(Closed) cruise wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @KT_Hime: – Mr TTR and I are cruisers, and we love it… an awesome way to have a vacation !!

We recently had our Honeymoon on a cruise (Celebrity… the sister cruise line to Royal Caribbean)

As we are an Encore Couple, I did some research into getting married on the ship for our Elopement / Destination Wedding (just the 2 of us)

Here is what I found out thru my research…

Getting married on a cruise ship is very very expensive !!  And includes virtually NOTHING outside of the ceremony (often in the $ 2000 to $ 3000 range for a 15 minute ceremony)

On some cruises the Captain marries you… on others it will be another Sr Officer

Even if you are booked for the Captain, it is possible that he may not show up (busy with ship matters), and they’ll send someone else

Remember when you cruise, that you’ve paid for all your meals etc (and there is food onboard available 24/7) if you have any food (or booze) after the Wedding it will fall under catering, and the prices are high.

Other Cruise Wedding alternatives, will talk about making arrangements for you to marry on a specific islands.  Again costs are high (you can do it on your own for a lot less money… at least half price.  Check each Island’s Tourism Website’s on info how)

BUT if for some reason the ship misses the Port of Call where your Wedding is scheduled to happen you’ll lose out entirely… (read the fine print) and end up on a cruise without a Wedding (because it it very difficult then to arrange a Wedding in a different Port of Call… as this is something you have to work out well in advance because of the Country’s Marriage License Requirements etc)

Hence you could arrive home, still unmarried

All this stuff is in the “fine print” of their Wedding Contract… and on their respective Websites

(there are stories on Cruise Critic about Weddings that didn’t happen as planned… and Brides who were sorely disappointed, lost money… or both)

🙁 *very sad face*

After doing all our extensive research, Mr TTR and I just decided to get married on land BEFORE our Cruise, and have the Cruise as our Honeymoon (less hassles).

And in our case, getting married inFloridawas super easy (one of the easiest states in theUSAto get married in)… and not an expensive place to marry at all.

If you are having family join you…Florida offers lots of great alternatives for any size Wedding… Big / Small… Formal / Casual… Beach / Inland… Resort / Church etc.

This is my best advice…

If you need more info you can post here again, or send me a PM (personal message) on WBee.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 5
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9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

 To @KT_Hime: – Mr TTR and I married in Florida (the Keys) before our cruise.  It is an easy state to marry in (especially so if neither of you are Florida Residents)… as there is no medical requirements, no waiting period, and no witnesses required.  (Only downside is you can’t get your Marriage License by mail BEFORE the Wedding like some other states, as Florida needs you BOTH to do so in person … BUT as there is no waiting period, it means you can pick it up the same day… so not a big deal.  We picked up our License in Pensacola because we enterred the state from the west, and was the closest County Courthouse… it cost under $ 100, and took under 1 hour)

We were married in The Keys, on the beach.  Used a local Wedding service, and the whole wedding was under $ 400 including the service of the Officiant – Location (FREE) – Printed Vows – Bouquet & Bout – Photographer for 30 Mins… and a CD with 40+ photos and copyright passed onto us.

Based on my research, you can find similar services thru-out Florida…

Hope this helps,

PS… Another alternative… You can marry with the Cruise Co. on the ship BEFORE you leave port (still expensive) but a nice option, in that you can bring friends & family aboard (limited numbers).  AND they don’t have to cruise with you… so cheaper than a Destination Wedding for your Guests.  Home Port Weddings have a better chance of happening (still can be cancelled if the ship has any sort of “an incident”… but that would be rare).

PPS… Need more info on any of the things I’ve mentioned… just ask.  As I said, we researched it all.

