(Closed) Getting married on a cruise ship/DW, thoughts?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@noelleebelle:  I was going to go the traditional route as well and am now planning a Destination Wedding. For the cost of a tent rental for 5 hours ( around $3,500) I can do a wedding package that includes photos/video cake ceremony etc plus airfare and hotel. Then a dinner at a restaurant after will be maybe $2k for 20 ish guests. I can throw a bbq back home for friends ( who I never see anyway).

A cruise is the most economical way to do it, but my future Mother-In-Law won’t get on a ship. There are wedding companies on different Caribbean islands that will meet you on the dock, drive you to have the ceremony, barefoot on the beach, and then back to the ship. Then you can celebrate at dinner on the ship or a lunch etc on the island. Or the cruise ship has nice little chapels where they can do the ceremony.

I think it’s the most fun way to go. You can have a lovely romantic vacation rather than a 6 hour day!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@noelleebelle:  I agree. I started planning a local wedding. I don’t want a hall – too formal and I’ve been to a hundred.  Tents are too expensive. After a month I started not even getting excited about my wedding, then I started toying with the idea of a Destination Wedding and my siblings seem excited.

I love Royal Carribbean! I went on the Navigator of the Seas in April and had the best time ever. I love Grand Cayman ( in all fairness I haven’t been to alot of other islands). Plus you get a honeymoon too. I’ll have an outdoor bbq back home – no need for a tent. If it rains the party gets moved to another time.

Here is a link  http://www.heartofcayman.com/Cruisepassenger_weddings.htm

just to give you an idea. But I saw the ship’s chapel and it was cute. Or you can have the ceremony on deck. I refuse to spend thousands of dollars for 5 hours when I could have a long weekend/vacation with tons more memories.

I’m excited thinking about my wedding now, kind of putting together ideas right now.

Keep me posted, let me know if you contact RC or a company like the one I linked.

🙂 Christine

 

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

My dad got married on a cruise ship (second wife).  He actually really liked it!  They have a very pixelated video but a lot of really nice photos.  The only people who went with them were their parents and best man/MOH.  Based on his experience, I would recommend it if you only want a couple key people to witness your ceremony.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@noelleebelle:  I agree about it being more exciting once you realize you want to scale it down and focus the day on you two. It takes me so long to earn the money that I’d spend on a 4 hour reception, to what…. feed my “friends” who could probably care less. Forget it. I also know what you mean about the dress, I’ll probably just get a more casual one off a rack. Something bridal but simple, flower in my hair and bare feet…. perfect.

@ Christy. Glad to hear your Dad liked the cruise ship idea. So many people say if they could do thier wedding again they’d do it on the beach and just elope.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@noelleebelle:  We went on an 11 day road trip to Canada and eloped on this trip!  Yes, great photos and great memories and plans to go back forour 5th and go bigger.

I don’t think I would change a thing!

A cruise would not suit me personally, but a 30 day adventure, heck I’ll take it!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@noelleebelle:  There is so much flexibility when you don’t have to worry about guests.  It can be a serious perk if you look at it right!  I say go for it!  Lovely gown too!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My mom got married on a cruise about 5 years ago. Most of the guest’s also went on the honeymoon with them. It was fun, except when she & her new husband were in the newlywed show and it was on every time I turned on our in cabin tv, do not want to hear about the craziest place my mom “made whoopie” (in the neighbors pool!!)

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@noelleebelle:  Beautiful gown! I say go for it! Your families will never be able to ruin your wedding day if you have a romantic elopement. If they cause drama at some kind of reception or party back home then it won’t matter as much because you two already had your special day.

Keep me posted on what/where you do. I can’t wait to hear about it

Christine

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Hello,

I am getting married in St. Thomas while on a cruise. For cruise brides there is a great site that with a section for cruise brides…

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=31

There is tons of info, planning tips, and ideas!!!!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have been considering a Destination Wedding as well-great info on here! 🙂

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