Rehearsal Dinners and Welcome Receptions

Relax and let us handle this.

The Welcome Party
Kick off your Burlington wedding experience by hosting a welcome party aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen. Our unique venue, set against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Champlain, offers the ideal setting for a casual event before the formal celebrations begin. Treat your guests to the stunning views of Vermont’s iconic lake while you introduce the most important people in your lives. Enjoy a casual event with cocktails and appetizers to start the weekend off the right way!

The Rehearsal Dinner
The Rehearsal Dinner is one of the most important events of the wedding weekend. Delight in our delectable menus, ensuring a memorable culinary experience for you and your guests. Amidst the wedding weekend hustle and bustle, take a moment to unwind and enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Champlain — leave the planning, preparing, and cleaning to us! The ship offers the perfect opportunity to savor the beauty of Burlington, creating lasting memories beyond the wedding festivities. With a hard stop at 9pm, we can ensure that you’ll be able to head off to get a restful night of sleep before the big day!

The Farewell Brunch
Toast to the newlyweds! Enjoy a relaxed farewell brunch aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen. Our brunch menu stands out as one of the only brunch buffets in Burlington, ensuring an engaging and delicious event. Skip the hassle of planning and instead, savor a casual and laid-back atmosphere as you say ‘see you soon’ to your guests after the eventful wedding weekend. Let us create the backdrop for those cherished moments as you send off loved ones with good food and even better company!

Other Wedding Events
We also host Bridal Luncheons, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties,
Welcome Parties, and can also be a family-friendly attraction for the family during your
wedding weekend. Contact our Sales and Events Team for more information!

With years of experience and countless rehearsal dinners and welcome parties we know exactly how to accommodate you and your family. Don’t add another event to stress over, simply select one of our delicious meal and entertainment options and we will handle the rest!


Photography by   Michael Tallman


What a spectacular night. You can't imagine how many compliments we received about every aspect of the evening! The table settings were beautiful -- I loved the navy and white selections and the flowers set everything off perfectly. The appetizers and passed goodies were so delicious as was everything that was served. No one could believe that they had five options for the entrees! Everyone raved about the food and excellent, efficient service. And of course - the weather certainly topped the evening off! What a night, the cruise was magical! It was so beyond anything that we had expected or hoped for!!! Both the bride and groom, along with our families and friends, were overwhelmed with the greatness of the evening.

Thank you for being present for the cruise and for all the care you took in arranging every aspect of the night. It was spectacular!!

Sandy H

What are you waiting for? Contact us and book your dream rehearsal dinner on Lake Champlain.


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