Destination I Do
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Destination Wedding on a Yacht

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of So Life Studios

Here at Destination I Do, the more creative a destination wedding we see, the more excited we get! So we were understandably excited when we heard about the wedding of Mark and Kristen who said their “I Do’s” aboard a yacht in Destin, Florida.

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The decision to have their wedding on a yacht was an easy one for the couple, as the uniqueness of it fit their personalities perfectly. A yacht wedding also made it possible for the couple and their family to experience as little stress about cooking, cleaning and setting up as possible. Leaving Mark and Kristen’s loved ones to fully enjoy the big day.

Planning their destination wedding was an absolute breeze for Mark and Kristen, who employed the help of a wedding planner. The entire process was as easy as it could have been. 

“I tell my husband we should to it again!” the bride said. “I was planning our wedding while going to medical school in Arizona, for me to say that [the wedding planner] took stress off is [an understatement]!”

For inspiration, the bride turned to a wedding inspiration staple, Pinterest. While the bride was excited to have so many ideas coming at her at once, she also admits it was a bit overwhelming, and warns her fellow brides to proceed with caution when it comes to Pinterest.

Kristen’s work on Pinterest obviously paid off seeing as she created both her own bouquet and those of her bridesmaids, as well as the table settings (flowers/placemats), cupcakes and the groom’s cake herself.

Attending guests had an easy time getting to the yacht. A majority of them drove, some carpooled, while others decided to make a vacation out of it and stay in the area for a few days. Guests were excited to attend a wedding on a yacht, as most of them had never been to a wedding at sea before.

No matter if you are planning a wedding on a yacht, on a beach, on a mountain or at home, each wedding comes with its own unique set of challenges.

By having a wedding on a yacht, the couple had to comply with Coast Guard regulations, which meant they had to have a complete guest list two weeks before the wedding.

“If you have ever had a wedding you know how hard it is to get people to RSVP sometimes,” the couple said.

It was also of the utmost importance that guests arrive as early as possible since the yacht was scheduled to launch at a certain time and if guests were not present they would be left behind.

Despite these minor issues, Mark and Kristen could not have been more pleased with their wedding.

“Getting to have the amazing experience of being married on a yacht with your close family and friends was amazing and I could not picture my wedding any other way,” the bride said.

Vendors: Photography: So Life Studios, Ceremony/Reception Site: Solaris Yacht, Destin, Florida, Gown Designer: Lazaro, Groom's Clothing Designer: Ben Sherman, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen's Clothing Designer: Alfred Angelo/Calvin Klein

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