Wedding Reception Venues

Thames Sailing Barges – a wonderful venue for Weddings & Receptions!

Our historic sailing vessels provide an unusual setting for a truly memorable wedding reception, on your special day.

Imagine your wedding guests standing on the deck of one of these fine old ships with a backdrop of the historic Quay at Maldon in Essex on the River Blackwater or at Ipswich in Suffolk overlooking the Old Customs House on the River Orwell. Barges are also available in London at Tower Bridge on the River Thames.

We can offer you 28 years experience of organising wedding receptions and parties to make your day the one you dreamed of.

Perhaps you would like to include a short sail as part of your wedding reception, or just have the barge moored at the quayside. Many couples choose to sail with 50 guests and then invite further guests once back from sailing or for an evening party. Once underway you feel virtually no movement, so you needn’t worry about any guests feeling uncomfortable, and the amount of space on deck will reassure even the most nervous of landlubbers.

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Customer Comments

“We just wanted to say a big Thank You for helping to make our special day so amazing.  We were so pleased with how everything went.  Thank you all for your hard work ” David & Katherine

Everyone felt very welcome on the boat, the food was wonderful and everything was taken care of without any fuss. Looking back I have a real sense of how relaxed everyone was.” Sue & Andrew

“We found everything excellent from the initial enquiry to the actual day.  We were delighted with the facilities on the barge, the staff were great and the whole day went brilliantly.  many thanks to you and your team for making our wedding day so special”. Lucy & Russell

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Our Barges can be hired in these locations

  • Ipswich
  • Maldon
  • Brightlingsea
  • Harwich
  • Gravesend
  • London

Delicious Food

Click on “food” on home page for our current menus using fresh, locally sourced ingredients all served by our friendly on board team.

You might be on a tight budget and looking for something simple such as Afternoon Tea or a light buffet, or you might choose our Fine Dining Formal Meal.

Steph has 28 years experience of organising events and can help you with your crucial decisions and guide you on money saving tips too.

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