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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 February 2013   VOLUME 12 ISSUE 2  
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Tie the Knot Aboard a 19th-Century Schooner!

photo: Joyce Nichols
A happy couple ties the knot after a great day of sailing aboard one of Maine’s windjammers.

Windjammer weddings offer couples the opportunity to spend their big day relaxing and celebrating, knowing the details of their nuptials are covered. Whether it’s an intimate island ceremony or a pirate wedding, tying the knot aboard a windjammer means that Maine’s rugged coast serves as cathedral, seals and porpoises are the witnesses and the gulls become the choir.

When a couple chooses to marry aboard one of the Maine Windjammer Association vessels, captains and chefs are available to take care of everything from baking the cake to performing the ceremony, all at no extra charge.

With space for between 20-40 overnight guests, some couples charter an entire vessel, bringing along their close family and friends. This is the perfect option for families who are just getting to know one another. Together, they can enjoy meals and great sailing, as well as time apart exploring islands, villages or a row around the harbor.

photo: David Beaulieu
Relaxed brides are happy brides aboard Maine’s windjammers.

Other couples choose a more anonymous route – they coordinate ahead of time with just the captain, then travel as regular passengers and only announce their intentions to their shipmates at some point during the cruise. Captain Mike McHenry of Angelique says, “Once we had a bunch of passengers go ashore and find small gifts to give the bride and groom. It’s always a wonderful time. And I always tear up. Never fails.”

While on board, couples can make their wedding ceremony as simple or coordinated as they wish. Helpful captains and crews make the process run smoothly, and add a little fun, as well – says Captain Brenda of the Isaac H. Evans, “For one wedding, my first mate decided to dress up for the ceremony. He and the crew went to a thrift store and bought suits and dresses. And our cook made a wedding cake that was just amazing. Where else can you get a wedding cake baked in a wood-stove oven?”

But it’s not just the scrumptious food and gorgeous scenery – getting hitched aboard one of Maine’s windjammers provides the opportunity to enjoy something that has become increasingly rare in this day and age: relaxed time with your nearest and dearest.

   photo: courtesy Stephen Taber
   Families have the perfect balance of time together and time apart when celebrating family weddings aboard Maine’s windjammers.
Oftentimes, windjammers also serve as host to couples renewing their vows, or those taking a second chance at marriage. Says Thomas, “We see a lot of older couples, but we’re also seeing more younger couples as well. And captains aren’t necessarily the ones conducting the ceremony – we’ve hosted weddings before where couples were married by a minister. It’s all up to them.”

Getting married in Maine is easier than ever, thanks to recent changes in Maine’s marriage license procedure! Please note that our captains take their officiations very seriously, so guests are encouraged to discuss their wedding plans prior to sailing!

For more information about tying the knot aboard one of the ten vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association, click here.

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