Post # 16
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 # 17
- Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall
I forgot to add some details that I see are now important!
1. The wedding will be in Puerto Rico, where my fiance’s family lives. We both live here as well until next Tuesday, we’re moving! ^_^ But we decided to hold the wedding here because ALL of his family is here and I’m not close to mine so I don’t really care if they come lol
2. His family is VERY financially strained, none of them could possibly afford a cruise, at all. But I don’t mind if they find a way to stick around, in fact I had it in my mind to include the budget to pay for my parent’s and his parent’s trip too 🙂 Sex is in the room lol So I don’t mind sharing out of room time with them. BUT since we know they can’t afford it, that’s why we plan a port wedding and then sail on the honeymoon while the guests can leave.
3. Puerto Rico is a port stop for many, many cruises. And everyone of the people we want to invite lives maybe 30 minutes away from the port! So it wouldn’t be a big trip or anything for them. My Fiance and I would be traveling from Florida to PR for the wedding (cuz we’ll be living in FL by the time of the wedding) and my parents will be traveling too, but they don’t mind because they own a house here and basically they travel back and forth between PR and FL all the time, so no hassel 🙂
Thank you all for your advice, experiences and ideas! I don’t personally mind a very short wedding or an “impersonal” one, I pinterest a tall but to be honest a court house would be fine with me lol But I’m divorced, I’ve been there and done that, my Fiance hasn’t. And while he hasn’t been dreaming about it all his life, he DOES want to celebrate it with more than a court house, but not AS much as prices around here are xD So we were looking for a happy medium between a backyard BBQ and an expensive elegant wedding. He wants the elegance (and quite frankly so do I the more I think about it lol) but we definitely don’t like the prices we’ve been hearing lol So I figured a step up from backyard was a quickie cute cruise wedding. We’ll see if it’s too much of a hassle for our guests though, one of the replies seemed WAY too much wait time just for a quick wedding! We’ll be sure to arm up a bunch of questions when the time finally comes lol
Post # 18
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.