Santa Monica Yacht Wedding Guide

Are you dreaming of a wedding that's as unique as your love story? Consider setting sail on the enchanting waters of Santa Monica for an unforgettable yacht wedding. As a California wedding photographer, I've had the pleasure of capturing the magic of yacht weddings, and today, I'll guide you through the ins and outs of planning your nautical nuptials. Let's explore three premier yacht wedding providers in Santa Monica – Weddings at Sea, City Cruises, and FantaSea Yachts.

Weddings at Sea

At Weddings at Sea, the allure of being married on a yacht meets affordability and classic style. The Duchess Yacht, with a licensed Ship's Captain as a Wedding Officiant, promises an intimate and memorable event. Let's dive into the services and packages:

Services Offered

  • Wedding Officiant (State of California recognized)
  • Champagne Reception with Hors D'Oeuvres
  • Professional 3 Person Crew (Coast Guard Qualified)
  • Fresh Flowers and Decorations (Available Upon Request)

Cruise Packages

  • 4 Hour Malibu Coast Wedding: $1,800.00
  • 6 Hour Coastal Wedding: $2,300.00
  • 8 Hour Coastal/Destination Wedding: $2,900.00
  • 12 Hour Catalina Island Wedding, Two Harbors: $4,000.00
  • 13 Hour Catalina Island Wedding, Avalon: $4,250.00
  • Overnight 28 Hours-Catalina Island, Avalon or Two Harbors: $6,000.00

All Duchess Wedding packages are 100% inclusive, covering Boat, Captain, Crew, Fuel, Decorations, Flowers, Hors D'Oeuvres, and Beverages. The Duchess is designed for intimate gatherings, not exceeding six guests.

For larger groups, consider The Legend packages with prices ranging from $3,100.00 to $5,000.00, accommodating up to 41 guests.

Want a more traditional wedding? Check out some of my Favorite Santa Monica Venues here and here!

City Cruises

City Cruises, nestled in Marina del Rey, offers a range of yachts for your dream wedding. Each vessel provides a unique experience:


  • The Cabaret (Capacity 50): Fully-enclosed main deck with a dance floor and full-service bar.
  • Just Dreamin' (Capacity 130): Custom craft with comfortable couches, a built-in dance floor, and spectacular harbor views.
  • Marina Hornblower (Capacity 150): Classic nautical style with an open bow and an outdoor observation deck.
  • The Entertainer (Capacity 275): Flagship of City Cruises with 6,600 square feet of event space on three decks.

FantaSea Yachts

FantaSea Yachts offers a truly comprehensive wedding experience, managing every detail from catering to venue space.


  • Dandeana (Capacity 100): $100 per person plus a $7,500 yacht rental fee.
  • FantaSea One (Capacity 250): $100 per person plus a $14,500 yacht rental fee.

Popular Wedding Package Includes

  • Four-Hour Private Scheduled Event
  • Unlimited Soft Drink and Fruit Juice Bar
  • Butler-Style Passed Hors d'Oeuvres
  • Elegantly Catered Silver Buffet Menu
  • Pre-Ceremony Champagne Service
  • Ceremony and Reception Set-up with Linens
  • Entertainment Enhancements and Professional Service Staff

A yacht wedding with FantaSea ensures a seamless celebration for 12 to 250 guests, all against the stunning backdrop of Marina del Rey.

Planning Your Yacht Wedding

As a photographer specializing in California weddings, I've witnessed the magic of yacht weddings. When planning yours, consider the unique needs of a nautical celebration. Ensure that decorations are secure for potential winds, and work with vendors experienced in yacht weddings.

Set sail into forever with a yacht wedding in Santa Monica – a journey that promises not only breathtaking views but also memories etched in the waves of time. Cheers to love and maritime matrimony!

Let's discuss your wedding at sea!