8 Tips to hold a Boat Wedding!

Have you ever thought of having FUN and unusual wedding reception ideas? Got two clients who both love to have their boat weddings next month. What a coincidence! So I choose to share the tips and things to consider if you are really looking for something like this and have a great celebration with friends and families.

可有想過以一個特別以及有趣的方法舉辦你的婚禮和招呼你的賓客呢?巧合地即將迎來兩對喜歡在海天一色環境下進行船上婚禮的新人,因此在這裡跟一些有興趣以同一方法舉辦婚禮的新人們分享一些小貼士與應該注意的地方。

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1. Capacity of the Boat / 船的容量

Look for a boat that can accommodate the size of your wedding. There is a very stringent limitation of the persons on board because of the regulation. In Hong Kong, you can have a boat for wedding that can accommodate from 35 to over a hundred. The bigger the size, the more it costs, usually. But for sure you don’t want to pay for more than you need.

找一條船足以容納你婚禮賓客及工作人員數目,因為法例上對在船上的人數有十分嚴格的監管。就以香港來說,可以提供租借作婚禮用途的船容量可由35人至多於100人;當然一般情況來說, 船的體積與租金是成正比的,所以務必計算清楚人數以免浪費金錢。

 

2. Boat Styles / 船的風格

If you are looking for trendy, you can rent a yacht. Or if you love the east meets west style, you can consider the Chinese Junk. And if you are looking for the real traditional, the classic junk with “sails” is definitely your choice.

如果你喜歡較時尚,你大可考慮租用遊艇;又或者你喜歡東西文化滙聚的話,一首中國式帆船或可合乎你的要求。假如你鍾情於傳統的東西,配有真“帆”的帆船則肯定是為你度身定造的選擇。

 

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Upper Deck daytime

3. Time for Sailing / 航行時間

Boat companies in Hong Kong usually split their rental timeline into two: Day trip – anytime till 6pm. Night trip anytime after 6pm but before 10pm. There will be extra overtime cost beyond 10pm. Hong Kong is famous for it’s “light show” at night so this could be something that you can consider. There is a daily laser light show, called “Symphony of Lights” which starts at 8pm, so your guests will be wowed for the stunning entertainment as it sails through the beautiful Victoria Harbour.

香港的租船公司通常把租船時段分開兩種:日間航行 – 任何日間時間至黃昏六時;晚上航行由黃昏六時至晚上十時,超過十時則要收取額外費用。香港定時會為大家送上「幻彩詠香江」,再加上香港夜景一向迷人,所以選擇於晚間在維多利亞港航行也許能令賓客們增添一份驚喜。

 

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aqualuna upperdeck by Convention Centre

aqualuna backed by the magnificent Victoria Harbour
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Upper Deck Brown Sofa
Photo: AquaLuna

 

4. Rental of the Boat / 租借船隻

It depends which companies you hire the boat. For the classic Chinese junk which can accommodate approximate 30-40 persons (including your wedding crew, photographer etc), you can assume an average of HK$2000-2500 per hour, subject to a minimum of hours to rent.  Those with sails cost more.   Also, long distance ferry pier parking fee may apply, but it would be just a few hundred to one thousand, usually.

不同租船公司有不同價格及條件,例如租借一首載客量大約30-40人的中式帆船(包括婚禮工作人員例如攝影師) 費用大概是每小時$2,000 – $2,500,而每間租船公司都會有各自的最低小時限制。另外,有一些碼頭亦會收取停泊費用,通常由好幾百元至一千元左右。

 

5. Facilities / 船上設施

The hire cost usually covers the basic facilities such as PA system, microphone, washroom, karaoke, ice cube box (ice to be ordered), shower, CD player, Ipod shuffle, heater, air conditioning, microwave etc. So these facilities availability vary with the boat.

Other ADD ON you may like to have: shuttle boat/speed boat/banana boat, registered tour guide, mahjong, etc. 

 

一般而言租金都會包括基本設施例如音響、麥克風、洗手間、卡拉OK、冰塊盒(但冰塊請自行準備)、淋浴、CD播放器、暖爐、空調、微波爐等等。當然也可付多些少費用加添額外設施例如快艇、香蕉船、註冊導遊、麻雀等。

 

6. Dining/Drinking / 食物/飲料

Some boat companies allow self-brought Food and Beverages, but not every company though. So the price varies. My recent deal obtained was a drink package that starts from $68 per person. For food, you have a variety choice of canapes, or if you are looking for buffet, there are different packages for choosing as well, very affordable. Some clients invite their private chef to serve as well, so this is another thing that you can consider! One thing you might need to check about is the “waiter” fee as this may be an extra cost to deal with.

有些租船公司准許客人自行攜帶食品和飲料,但是亦有部份公司並不允許;就以最近的其中一單婚禮為例,租船公司提供每位數$68的飲料套餐。至於食物方面,更可以有多種小吃的選擇,而如果希望以自助餐形式的話更可以有不同套餐提供,而這些不同套餐的價錢大都十分合理的。不過亦有一些客人會堅持帶同自己的私人廚師上船準備食物,當然經由租船公司允許這也是另一選擇。不過有一點要特別小心的是有部份租船公司是會收取 “服務員費”的。

Regarding the tables/chairs setting, and the wedding decoration, these are something that you need to double check with the boat companies or the caterer, as it is not uncommon to have dozens and dozens of communication, just on these matters.  Even for a wedding cake to transport, and have it set up at the right time, requires some “tricks”.   As you can expect, boat companies would only love to talk about prices to rent out the boat, and it is subject to how they communicate with the caterer. They rarely do decoration too. Of course you can leave all these matters to your wedding planner team if you have one.

至於桌子及椅子設置甚至婚禮佈置方面,一定要跟租船公司及餐飲服務商交代得清楚明白!因為就以租船公司立場他們可能只專注於租船費用及時段,相對會較少跟餐飲服務商與裝飾公司溝通,但船上設置是有不同限制的;所以一切務必要溝通清楚,也許把這燙手山芋交給專業婚禮統籌吧!

 

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7. Safety /  安全手則

Yes, this is important too. Double confirm if there are enough life jackets provisions, just in case.

緊記再三要肯定租船公司會提供足夠的救生衣!

8. Route / 路線

Double confirm your route as the boat companies will able to estimate the number of hours that you may need, and the diesel filling as well.

 

跟租船公司說明你希望的路線,好讓船公司能夠計算航程需時及耗油量。

有興趣在船上舉行婚禮或派對?想知道如何開始?來跟我們聯絡看看我們能如何協助你。

 

Interested to hold a party on the boat? Planning a wedding and do not know how to get started?  Hangout with us here and see how we can help!

 






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