WHERE WILL OUR CEREMONY TAKE PLACE?
On board Warrior, both the Captain's cabin and the Officers' Half Deck have been selected as suitable for a Wedding licence. The Captain's Cabin is an ideal venue for the smaller wedding seating up to 25 and the Officers' Half Deck, adjacent to the Captain's Cabin can accommodate up to 100 guests.
WHEN CAN OUR CEREMONY TAKE PLACE?
Wedding Ceremonies can take place on board at either 1100, 1400 or 1715 hrs (this ceremony must be followed by an evening reception) The licensed area being used will be closed to the public 30 minutes before the ceremony to allow youruests to take their seats. The ceremony takes approximately 15 minutes and once you have signed the register, a glass of Warrior Champagne will be served to you and your guests with the Captain's compliments. The area will remain closed for a sufficient time to enable you to enjoy the surroundings and capture the moment with photographs.
WHO PERFORMS THE CEREMONY?
Registrars from Portsmouth Register Office will perform the ceremony for you, please contact them for further information regarding the service and costs to attend. Tel 023 92829041.
CAN WE PLAY MUSIC AT THE CEREMONY?
Musicians such as a quartet or harpist can augment the occasion and we shall be happy to recommend a selection of choices for you. Alternatively we can supply a CD player for you that will be set up before the ceremony. Any music, readings or words must be of a nonreligious nature and checked by the Registrars prior to the ceremony.
HOW DO WE ARRANGE FOR OUR GUESTS TO GAIN ADMISSION?
It should be appreciated that HMS Warrior 1860 lies within Portsmouth's Naval Base and therefore comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence Security Guard. Therefore we must adhere to strict regulations set up in accordance with the Naval Base. Arrangements can be made for three wedding cars to enter the Naval Base via Unicorn gate and to drive onto and park on Warrior's jetty. All other cars must park outside the base and guests will enter on foot via Victory Gate. We request that a full alphabetical list of guests is forwarded to the ship along with wedding car registration numbers and passengers no later than three working days before the event so that we can perform the necessary administration to gain access.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS WHICH WE SHOULD BE AWARE?
In view of the historic nature and construction of HMS Warrior, smoking is not allowed on board in any area. Smoking is permitted only on the concrete jetty adjacent to the ship. Ladies are to be made aware that stiletto or very narrow healed shoes are not permitted onboard due to the damage caused to the decks and for personal safety. There must be no confetti, rice or helium balloons on board or the jetty alongside the ship.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
If you would like to proceed further you should:
1. Check with the Special Events Department on 023 92778604, that the ship is available for you at the time and date of your choice Then make a provisional reservation and arrange an appointment to visit the ship.
2. Contact Portsmouth Register Office on 023 92829041, and make a booking with the Marriage Office. The registrar will then advise you of the legalities and costs involved.
3. When the booking is confirmed with the Registrars, please send us a letter of confirmation along with your deposit payment as detailed on the price list enclosed.
ARE THERE DISABLED FACILITIES ON BOARD?
There is a chairlift to enable elderly or disabled guests to access the Main Gun Deck level (please note this chairlift has a 15 stone weight limit). There is also an easy access toilet on this level. The ship has a wheelchair and walking frame for guests to use whilst on board.