Cruise Weddings:: Celebrate Your Nuptials at Sea

December 15, 2011 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Celebrate your nuptials at sea aboard a cruise ship, a surprisingly affordable way to get married. According to Travel Weekly, cruise weddings are big business hosting thousands of ceremonies, guests, receptions and honeymoons. The charms of an at-sea wedding includes a creative and nautical way for a bride and groom to share vows, ocean view scenery and no extra travel time for your honeymoon.
Cruise weddings take place aboard a cruise ship with or without guests present and are held in many diverse and exotic locations depending on the destination such as a white sandy beach, private island, Mediterranean port or icy glacier. The wedding may occur while the ship is docked or at sea.

Traditional earthbound weddings may include a church, reception hall and honeymoon trip. Cruise weddings differ from land weddings because they include decisions such as deciding what type of wedding cruise to have from a few hours to days at sea, when to set sail and when to return. Another difference is that a wedding cruise may employ the use of a travel agent or travel website.
Selecting a Cruise Line
Choosing a cruise line involves several factors from price to destination. The top three cruise lines in the United States are Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian.
Carnival Cruise Lines leads the cruise industry in sheer number of weddings boasting over 2,400 weddings per year. The appeal of a Carnival Cruise Line wedding includes dedicated bridal staff and a choice of marriage location at over two dozen ports of call, eight tropical islands or on shipboard.
Royal romance ceremonies on aRoyal Caribbean International cruise lines offers couples romantic ports of call from all around the world. Around 800 weddings per year are held on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Royal Caribbean features wedding coordinators who assist couples with every minute detail of their wedding.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers couples tying the knot a variety of romantic “Wedding Aisles” packages to experience from basic to deluxe. Norwegian Cruise Line performs approximately 300 weddings a year.
Planning Your Wedding
There are two main steps in planning a wedding ceremony at sea; booking your cruise and booking the wedding.
Booking your cruise requires research and selection of a cruise line. After you have decided on a cruise line you will need to call and find out about available dates for your wedding before making a reservation by phone or online. During the final reservation process you will need to decide on a length of cruise, a departure date, the return date, the departure port, and cruise destination details such as accommodation selections.
Visit the online wedding section of the cruise line website you have chosen to host your wedding and select the package appropriate for the size of your wedding. Consult with the cruise ship wedding consultant regarding reception and nuptial details. When booking your wedding, be sure to inquire about reservations for room blocks and activities for your guests.
Package Deals
Inquire about package deals, they are a great way to save money and organize your wedding. Packages often include a wedding planner, an officiant, music, cake for two, flowers, wine and venue. Extras vary based on the cruise line and may include a full-size wedding cake, cocktail reception, formal luncheon, photographer and DJ for dance music.
Learn more about cruise weddings at the Great Bridal Expo.


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