(Closed) Wedding on a cruise

posted 4 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My wife got married on a seven-day Carnival cruise in January. It was absolutely magical and we’d do it all over again.

We were supposed to have 17 in our group [mostly close family and a sprinkle of close friends]. We signed our marriage license before we left Baltimore and were “married” at-sea in a symbolic ceremony that the captain presided over. This was due in part to the fact that we really wanted an at-sea ceremony and partially to avoid the problem of a ship not being able to dock in xyz port. Our wedding portraits turned out beautifully and our reception was loads of fun.

I don’t mind answering questions if you want to PM me. We researched Carnival, Disney and Royal before we made our decision.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MangoLover4Life:  Yes! My cousin just got married on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas this past October and it was FABULOUS! There were around 40 people in our group and it worked out perfectly and beautifully. It was a week long eastern-Caribbean cruise and they got married in the ship’s chapel on the first sea-day. It was on the very top deck, deck 17, inside and the sunny sky and blue ocean in the background was so beautiful. Here are some pictures:

Post # 7
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1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I got married on a Carnival cruise this past fall. We picked a 3 day weekend cruise so that more of our friends/relatives could come. I think Carnival only does embarkation day weddings (get married on the ship before it leaves port) Also, this way if guests want to attend the wedding ceremony and reception but don’t want to/can’t go on the cruise, they aren’t left out. I know some people also arrange for a wedding ceremony on shore at one of the destination ports, but then you potentially could miss your ceremony if the ship has to be re-routed due to weather, etc. Just something to consider. We had about 55 guests and 45 sailing with us afterwards. It was a lot of fun. We chose Carnival because it seemed to be the most affordable package. 

PM me if you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them. . . 

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Carnival will legally marry you nearly anywhere they sail from and in most of their destinations. Only a very few cruiselines will allow you to legally marry at sea, but it is very expensive.

 

Our at-sea wedding was 1/3 of the price of an embarkation wedding (about $800 total including entertainment) because it was symbolic and Carnival didn’t have to hire an outside coordinator to handle the details. We still had the same formal ceremony in the chapel, the same reception and entertainer and the same photographer. The only thing was different was instead of a six rose bouquet, we got one rose–however, we brought our own real-touch arrangements so that didn’t matter to us.

 

If you have a port wedding with Disney, they have you get married before the ship leaves in case they have to re-route the ship. This way you’re legally married and can have a ceremony in whatever port can accomodate the ship. While it doesn’t happen often it does happen.

 

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