Have an unforgettable wedding ceremony aboard Sail Selina’s yacht! You have two different wedding packages to choose from!
Our Featured Nautical Wedding
Romantic & Unique Seaside Weddings
Do you dream of a destination wedding but want to skip the travel and expense? Intimate weddings aboard the historic Selina II in the quaint Eastern Shore Chesapeake Bay town of St. Michaels, MD, offer all the benefits of a destination wedding at a fraction of the price. For people who love the water, our inexpensive elopement packages aboard Selina II offer a unique venue for tying the knot. The only historic sailing vessel on the Eastern Shore specializing in shipboard ceremonies, this 1926 yacht provides an intimate setting for a ceremony at sea.
Selina II’s staff helps couples skip the stress of working with wedding planners by creating a personalized nautical event to treasure through each anniversary. Couples can choose from an array of ceremony enhancements, including photography, videography, a live bagpiper, premium wedding cake, custom music program, and more.
With full sails up, Selina II’s brightly polished bronze and freshly varnished wood set the stage for wedding photographs that are unforgettable. The soft sound of water lapping on her hull creates a relaxed atmosphere for every ship board ceremony. Especially suited to second marriages and elopements, Selina II’s 1926 Gatsby-era elegance simply says “upscale and romantic.”
More Wedding Options
The Plus Package
With this wedding package, you can add two hours of time to any package. You may want more post-ceremony time sailing, or if you are having a wharf-side wedding, the bride can arrive with her bridesmaids on board the boat to the wedding site. The additional time can also be used either for wedding photos or multiple mini sails during the reception. Maximum of six guests per trip.
Gay & Lesbian Weddings
Are you and your partner looking to celebrate your most important day aboard the Selina II? Our gay and lesbian services are sure to give you an unforgettable experience!
Our same-sex wedding packages are the perfect opportunity to experience an unforgettable wedding ceremony where you are celebrated among your friends and family!
Any Port Package
Includes the Plus Package plus the opportunity to have the Selina II come to almost any waterfront location on Chesapeake Bay. Optionally, the bride can arrive with her bridesmaids on board the boat to the wedding site. Also available is a romantic departure from the reception with sails up to your honeymoon. There’s also no time limit, so the Selina II is yours all day. $3000.
Our ceremonies are available to servicemen and women in the following locations: Marine Corps Base Quantico, Naval Station Norfolk, Patuxent Air Force Base, Andrews Air Force Base, United States Naval Acadamy, Dover Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Atlantic City, Coast Guard, Kings Point, Military Brides from VA, NJ, NY, PA, NC, SC, FL, GA, TX, Annapolis, and Washington DC.
Cakes, Photos, & Deposit Information
- Photos Only Package
Wedding photos on board (between the chapel and reception), two hours, $365.
Captain Iris is available to officiate a range of ceremonies from traditional to alternative, or your family pastor is welcome to come aboard and perform the wedding. The captain is also available for shore-side ceremonies anywhere within 50 miles of St. Michaels, MD.
- On Shore Officiant
From Nov 1 to April 30, during the off-season, Captain Iris steps ashore and offers her officiant services for engaged couples looking for a non-church wedding. A completely customized service that says “you” is our specialty. Let Captain Iris help you speak your heart, or simply say “I do.”
- Deposit Policy
Selina II requests a 50% non-refundable deposit at the time a reservation is made. At that time, an email confirmation notice will be accompanied by Captain Iris’ proprietary wedding service as a starting point to develop a customized ceremony just for you.
- Inclement Weather
In the event of bad weather or it it is too windy, we can put up an awning and go ahead as planned. If it is too rainy and too windy, we can go below decks and have the service in her main salon, which is very pretty. Or if it is really nasty, we can reschedule for the next day, assuming you have booked a room and are spending the night.
- Wedding Cakes
At Sail Selina II, we’re honored to offer our wedding guests wedding cakes from award-winning baker, Julie Bakes.
On the Selina II we offer a 6-inch vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. Please call for pricing and please note that there is a $30 a plate charge in the event that you bring your own cake.
Licensing & Officiates
You will need to have a Marriage License from the Talbot County courthouse located in Easton. You can get this in person or by mail, but it must be in your possession at least two days before the ceremony. The license is valid for six months after it is issued, and you must be married in Talbot County. You can look at the county’s web site here.
MaryAnne Shorthall is the clerk of the court and her number is 410-770-8010 if you have questions.
The granddaughter of the original owners, third-generation captain Iris Clarke officiates aboard the Selina II wearing formal whites to complete the nautical theme. Typically ship captains are not permitted to perform weddings, but Captain Iris Clarke is also an ordained minister, allowing her to offer you a customized ceremony from traditional to alternative, creating your own personalized Love Boat experience.