Having your event on a yacht is a great way to make your bash stand out from the rest. From the breathtaking views and first-class service to the simple fact that you’re aboard a yacht, there are many unique characteristics.
One of the stark differences from a typical event venue is that, once aboard, you’ll enjoy a beautiful cruise on the water–an exciting feature for our clients and their guests. Depending on the time of day, your celebration can bask in the famous Southern California sunshine or sparkle under the night stars. This leads to a question we often hear from our clients: Should we hold our event during the day or at night? While both have their advantages, there are a few questions to consider first.
How formal is it?
Evaluate the scope of your event. Do you envision cocktail dresses and sharp suits? Formal gowns and classic tuxedos? Then your event is best suited for the evening. If you’re opting for a more casual feel with a bright, airy vibe then daytime is probably best.
A general rule of thumb is that formal events (e.g. weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, proms, corporate galas, etc.) are planned in the evening while lighter celebrations (e.g. family reunions, baby and bridal showers, engagement and graduation parties, etc.) occur during the day.
Scan your guest list and get a sense of the invitees. Are they early birds? Night owls? Are their weekends filled with work shifts and kid’s soccer games? If you answered “yes,” then an evening event will most likely be preferred. If the group is a little more flexible (i.e. not tied to a specific schedule) then a midday jaunt will probably work just fine.
What’s on the menu?
Decide what you plan to serve your guests. If you’re feeling a three-course sit down dinner complete with bread service and passed hors d’oeuvres, the evening is more appropriate. Daytime events are a little more comfortable and often call for a more casual setting featuring a fantastic buffet or a gorgeous brunch spread. Either way, food is a MUST for any event and should be served accordingly.
Sunset, stars or sunny skies?
Many clients consider the gorgeous backdrop of the Marina del Rey harbor as an enhanced feature of their event. In this case, clients look forward to a spectacular sunset for amazing photos while others rely on the twinkling lights of the harbor and stars to add a romantic feel. Our daytime clients really emphasize the sights on the water and enjoy the incomparable views of the Los Angeles coastline–from Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes peninsula all the way to Malibu. Daytime events are also fun for spotting wildlife and seeing other yachts in the harbor. It all depends on what your goal is. What do you want to experience with your guests?
Other factors to consider are enhancements like lighting. Did you want to do special uplighting? A gobo on the dance floor or on the side of the yacht? Does your event have specific colors or theme you want to feature? Did you want to use glow sticks on the dance floor or have sparklers for your grand exit once the yacht docks? Or did you want to keep it simple with natural lighting? These are all questions that will help determine when to hold your event.
We hope this information helped guide you in the right direction with your event planning. For additional details, please call 310-827-2220 or click here to submit an event query form.
~ The FantaSea Yachts Team