Destin Florida Weddings | Taking a Unique Step

Destin Florida Weddings | Taking a Unique Step

 
The SOLARIS yacht is a unique venue for weddings in Destin Florida – allowing for lots of creativity and unique touches to make it even more memorable. Couples work with our wedding planners to choose from a variety of nautical or coastal themes and colors that they can carry throughout their wedding, including their shoes.
 
From walking down the aisle on the open air sky deck to dancing the night away on the first deck, the versatile spaces for weddings on the SOLARIS yacht lend the need for some fun and comfortable shoes. Our wedding planners love to see our couples take a unique step in making their shoes a memorable part of their wedding day. Here are some of our wedding planners fave examples of making your wedding shoes a sentimental and fun part of your SOLARIS yacht wedding.
 

Destin Weddings and Cruises Featured in Destin Magazine

Thanks to Courtney Murray from Destin Magazine for featuring the SOLARIS yacht for Destin weddings, dinner sunset cruises and more!
 
Destin Florida is filled with incredible water activities. With crystal clear waters and sugar white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, our little slice of heaven is an obvious choice for local and destination weddings alike. How many places do you know where you can dine, dance, cruise and get married? You can do all of those and more aboard the beautiful SunQuest Cruise’s SOLARIS yacht! “Where Amazing is Unforgettable”
 
This family-owned and locally operated business began with Jim Murray and his family in Niceville. Jim was always passionate about the nautical lifestyle and spent his life building ships and yachts in the Panhandle area. Following his passion, Jim discovered a need for a dining and entertainment cruise experience for residents and guests on the Emerald Coast. The idea was born and SunQuest Cruises launched the stunning 125 foot SOLARIS yacht in Sandestin Florida specifically for dinner cruises, weddings and events in 2004. It was especially built for Destin weddings in mind, featuring an open-air sky deck with a bridal platform for sunset ceremonies and a private bridal suite.
 
SunQuest Cruises is a truly unique family centric business that Jim’s son James Murray carries on to this day. The entire family embraced the business, coming together and spending Thanksgiving and holidays on the yacht folding napkins and preparing the yacht for guests; it was always a team effort!
 
When James was asked what his favorite part of the job is, he responded, “Offering our guests an experience that they will never forget. Whether it’s a wedding or a sunset dinner cruise, we want our guests to revel in the experience of cruising the local waters on a luxurious 125 foot yacht and enjoying a great meal. The best part is when our customers and wedding couples take the time to share a photo or review of what made their experience unforgettable. Everyone takes away a different memory, whether it’s the food, service, music or the overall experience.” This is the difference that this business in Destin provides, unwavering personal attention to detail for each and every client.
 
Unlike many water activities that are seasonal, SunQuest Cruises offers a unique dinner cruise experience for all types of holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Fireworks for the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. They also offer a few signature events including a Mardi Gras Dinner Cruise and the fabulous Sandestin Wine Festival Champagne and Seafood Cruise. Throughout the summer, they offer the extremely popular weekly Fireworks and Dinner Cruises.
 
Being a locally owned and operated company, staying involved in the community is extremely important to SunQuest Cruises who work with many local charities. Charitable events that they have partnered on include the Florida Public Relations Association, Caring and Sharing, Boys and Girls Club, Billy Gray Ministries, Mattie Kelly Arts Association and various local military organizations including Wounded Warriors. SunQuest Cruises is also a Restaurant Baron for the 2016 Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society.
 
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and a wedding aboard the Solaris is guaranteed to be unforgettable! SunQuest Cruises is a full-service wedding company with a team of experienced wedding planners that can plan everything from a sunset beach wedding to a majestic yacht wedding/reception. The proof is in the pudding; SunQuest Cruises and their wedding planners have won the Knot’s Best of Weddings Award for the past 7 consecutive years, WeddingWire awards and many local accolades.
 
Every wedding on the SOLARIS yacht is as unique as the couple themselves. The wedding planners work closely with the couple and local vendors from start to finish to ensure a smooth sailing process that is personally catered. SunQuest stands out from the crowd in many ways, especially because wedding planning services are included in all of their packages.
 
