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At nearly 100 years old, Virginia V is a grand wooden steamship from another era - still propelled by its original steam engine! This gorgeous vessel provides an exceptional venue for unique weddings. You and your guests can board the ship in Seattle’s Lake Union Park before departing for a relaxing cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington. Between our cozy passenger compartment and our spacious outdoor decks, the ship provides a variety of spaces for you and your guests to relax and celebrate your special day and as a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos. One of our captains is a wedding officiant or you can bring your own. We have lots of options to make your celebration unique. Both underway cruises and dockside events are welcome and arrangements can be made for cruises on Puget Sound, as well. Note that we can accommodate a total of 150 passengers, maximum. In our main passenger compartment we can seat a maximum of 85 guests at rounds. Contact us to tour the ship and discuss your plans!
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The Steamship is also beautiful and provided a wonderful ever changing backdrop for photographs. The ship is a historic landmark and this seemed to add to it's many charms. We had only about 70 at our wedding and this was a great size. You could for sure have more but the small group made this a very intimate experience. This was a perfect venue for our wedding and I can not say anything negative regarding it.
On the day of, there was a delay in getting the boiler up to speed (the ship is nearly 100 years old!), but Captain Dale took care of coordinating with the caterers and keeping us informed. He kept everything going smoothly and it turned out to be great to have that extra time on the Virginia V to socialize with friends and family before the cruise.
Captain Dale performed the wedding service (we chose the less religious of his two ceremonies), and it was beautiful. He coordinated with the photographers to get the best shots and capture the moment. He was great with my husband's family and nieces who were the flower girls. He also took charge in helping to set up a sparkler send-off on the dock.
The Virginia V Foundation had a list of recommended caterers (working on the ship has its unique challenges for a caterer); we selected Herban Feast and their food was spectacular, and their service was flawless (even with the last-minute schedule changes!).
All the crew were friendly and helpful, explaining the ship and assisting wherever possible, even taking a few photos for us.
It was a great day, a beautiful wedding, and a wonderful cruise - the perfect way to show off Seattle's charms. Many guests said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. Could not ask for more!
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Not only is Debra an experienced event planner, she's been a bride and a mother of a bride. She understands the importance of getting all the details right. So many things depend on finding a perfect venue and she looks forward to working with you to plan an amazing ship-board wedding.
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