(Closed) Cruise Wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

One caveat about planning to get married at a port on a cruise is that sometimes, islands get cancelled or itineraries changed due to weather. One cruise I was on had a change due to some political unrest on an island. There’s no guarantee that you will get to th e island on which you planned to marry.

It’s usually a better idea to get married on the ship prior to sailing. That way, your guests can still join you for the cruise and you are assured that your wedding will happen as planned. Additionally, if you have guests that may not be able to cruise, they can still attend the shipboard wedding and disembark after the reception.

Post # 4
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726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another thing to consider is how many of your guests will realistically be able to take however many days off for the length of the cruise, plus travel to and from the cruise port if it isn’t leaving from their local city.

Post # 5
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489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

check out cruise critic. there are lots of people who plan weddings on there. Also, some islands have residency requirements before you can get married there, so not all islands are optional when doing a cruise wedding. I think a lot of people try to get married at St. Thomas. Oh and I think with Carnival and Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay, there is a chapel there on the island.

Just remember that you will have to get your marriage license wherever to want to get married and that later on when you need legal proof that you are married, you have to get it from there as well. Some of those places can take awhile to do so. You may want to think about possibly having legal ceremony before you leave(like in front of a judge or justice of the peace) and then you can have a ceremony in the Caribbean with all your family and friends. Might help with some of the legalities that you may find challenging along the way.

Post # 6
Bee
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

We ALMOST had a cruise wedding. In the end though 1/2 of our guests didn’t want to be on the boat for a week so we went to all-inclusive instead. Actually liked it a bit better than the cruises we have been on. hehe =)

Best advice I can give is to tell you to hire a local coordinator and DO NOT go through the ships coordinator. A lot of the complaints I read about were that at most of the ports the location for the ceremony is bascially right next to the boat. It’s not pretty most of the time or very private.

Another thing we ran into was wanting to have a private reception. Basically they told us that we would be eating in the normal dinning rooms. I think this one may be based on cruise line though but just something to be aware of.

Good luck planning! =)

Post # 7
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2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My fiance and I are doing a cruise wedding! We are taking a Carnival Cruise  in September 2012 and getting married at one of the ports (St Thomas). We booked our ceremony on the beach with an outside wedding planner and are having our reception back on the ship a couple hours later! I think its a great idea! Like someone else mentioned cruise critic is awesome & there is a ton of great information on planning your wedding on that site. We are already booked and currently planning the details right now. Good luck & let me know if you have any questions.

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