Post # 1
Years before my fiance and I got engaged, we decided to get married on a cruise ship. It’s going to be more expensive than an in-the-area wedding because we feel we shouldn’t ask our bridal party to cover the cost of their own cruises (since we essentially didn’t give them an option of not coming to the wedding), but we decided it was worth it. Unfortunately, my job just announced that everyone will be receiving a 9% pay decrease starting in July. This is going to make my contributions to the wedding a mere trickle and I’m thinking about having an in-the-area wedding to make it cheaper, even though I really, really, really want to get married on a cruise.
Has anyone else received difficult financial news in the early stages of planning? How have you worked it out? What did you decide to do?
Post # 3
I’m so sorry about your financial problems. Is there any way that either of you can take up some extra work to replace some of the lost income? Otherwise, you might want to come up with a cheaper way to get married. I think that it would probably be more expensive to pay for bridal parties cruises instead of having a small intimate wedding at home.
Post # 4
Could you cover half the cost of the bridal party? If your wedding party is not struggling financially they might be happy with this solution.
Post # 5
You’ve probably already thought of this, but what about a cruise themed wedding, and a cruise honeymoon???
Post # 6
Maybe get married on the cruise with just you and your fiance, then having an at-home reception with all of your friends. It could be more laid back and should ease up the finances for you. Don’t try to pull off something you can’t afford, remember the important thing is that you’re getting married! Try to “compromise” your ideas so you can be flexible if any more financial hiccups come up!
Post # 7
You could have a semi-destination wedding by having the wedding at the place where the cruise ship embarks, and then depart your wedding by going onboard on the cruise!
Sometimes the ships dock and they’ll do weddings there and allow families on board for an hour or two and have champagne, cake and light appetizers after the on-board wedding. You could have them come down for two days in the tropical local where the ship is waiting!
Call the cruise line and find out.
Post # 8
I really, really, really wanted to get married abroad. But our families would have needed financial help to go, and we couldn’t afford it.
Then, I really, really wanted to get married in NYC where we live. But prices here are astronomical. So we couldn’t afford it.
Now we are planning a wedding in Philadelphia, and I am as excited about it as I would have been about any other type of wedding. I think you have a ton of options – get married on a cruise with just the two of you, do a honeymoon on a cruise, etc. No matter which one you pick, I think you’ll love your wedding.
Post # 9
Have you considered booking through a travel agent? The fact that you would be booking multiple cabins may lower the overall cost.
If that’s still just too much money, maybe you could do a beach wedding instead? Or get married on a yacht? “Local cruise” weddings are cute and MUCH cheaper than a Carnival Cruise wedding.
Post # 10
Thank you all so much!!! I particularly like the cruise themed wedding idea!!!! In a freakish twist of can-this-really-be-happening fate, my fiance was just told that he will be receiving a pay increase comparable to my decrease. I’m not sure what I did to deserve this gift from the Wedding Angels, but I am so ecstatically happy, I can’t get over it!!!!! Thank you all again for all of the support and ideas!!!!!
Post # 11
All my ideas were already taken so I don’t have much to add. Except its good that your Fiance got a pay increase & that means less stress financially :). I’m going on a cruise too, so yay have fun on yours 🙂