Congratulations Anna and Alex!!!!



It was an amazing celebration Easter Day aboard the Skansonia. The sky cleared up just in time for the ceremony and two amazing people tied the knot! Congratulations Anna & Alex! Best of luck on your new journey together. Thank you for choosing us to help celebrate your special day!

Special that you to all of the wonderful vendors that made this day possible!

LUC Custom Bakery/LUC Custom Floral/Brooke Taylor Photography/Integral-DJ D-Look


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Kaitlyn and James 03.12.2016



Congratulations to Kaitlyn and James! While we did have a few weddings through the start of the year,we have officially started our 2016 Wedding Season.  Kaitlyn and James were such a pleasure to work with, and brought so much to the Skansonia.   Loads of greenery with spots of flowers, including roses and anenomes (my favorite) decorated the walkways.  It was a great night with an endless dance party.  Thank you Kaitlyn and James, all the thought and hard work you put into your big night was apparent.  We loved meeting your friends and family and wish you a lifetime of blessings!











Afternoon Weddings? Why Consider?

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Afternoon Weddings Aboard the Skansonia

It is very common for most couples to think that evening weddings are the only option they have. I know when I was planning my big day, I didn’t know any other way. I assumed I was supposed to serve a dinner menu and dance until the late hours. I was not introduced to afternoon weddings until I came aboard the Skansonia, and WOW! What a change of pace! 

There are many reasons to why afternoon weddings are a plus. The most common is that you are able to SEE and take in every detail of your big day. There are many NOT so obvious reasons for an afternoon wedding.

BUDGET FRIENDLY. Afternoon weddings allow the couple to focus their budget on other aspects of their celebration, like their honeymoon. The cost of food and beverage go down due to the time of day. Aboard the Skansonia, our afternoon weddings are from 12-5pm. Your guests are not expecting to have a full dinner meal.  This allows room to get creative with your menu. Appetizers and food stations are the current trend. Our award winning catering offers a variety of items, including a delicious brunch menu. Treat your guest to an assortment of freshly baked pastries from our in-house bakery. Let the smell of a Honey-Glazed Ham tease your appetite. Beverages also decrease. Guest tend to drink more in the evening. Here’s another great way to get creative! Add a bit of spice and allow your guest to construct their own drink at a Bloody-Mary bar. Have a beverage station for your guest to indulge in  lavender lemonade, sweet ice tea, or a special punch.

PRIVACY. Afternoon weddings allow the couple to escape to a private or more intimate celebration. Many couples do an intimate dinner with close family and friends. Other couples plan an-all-out dance fest at a local bar or club. We are in prime location to escape into the city nightlife to finish your celebration.

CONVIENCE. Many couples have a family and friends who travel to be a part of their special day. This task of picking a convenient location, date, time all play a factor when planning the perfect day. Afternoon weddings help cater to those that have a lot of traveling guest. It has a convenient time that allows your guest to return to their destinations that evening if desired. And for those guest who plan to be tourist. They will have the remaining of the day to explore. Your guest adventure would start aboard a historic ferry, surrounded by picture perfect views of Seattle’s Sky-line, with the back drop of an active lake full of adventure. We are located close to the heart of Seattle, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and down the street from the nightlife of the University District.

Afternoon weddings are becoming the new trend! Would you consider?


Gabriel’s Bar Mitzvah!

We don’t just do weddings here at the Skansonia.  Last night we had the pleasure of hosting Gabriel’s Bar Mitzvah.  FullSizeRender (7)It was a great time mixed with a scavenger hunt (compliments of Mom, Adrienne), sliders with mac’ n’ cheese, dancing, glow sticks, Italian sodas, and ice cream sundaes.

We had a great time sharing the moment, and wish great luck to Gabriel as he takes a step closer to adulthood.

A special thanks to Sublime Stems and Creative Coverings for creating a great look (wish I had a good picture to share) and Prive Events for bringing it all together.    IMG_1097IMG_1094 FullSizeRender (6)

Rain, Rain Go Away!!

“It only rains twice a year in Seattle. August through April, and May through July.”

Well the rain mSkansonia-Lloyd-Photographers433368ight not be quite so dramatic, but I do know that once I started working at the Skansonia I began getting more anxious everytime I heard “rain” in the forecast.  On event days it has become natural for me to look west as I head up the gangway to mentally fight off those thunder clouds.

While a lot of couples getting married at the Skansonia paint the vision of themselves standing at the bow of the Skansonia, with sunset and Space Needle backdrop- sometimes we do have to move to Plan B.  We can wait and push the ceremony back, but we don’t let rain stomp on your parade (or wedding as the event may have it).  We drop our mid-ship garage door and create a soft backdrop with ivory and taupe chiffon, and line the ledges with our electric tea-light candles. For your guests we have the covered promenade for them to visit through the reception to enjoy the view, but keep their heads covered.

Here a couple of shots courtesy of Lloyd Photography of how we (and your photographer) can make the glass half full.

Thank you to Rachelle and Ross (August 2015) and Kelsey and Chris (November 2015).