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Oct 15, 2008 06:50 PM

Fun Wedding reception.. Toronto Harbour Cruise boat?


My new fiance and I are wracking our brains to come up with FUN and unusual wedding reception ideas.

We are both in our early 40's and this is not a first wedding for either of us. Rather than a 'blending of families', our wedding is more a celebration with our friends.

One idea we have is to have the reception on a harbour cruise boat. Has anyone been to a wedding on one of these boats? If so, what was the food like?

Any one else have any unconventional reception ideas?? :)


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  1. ever been to a wedding that you just had to leave, just imagine walking out the front door and falling into a lake...don't do the floating can be a real bad experience for some guests and given your age (and mine) a floating party ain't it

    1. I haven't heard good things about the food on those cruises.

      You may want to register with Frugal Bride and ask for suggestions there -- it's a great resource and is mainly Toronto based.

      1. Congrats Ms. Susan.

        I agree the other posters re: boat cruise - stuck on a boat and terrible food...

        Not sure how unusual this is - but Vineland estates has a nice little space where you can have a tasting menu reception. (We wanted to do that, but the limit is about 50-60 ppl...)

        Alternatively, you could see about the academy for spherical arts and see about doing a a dinner and pool night reception

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        1. re: Apple

          what about a wine tasting with a 'wine guide' and a dinner by a 'private chef ' at a intimate place...or a party at the steam whistle brewery...i can feel your pain of wanting to do something special...the thing i always remember about a wedding is the food and drink....well ..of what i can remember..

          1. re: Apple

            Oh! I'd put the Academy's food at the same level as that of the boat.

            How about a Pig Roast. My bro did that for his wedding last month. Fab food and the people that catered it were great.

          2. I've only attended one boat cruise wedding reception, but it was enough for me to decline two other invites since then. Imagine being held hostage for 5 hours with a DJ who loves playing Living La Vida Loca, and the food at the buffet served in blue Coleman coolers. No joke.

            Oh and the bride "forgot" to tell us it was a cash bar. Longest 5 hours ever.

            1. I agree with other posters so far. I actually enjoyed the only wedding boat cruise I was on, it was very well done. But still, that feeling of being trapped is something that would bother me.

              While I did enjoy a touching evening on that cruise many years ago, this is what I remember most. The bride found out by accident that the boat tour company had deliberately double-booked her night. When she invited a friend to the reception, the friend responded, 'oh that's weird that's also the same night my company is having its staff company summer party (or whatever) on the exact same boat!'

              Well after the dust settled, the wedding reception went ahead.