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Scarlett Belle Riverboat Weddings

Channel Islands Harbor Wedding Venue
Channel Islands Harbor, Marine Emporium Landing, 3600 South Harbor Boulevard
Channel Islands Harbor, California 93035
Contact: Event Coordinator
Phone: 805/204-0977

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Night Tours at the Harbor
See the Scarlett Belle all lit up in the spectacular harbor setting! You can arrange a special evening tour, so you'll get a chance to see this unique venue the way it will look for your enchanting reception. Call or email for your appointment,, 805/204-0977.

Scarlett Belle Boat Tour

Why We Like This Place

Midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara lies scenic Channel Islands Harbor, gateway to a necklace of wild atolls that double as marine sanctuaries. Sheltered by mile-long marinas on both sides, the harbor is a serene coastal enclave where both humans and wildlife frolic in the pleasant weather.

One of the best ways to savor this refreshing atmosphere is from the water; and if marrying is on your mind, then why not get hitched aboard the Scarlett Belle—a custom-built replica of a glamorous 19th-century river boat! The Belle is the dream-child of Michelle and Andy Volaski, proprietors of a popular local eatery, Andy's Seafood. Michelle's a born romantic, and Andy's an avid angler and boater, so they created this wonderful bit of nautical nostalgia. Inspired by Mark Twain's stories and Gone With The Wind, the Scarlett Belle evokes the leisurely river journeys of the legendary Mississippi paddlewheelers. Whether you decide to put your bridal party in period costumes for a themed event, or simply treat your guests to delightful scenery and hospitality, the Scarlett Belle experience promises to be an extraordinary one.

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by the Captain and uniformed crew, who escort them to the upper level of the double-decker steamwheeler. Covered walkarounds with gingerbread trim encircle both the decks and, as the cruise embarks, everyone gathers along the railing for a front- row seat to a breathtaking California sunset.

Meanwhile, you await your cue in your pretty Bride's Room, located in the enclosed upper cabin (lined with view-filled windows) where the ceremony takes place. While the captain docks at tranquil Western Point, a grassy bank abloom with seasonal flowers, guests are seated for the ceremony.

Alternatively, have a Harbor Cove and Beach ceremony prior to boarding, on a palm-lined lawn facing the picturesque harbor backdrop. This option not only accommodates a larger guest list, it also gives you more time for your reception aboard the boat, as well as taking photos at the neighboring beach.

Wherever you wed, champagne glasses are filled and hors d'oeuvres are passed from Scarlet Belle's bar and galley. As the cruise resumes, Nature entertains the passengers strolling the walkarounds: The tide splashes against a rocky cove where a snowy egret poses stock-still, like a statue of carved ivory. The cries of gulls wheeling overhead draw attention to a flock of brown pelicans, deftly soaring inches above the glistening waterway. Rows of sailboat masts stretch heavenward, and on the horizon, the dusky contours of the Channel Islands pop out against an opalescent background of sea and sky.

The salty breeze stirs appetites, and guests enter the carpeted ballroom on the lower deck for a formal reception. Arched multipaned windows all around capture the view, while a soaring picture window at the stern frames the red paddlewheel churning in the water. The ballroom is outfitted with classically elegant decor, including Chiavari chairs and chandeliers suspended from a nine-foot ceiling. Drinks are served from a built-in bar, and the ballroom is spacious enough to accommodate a DJ, as well as a dance floor in front of the picture window, so guests can boogie to the rhythm of the paddlewheel.

As stars pepper the night sky and the Harbor Lighthouse casts a spectral glow upon the water, the evening winds down and you and your loved ones feel exhilarated, thanks to your novel adventure and a truly memorable celebration.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 150
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 150


  • Max. Seated: 150

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Scarlett Belle can accommodate up to 150 guests, maximum.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A deposit of $3,000 is required to reserve your date and will be applied towards your event balance, which is due in scheduled payments prior to the event. All-inclusive wedding packages range $10,385–13,845 depending on day of the week, guest count and option chosen, and include ceremony, reception cruise, catering, wedding cake, DJ, florals, day-of coordination, officiant and ALL taxes and gratuities (no hidden fees!).

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride's Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: large lot and on street 
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: provided
View: ocean, bay, coastline, mountains, Channel Islands
Other: event coordination, on-site wedding cake, florals

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Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: provided, no BYO
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required

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