Organising a wedding on Sydney Harbour

Organising a Wedding

Tying the knot out on the glistening water with the entire city of Sydney stretched out in front of you is incredibly special. It’s such a romantic and sentimental way to celebrate love and union and perfect if you’re looking to stand out from the same-same venues that you always seem to be heading to.  What’s more, a wedding on Sydney Harbour is actually pretty painless to organise – as far as organising a wedding goes, that is! Here’s why you should consider a wedding cruise out on Sydney Harbour, and how to go about organising it…

Why a cruise?

A Harbour cruise is a dream wedding destination! Not only is it incredibly unique and whimsical, but it’s also something that you and your guests will never forget. Float past the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Kirribilli whilst you celebrate one of the happiest days of your life. You’ll bask in golden sunshine, overlook glittering water and face incredible natural features as surrounding scenery. This venue is for the couple that wants to make their special day even more memorable.

How to organise

  • Finalise your guest list

Harbour cruises really are best for more intimate weddings if you’re planning to have the ceremony on board, there’s a finite amount of room available, after all. If you want to use a ferry as transport for guests or for your reception, there’s a little more wiggle room. Be sure to know your exact numbers before you go ahead and pay any deposits, you need to be entirely sure of how many attendees you’ll be hosting.

  • Determine your exact budget

Your budget is usually pretty nailed down by the time you come to exploring venues, however, you need to be thorough with it. The great thing about booking a boat on the harbour is that the prices come in a neat package, meaning you can feel confident that you won’t be continuously forking out for extra add-ons or minute changes. Once you know how much you’re spending on a cruise boat, which can also provide photography, catering, drinks and DJs, you can look at all the other elements of your day.  

  • Plan your catering

As stated above, your vessel can actually provide you with delicious catering, making the planning process incredibly easy. As with most venues, there will be an array of different options to choose from, so the bride and groom can have a great time planning their menu for the big day.

  • Select decorations

The decorations for your wedding should feel personal to you, so work with your provider to come up with a colour scheme and theme that fits with you and your partner’s personalities. A big part of decorating is floral arrangements, so be sure to take a trip to your chosen florist to determine your favourite flower pairings before you start to think about any other decorative elements. These really determine the overall vibe of wedding reception and ceremony, so take your time here.

  • Decide on timing

Timing is very important! Do you want your ceremony to be early, around noon, or later in the day? A wedding around 4-5 pm will see the gorgeous lowering of the sun and give you a little bit of magic light whilst you’re saying your vows, so this is a great time when you’re out on the water.

  • Poll for a pickup spot

Whether you’re on the boat for transport or for the full day, you need to be democratic about your pickup and drop off spot. All the guests need to be able to reach the destination, and you need to get there in full bridal getup, so be sure to opt for the most accessible and convenient spot.

So, cheers to many years of having fun together and sharing memories as a couple. A wedding is never easy to prepare, there are so many things that you need to consider in order to make your dream wedding come true. The pressure of making it perfect will stress you out so don’t make it perfect but make it memorable, both for you and your guests. We hope that all of these tips that we have listed helped you in some way and was able to give you a wonderful idea that you will cherish for the rest of your life! Get your wedding diary and plan your cruise wedding now.

Get ready for an incredibly special day!