(Closed) Cruise wedding, anyone done it?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
535 posts
Busy bee

i dont have any helpful advice but, we will be doing something similar. we will go to florida on friday, spend 3 nights in key west, including getting married there on the beach on sunday then going to ft. lauderdale on monday to get on our cruise. but our family wont be going on the cruise with us we just set it up so that our wedding would be the wknd before.


 we are very excited about ours! we told them you can come to key west, but it will be a small ceremony with no reception, we will just go out for dinner and drinks after.


i couldnt imagine getting married anywhere else but the beach!! and its less expensive!


Post # 4
7103 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@futuremrsrossol: I can’t offer any advice but what a fabulous idea!

Post # 5
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I haven’t done it but a friend (she sells cruises and goes on tons of them) got married on a cruise. She loved it and they had their wedding and reception on the ship before it left the first port so a lot of the friends and family who didn’t take the cruise were able to attend the ceremony and reception. Anyways, I’m not trying to sell you on going through her but she does have a blog about cruise weddings that I can give you the link if you want it and it covers a lot of general info about getting married on a cruise. I am sure each line is a little bit different too about what they offer but I am pretty sure they give you choices on where to have the ceremony and reception. 

When we went on a cruise with our friends we also saw a couple get married at one of the ports. Looked like a lot of fun. I think it’s a fun idea! 

Let me know if you wnant the link. 

Post # 6
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I actually just started considering this yesterday after not being impressed by a venue we went to see. So I’d love to hear what everyone has to say!

Post # 7
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have not, but would love to plan on for a vow renewal one day! Cruise Critic message boards have a TON of help/advice/pictures.

Post # 8
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@futuremrsrossol:  We’re having a harbour cruise for our reception! Pre-departure cocktails and canapes from 5:30pm, departure at 6pm and return at 10pm. We’re not having our ceremony on it, so we’ll have time to eat, dance, speech, etc. After our church ceremony, guests can either head back to their hotel rooms for an hour/2 hours or they can have a few pre-boarding drinks at the marina (it’s a beautiful marina, with heaps of different cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from).

My fiance and I attended a mutual friends’ birthday party on one (a different one) years ago, and that was actually when we got talking for the first time, so the cruise has some special meaning for us as well.

Post # 9
16 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Playacar Palace

@mrspizanotobe:  I’ve also been considering a cruise wedding and would love a link to the blog if you don’t mind. πŸ™‚

Post # 10
27 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

In my previous life (haha) my ex and I had a wedding aboard a Carnival Cruise. It was fantastic! Just the wrong groom lol. I would do it again in a heartbeat except for the bad juju. To answer your questions:


1. Best way to go about putting the info in the invitations/ save the dates I created a letter to our guests (also with a ‘boarding pass’ magnetic save the date) which we sent out to guests about a year in advance. The letter included all of the cruise information, group booking information, rates, itinerary, etc.

2. During the reception is there time for things like first dance etc. or is it strictly just eating a meal The reception we had was I think 2.5 hours in the club and there was a giant table with hors d’oeuvres that were super yummy and the DJ in his stand. We were able to have all the traditional dances with food and open bar. πŸ™‚

3. Can I request which place on the ship we have our ceremony (outside vs. inside) In my experience, we were not given the choice of where to have the ceremony or reception. We found out about 2 weeks before the cruise where the ceremony and reception were scheduled, because they have to fit it in with the other activities on the ship.

4. Are there hidden costs/fees? There wasn’t! It was super affordable for us. We paid the amount for the wedding/reception (I think about $2,500) and then purchased our pictures from the photographer in the package we chose which ended up being about $3,500 because they were gorgeous and I wanted them all haha.


My biggest concern going into the cruise wedding was the photographer. With Carnival, at least when I went through it, you were assigned a photographer for your event. I was super lucky though because I felt the pictures came out beautifully. Let me know if you have any other questions, hope this helped!


Post # 11
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m commenting to follow. If we could get the link to your friends blog that would be AWESOME!

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Post # 12
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am leaving for my wedding cruise in 65 days! i cant wait. Ours will technically be a vow renewal since we decided to get our license early plus its MUCH cheaper than a “wedding” on the cruise. the deluxe vow renewal with carnival is only $850 and you basically get the same thing as a wedding, except for $600-$2000 cheaper. So the only thing about booking the wedding/vow renewal is you have to pay for it up front before they will work with you. only downside to the vow renewal is we wont find out when or where the ceremony is until we embark. but im so over this wedding crap i dont care. lol just ready to be on the cruise with my family and my “Hubby” any questions i will be glad to answer if i can. and will post a full recap after πŸ™‚

Post # 13
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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CarpefnDiem:  Where are you leaving from?!<br /><br />We’re Cruising with Carnival out of Galveston and getting married on the beach at Key West which is the first port.<br /><br />Of course this isn’t a ship board wedding like the thead is about. We’re super excitied about it however planning it has been hell. Carnival is helpful but the wedding vendor in Key West assigned to us is not. She’s been a stick in my side.

Post # 14
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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futuremrsrossol:  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.


Happy planning!

Post # 15
7 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

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We are doing that this summer for our wedding! πŸ™‚ 

We will do the wedding and reception on the ship, wedding will be half hour after sailing and reception will be for a few hours and then we return to the docks 

I think it will be alot of fun! Guests seem excited. 

We got the all inclusive package and the coordinator comes with the yacht, so we dont have to worry about much. 

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