(Closed) destination weddings

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 Cost for a cruise wedding varies greatly depending on what you do – how many people, meal or apps only, drinks, etc. most cruise lines will let you have the ceremony while the ship is docked and people not going on the cruise can come. But these tend to be short – 2-3 hours total, then the guests not cruising leave and the ship departs. Depends what you want. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

check out bestdestinationwedding.com, they have a forum for cruise brides

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Also check out the Honeymoon and Wedding Cruise forum on Cruise Critic.  Loads of information over there.  I’m getting married on a cruise ship during a short, weekend cruise, and about 30 family and friends are joining us for the jaunt to the Bahamas.  Then we go to San Juan for a few days before hopping on our honeymoon cruise. 

For us, the cruise wedding is costing less than we would have spent for a ceremony at home; but cruise weddings can be limiting regarding locations, decor options, etc, which wasn’t a major concern for us.  We love cruising and wanted to share that experience with our family and friends for our wedding.  But a cruise wedding isn’t for everyone.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MangoLover4Life:  The packages – the costs and what they include – vary by cruise line and time of year (holidays, for instance, have an upcharge); and depending on what you want to do (wedding on the ship vs off; wedding through the cruise line vs outside vendor), there are quite a few options.  We booked a wedding package for 20 people at a base rate that includes the wedding ceremony, a 1.5 hour reception with lots of hors d’oeuvres and open bar, photographer (but not the prints, those are extra), assistance of an onsite coordinator, the wedding cake, and a few other things thrown in.  Then we pay a surcharge for any guest over the 20 included in the package.  We also booked the DJ, which was just a little extra, and have changed our cake to cupcakes for a small fee.

Since our wedding takes place on embarkation day, our guests can choose to sail or not sail with us.  Of our 30 guests, 2 are non-sailing.  Those guests who are sailng are paying for their own cruise, air travel, and hotel.  You have the option of booking as a group or letting your guests book when and where they please (there are pros and cons to both of these).  We’ve organized a shuttle to the port the morning of the wedding and are hosting a reception on our sea day; and my Future In-Laws are hosting a Welcome Dinner the night before the wedding.

I know of some brides who’ve arranged weddings in a port of call using an outside vendor and have then hosted a reception on the ship; this way, guests can choose to cruise with you or simply fly to the location of the wedding, participate in all of the events, and then the rest of their trip is up to them.

 

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