Ahoy! As far as romance goes, there are few settings more idyllic than the sea. Want to set your wedding apart from the rest? Find a boat and set sail! Here, the team from Hauraki Blue talks us through the perks.
When there’s a boat in the mix, the options for how and where you say ‘I do’ are endless – as well as exchanging vows on deck, most vessels will let you choose from a variety of picturesque stop-off points. Hauraki Blue, for example, cruises around the Hauraki Gulf docking at places such as Motuihe, Motutapu and Waiheke Island.
Ease of access
Don’t think that opting for an off-board ceremony will mean it’s a hassle to move guests on and off the vessel –small run-about boats can come right up onto the beach and have a drop-down ramp at the front, so it’s easy to move without getting your feet wet.
Opting for an all-aboard wedding makes planning a breeze. We think of Hauraki Blue as the ultimate floating venue: it has 30 ocean-view cabins, a restaurant and bar, and can accommodate up to 100 guests for a ceremony and reception, and 60 guests overnight. We personalise the itinerary to suit you, but generally a cruise sets off at 3pm to the ceremony location. Guests enjoy cheese platters while the bridal party takes off for photos, and when you return, the festivities continue! The next morning, you enjoy a delicious breakfast before returning to shore.
There’s no need to stress about the weather
Ahead of the big day, staff will plan a range of options to suit the weather. At Hauraki Blue, our crew can easily choose a calm, sheltered area to anchor for the evening. If conditions are very poor, we stay within the Waitemata Harbour rather than venturing out into the gulf.
You can make the boat your own
Depending on the length of the charter, you can access the boat up to three hours before departure. Fairy lights, bunting and floral arrangements all look fantastic on board – our crew will be on hand to help you secure decorations safely.