Planning Your Wedding on the Princess Caroline

 

Introduction

Planning-your-wedding-onboard-Princess-CarolineYou might be surprised by how many people choose to celebrate their marriage on board the Princess Caroline. It’s quite different to your normal hotel of golf club type of wedding venue, in fact it’s completely unique.  With that in mind – we’ve put together a guide to help you understand how to plan your wedding with us.

First of all, we want to say how much we all really enjoy having weddings on board the ship, as it is so romantic on the water. If you can picture it in your mind, the ship is like the Orient Express on the Lower deck & just wonderful & light on the Bridge deck where it can be open or enclosed – so you are always comfortable – whatever the weather. ( Christmas is as busy for us as summer time !!)

 

Wedding Ceremony & Captain’s Blessing

Firstly, and contrary to common belief, captains of merchant vessels in the UK are not permitted to officiate or perform a wedding ceremony on board. This rule applies to the Princess Caroline, so we will work with you adjust the itinerary with us to suit you both according to the time that you are getting married.

However many couples do ask us to perform a Captain’s Blessing. The blessing ceremony is performed by the Captain in full uniform & although not legally binding it will look like it is for all guests viewing it.

It features the Captain’s blessing and the symbolic tying of a nautical knot – a traditional ceremony performed for many years. There is a small charge of £200 for this ceremony but it can be adapted to suit you both personally & it is so special that there are always plenty of tears (happy ones of course!).

 

Planning Your Day, Your Way

Southampton Wedding VenuePricing for a wedding reception start from £55.00 per person based on a minimum of 90 adult guests for evening reception & dependent on which date you would like – therefore flexibility helps enormously with pricing too !

Many couples have smaller more intimate numbers of guests to enjoy the Wedding breakfast & all others join later for the cruise & party. Others also sometimes marry abroad but would like a big cosy friendly party with everyone afterwards on returning. Everyone is different but our job is to make sure that it’s your day & we want you to feel like everything is exactly how you would like it within the budget that works for you.

The ship is famous for our high quality food. You can pick & chose any style that suits you both within whatever budget – below are some example ideas.

As it’s such a unique venue you must come down to Town Quay Marina & look around – we can then discuss all of your thoughts, ideas, budget etc to work out the best way forward to find you the ideal way to enjoy your wedding day.

Once on board you will not need to do anything except relax & enjoy being with all of your family & friends.Your guests will be invited down to eat etc by crew members & the whole day will roll into the night making amazing memories that are so different to your average wedding celebration.

 

Typical Wedding Itineraries

Princess Caroline - Captain's BlessingA typical wedding reception itinerary on board the Princess Caroline for up to 120 guests is as follows:

Afternoon Wedding Itinerary

  • 12.00pm – All guests boarding the ship on Bridge deck with Welcome drink (Prosecco is £29.50 per bottle & soft drinks are available).
  • 12.50pm – Guests invited below to Lower restaurant Deck where Captain’s Blessing will take place
  • 1.00pm – Bride & Groom to enter to cheers & applause and join the Captain in place for the blessing
  • 1.15pm – Wedding Breakfast  will be served
  • 2.30pm – Speeches to commence
  • 1500 – Departing on gentle cruise in local waters – taking in all activities – River Beaulieu/River Hamble/ over to Cowes if good weather
  • 1505 – Dancing & entertainment to commence on Bridge deck – our local resident DJ – (£350) or vocalist/band etc.
  • 1730 – Returning to homeport for gradual disembarkation of all guests at their leisure
  • 1800 – Final drinks & farewells as last guests depart in order for crew to prepare for next function

 

