Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Love is in the air, and at sea

More than 955 special celebrations, including weddings,
have occurred aboard WSF since 2011.
By: Broch Bender

Every day, more than 66,000 people take a ride on a Washington State Ferry. Sometimes Cupid rides with them, arrows fly and the next thing we know they fall in love.

It is almost Valentine’s Day and we can’t think of anything more romantic than falling in love aboard a ferry. And when the time comes to walk down the aisle, we’re there for you too. In fact, lots of couples have been married aboard WSF!
Delayna, a local ferry commuter, met her
husband at the Kingston ferry terminal.


There are just a few things to consider before getting hitched on the M/V Hyak (or any other ferry):

  1. Plan to bring your own officiant.
    While the captain calls the shots on the ship, she or he isn’t legally allowed to perform a wedding ceremony so make sure you bring along someone who can.
  2. Ferry food it is.
    No outside caterers are allowed for ceremonies, same goes for alcoholic beverages, though we have a great selection of delectable drinks and snacks for sale in the galley.
  3. Expect a crowd.
    All of our sailings – even those you’re getting hitched on – are open to the public. If your idea of the perfect wedding doesn’t include random strangers potentially photo bombing your group, consider a smaller wedding during non-commute hours.
You can get more information about celebrating events like weddings and birthdays on our special occasions page.

Romance blooms aboard M/V Walla Walla in the San Juan Islands.


Finally, before you start planning your big day, there’s one big step you’ve got to take, the engagement! With spectacular views of the Pacific Northwest from the deck (maybe you’ll even spot an orca or two!), proposing aboard a ferry is a great way to set a romantic mood.

Are you interested in ‘popping the question’ during a Valentine’s Day sailing from Seattle? We want to hear from you! (Don’t worry, we’ll keep your secret.)

Leave us a comment here or email your Valentine’s Day ferry engagement requests to WSFComms@wsdot.wa.gov.

Majestic resident orcas put on a show for ferry riders.