What are the logistics of having a cruise ship wedding? Compared to a wedding on land, obviously the biggest difference apart from having your feet firmly planted on terra firma is the size of your guest list.
We’re not talking about a restrictive number of guests on your list because of the available room on a ship but more the availability of some guests being able to make the cruise either through juggling work commitments or because of financial restraints. This is a serious consideration and just be aware, not everyone may be able to attend your wedding.
On the flip side though, a cruise wedding doesn’t get any more romantic. In fact, it’s a wedding to remember.
Plan You Cruise Ship Wedding
The first thing you need to consider is the availability of the cruise you’re planning to be married on. The cruise line needs plenty of notice.
If you are planning to get married at one of the ports you’re stopping in then this can be arranged but again, the cruise line needs lots of notice.
The ceremony is usually done by the captain as they have the legal authority to officiate the wedding; however, if you wish a priest or rabbi to perform the ceremony, that too can easily be arranged. Generally a priest and a rabbi travel on all cruises for prayers and Sunday mass.
The reception is usually not an issue as far as numbers are concerned. Cruise ships have plenty of space and dedicated areas for functions such as banquet halls and party lounges.
More Tips For A Cruise Ship Wedding
Here are some tips on making your cruise wedding a success:
– Let the cruise line know of any special requests you may have such as liquor requirements such as wine and champagne.
– Brides with hair requirements need to book as early as possible as this is one area of the ship’s facilities to the public that can book out quickly. There’s nothing worse than a bride with a bad hair-do!
– Be clear about your dinner arrangements. This obviously includes the wedding cake but accessories should be organized well before the ship leaves.