The sailing yacht Selina II in St. Michaels harbor has been offering wedding services for couples who want a private, intimate venue for a small upscale wedding. That puts her captain, Iris Clarke, squarely in the center of helping brides plan their wedding.

Capt. Iris offers a few tips and tricks for brides and grooms planning to set sail on their wedding day.

WHEN TO BOOK

Of the many questions I get asked, the number one concern is about availability. Before you reserve your date ask the relevant questions. Does the price include state taxes, the officiant’s fee, customized vows, decorations? What does the officiant wear? How do you get your marriage license? What happens if there’s bad weather? How many guests do you want at your ceremony?”

SPACE IS LIMITED

Boats are strictly limited by safety regulations. For example, Selina II only holds six passengers but it is possible to accommodate more guests if the boat stays tied to the dock. Guests can either be aboard or dockside on the wharf.

THE CAPTAIN’S CONNECTIONS

Ask for recommended florists, photographers, bakers and hair and makeup artists. Ship-board wedding operators know the best local sources for other wedding vendors.

DRESS FOR THE SEA

Think outdoors. Wind and updos can be a challenge. But just because you are on a boat doesn’t mean your wedding can’t be as fancy as you’d like. A good hair stylist can create a look that is gorgeous and yet still blown friendly.

Spiky high heels on a boat? Nope, but your feet will thank you for the boat-appropriate foot gear.

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