Hornblower Cruises Wedding // Merika + Esther


We’re very excited to share Merika and Esther’s at-sea Hornblower Cruises Wedding!

First off, Hornblower Cruises is a San Francisco, CA based charter yacht and also provides dining cruises. Aboard the Hornblower yacht, you can throw a wedding, reception, or other wedding-related event. Specifically, the yacht has both indoor and outdoor spaces, which provided the brides and their wedding guests with different spaces to explore and celebrate. Their wedding planner, Aokash Chand, ensured that their special day was exactly how these brides had pictured it. Their featured color was red.   

Both of the brides wore red on their wedding day! Specifically, as they got ready for their ceremony, their hair was done by LocsbyErika. Their wedding day makeup was by Alicia Lau of LeeCe Stylz. Each of the brides had a special makeup look for their wedding day. One look featured red eyeliner and glistening gemstones around her eyes. Her hair was tied up in an elegant bun with light blue pearls. The other bride wore red eyeshadow, a bright red lip, and paired her look with red earrings and a red bowtie. 

A bespoke bridal suit came from Klein, Epstein, Parker. Previously, this company offers ready-to-wear and custom suits, and the company has been featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race. A gorgeous bridal corset came from Dark Garden. Overall, this company has been handcrafting modern corsetry since 1989. Alongside her corset, she held a red bouquet. Their floral arrangements were by Mari Rose.

Their walk down the aisle was on a red carpet. Keeping with the nautical and laid-back vibe of their wedding, they both went barefoot on their red carpet walk. Moreover, their manicures and pedicures were done with red nail polish. During their ceremony, they did a red, black, and white sand pouring into a heart shaped bottle. And after they said their “I do’s” they jumped over the broomstick together. 

After their ceremony, it was time for the reception. Hornblower was their caterer and their wedding party had a delicious buffet. However, their desserts came from Timeless Bakery in Oakland, CA. Markedly, this bakery is fully plant-based, making it a great option for vegans. Throughout the reception their were toasts, smiles, and laughter. 

Emphatically, the brides decided that two cakes was better than one! There was a two-tiered chocolate cake and a two-tiered white cake. Correspondingly, both of the cakes were decorated with classy gold leafing. After their ceremony and reception, these two left in a white stretch limousine!

Our team at Sound Originals was honored to be a part of Merika & Esther’s wedding. Please enjoy their photos! 

Hornblower Cruises Wedding Gallery

Hornblower Wedding Cost

Interestingly, Hornblower Cruises has been around since 1974. To get a price quote, it is recommended that you contact Hornblower Cruises directly. Hornblower Cruises operate out of nineteen different ports! To get the most accurate cost breakdown, you need to select a specific location on their online contact form. The price will vary by local factors of your destination, like taxes. Also, the size of your group is a factor. They offer yachts ranging in capacities from 40-1000 people. The deposits range from $1,500-$25,000. 

Eventective has links to the San Diego Hornblower yacht wedding guide. You can use that guide to discover pricing for a San Diego wedding. Wedding Wire has some information on the Hornblower Cruises Newport Beach, CA location. There are four reviews that in total, give this venue four stars. One reviewer used Hornblower Cruises to host their one year anniversary. So anyone who is already married and missed the chance to celebrate at sea, you can consider booking your anniversary celebration. 

Hornblower Wedding Cost San Francisco 

You will need to contact Hornblower Cruises directly to get the cost of an at sea wedding in San Francisco. If you are having a daytime wedding, then dining costs range from $99-105 per guest. In comparison, if you are having an evening wedding, then dining costs range from $119-162 per guest. But if you are just booking for your rehearsal dinner, then dining costs range from $99-105 per guest. They also offer packages specific to bachelor and bachelorette parties, which cost between $81-95 per guest. 

Another element that changes the cost of your wedding is additional add-ons. They offer a photobooth add on that includes the props and a thumb drive full of photos for $1,200. They have their own talent pool of DJ’s & MC’s which cost $950 for up to four hours. If you are going for an intimate wedding of twenty people or less, there is a package that starts at $475. The staff at Hornblower Cruises can make your wedding day easier with all of the items and services included in the price. 

Harbor Cruise Wedding 

There are a few companies in San Francisco offering harbor cruise weddings. Wedding Wire has a list of the top ten San Francisco boat weddings. City Cruises has sixteen reviews and a 4.1 out of 5 star rating. The second most popular option is Commodore Cruises & Events, with eleven reviews and a 3.6 out of five star rating. Here Comes the Guide has a review and price estimates for the San Francisco Hornblower Cruise. lastly, they also have a few featured wedding videos. These videos are a great way to get a sense of the layout of the boat. Couples love the all-inclusive pricing and the year-round availability. Furthermore, a fun fact is that some of their captains are also licensed ministers! Indeed, that makes it easy when you are deciding who you want to wed you and your spouse-to-be.


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