For recently engaged couples, the factors around planning a wedding can be daunting and stressful. One easy, affordable and truly memorable option that continues to gain in popularity is getting married on a cruise ship. Wedding cruises can be fun, inexpensive and a great way for friends and family to gather in a carefree setting.
According to All Aboard Travel, there are several things that couples should think about to ensure their relationship is “smooth sailing”.
- Book early: Cruise weddings are gaining popularity, so make sure you book early to avoid a sold-out sailing. Be mindful of possible holiday surcharges as well. You’ll want to consider the weather and the season when you plan your wedding, as that could affect travel plans. A good idea is to arrive to the port a day early to avoid pre-wedding stress and it also gives you and your party a chance to enjoy the city. And, make sure that you mention to your travel advisor that you are booking your cruise wedding or honeymoon. More often than not, if you mention you’re celebrating something special, it could mean added perks such as a special amenity or a romantic table for two during dining hours.
- Consider a group rate: Booking accommodations as a group ensures that wedding guests get a better rate. This also allows you to turn your wedding into an affordable vacation for all of your family and friends.
- Make sure your marriage is legal: You need a marriage license wherever your ceremony is held. Contact the ship’s wedding coordinator to find out which documents you’ll need. The wedding coordinator will help you understand the requirements dependent upon where the ceremony will take place.
- Register for a honeymoon cruise fund: Not sure how you’re going to pay for all of this? Forget registering for fancy china and dish towels and consider registering for a honeymoon cruise fund. A registry that is straight to the point helps guests decide what to get you. Designate funds for the cruise fare itself as well as shore excursions and extras.
- Get married in port with friends and family and sail away for your honeymoon: One option is to have your wedding in port aboard the ship before sail away and then wave good-bye to your family and friends for some alone time on your honeymoon cruise. This is less expensive than having a wedding on shore and all the logistics can be arranged by the cruise line from the officiant to the cake and champagne.
- Book a couple’s spa treatment: Take time to relax with a couple’s massage or spa treatment while on board. Couples massages sell out very quickly, though, so prepare in advance and book prior to the cruise if your cruise line offers the option.