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13 January 2014

Weddings Afloat

The choice of wedding venues is growing by the day giving you possible locations that you might not have considered previously. You may not have thought about holding your wedding ceremony on a boat but this is an area where there are numerous possibilities - some of which I have listed below.

The Tall Ship, which is berthed at Glasgow's RIverside, is one of only 43 vessels recognised by the National Historic Ships Committee as being of national significance. Originally named the Glenlee, it was launched in 1896 and after a varied career was retired in Spain in 1981. It was later reclaimed by the Clyde Maritime Trust who have brought it back to life. This unique venue can accommodate up to 180 people for dining and 200 for the reception.

If Dundee is your preferred location why not consider The Royal Research Ship Discovery. It is licensed for both religious and civil services, and can accommodate 80 guests for both service and meal. To keep the festivities going a late licensed bar and disco facilities are also on offer.

Moving south to Hartlepool, the Captain's Cabin of HMS Trincomalee is licensed for red carpet weddings and civil ceremonies. The ship is berthed in a reconstruction of an 18th century seaport, and is the oldest warship afloat in Europe. You could have a themed wedding to match the location, which would provide a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photos. Seventy-five guests can be accommodated for the ceremony and up to 100 for the meal - either seated or buffet, while a late license and disco facilities cater for post-meal entertainment.

For those of you for nearer London, HMS President, moored on the Thames at Victoria Embankment, may be more accessible. It is licensed for civil weddings, has a total venue capacity of 400 and also has a late bar and disco facilities.

In Bristol you will find the Glassboat, moored by Bristol Bridge, which could be the venue for you. It can cater for parties of up to 100 guests who can eat, drink and dance the night away.

Not many people can claim to have been married on board a submarine, but if you travel to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum based at Gosport you could be one of them. The wedding ceremony can be held on HMS Alliance, which is part of the museum, while the reception, for up to 200 guests, can be held at the adjoining Fieldhouse Building.

In contrast to the above suggestions, if you choose the Princess Caroline, which is based at Southampton, you can actually be married at sea. You can share the boat with up to 110 guests and hold your reception while cruising the Solent.

Any of the above venues would provide a memorable setting for your big day, but if you do some further research you may find alternatives nearer to your preferred location.

Wishing you a happy and memorable day.
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