(Closed) Destination Cruise Wedding

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@NativeEyesPhotography:  I’m getting married on a cruise ship!  We’re going through Carnival and booked directly through the cruise line.  Planning so far has been minimal since our date’s not til next spring, but I don’t have any complaints so far.  Prices will depend on the wedding package booked, number of guests, photo package, etc., and how much the bride and groom want to customize their event. 

Whether a non-cruise line photographer is allowed depends on the cruise line.  I know that NCL and Carnival will not allow a professional photographer to come onboard in place of their own.

We’re just getting started in our planning, but I’d be happy to answer any more questions that you have if I can!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am seriously contemplatig it. I know carnival bride is…

Post # 5
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396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@imalittlebirdie: My fiance and I both love cruising and really wanted to share this fun experience with our family and friends! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My brother got married on a Disney cruise and it was fantastic! The group was small, but we all treated it as a mini vacation to enjoy each other and RELAX. Cruises really have everything you need for a really fun, different wedding. Great backdrop on a beach, photography, salon, food… It’s a great idea! Oh and the food on the Disney ship was to DIE FOR.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@NativeEyesPhotography:  We are planning a cruise wedding, although we haven’t booked yet..I’ve researched and got tons of information! We will be booking the actual wedding thru the cruise line and booking the cabins thru a travel agent.

We decided to do a cruise wedding because it is more affordable for us, almost everything is inclusive! We will be taking our honeymoon on the cruise as well, all under $5k! Do your research on the major cruiselines as prices may vary.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m having a cruise wedding and couldn’t be happier thus far!  Although we aren’t actually getting married on the boat.  We are cruising Carnival and getting married in St Thomas while in port.  I decided to go with a wedding planner on the island instead of through the ship.

The “wedding” portion will cost 1000-1500, and I am having a reception on the island at a little restaurant that will prob cost another 1500.  With the ceremony, reception, transportation and photography the whole wedding will be about 5k for 15 people.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’re having a cruise wedding in 230 days!

We are getting married at sea in a vow renewal ceremony (having our legal ceremony on land a few days before). We booked ourselves and ten of our closest family and friends into balconies–we’re subsidizing  a majority of their cruisefare and they are responsible for personal expenditures and gratuities. We still have other family members looking to book and they are doing it at their lesiure since we didn’t book a group rate or use a TA.

When we booked Carnival last summer, told us that we had to use their photographer (as of late the pictures have been pretty fabulous), however, now you can allegedly sign some kind of waiver that releases their photographer from the wedding. Some of the rooms (on Carnival ships) are very dark and difficult to photograph–I noticed that when I did my ship tour back in January.

The cost for cruise weddings are insanely low compared to traditional “land weddings”. Even with the cruise fares that we’re covering our total will come out to a third of the cost of weddings in my area (Baltimore-Philadelphia metro).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

What ship/port is your cousin considering?

I’m pretty sure that there is no extra charge for the waiver, but they will try to discourage it due to it being a financial loss for them. The wedding that we eavesdropped on in January during our ship tour had their own family friend/photographer and he jockeyed with the Carnival photogs for the best pictures–it was a hot mess. I found info about the waivers on CruiseCritic–this particular post should address your concerns.

 

This is what the wedding with the family friend and the CCL photogs looked like with the guest photog in the bottom left with the CCL photog:

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@NativeEyesPhotography:  Janelle at Island Bliss!  She is really great.  She even helped me alot prior to paying the deposit which I find remarkable 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Mrs.Darling:  I didn’t know Carnival had changed their photography policy!  Good to know!

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