it was definitely a unique experience - a neat yet economical way to get away from the tried and formula that comes with a typical church + ballroom reception. however, with the strict budget and time limitations (12-4pm) comes a rushed feel to the proceedings, an almost cookie-cutter like schedule to make sure everybody is doing their role at a specific time.
plus, the lousy food (it made the slop at UCLA's hedrick hall taste like osteria mozza) and the lack of an open bar didn't help my cause, considering i knew literally zero people aboard the ship. and it was odd to see a lot of people sit out the dancing portion of the afternoon, until i realized that 99% of the attendees were stone-cold sober, which puts a crimp on the inhibitions one usually discards when alcohol is playing partner-in-crime.
nevertheless, it was their wedding for goodness sake, so all the best to maya and hieu for a beautiful life ahead.