The Queen Mary
I love the Location and venue! Jaqueline did a wonderful job coordinating our wedding! she was very prompt and on top of things during the event.
We had our reception here at the Grand Ballroom. After finding out that the venue we were planning to use could not accomodate us, I was in a panic. My wedding planner, Josephine, suggested that we go see the Queen Mary. I was hesitant of the idea, since truthfully I thought it was a bit cheesy... But we went. The interior of the ship was a lot different then what I expected. We were looking for an original 1930s architecture, and the Grand Ballroom had it all. The sky high ceilings, original wood panelings, original artwork, and beautiful details. Though I only had 100 guests, we booked this 200 guest room immediately. Everything went smoothly since I had a wedding planner, but Nicole Ellis from The Queen Mary was also very helpful and attentive to our needs. She was able to pull some strings in bringing some costs down, and allowing us to bring in seafood because of the minimum cost we had to meet exceeded the 100 guest budget. I will highly recommend this venue. At least give it a chance for you to see the space and you may fall in love with it, like I did!
Dear Krystal Kiremit, Catering Manager; Ernesto, Captain of the Queens Salon; Reservations Department, The Queen Mary Spa and the Queen Mary’s staff;
I want to thank each of you for the personal care you took in seeing the Asebez/Linneman wedding on April 20, 2012 was perfect; and it was!
When I booked the event back in early 2010 we had a few hick-ups with the changes of Catering Manager, not once, but twice. Apparently, the saying, “The thirds a charm” is absolutely true.
I cannot express the abundance of professionalism I received from Krystal Kiremit and each one of our guest received from the time we boarded the Queen Mary. Krystal made sure everything was covered from A to Z. She went out of her way to make sure the timing of the wedding went accordingly, with the exception of the Bride being late to her own wedding!
All of our 180+ guests were in awe and for some; this was their first trip aboard the Queen Mary of Long Beach. Having the Captain’s Meet and Greet at the wedding reception added to the romantic feel of the room; and gave our guests the feeling of being back in time when the Queen Mary made one of its voyages. A great touch!
People have asked if I would have had the Queen Mary staff do anything different and I have to say, “Not one thing.” The wedding was perfect and our guest’s expressed an absolute joy of having our event aboard the Queen Mary. After having a wonderful time they didn’t mind paying for the parking fee either.
The added personal touch from room service was a complete surprise and just added to the enjoyment of our stay aboard Queen Mary. Apparently, a lot of our guests slept well in their cabins due to the comfort of the beds.
My mom, a WWII War bride who boarded the Queen Mary in Southampton, England in March 1946 was a writer aboard the Queen Mary and during her voyage published a daily newsletter called, “Porthole Peepers.” (I have her originals.) She would be proud in knowing the current staff on the Queen Mary is keeping her history alive. My mom was a true patriotic woman of her country and of the RMS Queen Mary. I can only express my deepest heart-felt thank you and I know my mom’s thank you would be 10 times greater!
I will definitely advertise your caring touch and utmost professionalism.
Once again, thank you in making the Asebez/Linneman wedding a wonderful event.
Please, share this letter with all of your staff!
Helenne Asebez, Mother of the Bride
Asebez/Linneman Wedding, April 20, 2012
I was the coordinator for my sister's wedding at the Queen Mary. The ship is wonderful and has such a wonderful history. We had the wedding in the Royal Salon and Kings View Room. The ceremony was scheduled to be on the Verandah Deck but due to rain and wind on the day of the wedding, we had to move into the chapel. When all was said and done, everything was beautiful and we had a great time.
We had our reception on the Queen Mary, and it was fantastic. They did the catering and the set up and the service was awesome. The wedding coordinator that we had been working with from the start, to finish, was always very courteous, responsive, attentive and never rude. Lea, the ship's wedding coordinator was so helpful and I recommend anyone giving her a call.
Included in the package is a night's stay on board the ship, and I loved it! So nice to just walk down the hall to your room instead of having to drive somewhere else.
The Queen Mary is definitely worth it! It's affordable and beautiful and our guests loved it.
Our wedding was GORGEOUS!!!! The views around Long Beach harbor were amazing!! This venue makes for PERFECT wedding photos. You can't beat the price for what you get!!! Everyone thought we spent WAY more then what we actually did. I have been to literally hundreds of weddings through working in the business & this is by far one of the nicest places to get married in Southern California. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the Queen Mary!!!
be sure to check the end of my review for highlights if you don't want to read the whole thing...
