What's more romantic than getting married while sailing around the Med, passing by a Norwegian Fjord or catching a glimpse of an Alaskan glacier and tying the knot onboard a luxurious cruise liner? Not a lot really.
Having a wedding at sea is not only a romantic notion, but a reality. Your wedding could be along the most stunning coastlines of Chile's fjords, sailing alongside the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean or Mediterranean or even while crossing the Atlantic, on the way to your honeymoon. You can take as many — or as few — friends and family with you as you wish and the wedding cruise can be part of your honeymoon, or a wonderful prequel
Another reason for having a wedding on a cruise ship, is that every possible part of your special day can take place onboard, and the cruise lines wedding specialist will be on hand to make sure every last detail is covered. First of all, you can enjoy the idyllic ceremony in the ship's chapel, where the Captain will guide you through your vows and legally marry you. Then, you can enjoy a drinks reception at one of the lounges — or decks — onboard, before enjoying a sumptuous feast in the dining room of your choice.
Cruise weddings can also be incredibly good value, especially if your guests are paying for themselves. First, we will find and book the cruise of your dreams for you, followed by booking your wedding package. You can pay as little as £1,100 for the chapel, the flowers, the wedding planner, the Captain performing the ceremony and the official documentation. You can, of course, also book the most incredible, flamboyant, glamour-filled wedding too, if it takes your fancy.
Whether its taking over a small, intimate dining venue, such as Sabatini's (Princess Cruises), with your closest of friends, or taking over half a ship and filling one of the main dining rooms, there will be a ship and a venue to suit your every need. The biggest problem will be choosing where you would like to cruise.
If you want to share the build-up and occasion with the whole party, then a four or five night mini cruise, Transatlantic cruise or even Caribbean cruise might take your fancy. If the whole family — from 4 to 104 of you — are joining the honeymoon, then a 14 night Med sailing from Southampton, or a world cruise sector might be more up your street.
Your wedding planner will arrange everything for you, as standard they will book the venues for the ceremony and celebratory meal, as well as arranging the flowers. But, they can also arrange for the ship's patisserie experts to create a divine wedding cake, arrange for the string quartet to play your favourite songs during a champagne reception and organise the gents suit hire onboard. They are there for you to use as much, or a little, as you wish.
So, what's included? This question is a little like asking, how long is a piece of string? It depends on what you are after. The basic cruise wedding package usually includes the ceremony, official documents, the Captain to perform the ceremony, a wedding planner and the flowers.
Through your wedding planner, though depending on the cruise line, you can then add every conceivable extra you need. They will organise the suit hire, shirt and suit pressing, amazing floral displays, the cake and, of course, the wedding breakfast. Your meal can be as fairytale, or familiar as you wish — with the limitations only coming from the ship's individual venues. You can organise pre-wedding meals, pre and post-ceremony drinks receptions and even family shore excursions to suit your needs. The sky's the limit — well, actually your wallet is.
The ship's photographers will document the full day for you, the onboard spa and salon staff will pamper and prepare you for the special day and the chefs, bartenders, waiters and musicians will look after the rest. The perfect wedding, all under one roof.
Most cruise lines offer the opportunity to get married onboard, though ships need Bermudan and Maltese registry to perform the ceremony at seas — hence why Cunard's ships now boast Hamilton, as opposed to Southampton, beneath their flag.
So, what's next? Well, all you need to do is get on the phone to one of our wedding experts, who will help you find the perfect cruise, will ensure there is availability for your ceremony and, of course, will get you the best deal. You then round-up your friends and family, book the cruise then let the wedding planner take over.