What’s one way to guarantee your wedding will be a success? A traditional run-through beforehand, followed by an enticing meal to reward everyone involved. That’s the goal of rehearsal dinners, which are often the bridal party’s favorite part of the big event because it’s a great opportunity for everyone to bond and get some quality time in with the couple before they say, “I do.” So when you host a Berkeley wedding, a rehearsal dinner in Berkeley needs to be just as impressive. Since the landscape is stunning, there’s really no excuse — especially if you opt for a yacht venue. A rehearsal dinner on the water is an obvious choice for the experience that guarantees you and your guests get to take in all of the surroundings while riding in style. It also elevates your pre-wedding celebrations since City Cruises has a fleet of vessels up to the task.


Why Berkeley Is an Ideal Destination for Wedding Events

weddingFeaturing mild weather during the majority of the year, Berkeley is a destination known for embracing nature and being a Bohemian paradise in serene surroundings. Good vibes are embraced here, so it’s a perfect fit for celebrating love and gathering family and friends to mark the occasion. Experiencing all of this on the water is a natural fit, especially since City Cruises makes it easy to do. While there are plenty of restaurants, reception halls, and other venues to book, once you and your guests board one of our boats, there’s an automatic feeling that the evening is going to be something special. Since we offer a range of rehearsal dinner packages as part of our Berkeley Wedding Events, couples can take advantage of all-inclusive options that can be tailored to their specific budget, size, and style. With chef-prepared menus, full-bar packages, and customized entertainment, everyone onboard can eat, drink, and be merry with little fuss. Of course, all of this is combined with idyllic views of Berkeley and San Francisco that will inspire an unforgettable evening.


The Benefits of a Rehearsal Dinner with Cruise Control

One of the biggest benefits to partnering with City Cruises as your rehearsal dinner venue isn’t just top-notch amenities that include entertainment, customized dining choices, and exquisite views, we also have a fleet of vessels bound to impress. When you explore our Berkeley City Fleet, you’ll discover crafts ranging in capacities of 100 to 250 guests that feature gorgeous décor and have large, luxurious climate-controlled interiors and open-air exterior decks. Some stylish design highlights include Art Deco–inspired brass chandeliers, wall sconces, plush carpeting, and rich mahogany woodwork, as well as wraparound outer and top decks. The modern surroundings are comfortable and inviting. The result is a trendy space ideal for an afternoon or evening event that will be a memorable one for everyone in attendance. You can also opt to personalize the experience with custom décor and themes and select menu items with assistance from our City Cruises event planners who’ll make the process stress-free and seamless.


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What Couples Think About City Cruises Berkeley

It’s always good to learn all about the offerings of a company you’re going to host an event with, but a big influence on any decision is often positive reviews — and we have gotten plenty. Once you know that couples who’ve come before reported good things, it helps put the mind at ease and provides an insider look before you book. Want one example? How about this for guaranteed bliss… “The boat was gorgeous, service was extremely efficient, and the food was spectacular!” Or maybe this… “The entire process was so seamless from booking with the sales account manager, to planning of the day with our dedicated event coordinator, and the day itself with the entire onboard restaurant team.” If that doesn’t inspire confidence, we’re not sure what will. Capturing special moments on the water is our mission, and accomplishing it for every event—every time — is something we always pride ourselves on.


Customization Options and Event Packages

foodBecause creating unforgettable moments is what we’re known for, we offer a range of rehearsal dinner options. The all-inclusive packages are designed to ensure that everything is taken care of so there’s nothing for couples to worry about when planning celebratory events. We also recognize that every bride and groom has a different budget they’re working with. That means customization can be really important in the decision-making process, so we provide this service as well. A huge benefit to that is the wealth of additional services and enhancements hosts can add to their event. From photo booths and videographers to customized florals and bar and menu upgrades, we have access to a curated list of extraordinary vendors to call on.


Book Your Rehearsal Dinner with City Cruises Berkeley Today!

In order to host a seamless rehearsal dinner, having a solid game plan is really important. Figuring out who’s invited, the date, and time are at the top of your list along with everything you hope to experience for the evening — entertainment, food, and beverages included. City Cruises’ Event Planners will handle it all when you work with them, so you can rest assured everything will go off without a hitch. And because the culinary delights you’ll indulge in are chef-prepared gourmet dishes, all guests will be more than satisfied by the meal based on the exclusive menus we design, which adhere to dietary requirements, accommodations, and any special requests. Let’s not forget the beverage packages either since there are bound to be numerous toasts made throughout the evening, you can cater your preferences for beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, and/or bubbles to mark the occasion.

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When you’re coordinating a wedding, couples have a lot of things to worry about, but a rehearsal dinner doesn’t need to be one of them. Booking the event with City Cruises in Berkeley ensures that the evening will be easy and breezy. Plus, being on the water is an elevated way to celebrate versus a standard venue situated on land. Creating lasting memories is what it’s all about, and with City Cruises we’ll make sure that happens in spades. All you have to do is fill out this form, and one of our experienced Event Planners will contact you!