Getting Married on the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls

One of the great things about planning a wedding in Niagara Falls is that your options of where to have it are almost limitless.

So you have already decided that the traditional route of a church is not for you and are looking for more unique options that people will want to remember. Well, having your wedding ceremony on the Maid of the Mist is definitely one of the best ways to do so.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, the Maid of the Mist is a boat tour located in Niagara Falls that takes visitors as close as possible, within several hundred feet, of the Falls themselves. This close up view of the Falls allows people to hear and even feel the thunderous power of the water as it pours over the edge way up above them.

Choosing to get married on this one of a kind attraction is an option that few couples have chosen to do, not because its not a good idea but because many people wouldn’t even know that getting married on the Maid of the Mist is even an option for them.

The famous boat tour company does allow couples to marry on their vessels, however you will have to get the company’s permission and arrange to bring your own minister onto the boat with you because contrary to popular belief, the captain can not actually perform the ceremony.

Another thing to consider is that each time the boat goes out it is carrying several hundred passengers with it, so the cost to rent it solely for your ceremony may be a bit too steep a price to pay. A way of working around this has been to only allow small numbers of tourists onto the boat during a wedding, reducing the cost and giving the tourists something interesting to talk about when they get home.

If a wedding on the Maid of the Mist sounds like something you would do there are a few things you will have to do before the big day.

1) You will need to obtain a Marriage license for the Province of Ontario. These can be purchased at the City Hall in Niagara Falls for $100.

2) You need to find a minister who will marry a couple on the Maid of the Mist. There are several that have done it and a simple search of wedding planners in Niagara Falls will bring up several good ones.

3) The final important step for this wedding is to make arrangements with the Maid of the Mist Boat Company as early as possible. You will have to give them all the information of what you are planning and work out a the best time of day and how much it would cost.

It is a large company but they do try their best to make your day as perfect as can be as long as you give them as much time and planning as possible.

One thing to note here is that the Maid of the Mist is a private company so it is their discretion if they want to continue holding weddings on their boats. Another good reason to plan well ahead of time.

And now after all that you will still have to plan the reception, photos and transportation around the city because the Maid of the Mist company only provides the boat ride for the ceremony with a one of a kind view.

Satria Permadi

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