- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Thinking about a cruise wedding!!!!!! What ya think?!?!?
Thinking about a cruise wedding!!!!!! What ya think?!?!?
I wanted one sooooo bad, but my family vetoed it pretty quickly. As a compromise we are going to renew our vows on a cruise for our first anniversary. I hope it works out for you!
Hubby-2-B and I considered a cruise wedding… but we finally settled on an Elopement to a Destination Wedding instead.
Cruise Line Weddings come in two formats… on shore or onboard.
Shore Weddings come in two formats as well… BEFORE the cruise (or aboard ship before general boarding)… or at a Port of Call on the cruise you’ve signed up for.
BEFORE the Cruise Wedding shore or onboard tend to be rushed affairs… as you have a timeline you are forced to live with (one that the cruise ship can change). If aboard, then at some point they are going to boot all the attendees off the ship who are continuing on the cruise holiday.
Shore Weddings in Ports of Call, can be lovely but also stressed, in that the ship is only in port for a short period of time (ie due to arrive at 6 AM, Dock at 7 AM, Passengers off starting at 8 AM… due to leave at 6 PM, Passengers last call 5:30 PM, wise passengers make it back to the ship between 4 and 5 PM)
As well Foreign Weddings may have a long list of requirements in order to get a Marriage License. You may infact have to go there beforehand to qualify. Research is the key here to a successful Island Wedding.
Also if there is ANY reason that the Cruise Line / Ship’s Captain needs to change the ships course (weather – medical emergency aboard – or a distress call from a nearby vessel in the ocean) then you might miss the Port of Call you were planning to be married in… and there is no compensation back to the Cruisers for that situation… not the best thing to hear when you have Wedding Scheduled, and find yourself in the middle of the ocean, far from the time & place when it was supposed to happen !!
Weddings aboard ship are much more reliable (but even then they can have their issues… ie you contracted to be married by the Captain, but he’s busy… so he sent another Officer). BUT aboard ship weddings are also rarer (not all cruise lines offer them) and they also tend to be a lot more expensive for a small intimate ceremony than anything you’ll find ashore.
BUT they are super romantic, on our recent cruise, we did see two weddings… one on board the ship (Celebrity Solstice – took place on the 15th Deck on the lawn) and another that happened ashore (St Thomas). Of the two, the Ship Board one was far more stunning IMO
Other options are to get married independently of the cruise line (say the day before you board the ship) or in a whole other time frame (what Mr TTR and I are doing… marry in December, cruise in January) and take the cruise as your Honeymoon.
A cruise makes for a great honeymoon !! Lots of variety, wonderful ports of call, and major pampering.
Hope this is helpful,
I had a family member that originally planned a cruise wedding…where she’d get married on the ship the second day. It was pretty cut and dry. She had a package deal and was able to get her guests a set reduced rate. I’m not sure how many she invited BUT when people started making their reservations with her TA, she freaked b/c she honestly thought people wouldn’t be able to afford it and would send her an expensive wedding gift instead (I wish I was lying about this.)
Plus, her rooms were all blocked together and people said they couldn’t wait to hang out with the newlyweds on the cruise….she was devastated b/c it was suppose to be her Honeymoon as well so she cancelled it and had a Destination Wedding.
So just make sure it’s what you want and that you don’t mind “bumping” in to guests while you are on your Honeymoon.
I attending one next year, I`m not a cruise person but should be fun I think.
I was on a cruise last year, and there were two weddings on that cruise. I heard one of the guests saying at the bar that the bride was complaining because her wedding was “so un-private.”
I think it could be nice, but you have to be willing, like a PP said, to be willing to bump into guests during your honeymoon, and to have a few thousand other people pointing and staring everywhere you go on the ship (and those ships get smaller every day that you’re on them). Even the nicest rooms tend to be small and open up directly onto the busy hallway, and they all have the space under them like in a hotel room so that info can be slipped under the door – ergo, people in the hallway can hear you sneeze. Is that really where you want to spend your wedding night?
Like I said, I think there are aspects of a cruise wedding that could be nice, but there are some detractions that would definitely turn me off.
@texasbee: woooooooow! that’s all I can say.
OP–I think it sounds lovely! I agree with PP about the requirements of getting a marriage licence outside of your home country—it can be a bit tricky (I’m dealing with that with my wedding. Just make sure you check and double or even triple check that you know EVERYTHING that is required to get that licence!!! Try to get the requirements in writing too so you’re not caught in a bind).
@PassionateKK: Do it! My fiance and I are getting married on embarkation during a weekend cruise. And we’re so very excited about it! We know that not everyone will be able to make it, but it’s so us. We looove to cruise. You won’t have as much control over the details, but that’s actually one of the reasons we went with a cruise wedding.
We had checked out venues, done tastings, and just got so overwhelmed. I’m a perfectionist and didn’t want to have to fret over every single little detail. So cruise wedding it was!
If you want to read up on reviews, read advice from past cruise brides, etc., check out the Honeymoon and Wedding Cruise Forum on Cruise Critic. It’s a great resource! And I’d be happy to answer any questions you have!
Oh! And we’re taking a separate honeymoon (probably a cruise) right after our wedding cruise. We picked a 3-day, weekend cruise so that more people would be able to afford to go while only having to take 1-2 days off of work.
While we love our family and friends, we want to have a true honeymoon with just the two of us.
I would fly the idea by your close friends and family members before making concrete plans. Some people LOVE cruises, and some people, well, don’t love cruises. If a few of your VIPs are totally disinterested, you may want to do an at-home wedding and then take a honeymoon cruise.
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