(Closed) Cruise wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 16
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I am getting married on a cruise ship in a few months. We have 22 sailing guests with us and will get married by the captain on the first formal night at sea. Princess cruises actually will marry you in international waters; most other cruise lines are not authorized to do so, though you can get married before and just have the non-official ceremony, if you want. 


-saves a lot of money. We don’t even have to pay for a reception dinner since the group coordinator is putting us all together in the dining room. We do not have to pay for flowers to decorate, venue etc and all the other trivialities that cost so much money. 

– you can pay to upgrade anything you want. In our case, we are paying 250 dollars to add a 14 inch and a 16 inch cake to the complimentary 9 inch one. We do have to take our own topping and ribbon, but no big deal here. 

-You can pick different areas on the ship to have a reception, if you want it. We are having cake and champagne in the Grand Suite, which my future in-laws have booked for themselves, before going up for dinner. So it will be small, intimate, and private. 

– you can have a combined bachelor/bachelorette on the ship. We are having a themed one (men in tiaras and tutus, and women dressed as pimps), and have planned a scavenger hunt, too

-easy planning. You have a group coordinator to book the group trip and an event coordinator to deal with all the wedding stuff. I have not been stressed ONCE planning this. 

Cons- Absolutely none that I can think of! Financially, we gave our guests nearly 2 years to pay for it. Those who wanted to come but were financially strapped put down a deposit and have been paying it off slowly. It’s an excuse to holiday with a group of people, many of whom we haven’t seen in years, while also celebrating our wedding. Just realize that some people may not want to come, so be prepared for some loved ones not to be there. I was, so i’m not fussed. 


Post # 18
606 posts
Busy bee

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aushi:  this is what we are planning with the #1 rated cruise line (Princess Cruises) for weddings. If you get married at sea it is $2995 american. Cake, basic photography and 4 prints, ceremony, basic flowers (2 bouquets and 2 boutineres I think) candle lit ceremony, wedding planner included, champagne glasses, marriage cert, 2 paid dinners at a specialty restaurant, 1 bottle of wine, 1 bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries on your first full day/night of marriage….etc. It is a great deal!!!!! 

The only catch is you have to have the full amount when you book. You can do payments on your room but the wedding itself has to be paid in full. Getting married in port is a few more hundred dollars. 

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