How to Decorate a Yacht for a Wedding

Nothing says luxury and romance better than the ocean, a sunset and a beautiful yacht. Decorating a yacht, especially if it is going to be moving during the wedding ceremony, is a lot different than decorating a church or building.

Think about where the ceremony will be held. You’ll need to create space for the bride party, master of ceremonies and guests. Traditionally, weddings are held at the bow, or front, of the yacht, so create space in the bow if you can. Set up a small, raised stage to serve as the altar, and place a spray of flowers on either side. If you are having a night wedding, consider lining the altar area and walkway with votive candles. Keep the flower arrangements and candles low, as waterways are usually quite windy.

How to Decorate a Yacht for a Wedding

Decorate the outside of the yacht

Decorate the outside of the yacht. Hang ribbons, streamers and flowers on the sides of the yacht. Attach them with clear shipping tape, as it will probably not remove any paint but will be sturdy enough to hold the decorations even in the wind.

 

Decorate the back of the yacht with a sign saying, “Just Married!” Create the sign with sturdy card stock and attach ribbons to the edges of it. Regular paper will probably wilt or be destroyed by the wind and moisture, so get the thickest type of card stock you can find–or even use cardboard.

 

Use flowers lavishly. Yachts are usually elegant in design. Don’t ruin an elegant wedding with garish balloons or cheap decorations. Place flowers in the bathrooms and in every other room the wedding guests might frequent.

 

Consider the outside environment. Decorate the ramp or dock leading to the yacht with ribbons, candles and flowers. Consider throwing rose petals into the water if the environment allows for it, or make it a part of the ceremony.

 

Etiquette for a Friday Night Wedding

Because they are less expensive and more flexible, Friday night weddings have become increasingly popular over the years. If you are planning a Friday night wedding, there are certain wedding etiquette tips to follow to ensure you and your guests enjoy the night.

Wedding etiquette refers to the best techniques and practices one should employ to make a wedding successful and appropriate. Proper wedding etiquette ensures that wedding guests will be comfortable and entertained, while the bride and groom fully enjoy their special day.

Etiquette for a Friday Night Wedding

Ceremony And Reception

When having a Friday wedding, it is important to plan the ceremony for the late afternoon or early evening, preferably no earlier than 5 p.m. This will allow your guests to avoid taking the whole day off of work or school to prepare.

When having a Friday wedding, you should provide your guests with a full meal at the reception. If guests have come directly from work, they will likely be hungry and expecting a meal.

If possible, plan to have your reception directly after the wedding ceremony. Unlike weekend weddings, Friday night weddings occur during a shorter time frame, and the events must move quickly. If possible, take wedding pictures before the ceremony to avoid making your guests wait for you at the reception.

The Day After

Friday night weddings allow for a full weekend of fun and relaxation after the wedding. To thank your guests for attending your wedding and say goodbye before you depart on your honeymoon, have a casual brunch or lunch on Saturday, and invite close family, friends and guests who have come from out of town.