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Why You Should Choose A Gulf Beach Reception Cruise

Why You Should Choose A Gulf Beach Reception Cruise

 By Gayle Liteheart, Founder of Weddings On a Whim

January 4, 2024

Introduction: Choosing the Perfect Florida Beach Reception Cruise

Picture this: salty breezes, sun-kissed waves, and your destination wedding party dancing under the stars – all aboard a Florida Reception Cruise! At Wedding On a Whim, we’re dedicated to making your big day extraordinary without breaking the bank. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the basics of choosing a Gulf Beaches of Florida Reception Cruise venue, exploring seating & pricing options and more. Seating possibilities include: 1. sharing the deck; 2. your own deck; or 3. a full boat lunch; or 4. a full boat dinner charter.

 

Why would you and your guests be surprised and delighted by this awesome reception?

 Download menus & learn more here

Read this blog post to learn why so many couples have chosen a Clearwater, St Pete Beach or Madeira Beach, Florida Reception Cruise. Our couples love this unique reception experience because it is all-inclusive, easy to plan and budget-friendly.

This memorable, scenic, and fun gathering is perfect for any sized group! With many reception cruise options & amazing prices, that also include a beach wedding, there is something for every taste and pocketbook

St Pete Beach reception cruise venue

St. Pete Beach Dining Yacht: Elegance at Sea

Set sail on our sleek and stylish St. Pete Beach Dining Yacht for a wedding reception that’s pure magic. Here’s a sneak peek at what awaits:

Features:

  • Smooth inland waterways for a serene cruise.
  • 113 foot yacht with two decks, one with outdoor space.
  • 3-course dinner with a choice of 10 entrees.
  • 3 course lunch with choice of 6 entrees.
  • DJ, champagne toast, and full cocktail service.
  • Drink options for every palate and budget, including cash bar, drink tickets, prepaid open bar & more.
  • Cutting of the specialty cake you bring.
  • Add-ons can include extra cruising time, appetizers, and drink packages.
  • Preplanning with a wedding specialist for stress-free sailing.
  • Download menus & learn more here
  1. Shared Space Option – $72.41/person x your guest count
  • Share The Space with Other Passengers: $72.41/person x your guest count
  • Share the DJ
  1. Exclusive Seating Option – $2,896.40
  • Get Your Own Deck: $72.41/person x 40 guests minimum = $2,896.40
  • Share the DJ
  1. Saturday Full Boat Dinner Option – $5,626.75
  • Get Your Own Full Boat: $72.41/person 50 guests minimum + $2,006.25 charter fee = $5,626.75.*
  • Get your own DJ to host your wedding traditions.
    * Charter Rates are less other days.
  1. Lunchtime Option – $2,978.50
  • Get Your Own Full Boat: $59.57/person 50 guests min, no charter fee= $2,978.50
  • Boarding Time: Lunch cruises set sail at noon.

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Clearwater Beach Dining Yacht:  Affordable Luxury

Cruise beautiful Boca Ciega Bay aboard the classy, spacious & well-appointed Clearwater Dining Yacht for the Gulf Beaches of Florida Wedding Reception you will never forget. Anchors aweigh for your way to the following:

Features:

  • Cruise smoothly on inland waterways.
  • 115-foot yacht with two interior decks & one exterior deck.
  • 3-course dinner with a choice of 10 entrees.
  • 3 course lunch with choice of 6 entrees.
  • DJ, champagne toast, and full cocktail service.
  • Drink options for every palate and budget, including cash bar, drink tickets, prepaid open bar & more.
  • Cutting of the specialty cake you bring.
  • Add-ons can include extra cruising time, appetizers & drink packages.
  • Preplanning with a wedding specialist for peace of mind.
  • Download menus & learn more here

1. Shared Space Option – $72.41/person x your guest count

  • Share The Space with Other Passengers: $72.41/person x your guest count
  • Share the DJ

2.  Friday & Saturday Exclusive Seating Option – $5,430.75

  • Get Your Own Deck: $72.41/person x 100 guests minimum* = $5,430.75
  • Share the DJ
  • * Minimum requirements are less on other days

3.  Saturday Full Boat Dinner Option – $11,057.50

  • Get Your Own Full Boat: $72.41/person 125 guests minimum + $2,006.25 charter fee = $11,057.50.
  • Get your own DJ to host your wedding traditions.
    * Full Boat Charter Rates are less other days.

4. Lunchtime Full Boat Charter Option – $2,978.50 

  • Get Your Own Full Boat: $59.57/person 50 guests minimum, no charter fee= $2,978.50
  • Boarding Time: Lunch cruises set sail at noon.

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Madeira Beach & Clearwater Beach Buffet Party Boats: Casual Fun for Everyone

Available from April 15 until February 15th

For a laid back yet fabulous wedding reception venue, with unlimited beer, wine, rum punch, a generous buffet and DJ entertainment, our Party Boat is a blast.

