I got married on the Edward Rowe Snow, one of the Boston Harbor Cruise ferry boats. We cruised the harbor for three hours. Then, I extended my wedding reception at the Presidential Suite at the Marriott Longwharf where the cruise boats dock in front.
I had 105 guests which fit comfortably on the boat for the three-hour cruise. We stayed at the Presidential Suite a the Marriott Longwharf. The hotel let us check in early so the bridal party could change. We walked through the hotel to the boat. We stayed on the bottom deck while the guests waited on the top deck as we cruised over to the USS Constitution for the wedding ceremony. I had a five-piece live band. Luckily, it didn't rain. It was August, but it was somewhat overcast so it wasn't too hot on the top deck.
The cruise company recommended a caterer that is used to catering on their cruise boats. There are no tables and chairs, but I had real silverware and regular plates. We had lasagna and salad which the guests loved. We brought our own champagne on board and paid a corking fee. I was concerned about trying to have the cake on board, so we cut the cake in our Presidential Suite at the extended reception at the hotel. It was nice to walk only a few steps to the hotel after the boat cruise, up to the suite, and relax. It was convenient to be able to change out of my dress after a few hours and not have to drive anywhere when the reception was over.
In 1986, the total cost for this wedding was $6000. The Presidential Suite at the time was $750 per night. I can't remember the price of the boat cruise, but I remember it was very reasonable and affordable.
A four-hour standard reception goes by quickly and then it's time to leave. It's over before you know it. This type of wedding allows the party to linger and continue without any pressure of having to leave at a certain time and go elsewhere. You're already there! We awoke the next morning to an incredible sunrise on the Boston Harbor and enjoyed the views on the balcony.