Weddings

The MV Skansonia

Seattle, WA View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
   85 reviews
$11k - $14k For 100 Guests
Up to 175 guests

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$11k - $14k For 100 Guests
Up to 175 guests

Anchored on Northlake Union in Seattle, Washington is the MV Skansonia, a magnificent boat venue that hosts weddings. This one-of-a-kind location offers couples the chance to exchange vows on the water, gazing out at the Seattle skyline. Guests will not be disappointed by this extraordinary location, top-class service, and excellent cuisine.

Facilities and Capacity

The MV Skansonia offers both indoor and outdoor event spaces aboard the ship. The interiors offer an authentic feel, with white wood-paneled walls and charming porthole windows. For those who wish to marry outdoors, they can wed under a gold circle arbor on the deck, with waterfront views. Get-ready rooms are also available for couples to prepare aboard the vessel.

Services Offered

This venue caters to engagement parties, ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. They offer the services of an in-house professional florist to create an array of gorgeous original centerpieces and decorations. The MV Skansonia can provide a team of dedicated staff to serve the cuisine and libations throughout the celebrations. They will take care of the setup and cleanup of the event for the couple’s convenience. The ship also offers full bar service, accommodating both cash and open bars. They can provide a range of options, including house wines and beers, signature cocktails, and premium liquors. All-inclusive packages are available for events, with available items including:

  • Chairs
  • China
  • Glassware
  • Flatware
  • Linens

Cuisine

Catering will be provided by Landmark Event Co. caterers, who offer a range of delicious and exciting dishes using fresh produce, creating an unforgettable flavor. Couples may attend a tasting before the event. Custom-designed menus are available and can be served in a variety of ways, including:

  • Buffets
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Family style
  • Plated meals
  • Food stations

Location

Thanks to its superb location in the center of Seattle, this venue is close to a wide host of amenities, including top-class accommodation. Visitors can undertake a tour of Seattle, stopping at hotspots such as the Statue of Lenin, the Freemont Troll, and the Woodland Park Zoo. History fans can stroll around the University of Washington campus. The location is also a short drive from both domestic and international airports.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$24

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

175

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Boat/Yacht
Historic Building
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Markers
Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Photo booth
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November

85 Reviews

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Recommended by 97% of couples
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    Stephanie E. Married on 09/17/2021
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    A great 2020/2021 experience!

    My husband had one request...to get married on a boat, and the Skansonia was fantastic. We had to post-pone from Sept. 2020 to Sept. 2021 and it was so easy.

    Having an all-inclusive venue was great and made everything really smooth. I went to their Open House in 2019 which lead us to find our DJ and try the food.
    Originally we were expecting 80-100 guests but ended up only having ~45. The space is great for small groups or larger ones.

    We had to switch our ceremony to inside as there was some rain but it didn't take away from anything. The flowers were incredible and our photos turned out amazing.

    The MV Skansonia's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words! We are so happy that you had such a great experience. We look forward to seeing photos soon!
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    Abby S. Married on 06/13/2021
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    Unique venue with great views!

    The team at the MV Skansonia were great to work with and put together a great wedding for us. They made the planning process easy by including almost everything you need for the event (just booked DJ and photographer separately). The food, flowers, cake, and staffing for the event were all planned through them. Everything went smoothly for our wedding. This venue also has one of the best views of Seattle and a great rainy day plan for the ceremony. Definitely recommend!

    Photographer: Aaron Meyers Photography
    DJ: JP entertainment

    The MV Skansonia's reply:

    Hi Abby,

    Thank you so much for the kind review! We are so glad we had a chance to work with you on your wedding day :)

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Ardith & John
    63 photos · 09/12/2021

Team

Markelle
Markelle
Sales Manager

I have worked in event coordination for almost a decade. Following my Master's in Sports Administration, I worked in the UW athletic department as the Assistant Tournament Director. In 2016 I transitioned to the world of weddings as a Senior Event Coordinator for a catering company. In that role I coordinated 100+ events per year at venues all around the Puget Sound. Combining all of my experience, I am confident that I am equipped to exceptionally curate your wedding vision. In my free time I enjoy pub trivia, visiting new PNW breweries and traveling!

I cannot wait to work with you!!

Professional Network & Endorsements

7 Endorsements
Photography by Nicolette Photography by Nicolette Wedding Photographers

I love this venue so much that I chose it for my own wedding! The view is fantastic and I liked the convenience of getting so many services under one roof. The staff are friendly and I enjoy going back to this venue for photography, videography & photo booth events!

Tom Ellis Photography Tom Ellis Photography Wedding Photographers

The Skansonia Ferryboat is truly a unique venue, which offers some photo opportunities that you simply can't find anywhere else. Ceremonies on the bow of the boat give an incredible view of Seattle across Lake Union; on a warm summer evening I can't think of a better location for a wedding! And from the viewpoint of a photographer, the proximity of the Skansonia to locations like Gas Works Park, Golden Gardens and other popular places to take wedding party photos make it even better, since it allows me to get a variety of photos for my clients without having to waste half the day traveling from place to place. Oh, and I have to mention that the food service is always FANTASTIC! Couples, if you are getting married in Seattle you need to check out the Skansonia before you make the decision on your venue - you'll be glad you did!

Seattle Flashing Lights Photography Seattle Flashing Lights Photography Wedding Photographers

The MV Skansonia is such an iconic and truly Seattle-esque venue that offers amazing service to both the wedding group/bride/groom/guests and professionals (like us) alike. The food is amazing, the cake and onsite bakery is awesome. They do an unparallelled job attending to detail, and their coordinators are there to help throughout the entire day and beyond. They are a pleasure to work with and we hope to get to do so again in the very near future!

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205 NE Northlake Way Dock A Seattle, WA, 98105
2065459109

Mon: Closed Tues 11:00am-6:00pm Weds 11:00am-6:00pm Thurs: 11:00am-6:00pm Fri: 11:00am-6:00pm Sat: By Appointment Only Sun: By Appointment Only
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The MV Skansonia frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The MV Skansonia?

The MV Skansonia includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The MV Skansonia, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The MV Skansonia includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Wedding Cake

At The MV Skansonia, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The MV Skansonia includes:
  • House Beer
  • House Wine

What are the most important characteristics of The MV Skansonia in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The MV Skansonia for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Boat/Yacht
  • Historic Building
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The MV Skansonia for wedding events?

The MV Skansonia offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The MV Skansonia offer?

The MV Skansonia offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The MV Skansonia offer for wedding events?

The MV Skansonia offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The MV Skansonia have available for wedding events?

The MV Skansonia offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Markers
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables
  • Tents

What percentage of users recommend The MV Skansonia and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The MV Skansonia is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in flexibility.

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