Alternative Suggestion for an Afternoon / Evening Wedding Itinerary

  • 4.30pm – All guests boarding the ship on Bridge deck with Welcome drink. (Prosecco is £29.50 per bottle & soft drinks are available)
  • 5.30pm – Guests invited below to Lower restaurant Deck where Wedding Breakfast will be served
  • 6.45pm – Speeches to commence
  • 7.15pm – Evening guests arriving & gathering on Bridge deck – possible welcome Drink offered
  • 7.45pm – Departing on gentle cruise in local waters – taking in all activities – River Beaulieu/River Hamble/ over to Cowes if good weather
  • 7.50pm – Dancing & entertainment to commence on Bridge deck – our local DJ – (£350) or vocalist/band etc.
  • 10.00pm – Returning to homeport for gradual disembarkation of all guests at their leisure
  • 10.45pm – Final drinks & farewells as last guests depart

 

Food and Drinks

Food ideas for Canapés

Sample Cold Buffet Menu 1 - Princess Caroline

Please also feel free to allocate a set price per person for this area & we can work out ideas & suggestions within this pricing. For example, chose 5 canapés & we can price it accordingly – from £13 to £18.00 – they are all prepared freshly on board as you arrive:

  • Vegetable Samosas with Yoghurt & Mint Dip
  • Crudités served with hummus
  • Spinach & Feta Goujons
  • Smoked salmon Rolls filled with Cream Cheese & Chives
  • Herb & Garlic Bread
  • Chinese spring rolls served with Sweet Chilli dip
  • Baby tuna Tartlettes with dill & Lemon Mayonnaise
  • Chicken Satays
  • Asparagus tips wrapped in parma ham
  • Toasties topped with Melted Goats cheese & Red Peppers
  • Spicy Falafel
  • Tartlettes with Quails Eggs, Caviar & Lemon Mayonnaise
  • Mango & Halloumi Kebabs
  • Tiger Prawns wrapped in Filo Pastry with salsa
  • Smoked Haddock & Coriander fishcakes
  • Cucumber Rondels of Crab & Chilli dusted with Paprika
  • Bite size Salmon Fishcakes with Saffron Dip
  • Deep Fried Brie with Cranberry dip
  • Asparagus & Pea Risotto served on a Chinese Spoon
  • Marinated Tuna Carpaccio with Wasabi & Gherkin

 

Ideas for Main Courses

These are priced from £18.50 upwards per guest – you can play around & chose the parts that appeal.

Sample Main Course Menu 1 - Princess CarolineWarm Bread with butter will be served with all of the menus below.

Some classic chicken and pork dishes:

  • Fillets of Chicken Supreme served with a Tarragon & Grape Sauce served with Chef’s Selection of Steamed Vegetables & Baby New Potatoes in Chive Butter
  • Spicy Chicken Marinated in Garlic ,Lemon , Harissa & Fresh Herbs & served with Tomato Salsa & Coriander Infused Rice
  • Fillets of Chicken filled with Creamy Brie & Wrapped in Smoked Bacon with a White wine sauce, Chef’s Selection of Steamed Vegetables & Roasted Paprika Potatoes.
  • Marinated Chicken in Balsamic Glaze served with a Orange, White Wine & Balsamic Reduction, Piquante Vegetable Selection & Rosemary & Garlic Infused Roasted New Potatoes.
  • Oriental Chicken Pieces Lightly Marinaded in Eastern Spices, Basted with Soy & Hoi Sin Sauce, Olive Oil & Crushed Capers served with Baby Spinach Leaves with a Tangy Lime Dressing & Toasted Pine nuts
  • Medallions of Pork on a Bed of Wilted Spinach with a Mustard & Cognac Sauce, Seasonal Vegetables & Roasted Cumin Potatoes

Easy Relaxed Dishes

  • Moroccan Lamb with Kalamata Olives Preserved Lemon & Coriander with Saffron Steamed Rice with Fresh Herbs
  • Sea food Paella OR Chicken & Chorizo Paella served with fresh green Leaves in a Classic Vinaigrette
  • Bouef Bourguignon with New Potatoes & Chives
  • Chicken Chasseur in a White Wine Sauce served with White Rice & Wild Mushrooms
  • Coq Au Vin – a great classic that always taste comfortable
  • Hungarian Goulash with new Potatoes Sprinkled with Fresh Chives
  • Spicy Moroccan Chicken with Chick Peas, Tomatoes & Cous cous
  • Spring Onion & Garden Pea Risotto topped with Shavings of Parmesan

Vegetarian Dishes

Sample Vegetarian Option 1 - Princess Caroline

You can add vegetarian dishes to any menu selection, just let us know how many you require.

