I love.
A vast majority of our guests are traveling from out of state and even from other countries. Because we are having our wedding on a private yacht we are not only giving us a memorable wedding, but our friends and family as well. This is an opportunity to give our guests an experience of a lifetime with music, food, and booze while cruising around and enjoying a 360-degree view of South Florida on a private yacht!
Another main detail that is important to my Fiancé and I would be the food. We were lucky enough to sample the food at a few venue options, but they were mediocre or just out right disgusting. Most venues or chefs won’t let you customize your menu options or swap items out, you have to choose the menu as a whole. On the yachts we have the option to personally speak with the chef and we can even customize a whole menu. The chefs that work on these yachts have previously worked in renowned top-notch Miami restaurants and I have personally tried the food on each yacht. Because I work in the industry It is good for me to know what I am selling on these charters. I am confident that the food we will be selecting for our wedding won’t disappoint.