How to Successfully Manage a Nautical Outdoor/Indoor Wedding

How to Successfully Manage a Nautical Outdoor/Indoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings and indoor weddings each have advantages and disadvantages. An outdoor wedding, for example, gives you and your guests a peek at the grandeur and beauty of your city’s natural scenery, but it also leaves you at the mercy of temperamental weather. An indoor wedding, by contrast, gives your guests comfort and gives you much more predictable stability, but can also be somewhat stifling.

An outdoor/indoor wedding attempts to give you the best of both worlds, and if you design your wedding with a nautical theme—like getting an NYC yacht charter or hosting your wedding at a beach venue —you can ensure you host a unique and unforgettable event.

That said, managing a nautical outdoor/indoor wedding can be challenging, so it’s important to take some extra steps to improve the final results and make things easier on yourself in the meantime.

Master the Timing

First, make sure to think about the timing of your ceremony. If you’re hosting a wedding on a yacht, it’s most likely you will be able to arrange for the ceremony on the top deck, out in the open air. It’s important that you time the ceremony to ensure optimal lighting for the photography. Ceremony photos taken during sunset or at dusk when the sun is low in the sky may sound ideal but as any good photographer will tell you, they are suboptimal. Make sure your ceremony takes place in complete daylight and ends just prior to sunset. A nautical ceremony that ends just prior to sunset will allow for cocktail hour to take place during sunset and for dancing hour to take place later at night when its dark. This is perfect for skyline viewing, especially when you are cruising in a city like New York, Chicago or Miami.

Create an Optimal Flow

One of the challenges of managing an outdoor/indoor wedding is coordinating the flow from the outdoor portion to the indoor portion. You’ll need to create a seamless transition from the ceremony (typically hosted outside) to the cocktail hour and/or dinner (often one or both of which are hosted inside). You’ll need to work with an event coordinator or the venue experts to make sure the setup, progression and movement of the guests is smooth and seamless. Your Master of Ceremonies will need to be made aware of the flow and announce the progression in a timely manner.

Have a Backup Plan

Since you can’t predict or control the weather, it’s important to have a backup plan for those rare times when the weather is not cooperating. If you book a yacht, make sure it is large enough to accommodate a ceremony indoors. Also make sure the venue’s management is on top of the weather and is able to facilitate a quick move in the event of inclement weather.

Control Public Accessibility

If you’re hosting a nautical outdoor/indoor wedding, you may also need to be wary of public accessibility. For example, if you’re hosting the wedding on a beach, you may only have control over a section of that beach, or the general public may be using the same space as you. Ideally, you’ll choose a venue option that affords you some degree of privacy. A private charter on board a yacht will ensure you have a celebration just for you and your guests.

Work with an Expert

Managing an outdoor/indoor wedding is more challenging. If you choose to host your wedding on a yacht, or choose a beach venue, you’ll likely have access to an onsite event coordinator who will help you plan and execute every aspect of your wedding. Otherwise, you can hire an independent wedding planner of your own.

If you’re looking for a beautiful, exciting, and unique outdoor/indoor wedding, one of your best options is a yacht rental in NYC. You’ll have access to a luxury environment, professional staff, and a view that simply can’t be beat—all with the advantages of both an indoor and outdoor environment. Contact Aqua Azul Yacht for more information, and a free quote, today!