Post # 1
Just a little background, my fiance and I were going to do a traditional wedding but due to medical expenses accrued, we decided to plan a Destination Wedding and invite a close family members (this is a little more affordable and alot less expensive for us). We decided to do a cruise/wedding for next September. We’ve already picked the cruise line we would like to sail with as they have very reasonably prices and they’ve gotten great reviews! We are super excited to do this. We’ve already reached to the people we want to invite and knew would defintely come and they all want to sail with us as well.
The issue I’m running into is, the cruise line doesn’t have Sept 2013 dates available for the port we would be sailing from…yet. I’ve called the cruise line and spoke with a TA and was told to just wait it out. Eventually they will post soon. I guess I’m just a little impatient because I want to start planning, we would like to get the Save-The-Date Cards out asap as well as set up a wedding wesbite with tons of info for our guests. We already have alot of ppl asking for the dates so they can start planning, and start making payment arrangements.
Anybody have any idea what I CAN do as far as planning (besides saving $$)? I know that Sept 2013 seems so far away but we want to give our guests as much info as possible to give them ample time to plan and start saving, as well.
Post # 3
Id’ say figure out what you are going to wear (have a dress yet?) also figure out what to do for a tux for your groom! I know most tux rental places won’t let you keep it for more than 24-48 hours so if you have to buy a tux then definelty consider that…also figure out your colors, get your save the dates and inviations all formatted at least so that when tou get confirmation you can just go to print….this takes more time than you’d imagine..getting everything “just right” before going to print. Get engagement photos taken, etc. That’s just a few things.
Post # 4
@fresitachulita: Wow I didn’t even think of that! The only other thing we had planned was for our e-photos. I will def look into formatting the Save-The-Date Cards and invites!
Post # 5
research trips you can do in the different stops, most cruises dont vary the cruise too much year to year, of course there are no guarentees.
Post # 6
Our Destination Wedding wedding is in April 2013 and we are getting the Save-The-Date Cards printed out this week so it will give them approx 1 year to plan. We will send out formal invites in July or August. & hopefully will be able to get people to RSVP by September/October which will give us 6 months to finalise numbers. Also you could research gift bags if you are doing them, write a welcome letter, or even start working on a website if you will have one.
Post # 7
Yay! Another cruise bride!
Even though you don’t have your exact dates yet, you could still tell people that you’re looking into a cruise wedding in September 2013. I’m like you – I wanted to give people as much notice as possible, even if the details weren’t all hashed out yet. So I gave them the month and year we planned to book.
Also, you could get started on your wedding web site! Oh. My. Goodness. I did NOT anticipate that it would be so much work. In addition to fun tidbits on how you and you Fiance met, the bridal party, etc. , if you know the cruise line you want to go on, plug in policies, travel document information, etc., so that you’ll have a base ready for when you’re actually able to book.
Post # 8
You ladies have given awesome advice! I guess I’m just really anal and need to have ALL the info right this minute lol!
@TwinABee: I would love to hear some more of your ideas since we are in the same boat (literally) lol
Post # 9
@Liecey84: Ack! Put on the spot. Lol!
Here are the pearls of wisdom I’ve come up with so far. I’ve only just started my planning, so I’m a newbie at this myself.
Shop around for the best package within your price point. We picked Carnival, and we hadn’t even considered them in our first few weeks of hashing out the idea of a cruise wedding. But their packages fit with what we wanted for our day better than other cruise lines.
It’s never too early to begin working on your wedding web site. Starting early gives you plenty of time to pull together all the information you want to include, and to have some new eyes take a look. I’ve just asked my Future Mother-In-Law to look over our site to make sure that it’s comprehensive and makes sense. There’s so much extra information to include for a cruise wedding, and I don’t want to leave anything out and have confused guests.
If you’re sailing from another city, you’ll want to arrive at least one day early. So you could begin researching local hotels. I’ll be narrowing down our choices by looking at which hotels offer things like airport or port shuttles, free wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, etc.
And while getting the word out, I would suggest emphasizing the importance of cruise insurance to your guests. September is within hurricane season, so there’s a chance that a cruise could be cancelled due to poor weather. Also take that into consideration when deciding whether to get married on embarkation day or at a port. If you’d rather do a port wedding, pick one of the first stops. If there are any issues and you have to skip your wedding port, the cruise line may still have options for rescheduling your wedding for a later port.
You can also get wedding insurance, as well.
Cruise critic has been a GREAT resource for me. They’ve got a honeymoon and wedding cruise forum just full of ladies willing to share experiences and advice. Mostly anything helpful or intelligent I have to say on this subject came from there!
Wow! I certainly didn’t mean to write a book! Lol! Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions!