By: Anne M. Raso
I was recently invited to the New York Wedding Gala on board The Atlantica, a wonderfully large art deco inspired ship that is often booked for weddings and other special events. These events given a few times a year by Entertainment Cruises (who owns The Atlantica and Bateaux New York vessels) are always fun because both press and engaged couples are welcome and they put their best foot forward with the great food, table arrangements and entertainment on board.
The staff—which includes the wedding planners known in the industry as “Wedding Specialists”—are always helpful whether you are just visiting the ship for an event such as the New York Wedding Gala or actually planning a wedding. They do Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons and not just the weddings. I was impressed by the very Sex & The City wedding ceremony that can be set up on the top level of the ship. Various tubes and pipes coming out of the top of the ship are cleverly turned into wedding décor with bountiful flowers, including orchids and roses. There probably is nothing that can compare to a wedding done at sea with the NY Skyline in the back (a close runner up might be the Eiffel Tower, but it would be a heck of a lot more costly for your guests to fly to Europe).
If you want to find out more about planning a wedding, you can call one of the Atlantica’s wedding specialists at 866-433-9283 or go to www.entertainmentcruises.com; the boats conveniently leave from a dock at the Chelsea Piers at 23rd Street and 12th Avenue. They can do everything from “soup to nuts” as they say—and that includes the ceremony set up (including wedding officiators/clergy, favors, flowers, DJ and more. You just have to bring your bride or groom and the prices are very favorable compared to booking a ceremony in a Manhattan hotel or restaurant!
Photos: Anne M. Raso