Wedding Cruise advice? Questions to ask and concerns to have?

posted 1 year ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
7418 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you’re considering getting married in your departure port and having non-cruising guests (people who come for the ceremony and brief reception then leave before the ship leaves port), be advised that it’s not a super fun day for those guests.  It’s an early morning start plus a whole lot of waiting around, to join a super quick ceremony and maybe 90 minutes of reception. 

Post # 3
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Go check out Cruise Critic forums. They have a dedicated section to Cruise line weddings. You’ll get alot of info and see alot of photos there. 

Post # 4
3061 posts
Sugar bee

hungswedding :  do you have guests that are not travelling on the cruise?

I would ask about them coming on board and departing. They don’t have the option to purchase anything from the bar, so if it is not open, look into options for refreshments for them. 

If all of your guests are cruising, ask about fun group options or discounts, what the itinerary for the day would look like. Port vs. ship ceremony and receptions, food, drink and decor options. 

Post # 5
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Cruise weddings only work if you have a smaller guest list. If not, some will only be there for a short ceremony and reception (not exactly fun and worth the travel). Ask about group rate discounts, what is and isn’t included in the package. 

Post # 6
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

hungswedding :  On one cruise that we went on we had a suite so had early access in a special lounge. We were told we could board anytime after 10am. We got there at 11am and the lounge was overflowing. It was full of day guests for the two weddings plus all brides and grooms. See the cruise before had an outbreak of norovirus so the whole ship had to be specially cleaned after all the guests had disembarked. 

We were to set sail at 6pm. They didn’t start boarding until 4pm. The brides had to get ready in the lounge restroom because they had 1/2hr once onboard to do the wedding and get the day guests off the boat. I spoke to one bride later in the cruise and most of the guests that were joining them on the cruise missed the wedding because they were stuck in boarding and the whole wedding was extremely rushed. And since it is included as a risk in the contract you sign the cruiseline wasn’t liable. 

On a cruise we did in the South Pacific where a couple was having an onshore wedding in one of the ports (Fiji) the couple never got to have that because conditions meant the cruise didn’t dock at that port. They ended up getting married onboard in the chapel but it wasn’t the wedding they wanted.

There are a lot of risks to take into consideration when planning a cruise wedding.

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