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City Cruises is a yacht-style wedding venue located in Washington, D.C. A recreation of the 19th century Victorian riverboat, this authentic paddle wheeler is the perfect setting for exchanging vows right on the water. The main riverboat available, The Cherry Blossom, features an open-air third deck perfect for stargazing and uninterrupted views of the Washington, D.C. skyline.
Facilities and Capacity
A flawless setting for intimate to medium-sized gatherings, The Cherry Blossom can accommodate up to 250 guests. The 1984-style riverboat features ornate railings and brass and mahogany interior. The two interior saloons offer temperature control so that you and your guests can feel comfortable to relax and celebrate any time of year.
City Cruises sales and events team is committed to providing you with a stress-free wedding day. To make this possible, they’ll walk with you throughout the wedding planning experience to make sure every detail is planned out and thought through before your big day arrives. Their team will connect you with top-of-the-line vendors who have experience working weddings on the water. When it comes to service, you’ll find none better than the professional staff and team at City Cruises. Their services include the following:
- Event planning
- Captain and crew
- Exclusive boat usage
- Choice of sailing route
- Wireless microphones
- CD player and iPod hookup
- Outside vendors
- Vendor referrals
The Cherry Blossom takes off from its home port in Alexandria, Virginia. Located just outside of historic Washington, D.C., this romantic yacht provides unforgettable views of America’s most well-known monuments and historic sites. When you book with City Cruises, you can choose to say “I do” on the waters of Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C.
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My advice is to book for slightly longer than you think you need because time will fly. Also, the style of the interior is Victorian with neutral pinks and greens. I worked touches of the colors and style into my table settings and I think it really tied the room together and looked classy. The inside is so pretty, you don't really have to do much.
You do have to use one of their approved vendors, but that is really for the best since you can be confident they know the boat well. I went with King Street Blues for my caterer, and the food was great and the owner really fantastic to work with, but sadly he couldn't be there the day of and his crew did actually flub up on some small things. I think this was probably just miscommunication, but if Rick can't be there, you might want to make sure to speak with whoever will be heading up the catering crew and just make sure you are on the same page. But all that had nothing to do with PRC, who could not have been better.
When pricing things out, consider you probably don't need to rent any chairs since they are on the boat, so the Cherry Blossom might actually be cheaper than other places once you take that into account. And if you need to save some money, we skipped the open bar and just had champagne and a soda bar, which was perfect, and we left at noon, which worked out well for people driving in from out of town. Excellent, excellent venue.
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Unique venue for special events! High level of customer service and wonderful staff!
PRC has everything together. When you have an event, they have load-in/load-out for vendors scheduled so that they get the time needed to get everything on & off the vessel in a timely fashion and are easy to work with. As a DJ, they have the ability to put the DJ on one floor, but DJ to all decks at once. The various settings lend themselves to entertainment, meals, and hanging out, without forcing people to stay in certain parts of the riverboat. I always look forward to events with PRC.
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