85284: Wed on the Water in Wisconsin

With its backdrop of many scenic lakes and rivers, it’s no surprise that many couples opt for outdoor weddings in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism just sent us this information on Wisconsin charter boat operators that offer everything from complete wedding packages to a sunset cruise for wedding parties.

With seven vessels and experience with more than 400 wedding celebrations, weddings are off for smooth sailing with Lake Geneva Boat Cruises (262/248-6206). In addition, Lake Geneva Boat Cruises employs two full time event planners to coordinate weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and other parties for 20 to 200 guests.

For a wedding at sea or ashore, the Apostle Island Cruise Services ( 1-800-323-7619) two ships, the Ashland Bay Express and the Island Princess, can do both. Plan a wedding among the beautiful wilderness of the 21 Apostle Islands or make it a nautical theme with a setting on a dock or next to a lighthouse. NOTE: Boat captains are certified to officiate wedding ceremonies!

Clear Water Harbor (715/258-2866) operates the Chief Waupaca and Lady of the Lakes on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes. The charters can host up to 80 people with food and beverage service for a brunch, luncheon or just simply cake and cocktails.

Consider exchanging vows while rolling down Old Man River aboard an authentic steamboat. Private charters for weddings, reunions, or other special events are in big demand on the La Crosse Queen (608/784-8523) and the Julia Belle Swain ( 1-800-815-1005), which are both docked in La Crosse. Whether the event is hors d’oeuvres or full-service dining, a DJ or a five-piece band, couples can tailor their steamboat event for a memorable day.

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