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My friend did this! She said it was one if the best decisions she ever made! He barely had to do any planning, it was a very reasonable price, and they had an amazing time! They had about 25 friends and family go with them.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@KT_Hime:  I hope my opinion is helpful though not fully tested.  I’m scheduled for a cruise wedding with Royal Caribbean for June 2014.  We’re doing a symbolic wedding package with RCC for something like $1200.  We’re going with family and friends and so we’re having a cake and reception on board the ship.  We purposely asked for a day at sea so that we didn’t intrude on anyone’s vacation. Since we’re going symbolic, we don’t have to pay any wedding license fees. We plan to take care of our legal marriage either before or after the cruise with a quick trip to our local courthouse.

Regarding hair and makeup, there’s a salon on board where you can get at least your hair done and perhaps makeup too.  If this is a service you’re really interested in, try to get it written into the contract as spa/salon appointments book very quickly.  

About the contract, FAIR WARNING, the contract for Royal Devotions is written more by a lawyer than a wedding coordinator.  The first time I read it, it put a horrible taste in my mouth and made me rethink having the wedding on the cruise at all.  In the end, working with my Travel Agent, we decided to cross our fingers and hope for the best, since we’re just expecting the ceremony, the cake, and a reception – Nothing fancy. 

There are quite a few other sites where you can read about Royal Devotions.  The major jist of them is “GET IT IN WRITING and BRING COPIES OF EMAILS”.  But in fairness, that’s no different than a wedding at home.  

Thus far, my experiences with them have been reasonable. But again, I have to wait until 2014 to give you a complete opinion on them.  

Either way, congrats and please let me know how it goes.  

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I also just booked the Royal Devotions symbolic ceremony for October 2014 with Royal Caribbean.  This just seemed to be the most cost-efficient way to go.  We will also be getting married either before or after at the courthouse, but we wanted to celebrate with close family and friends with a ceremony on the ship. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We just got married on a Carnival cruise in January. We were initially planning for an embarkation wedding, but changed to an at-sea wedding with symbolic (not legal) ceremony in order to skirt legal and juridictional issues. Everything was absolutely perfect–and nothing at all like the warnings that others were providing. We were married by the Captain, were allowed to recite our own vows, exchange rings and our parents walked us down the aisle.

The total cost for the wedding, reception (pianist, cake, food, open bar), flowers, photos and 15 people to cruise with us in balcony cabins for seven days was somewhere around $8,000.

For you cruise brides, the CruiseCritic Honeymoon and Weddings Boards are excellent resources. 

Post # 10
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Wannabee

gemchick82:  How did your wedding turn out with the Royal Devotions package? I am looking at doing the same thing. I plan on getting legally married before the cruise. The ceremony on the boat is mostly for the family and friends to see. 

Were you allowed to provide custom vows? The vows I was sent for the Royal Devotions package were more for a vow renewal ceremony. I am trying to make sure I don’t get forced into using them since the ceremony is meant to be my wedding and not a vow renewal.

Thanks in advance for any info you can share about your experience!

Post # 11
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Wannabee

cswingle532:  

How did your wedding turn out with the Royal Devotions package? I am looking at doing the same thing. I plan on getting legally married before the cruise. The ceremony on the boat is mostly for the family and friends to see.

Were you allowed to provide custom vows? The vows I was sent for the Royal Devotions package were more for a vow renewal ceremony. I am trying to make sure I don’t get forced into using them since the ceremony is meant to be my wedding and not a vow renewal.

Thanks in advance for any info you can share about your experience!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

bermudabee:  We had the option for custom vows and to change whatever we wanted (omiting sections) but chose not to.  Fair warning the majority of the actual work is done on the ship.  We met in a lounge with the woman who was our officiant the day before. We verbally ran through our ceremony and handed over the CD of our desired songs.  We had our “reception” at Chops since we were a group of 11 with varying tastes.  There was a little miscommunication when it came to getting our cake delivered at Chops, but considering we were 1 small wedding with about 20 quinceaneras also happening the same day stuff happens. A cake did arrive just not the white frosting with yellow icing-I wanted. Annoyed? a little but its just a day.  After all, we’ve had multiple other special days in the past 250+ days – buying a house and moving to name a few. Good luck.

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