Features:

  • Tropical Island Style Buffet for a yummy feast.
  • Unlimited beer, wine, rum punch, and soda.
  • 65 foot vessel with two enclosed decks & one observation deck.
  • DJ, champagne toast, and full cocktail service.
  • Cutting of the specialty cake you bring.
  • Linen rentals available for added elegance.
  • Extra cruising time available with full boat charters.
  • Preplanning with a wedding specialist for hassle free sailing.
  • Download menus & learn more here

Shared Space Dinner Option – $57.30/person x your guest count

  • Share The Space with Other Passengers: $57.30/person x your guest count
  • Share the DJ
  1. Exclusive Seating Dinner Option – $3,438
  • Get Your Own Deck: $57.30/person x 60 guests minimum = $3,438
  • Get your own DJ to host your wedding traditions.
  1. Full Boat Dinner Option – $4,791
  • Get Your Own Full Boat: $57.30/person 50 guests minimum + $1,926 charter fee = $4,791.
  • Get your own DJ to host your wedding traditions.
  1. Lunchtime Full Boat Charter Option – $3,860.25
  • Get Your Own Full Boat: $47.19/person 75 guests minimum, + $321 DJ Fee = $3,860.25
  • Boarding Time: Lunch cruises set sail at noon. 

 

A Wedding Beyond the Horizon with Wedding On a Whim!

We hope you’ve enjoyed as glimpse into the enchanting world of Reception Cruise venues through Weddings On a Whim.  May this blog enlighten and inspire, while we assist you in making the very best decisions for your Florida beach destination wedding celebration.

YOU could soon be saying “I do” under the Florida sun, followed by dancing under the stars aboard a  Gulf Beach Reception Cruise!

Simply put, Reception Cruises are affordable, easy and memorable. Contact us to book a destination wedding package that will delight you and yours.

P.S. Your dream wedding reception doesn’t need to stay ashore. We look forward to working with you. Together, we will embark on a journey that will make your wedding day as extraordinary as the love you two share. When you sail into forever through Weddings On a Whim, every wave will capture the promise of your lifetime of happiness. 

 

Indian Rocks Beach Intimate Florida Wedding

Indian Rocks Beach Intimate Florida Wedding

Intimate Ceremonies

Indian Rocks Beach Elopement

Couples from all over the State of Florida often choose our pristine beaches for their simple and intimate ceremonies.

On a bright April morning, these Belleview Florida Lovebirds drove to a lovely beach access in Indian Rocks Beach. They met Photographer Paul and me in the parking lot.  I legalized their license; collected their fees and gave them a keepsake Certificate of Marriage. Then I walked ahead of them, onto the beach and to the white heart wreath altar Production Manager Toni had created for them in the sand.

Photographed throughout the experience, Nicole and Luke walked over a little, scenic bridge to find me waiting for them on the sand.  As you can see, the cloudless sky and peaceful beach made theirs a beautiful-weather-for-a-wedding-day!

The newlyweds booked our $195 Weekday Morning Special, along with 40 digital images from our Professional Photographer for $200.  This combination is a popular choice for couples booking their wedding on a whim and for those who don’t want any “fuss or muss.”  The bride told me they made these choices because the groom is shy.  He preferred less attention and distractions on his wedding day.   We highly recommend booking a Professional Photographer to capture the event so that, as the years go by and the memories fade, the photographs will not.

They also requested our $200 heart wreath altar – in order to create a sacred space to stand.

As the morning light danced on the waves during this picture perfect ceremony, Photographer Paul captured their experience, their joy and their admiration for one another.  So now we share their day and they blessings with you.  

What are some fun activities in the Tampa Bay area?

Planning a Florida Beach Wedding?

Looking for things to do before or after the wedding day?  There are many activities in our area that satisfy different tastes & pocketbooks.

The following is a short list of things to do in the Tampa Bay Area.  They include both tourist attractions as well as local favorites…

  • Clearwater Beach Aquarium – see movie star Dolphins Winter & Hop; go parasailing, rent a wave runner, take one of the many dolphin/sightseeing boat tours, fishing charters
  • Dunedin – Lovely waterside community with a Main Street with excellent boutiques & eateries.
  • Madeira Beach – John’s Pass Village – shops, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company & other restaurants, dolphin/sightseeing trip, rent wave runners, parasail, deep sea fishing trips
  • St. Pete Beach – sunset sail trips
  • Downtown St. Petersburg – shops, museums, including the Dali, Fine Arts & History museums, restaurants, waterfront sidewalks, architecture & nature.
  • Ft. DeSoto Beach State Park, Tierra Verde – hugh rustic beach park. Has a ferry that goes to Egmont Key; also a fort built during the Spanish-American war.
  • Busch Gardens (inland/east), Tampa

If you would like a list of local restaurants or if have any questions, feel free to ask our Wedding Concierge for help or guidance.

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