James describes a typical wedding; “A sunset yacht wedding begins with the SOLARIS setting sail into the serene open waters with absolute privacy, fresh coastal breezes and unobstructed views of the sunset. The bride ascends the staircase to the open-air sky deck and walks down the aisle to meet her love at the altar. Captain Matt officiates all ceremonies that are sealed with a kiss at sunset. Then the reception celebration begins on all three indoor and outdoor decks, including a full-service bar, award-winning menus prepared on board by our chefs and live entertainment. Many of our couples also take advantage of our location at the all-inclusive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, which offers a variety of accommodations steps away from the SOLARIS yacht.”
 
SunQuest Cruises is always growing and expanding and now offers their wedding expertise to plan beach weddings and provides the option for delicious off-site catering. SunQuest Cruises has a number of wedding venues available to accommodate any requests by the couple.
 
SunQuest Catering features a variety of special event menus for any occasion, including fresh local seafood, prime steaks and more to satisfy every palette! They offer unparalleled value, personalized service and always the highest quality food.
 
SunQuest Cruises also features the 45 foot SunVenture, a motor catamaran docked at the Destin Harbor that cruises daily in the summer. Leisure and group cruises include Crab Island, Dolphin Cruises and Fireworks Harbor Cruises. So step out of the box and experience an adventurous luxury cruise experience that you’ll never forget!

 

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Best Destin Wedding Venues | 2016 Knot and WeddingWire Awards

Best Destin Wedding Venues | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Wins 2016 Knot and WeddingWire Awards

 
Seventh consecutive year winner of the Knot’s Best of Weddings  

 

SunQuest Cruises is pleased to announced that its client reviews have earned the SOLARIS yacht two awards for best wedding venues in Destin Florida, including the Knot Best of Weddings Award for the seventh consecutive year and the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award. Both prestigious awards represent the highest-rated wedding professionals throughout the nation as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests.

 

 “We are honored and thankful that our clients recognize our yacht as one of the top-rated wedding venues in Destin Florida,” stated James Murray, General Manager for SunQuest Cruises. “Our wedding planners, chefs and entire staff take great pride in creating unforgettable memories on Destin’s waters for each of our couples’ wedding and reception.”

 

In 2016, only two percent of the 250,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received the distinguished Best of Weddings accolade. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews from real couples across the various vendor categories. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding planning professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider order to inspire, plan and pull off their own unique wedding. Last year, the SOLARIS was also inducted into the Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame for its Destin yacht wedding venue, awarded to exceptional wedding professionals who have earned four or more The Knot Best of Weddings awards.

 

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.  The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

 

 “We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning wedding venues and planners such as SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

 

 As the only dining and entertainment yacht in Northwest Florida, the SOLARIS yacht cruises year-round from the all-inclusive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and other bridal events for up to 150 people. The 125-foot yacht was specifically built with Destin Florida weddings in mind, boasting three indoor and outdoor decks including an open air, sky deck for sunset ceremonies on the open waters, a private bridal suite and a full-service bar.  All packages include the services of a full-time, experienced, award-winning wedding planner as well as special event menus prepared on board the yacht’s galley by executive chefs.

 

To celebrate, the SOLARIS is offering up to $1,000 off Destin Florida yacht weddings booked by January 31st. All packages including wedding planning services.

 

Additional information, videos and photos can be found at www.SunQuestCruises.com. Wedding planners can be reached at 850.650.2519.

 

About SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Docked at the all-inclusive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS yacht is a magnificent 125 foot, 5,200 square foot yacht with three decks of indoor and outdoor spaces.  The SOLARIS is the only dining and entertainment yacht in Northwest Florida, offering public dinner cruises year-round for up to 150 people. Since 2004, the award-winning SOLARIS has also served as a unique venue for weddings/receptions, corporate functions, group activities and other events. The SOLARIS has been the recipient of the “Best Wedding and Reception Venue” award by the Knot for seven consecutive years and was inducted into the Knot Best of Weddings 2015 Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850.650.2519.

 

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