Brides and Grooms "in the know" are shopping now for that perfect wedding or reception venue. Come aboard the Steamer Virginia V to be a part of Puget Sound history for your unforgettable event. Built in 1922, the Virginia V is the last remaining vessel of Seattle's famed Mosquito Fleet and the only operational steamer left in the country from an original fleet of over 260,000 ships! Virginia V is a registered National Historic Landmark steamship and part of Seattle's great maritime history & tradition. Make your special day a memorable celebration for everyone! Virginia V's elegant woodwork and intimate setting of her passenger salon set against the stunning, panoramic views from every window and deck truly capture all the romance of seafaring elegance, grace and charm. Plus, Captain Dale Pederson is available to officiate your ceremony.
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Trulee · Married on 06/11/2010
The Virginia V is an outstanding venue for a wedding. The staff is wonderful including Captain Dale whom preformed the ceremony. The entire staff seemed happy to be there and help share in our special day.
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.
Jeanne · Married on 09/07/2013
We had our wedding on the Virginia V last weekend and it was amazing. Captain Dale is a charming, funny and professional host and officiant. And the ship is so beautiful that once were toured it, we knew immediately that it was the place.
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!
Astrid · Married on 07/24/2008
When my mother inititally suggested the Virginia V as our wedding venue I shot it down immediately, but we thought about it, and it made so much sense. We had held my Grandpa's birthday party there a couple years previously, and he is a member of the foundation, so we are familiar with the boat. We ended up having the wedding on a Thursday to take advantage of the lower weeknight pricing, plus my grandpa got us an additional discount. We were only officially allowed to have the boat for two hours before departure for set up, but they let us and our vendors come aboard as early in the morning as we wanted to, and we had a shipboard rehearsal with the captain the night before. The boat is super beautiful, with the open engine room and wood finishings, so we did pratically zero decorating outside of table linens and centerpieces and everything still looked amazing.
We didn't really get to have a choice of officiants, but having the captain officiate was one of the reasons we chose the boat as our venue. We are not at all religious, so a priest wasn't going to be the right route, and I felt uncomfortable having essentially a complete stranger officiate. While he wasn't a friend or anything, Captain Dale at least went with the boat, so I felt better about having him do it. Through planning he was super awesome, and easy to get a hold of. He is really excited about weddings, and got us to participate in the boats traditions, like blowing the whistle for the send off. He also was amazing at getting all of our guests together for a group photo. He did have a little trouble getting through our ceremony without a prayer, but it didn't really cause any problems.
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