Wedding Receptions

Wedding Reception Seating

This is held in the dining saloon, and is the heart of any event on board the ship.  The room is long, with coloured glass windows and hardwood floors. This room can accommodate up to 100 guests for a formal seated dinner or 150 guests for a cocktail style reception (where guests mingle and eat appetizers, but do not have a formal seated meal).

Explore the Dining Saloon

The Details

  • Seats: Up to 100 guests for a formal dinner.
  • The dance floor is located in the same room as the reception (it is placed at the end opposite to the Head Table)
  • The buffet is usually placed in the “Ladies Saloon”,  right next door.
  • Cakes and desserts can be displayed in the main dining saloon, on the vintage cabinets, or on a dessert table in the ladies saloon.
  • There is a small kitchen beside the dining saloon. Did you know? The original ships galley is actually directly below, on the cargo deck. Food would have been sent up to passengers by dumbwaiter!
  • Guest book and gifts are often displayed on an antique glass case at the top of the stairs.
  • Tables, chairs and sound equipment will be put out by the SS Sicamous crew
  • Decorating and laying the tables is the responsibility of the wedding party.
  • We have linens, vintage plates, wine glasses and cutlery available for rental (some caterers can also provide these).
  • Recommended Caterers: For a list a caterers that we love and recommend working with, check out the vendor lists

See the Dining Saloon in Action

Table and Seating Diagrams for a Wedding Reception

A Guide to the Different Set Ups

Name Description Seats Notes
Traditional and Herring Bone Seating Separate tables with an aisle down the center. Comfortably seats up to 84 guests, plus head table. (Can seat up to 96 if you have your heart set on this layout). Recommended for small to medium sized groups (of 84 guests and under).
Horizontal Seating Long horizontal rows (with 7 guests per side) Seats up to 100 guests. Recommended for large groups.

(80 to 100 guests) Best for informal events that do not require a head table.

Horse Shoe Seating Two long vertical rows, with head table at one end (Guests sit on either side of the tables) Seats up to 96 guests. Plus a head table of up to 12. Recommended for large groups.

(80 to 100 guests)

Tea Party Seating One central row, with head table. Seats up to 46 guests

(With head table of 4)

Recommended for small intimate groups.
Wedding Reception at the SS Sicamous
Wedding Reception at the SS Sicamous, with white wedding chairs and horse shoes seating. Photo by Jenna Hill Wedding Photographers.

Extra Details for Planning:

How many tables and chairs are there? There are 24 rectangular tables. We also have 100 white wedding chairs, and up to 10 chiavari chairs for the head table.

How big are the tables? Tables are 6 feet long by 2.5 feet wide. They comfortably seat 3 people per side.

To see pictures of Wedding Receptions that have been held at the SS Sicamous, please click here

Interested in holding a wedding on board the SS Sicamous? Contact us today, and we will send an information packet, with all of the details.

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