Weddings on Selina II

Want a special wedding that's romantic, private, intimate and unique? Dream of a destination wedding but want to skip the travel and expense? Weddings aboard the historic sailing yacht "Selina II" in the quaint Chesapeake Bay town of St. Michaels, MD offer all the benefits of getting away at a fraction of the price. For people who love the water, weddings aboard "Selina II" offer a unique venue for tying the knot. The only historic sailing vessel on the Eastern Shore specializing in ship board ceremonies, this 1926 yacht provides an intimate setting for a ceremony at sea.

Operated by the granddaughter of the original owners, 3rd generation Capt Iris Clarke officiates aboard the "Selina II" wearing formal whites to complete the nautical theme.. Typically ships' captains are not permitted to perform weddings, but onboard the "Selina II", Capt Iris Clarke is also an ordained minister, allowing her to offer you a customized ceremony from traditional to alternative, creating your own personalized Love Boat experience.

"Selina II's" packages start at $650 , a savings of up to $750 over a typical Cruise Liner's package starting at $1250. Whether it's a portside wedding or a wedding under sail, "Selina II" packages include Decorations, Ships Flowers, Champagne Toast, Customized Vows, Officiant Fees and Maryland State Taxes.

Selina II's staff helps couples skip the stress of working with wedding planners by creating a personalized nautical event to treasure through each anniversary. Brides can choose from an array of ceremony enhancements including Photography, Videography, live bag piper, premium wedding cake, custom music program, etc.

With full sails up, "Selina II's" brightly polished bronze and freshly varnished wood sets the stage for wedding photographs that are unforgettable. The soft sound of water lapping on her hull creates a relaxed atmosphere for every ship board ceremony. Especially suited to second marriages and elopements, "Selina II's" 1926 Gatsby era elegance simply says 'upscale and romantic'.

"Selina II" operates from the beginning of May until the end of October

Ceremony Under Sail

From St. Michaels harbor, the trip lasts 2 hours, and we can accommodate up to six passengers. Weather permitting the wedding is performed under sail. The fee includes the sail, Maryland State amusement tax, Capt Iris' officiant fee, a customized ceremony and champagne toast. Capt Iris offers a range of ceremonies from traditional to alternative, or your family pastor is welcome to come aboard and perform the wedding.

The fee is $650 during the day 10am-12noon, 12:30-2:30 & 3-5pm. $750 from 5:30pm-7:30pm, and $875 from 7:30-9:30pm.

Gratuities for the mate should be like a restaurant, 15-20% depending on service, and should be in cash the day of the wedding. Our crew is very good at taking photos and they earn their tips!

The Bridal Package

For dockside weddings Selina II will come to any dock in the St. Michael'sarea.The ceremony is on board with up to 16 members of the wedding party, with unlimited number of guests looking on from the dock. The price includes up to 2 hours use of the boat for rehearsal the day before, and 2 hours use of the boat the day of, $1000 (except for evening services, add $200).

The Plus Package

Includes the Bridal Package plus an additional 2 hours of post-ceremony time. Optionally the bride can arrive with her bridesmaids on board the boat to the wedding site. The additional time can be used either for wedding photos or multiple mini sails during the reception, max 6 guests per trip, $2000

Any Port Package

Includes the Plus Package plus the opportunity to have Selina II come to almost any waterfront location on Chesapeake Bay. Optionally the bride can arrive with her bridesmaids on board the boat to the wedding site. Also available is a romantic departure from the reception with sails up headed to your honeymoon. No time limit, Selina II is yours all day, $3000

Photos Only Package

Wedding photos on board (between chapel & reception?) 2 hours, $345

Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies

Capt. Iris is available to officiate a range of ceremonies from traditional to alternative, or your family pastor is welcome to come aboard and perform the wedding. She is also available for shore side ceremonies anywhere within 50 miles of St Michaels, MD

On Shore Officiant

Out of season, from Nov 1 - April 30, Capt Iris steps ashore and offers her officiant services for engaged couples looking for a non-church wedding. A completely customized service that says 'you' is a specialty. Let Capt Iris help you speak your heart, or simply say 'I do'.

Deposit Policy: Selina II requests a 50% non-refundable deposit at the time a reservation is made. At that time an email confirmation notice will be accompanied by Capt Iris' proprietary wedding service as a starting point to develop a customized ceremony just for you.

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