I cannot say enough good things about The Queen Mary Hotel. My husband and I fell in love with this ship hotel early on in our relationship and we knew that it was the only place we would want to get married. We worked completely with the wonderful Julie Arroyo from the start and she was great at meeting every question or concern we had with a positive answer. She kept going with the flow as we changed things on her and I think she knew better what we wanted than we did.
The ship has gone through a lot of overhauling this past year and we were lucky to have a fresh clean sparkly ship for our ceremony and reception. The chapel is beautiful and if you're looking for a vintage feel to your wedding, this is the place. There's a great art deco look going on since it is a ship that set sail in 1936.
We booked a small banquet room for our reception and had an hour cocktail and app. bar which was ideal for our guests to enjoy while we took off for couples pictures.
The food was absolutely amazing and even more amazing was the wait staff. I never had to even ask for anything, it was always there before I even knew I needed it.
And of course we stayed on the ship the night of the wedding, enjoying a gorgeous state room with a fabulous in room breakfast the next morning.
so here's what you might want to know...
--Quality of service: excellent. The entire staff actually go out of their way to ensure you're not only satisfied, but incredibly happy. No request is too small or too much.
--Responsiveness: We only worked with Julie Arroyo and she was always very attentive. She never let more than a few hours go by between my contacting her and her responding. And considering her workload, I'm amazed at how quickly she responded. Always felt like we were her only clients.
--Professionalism: Should go without saying after reading the above... absolutely 100% Profesional.
--Value for cost: Depending on what you book on the ship, there's a price range for everyone. It's a gorgeous and one of a kind venue and you are waited on hand and foot... so you definitely get what you pay for, that being said, it's a great value. We had a small number of guests, but opted for the most expensive dinner plate option per person and our entire ceremony and reception cost us well under $2000.
--Flexibility: We changed our mind about timing and meals and venue for the dinner at least 10 times and there was never a mention of it being an issue from Julie when we called of visited with new changes. Everything was just always taken care of.
Basically, if you want a wedding venue that is unique, luxurious and vintage... this is your place.
We booked the Queen Mary for our November 2010 wedding ceremony and reception. We had an outside ceremony with a beautiful of view of downtown Long Beach in the background. Our reception was held in the Royal Salon. The venue is absolutly breathtaking. Everything was perfect and exactly how I wanted. Their service during the reception was outstanding. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful venue and day! Julie was our coordinator. She was helpful throughout the whole planning process. I would totally recommend the Queen Mary if you are looking for an elegant and beautiful venue site! Plus, many of our guests were really excited to attend the wedding at such an unique location!
I worked with 2 coordinators on the Queen Mary for over 11 months planning our wedding. Carrie was our first coordinator, and then Julie took over when Carrie began her own business. Both ladies were extremely helpful and always responsive to emails/phone calls. The room was beautiful (The Queen's Salon) and our reception ended up being the highlight of the night. It is on the pricey side - but hey, you'll have a well talked about reception for years to come and the food is great. The bar selections limited to three types (ask the coordinators about them). The coordinators are GREAT at working with vendors to ensure all the little extras come together for your big day. We also had a block of rooms on the boat, which is run mostly through the hotel staff (and they're a little harder to deal with) - BE SURE to get every price guarantee from the hotel in WRITING! Their prices change constantly and you want to ensure your guests pay what you're told the price will be. All in all, we would use the Queen Mary again and again and it will always be a special place for us.
We had a wonderful time having our wedding ceremony and reception at the Queen Mary. There were a few things that went array the day of: the floors were so dirty, my dress was visibility soiled by the time of the reception (since we did pictures before). The food was slightly different from what we chose, and our coffee bar never appeared (although we spent $5.95 per person for it!). However, our guests had a great time, and everybody complimented us on a unique location.
Great experience with the Queen Mary. Julie Arroyo was our wedding coordinator and worked with us all year to help us celebrate a fantastic wedding. Julie was very professional and dealt with us fairly and honestly, and did a good job of making our experience wonderful.
I thought it was a little on the expensive end, but it is Southern California, after all. It was nice that there was not a room reservation fee for our reception room (the Verandah Grill -- absolutely gorgeous. No decorations needed -- it is ready made for a beautiful reception and dance). Instead of the fee, they simply have a per person cost based on your meal choice, and then you have to reach the food minimum price. Our guests had validated parking (which I heard is not included anymore) and had a lot of fun looking around the ship before the wedding.
