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.
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.
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.
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。
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.
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.
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.
7. Safety / 安全手則
Yes, this is important too. Double confirm if there are enough life jackets provisions, just in case.
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.
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!