Hopefully it’s not too late to post but I’m new (this is my first post yay!)
I’m doing a cruise wedding this fall (Thanksgiving)! We chose Celebrity Cruises. Long story short, we started wedding planning right after christmas and I immediately started to feel overwhelmed lol
All those little details come out looking nice at other people’s weddings but for me I didn’t have the mind for it. I didn’t want the stress of bridemaids, guest lists, budget problems etc. Anyways, I quickly realized we were spending a lot more time planning the honeymoon than we were the wedding. So we thought why not combine the two lol?? I still wanted something romantic, and I still wanted “the dress”
I’m liking Celebrity so far. We’re doing the At-Sea Nautical Nuptials with the Captain. My parents are coming and so are a few of our friends and it’s easy-peasy. It’s pay in full up front to reserve your date and time of day, but our coordinator let us pay half now and half in 30 days. She was so nice, and everything has been really easy. We’re getting married on the first at-sea day on the ship Reflection, in the late afternoon and we get to choose if we want it in the ship’s library or in the Sky Observation Lounge. Both are great options and it’s hard to choose but I think we’ll go with the library.
So after I rambled for a bit maybe I should answer some of your questions
1. I really suggest having a website you can include on your STD and invitations. Something that people can refer to when they go to book their cruise. We did a facebook group
2. Each cruise line has reception packages. When you call to talk to a coordinator ask about reception timelines and the traditional stuff you want to include. From what I know they all include enough time to mingle, dance, and eat but I’m sure that’s subjective.
3. That really depends on the crusie line, the ceremony package, and if they are going into port that day. You’ll have to call and talk to the coordinators for the different cruise lines to find out. For Celebrity, I was told it’s in the Library or the observation lounge when at sea, at embarkation it can be on deck, or you can do it ashore at port. Just depends on what package you two want. We didn’t want to take up an at-port day with wedding stuff so we chose the at-sea day.
4. What I really like about Celebrity so far is that there havent been any hidden costs. Everything was laid out in their wedding packages pdf and the coordinator went through everything on the phone. Aside from booking the wedding through the coordinator, we booked our cabin though USAA (fiance is military) and ended up with an awesome cabin (yay aquaclass!) and group rate (even for non-military people joining us) so you dont have to book your cabin through the Celebrity if you’re able to get a better deal through AAA or USAA. (I dont know if other cruise lines do this but I thought that was nice) When it comes to all the details, some things are ala carte so if you go through the agreement checking off a bunch of things you want to add, the prices are right there like a menu you so can add up your costs. Like I said easy-peasy.