Dive Into Marriage With Underwater Wedding, Mermaid Included

Courtesy of Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel

Better start waterproofing that wedding dress and tux because the dream of an underwater wedding is now a reality!

Wedding days are supposed to be special - and what better way to do that than with a real, live mermaid officiating the wedding? Well, at least someone who's wearing a mermaid fin, that is.

The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel is now offering a "mermaid wedding" package to brides and grooms who wish to say their vows underwater.

George Sprague, 75, and Lee Sprague, 73, were the first to take the plunge, according to Lesley Duckworth, a PR representative for the Sheraton hotel, when they went underwater for their 50 th wedding anniversary vow renewals on March 30.

Courtesy of Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel

For those not renewing vows but creating them for the first time, the mermaid-officiated wedding doesn't make a marriage legal by itself. Couples are given the choice of having a beach ceremony either before or after the underwater portion to "formally legalize the marriage," according to Allison Finazzo, a PR representative for the hotel.

No gills are necessary to enjoy a mermaid wedding. The pool nuptials are done at about eight feet deep and couples go through "mermaid training," where they "learn basic aquatic performance technique like holding your breath for longer period of time," said Finazzo.

The underwater portion of the ceremony lasts around 10 minutes, with breaks for couples to swim to the surface for some gulps of air, followed by a 30-minute dry land wedding ceremony. After the dry and underwater ceremonies are over, couples and their guests retreat to an hour-and-a-half-long reception at the hotel's Wreck Bar to munch on appetizers and sip champagne.

The whole "mermaid wedding" package starts at $95 per guest, with a minimum 30 guests required. If couples feel they need extra aquatic training, they can get a little extra help by purchasing additional lessons.

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