  • Vegetable Paella
  • Butternut Squash & Feta Risotto
  • Spicy Arribiata Linguine
  • Mushroom Stroganoff with White Rice
  • Vegetable Stir fry with Fresh Ginger & Soy Sauce on Bed of Coriander Infused Rice
  • Courgette, Red Pepper & Pea Risotto served with Fresh Mint
  • Saffron Pancakes Filled with Spinach & Tomato then topped with Melted Rustic cheese.
  • Spinach, Tomato, Mozzarella Lasagne – only for larger numbers
  • Vegetable Curry with Coconut Rice
  • Tabbouleh

 

Complete Menu Suggestions

Planning your wedding breakfast on board the Princess Caroline

Menu A

  • Selection of Warm Breads served with Butter
  • House Speciality of Chef’s Rich Smooth Chicken Liver Pate served with Toast & Chilli Confiture
  • Medallions of Pork with a Mustard & Cognac Sauce, Seasonal Vegetables & Baby New Potatoes
  • Orange & Chocolate Cheesecake

Menu B

  • Selection of Warm Breads served with Butter
  • Leek & Potato Soup
  • Spicy Chicken Marinated in Garlic ,Lemon , Harissa & Fresh Herbs & served with Tomato Salsa & Coriander Infused Rice
  • Tangy Summer Lemon Mousse topped with Seasonal Red Berries & Whipped cream

Menu C

  • Selection of warm Breads served with Butter
  • Smoked Salmon Terrine with a Dill & Lemon Crème Fraiche Sauce
  • Fillets of Chicken Supreme served with a Tarragon & Grape Sauce served with Chef’s Selection of Steamed Vegetables & Roasted Rosemary & Garlic Infused Potatoes
  • Strawberries & Ice Cream

Menu D

  • Selection of warm Breads served with Butter.
  • Caesar Salad  – Crisp Summer Leaves served with Sea Salt Croutons in a Creamy Dressing
  • Pork Tenderlion Spiked with Garlic,Thyme served with Seasonal Steamed Vegetables & Warm Apple Sauce
  • Summer Fruit Trifle with White Chocolate Cream

 

Premium Menus

Menu E (£42.50 per head)

Undoubtedly this is expensive, but we only buy the very best beef which is absolutely stunning to eat! The joint is cooked as a whole fillet so that it is well done on the outside & rare towards the middle as the chefs slice it in front of your guests.

  • Selection of Warm Rustic Breads served with Butter.
  • Salad of  Continental  Leaves served with Warm Goat’s Cheese Sprinkled with Roasted Pine Nuts & Drizzled with a Honey & Lemon Vinaigrette.
  • Contre Fillet of Beef, Spiked with Garlic, Rolled in Herb de Provence & Cracked Black Pepper served with a Rich Madeira & Wild Mushroom Sauce, Chef’s selection of Vegetables & Roasted Cumin Potatoes.
    Raspberry & Belgian White Chocolate Bavarois. with Swirls of Raspberry Coulis.

Menu F (£37.50 per head)

  • Selection of Warm Breads served with Butter
  • Summer Beetroot & Feta Salad Topped with Fresh Mint & served with a Lemon Dressing
  • Fresh Trout filled with Coriander en Papiotte with Lemon, Garlic, White Wine Jus.Seasonal Vegetables & Baby New Potatoes
  • Passion Fruit Crème Brule

Menu G (£36.50 per head)

  • Selection of Warm Breads served with Butter
  • Breaded Camembert served with a Red Berry Confiture on a Bed of Crispy leaves
  • Spicy Chicken Marinated in Garlic ,Lemon , Harissa & Fresh Herbs & served with Tomato Salsa & Coriander Infused Rice
  • Homemade Apple & Red Berry Crumble served with Vanilla Sauce

