Has anyone gotten married on a cruise ship?? Pros? Cons? We planned on getting married here at home but just decided to look a cruise weddings for the heck of it (thinking it would be way out of our price range) turns out it would cost us way less! We both love cruising. If we do it we will also do a big reception at home when we return so that anyone who can’t attend we can celebrate with.
I didn't, but my mom considered it for her second wedding so we looked into it. I think this could be a pro or con, it just depends on what you think, but less people will go. It's expensive and involves a ton of travel for guests & additional costs. I think it puts less cost on the bride and groom though.
It's cheaper for your bc it's expensive for your guests. Also, it's a pretty big ask of people to commit to anywhere from 3-10 full days for your wedding, imo. I would get married at home and do a cruise for your honeymoon, or get married while the ship is still in port so that guests could attend without having to be on the ship for the entire cruise.
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10000% agree with this. It’s cheaper for you because your guests have to foot the bill, the same with any destination wedding. I personally wouldn’t put that expense or commitment on my friends or family just to save myself money.
If we do this we plan on doing it the day the cruise leaves. So it allows guests who don’t want to go on the cruise to come aboard for the wedding & then leave. We would just invite close family & friends. We talked about doing a destination wedding before and they were all excited about it and for it. So I don’t think them traveling for it really bothers them.
That sounds so fun. I would love to vicariously live through you for this one. My FH and I almost decided on an Alaskan Cruise as a wedding. Same story with us, all close friends and family, all of which were fine with the money and taking time off. (Most are wealthy, and are retired - win win!) We finally decided against it, literally just because of a few people, like groomsmen and moh's not being able to attend... So sad. But it sounds great They seem like all inclusive packages. They often include the officiate, cake/food, set up and tear down, etc. So a lot of the planning is very basic and easy, but not very customizable. (That was the 1 thing bothering me... I wanted to customize everything.) But overall, a great experience for a simple wedding, with destination/experience outweighing the little details like the plates and chair choices.
We wanted to get married on a cruise, and actually had one picked out. Fortunately I mentioned it to my family before starting any of the booking process, because the stops it went to would have made it so my sister and brother in law could not go. The both would have lost their security clearances for work just for stopping in this country on a cruise. So we ended up deciding on a Key West wedding. We also thought this would allow for our guests to spend as much or as little time away from home as they wanted/could.
So I think cruise weddings are an awesome idea. My parents have been on one, and they had a great time. I would just do all your research first, and make sure all your VIP guests will be able to attend.
There was at least one bride in the last 6 months or so that posted a very negative review about her cruise wedding. I don't remember the specifics, but you can try searching for it.
We were on a cruise in 2016 and sat at a table in the dining room next to a large party. We were talking to them one night and found they were celebrating a wedding. They said they had considered getting married on the cruise ship but decided to get married in port instead.
Wedding in port was much cheaper. Guests could fly directly to port and skip the cruise part. Used the cruise as a honeymoon. Port they chose was St Lucia.
FH was SOOOOO into this before we got engaged. He would NOT stop talking about it because we love cruising. What he didn't realize was that you have 3 options, and they all suck.
1. You get married on the dock before the ship leaves port and have a 1-2 hour reception, and then your guests leave (don't sail with you)
2. You get married at sea.
3. You get married at one of the destinations/ports of call.
For us, he liked the idea since we live in Florida and easy access to 3 different cruise ports. ALL of our guests would have to fly here. I can't fathom that all of our guests would take a $2000 cruise to come to our wedding, and even fewer would take a flight to come watch a 10 minute ceremony, have a drink on a boat then watch the ship leave. The other thing is-ships reroute itineraries ALL THE TIME so if I got my heart set on getting married in a particular location and then the ship doesn't go there I would be HEARTBROKEN.
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