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Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships Boston

Tall Ship Weddings

 

Boston Tall Ship Weddings

Get out of the ballroom and step onto a truly unique wedding venue.

A tall ship wedding is sure to be truly unforgettable. Photo credit: Steph Stevens.

 The Liberty Fleet loves hosting Boston wedding events, from your engagement party to post wedding brunches! Aboard our tall ships, your Boston Harbor wedding sail will be truly unforgettable. With a number of catering options and a fully stocked bar, we are perfectly suited to accommodate you from “I do” to “let’s dance!” Use our Bose sound system or bring a small band on board. We can accommodate all kinds of requests for your Boston Harbor cruise wedding. Hold your wedding, engagement party, or rehearsal dinner on a tall ship in Boston – your guests will talk about it for years to come!

Everyone wants their special day to be one-of-a-kind, and there’s no better way to make that happen than on a boat in Boston Harbor.  Our vessels make incredible wedding venues for the adventurous couple looking to break the traditional mold.  Hold a private wedding charter on the LIBERTY CLIPPER and make memories that will last a lifetime.

 

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Wedding Charters FAQ

How many people does the space hold- seated for the ceremony and standing?

LIBERTY CLIPPER fits 100 on deck standing and sitting combination, and 40 below decks in the Grand Salon.  LIBERTY STAR fits 39 on deck standing and sitting combination.

Are chairs provided for the guests?

It depends on the size of your party.  We have available seating on deck (benches and folding chairs) as well as plenty of standing room.

 If the space is bigger than what we need, are areas roped off?

When you book a charter with us you are entitled to use the whole ship. If you would like us to roped off areas for your event to create a more intimate feeling we would be happy to do so. 

How large is the ship’s crew? What is their uniform?

8-10 crew members (excludes caterers and entertainers).  Our crew wears a white Liberty Fleet polo and khaki pants or shorts. 

How much shade is there on the deck?

When the sails are up, you will always have shade on one side of the ship.  Or if you prefer, we can put up our awning which covers most of the deck. 

Will the officiant and speakers use/need a microphone?

A microphone and sound system are available; depending on the number of guess and where you would like to have the ceremony, it may be necessary.

Is there a room in which my attendants and I can dress?

The Grand Salon is available, although we have windows and hatches which will make it difficult to maintain any privacy.  One of our cabins could be used to change clothes as long as you can climb from below decks in your dress! 

Are there guest restrooms on board?

There are up to 4 restrooms available. 

Can we hire outside musicians to play?

Yes – however no more than 4 musicians is recommended.

Are there any restrictions regarding instruments or power?

110 volt and 220 volt power 

Is there space for musicians to set up?

Yes 

Are there ample electrical outlets to suit their needs?

Yes 

Is photography or videography permitted?

Of course!

Is there a good spot for taking formal pictures?

Yes, on the ship in the Boston Harbor! 

Can we bring in our own flowers?

Yes, please do. 

Can the ceremony be catered?  

Yes.  Please select from our caterers - The Silent Chef, Above & Beyond Catering, and others.  (Catering on a Tall Ship requires training and advanced special planning) See our information on our caterers.  Keep in mind that there is very limited formal seating area on the Liberty Clipper.

Is there a bar? Do you provide a bartender?

Yes, we have a full liquor license and can offer a cash bar, or choose from our bar packages.

Can we bring any decorations?

Yes, as long as the decorations do not obstruct our working vessel.

Is there someone on your staff to help coordinate a rehearsal?

We do not have staff to help run a rehearsal for you, but we can help give you access to the space. 

Is there someone on your staff to help coordinate details like seating guests, cuing members of the processional, and setting up a space for programs?

We are happy to work with a wedding planner of your choosing. The majority of our involvement will be as a venue. 

Is there a suitable spot for a receiving line?

Yes, many different spaces on board would work for a receiving line. 

Is throwing birdseed or blowing bubbles allowed after the ceremony?

Bubbles are allowed.  No birdseed or rice, please.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes.

What is the fee for use of this ship?

It varies by time of year and hours chosen.  We will customize your package to meet your specific needs and budget.  Please contact us for a quote.

How much of a deposit is required and when?

A 50% deposit is requested when you sign your charter contract. The additional 50% is required no later than 60 days before your event. 

Is gratuity included?

Yes, 10-15% of total Charter Costs is included in your quote.

Is there a cleaning deposit?

No.

When is the balance due?

60 days prior to the event date. 

What is the cancellation policy?

We sail rain or shine. If we cancel due to threatening weather, we can reschedule your charter.  If the charterer cancels we cannot provide a refund.  Consider weather insurance if you don’t want to use our awning (though some of our most beautiful weddings have been in the rain!).

Is the captain able to act as officiant?

A ship's captain generally does not have the legal right to perform a wedding at sea. In order for a Captain of a ship to perform a marriage at sea, he must also be a judge, a justice of the peace, a minister, or an officially recognized officiant such as a Notary Public.  You will need to arrange your own officiant.

How much of the allotted cruising time will be used for setup, safety talk, etc.?

Boarding time will be 15 minutes prior to the sail; it will take 10-15 minutes to go over our safety speech and get underway.

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