Menu H  (£37.95 per head)

  • Selection of warm Breads served with Butter
  • Smoked Salmon Terrine with a Dill & Lemon Crème Fraiche Sauce
  • Slowly Cooked to perfection Lamb Shanks in a Red Wine Jus,Steamed Vegetables & Roasted Garlic Creamy Mash
  • Strawberries & Ice Cream

Menu I  (£38.75 per head)

  • Selection of Warm Breads served with Butter
  • Caesar Salad of Continental Leaves, Topped with Sea Salt Croutons, Shavings of Parmesan & Rich Creamy Dressing
  • Confit of Duck served with an Orange & Cointreau Sauce,Bunches of French Beans Tied with Leek & Roasted New Potatoes
  • Duo Chocolate Cheesecake served with Fresh Cream.- crunchy biscuit base topped with white & dark chocolate filling, masked with chocolate flakes & dusted

 

Sample Dessert Menu 1 - Princess CarolineMouth-watering desserts made freshly on board by our patisserie Chef (from £9.25 each)

  • Double Chocolate Macaroon- chocolate sponge topped with a dark chocolate mousse,filled with macaroon pieces & topped with a rich white chocolate mousse
  • Strawberry Shortbread Cheesecake Split – topped with delicious Strawberries & chunky shortbread biscuits
  • Raspberry & Belgian White Chocolate Bavarois. with Swirls of Raspberry Coulis
  • Homemade Apple & Red Berry Crumble served with Vanilla Sauce
  • Tarte Au Citron
  • Duo Chocolate Cheesecake – crunchy biscuit base topped with white & dark chocolate filling, masked with chocolate flakes & dusted
  • Chocolate & Orange Mousse
  • Passion Fruit Crème Brule
  • Seasonal Fruit Pavlova with Fresh Cream & Swirls of Strawberry Coulis.
  • Eton Mess – always great in the summer !
  • Lime & Coconut cheesecake – not for the faint hearted!
  • Traditional Paris Brest – choux pastry filled with vanilla pastry cream,topped with a strawberries, double cream & finished with a Belgian Chocolate Icing
  • Profiteroles filled with Diary Cream served with warm chocolate sauce
  • Summer Fruit Pudding served with Clotted Cream
  • Tangy Summer Lemon Mousse topped with Seasonal Red Berries & Whipped cream
  • Frutti Di Bosco
  • Banana & Amaretti Cheesecake
  • Coconut & White Chocolate Marquise.

And finally, perhaps served later on with evening guests a beautiful Decorated Wedding Cheese Cake.

Selection of ripe Fabulous Cheeses served with Rustic breads, Butter, Crackers, Olives, Grapes, Carrot & Celery Sticks, Home made Chutney Selection – to feed up to 100+ guests – £565 to £675. A smaller version can also be arranged – it’s really popular & very different way to enjoy later on in the cruise.

 

Drinks

WIde selection of bar drinks - Princes CarolineThe Princess Caroline has a cash bar, however you may like to offer your guests wine with their meal. This begins at 1/2 Bottle of  House wine per person – £9.25. Alternatively, should you want to offer any drinks for during the Wedding Breakfast for example freshly brewed tea or coffee – we would ask who would like it rather than serve everyone & have lots of left overs to be paid for – £2.50 for ship’s mug with chocolate mint ( or cookie if freshly baked ) to go with it.

Bottles of Mineral Water are £3.00 – unfortunately we cannot offer tap water as it the ship does not have fresh running water tanks on board.

 

How to Book Your Wedding on board the Princess Caroline:

Please contact Andi on 01962 808995 or 07976594663 or complete the contact form here.

You are guaranteed a far more personal service with this family run business who have been in the boating & restaurant business for over twenty years in different countries. Each wedding on board our ship is meticulously planned and you can be assured of the wedding of a lifetime that your family and friends will always remember.

If you’d like to find out why so many people choose the Princess Caroline, please read our extensive customer feedback here.