FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

THE VENUE

Q. How many total hours do I get for my event?
We give you 5 hours for your total event time. If you feel that you would like more than 5 hours, you may add an additional hour at any time up to the day of your event.

Q. What services are INCLUDED in the venue rental?
  • 5 hours of waterfront venue
  • All Chiavari chairs and all tables
  • One complimentary boat slip overnight to leave/arrive by boat
  • Ample parking
  • Wood dance floor
  • LED lighting in our Shoreline and Coastal Rooms
  • Friendly event staff to welcome your guests as they arrive and bar security
  • Elegant bridal suite for the Bride to get dressed
  • A full list of all items included can be found HERE.
Q. Do you have to be a member to book an event at The Yacht Club?
No, you do NOT have to be a Yacht Club member. Anyone can book an event at The Yacht Club.

Q. Do the rooms offer private restrooms to our guests, and are they handicap accessible?
Yes, each room at The Yacht Club has its own private restrooms. They are all handicap accessible.

Q. Does The Yacht Club at Marina Shores handle all the set-up, tear-down, and clean-up for my event?
Yes! We don’t want our brides to worry about the set-up and clean-up for their big day. Our event staff takes care of all of this for you!

Q. Can I have my ceremony on-site?
Yes, and 95% of our brides have their ceremony on-site because of the convenience. Your ceremony would be performed on our large covered decks with lights and fans, and your background would be the marina and Long Creek for a stunning waterfront view. While most brides will have the Ceremony on the deck outside their room, we do offer an inside ceremony option. You can rent The Yacht Club Room for an inside ceremony with cathedral ceilings and a long aisle.

Q. Do I need to make an appointment to see the rooms?
Appointments are strongly recommended as we cannot guarantee an Event Sales Specialist will be available for walk-ins. Schedule your appointment by calling 757-496-7006 or email us at yachtclub@marinashores.com.

PACKAGES

Q. Do you offer any Wedding Packages to help me with planning?

We offer 6 different wedding packages for buffet, hors d’oeuvres, and seated plated options. The packages include catering, reception flowers/linens, wedding cake, and DJ all for FIVE hours. While each package does have several items listed, you can still change and customize the package to your preferences. The non-customized package pricing for 100 people ranges from $9,999* to $33,693. For a customized quote, please contact us.

Q. Do you have a list of preferred vendors?
Absolutely! Our Preferred Vendors work together as a team to make your special day a successful event. We receive compliments regularly about how well our vendors blend with each other and collaborate to make each event seamless.

Q. Do you offer brunch packages for early morning weddings?
Yes, we offer packages for brunch. Please contact our Sales Specialist to learn more.

Q. What are the bar options if I choose to serve alcohol at my event?
Customer Supplied Bar:
We allow you to purchase a “day of” ABC Banquet license ($55 and it’s downloadable from the internet). You would purchase any Beer, Wine, Liquor, Mixers, and Sodas/Juices from any Virginia ABC store, Virginia base commissary or grocery store to be served at your wedding by our caterer. You may deliver your alcohol on the day of your wedding, no earlier than 2 ½ hours prior to the start of your event. Two bartenders are already included in our Wedding Packages. The bartender provides the ice, napkins, bar fruit garnishes, straws, and disposable plastic cups. You can add a special champagne toast to your package through your assigned Catering Coordinator.

Cash Bar:
Cuisine & Company will happily set up a cash bar with the total responsibility going to Cuisine & Co.

Open Bar:
Per hour price depending on guest count.

Tab Bar:
Customer decides what amount of money will be spent for the open bar. Minimum sale must be met.

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

Q. Can my guests or I arrive by boat?

Yes, if you book with The Yacht Club, we offer you one free overnight slip! Guests may rent a slip for $2 per foot, per night. Reservations can be made by emailing THE MARINA or calling 757-496-7000.

Q. Is there enough room to have a band in addition to the DJ?

Absolutely! We think that bands are a great addition to your reception and have had several play at The Yacht Club. There is space for them to set up and enough outlets for all their musical equipment. Talk with our Event Sales staff about which room would be the best to accommodate.

Q. Is there private parking available? Do you offer Valet?

While there is enough parking with approximately 600 parking spaces, we can also offer Valet. Let your Event Sales Specialist know you would like pricing for a Valet option.

Q. What are the dates for next Open House?
Our open houses are held quarterly and always held on a Sunday from 12pm- 2:30pm. Visit www.TheYachtClubatMarinaShores.com/open-house for information on the latest event. Come meet our caterer, florist, photographers, DJ’s and other preferred vendors.

Q. What other special events can be held at The Yacht Club at Marina Shores?
Sweet 16 Birthdays, Reunions, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, Celebrations of Life, Corporate and Holiday Events, Galas, Commitment Ceremonies, Vow Renewal, etc. If you are looking for a unique venue for your event, please contact one of our Event Sales Specialists at 757-496-7006.

DISCOUNTS

Q. Are there any price breaks if I book a weekday or any day other than Saturday?

Yes! We have reduced Venue Rental pricing any day between Sunday-Friday, prime time holidays excluded. We also offer a 25% discount off the room rental for the Brides that would like a December, January, February or March wedding! Learn more about our Winter Wedding Packages.

Q. Does The Yacht Club have relationships with Hotels in the area for discounts and travel arrangements?

We have a relationship with Comfort Suites Beachfront and the Diamond Resort Hotels at the Oceanfront. They offer blocks of rooms and other oceanfront amenities.