noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Weddings & Vow Renewals at sea

Ever attended or planned a wedding (or vow renewal) on board a cruise ship?  What were some of the plusses and minuses? Would you do it again?

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DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

There was a wedding held on one of my cruises...Bride came around deck with bridesmaids...private ceremony held elsewhere...very very nice. The only drawback I saw was way too many in bridal party ...looked very chaotic trying to coral everybody...probably 50 people.  Would be perfect for smaller group.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

I have never... Now I work at the port so there are plenty of weddings I get to see the guests that come on the ship and leave before the ship pushes of.....I always said if/when I get married, I would do it on the ship... Seems like far less stress/planning... Keep it small (family only- book the cruise) and honey moon wrapped in one. 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

We had a private vow renewal on our Hawaii, Samoa, So Pac cruise on the Crown Princess.  It was done by the Captain and just what we wanted. Princess offers a really nice and reasonable renewal package. They were very flexible in substituting a non-alcohol beverage for our toast. Also, they did not force a multi-tiered cake on us like CCL wanted to (see below).

Valentine's Day took place during one leg of our Panama Canal cruise on the Island Princess. There was a group renewal in which we joined.  It was very nice as well. All "brides" got a long-stemmed red rose. There was a champagne toast and certificates were distributed to everyone's room that evening. 

For the record, we looked into CCL's package in 2012 before a Med cruise. It was geared for a wedding with guests. CCL was completely inflexible with changing their package to meet the needs of only two people who did not drink alcohol. We gave up on trying to work with them almost immediately.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

That is an absolutely beautiful idea. And for a few moments I considered that. Then I thought in our case it somehow would not work quite as planned since our anniversary is on Christmas eve. But I do like the idea and still might have to consider this for a future anniversary.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

 

Our wedding day was in August... our renewals were in November and February.  The date did not matter... our desire to renew did. Whenever you decide, it will be great!

 

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

So true. Thanks for the response.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

We participated in a public vow renewal for our 25th anniversary. We had bought each other new rings, and hubby arranged with the priest to have them blessed during the service.

ashleebrown
Contributor Level: Captain

We had our wedding on the Carnival Splendor in 2014. We had about 50 people onboard with us (including wedding party and guests) and we would definitely do it again! It actually wound up being much more cost effective than a standard land based wedding and we got an 8 day vacation out of it! We got married in Port Canaveral, FL and left out of NY.

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

Our Alaskan cruise was for a 25th vow renewal for some good friends.  It was beautiful and they were very happy with all the arrangements.  They have started talking about doing it again next year for their 30th.  Hmmmmm?!?

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

We haven't planned a vow renewal but one was organized by the ship & we participated. 

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