It may be a little nitpicky, but I wish they were more flexible with their bar options. They only had three beers available (Corona, Miller and Heineken, I believe). I really wish I could have brought in a more diverse (and better) lineup. The house wines were actually really good, though.
All in all, a great experience. The food was tasty and the Queen Mary really makes it quite easy for you -- you simply need to check the options you want and indicate preferences to your planner. We brought in the DJ, our photographer, the cake and centerpieces/favors. The Queen Mary tok care of the rest and it was splendid.
Our reception was fabulous! Our guest loved the food. The staff are very professional and make you feel special. It was a plus for our guest to be able to take a break out in the deck and take a walk around the ship. We were very pleased and very happy that our special day will be an unforgettable day!
We created a room block with a cost of $149. Feb 26 the cost was lowered to $135. I have an email that day that shows my aunt sue was the one that found the cost online as $145 so they lowered our rate to $135. Check in day it was still $149. they told me they would fix it. Day of my wedding i called my block room contact and she asked me to forward her the email. I did. She said she would fix it. I checked out, the rate was still $149...again they said they would fix it. My card was charged for the $149. No one ever fixed it with all the people that said they would. Not very satisfied with this! Especially since i posted the $135 on my wedding website and all hotel guests expected that rate!
We loved our ceremony in the chapel aboard the Queen Mary. The ladies that help with wedding planning were fantastic and so sweet. They set us up with a whole package deal including a discount on hotel rates, flowers, reception, and a really awesome cake.
One-of-a-Kind Wedding Venue
The Queen Mary has been host to unforgettable Southern California Long Beach weddings for over 70 years. From large and lavish extravaganzas to small and intimate affairs, we’re certain we have the venue to accommodate your weddings needs.
Enjoy the warm California weather and get married on the bow or stern under the Gazebo during sunset. Or, if you’d prefer a more traditional setting, the beautifully crafted Royal Wedding Chapel will make any couple feel like a prince and princess.
From our stunning outdoor Sun Deck Gazebo, to our unique Sports Deck, to the vast Verandah Deck, to the private Wedding Chapel, the Queen Mary offers enchanting indoor and outdoor wedding venues unlike any other in Southern California.
Overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean aboard the majestic Queen Mary your magical day begins. From the moment you step onto the landmark Queen Mary you get a sense of the glamour and class of that bygone era. Our 14 Art Deco ballrooms and salons exude 30’s style and feature a wealth of handcrafted touches like exquisite wood paneling, original Art Deco light fixtures, etched-glass doors, original murals and luxuriously carved marble fireplaces. Each space is unique and filled with character, so whether you are planning an intimate affair with 50 guests or an extravagant gala with up to 600 guests, the Queen Mary is sure to impress.
Perfect Location for Friends and Family
Once the music stops and the last couple eases off the dance floor, your guests will retire to their regal staterooms, which exude a sense of classic elegance and 30’s style. With original first-class accommodations complete with authentic Art Deco décor, a variety of tours and exhibits, your family, friends, and out-of-town guests, will love celebrating your special day aboard the Queen Mary.
Conveniently located near downtown Long Beach and close to the Long Beach Airport, as well as Los Angeles International Airport, the Queen Mary creates a true destination wedding experience.
Expert Wedding Planning and Catering
The Queen Mary provides on-site wedding planning experts who are dedicated to helping make your dream wedding a reality. From the rehearsal dinner, through the ceremony and reception, we make sure no detail is overlooked. Recognized for world-class dining, the Queen Mary offers dining and catering options sure to impress even the most discerning epicureans.
Designing amazing dream weddings has been our specialty for decades. Once you’ve chosen the perfect venue aboard the Queen Mary for your wedding reception, our expert team of weddings specialists will work with you to make your vision a stunning reality. From assisting with your theme, to decorations, seating plans, catering, music and photography, we focus on every detail to ensure your evening runs flawlessly.
Queen Mary Wedding Package
Momentous occasions deserve only the very best. From the very beginning, the Queen Mary’s expert Catering Sales Staff will work with you, assisting you with your own plans and suggesting new ideas to design a wedding reception that is truly original – down to the smallest detail. Whether you are simply looking for ideas or know exactly what you want, the Queen Mary offers a variety of reception packages that can be tailored to fit your every wish.
Please inquire about our wedding packages.
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