Treasure Island Offers 'Onboard' Nuptials

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LAS VEGAS -- These days, a wedding on board a ship isn't all that unusual -- unless the ship in question just happens to be the Britannia, a replica of a 18th century British warship that battles daily with the pirate ship Hispaniola at the Treasure Island resort here.

Wedding Shot Starting this year, the Britannia joined the property's two traditional wedding chapels in hosting marriage ceremonies. "We were looking for something that ties to the romantic feeling of the resort," said wedding chapel manager Jacqueline Montoya. "We have this beautiful bay [Buccaneer Bay] out front, and we started thinking about how we could tie in the ships."

The result is the Crown Jewel wedding package, which starts at $2,995 per couple. Included in the price is a wedding ceremony conducted aboard the Britannia by an officiant in British captain's garb; photographs; bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere, and three services from the property's beauty salon and spa. Also covered are a keepsake wedding box with bottle of champagne and toasting flutes; dinner at the Buccaneer Bay Club, a restaurant that overlooks the site of the pirate battle, and accommodations in a Buccaneer Bay Suite for two nights.

Other options can be included, such as pirate attendants, a traditional sword salute or a pirate who swoops down from the crow's nest during the ceremony with a brocade ring pillow that he presents to the bride and groom, Montoya said.

Each couple also will be assigned a professional bridal consultant, who assists in all the arrangements, including reception planning, formal wear rental and securing the officiant to perform the ceremony. Wedding chapel personnel can help fulfill special requests.

Although most couples Montoya deals with book their weddings six months in advance, she said the resort can handle immediate requests. So far, Montoya said, just one couple had celebrated their nuptials on the ship -- in a promotion paid for by the resort. The first couple actually paying to use the Britannia for their wedding have booked the vessel for April 18. "We're just barely starting to sell [the package], but we expect it to be popular," she said, noting that the plan was eight months in the making.

Because the Britannia is needed every evening for the mock pirate battle in Buccaneer Bay, Montoya said that wedding ceremonies can only be scheduled for 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. For couples who will have family or friends watching the wedding, Montoya suggested putting the guests in an outside viewing area off the ship that can accommodate more than 60 people. "Ideally, you really want -- minimum -- the bride and groom and the maid of honor and the best man on board," she added.

And even though the ceremony will be taking place on the deck of a ship moored outside one of Las Vegas' largest and most popular resorts, Montoya said the event itself will be fairly private.

Wedding Chapels at Treasure Island

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