ORDERING a wedding can be stressful – who to invite and who not to invite, the venue, the reception, the waiters, the car and more.
Then there’s the cost of it all, not to mention the honeymoon. So how about combining a hassle-free wedding and luxurious honeymoon by having a wedding at sea?
It’s more common than you might think – with a cruise ship hosting 1,500 weddings in a typical year, so it’s already a lot of practice.
With staff onshore and aboard to make sure everything goes according to plan, simply book your excursions, select the items you want from the brochure, then relax and look forward to your day. his greatness.
Where to get married?
The CRUISE cruises the oceans, so there are plenty of options when it comes to finding a spot to tie the knot.
What about the Indian Ocean? Or perhaps the Pacific Ocean on a yacht to Hawaii? For guaranteed good weather, the Caribbean is another obvious choice but Nordic fjords are also great for those who don’t worship the sun.
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Another popular option is the transatlantic cruise between Southampton and New York aboard the famous Cunard Queen Mary 2. You can either sail both ways or go by sea one way and fly back.
If retail therapy is your thing, you can fly out, shop then take the boat home. Unlike airlines, QM2 captains won’t care how much your luggage weighs.
The ceremony can take place on deck or in a private room – the choice is yours, but depends on possible weather and the size of your party.
If only the two of you were present, some of the ship’s senior officers would be happy to be witnesses.
What to expect
LINES has packages starting from under £2,000, not including cruise fares. For that price, you can expect matching brides and groom flowers, photography, cakes, bubbly, and some extras that will vary from line to line.
All operators have dedicated wedding coordinators who will work with you to plan your perfect big day. On flights, P&O and Cunard allow extra baggage on your flight and an ironing service for bridal gowns.
On Cunard, the bride is escorted down the aisle by boys in scarlet uniforms. Other lines offer special meals, breakfasts in bed or on your balcony, special gifts, and even spa and beauty appointments in preparation for the big day.
After the ceremony, you can order anything from a private lunch or dinner to the ship’s nightclub.
Is it all official?
SOME ships only offer wedding-style ceremonies, while others – including the Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Cunard and some P&O ships – offer officially recognized wedding ceremonies.
These events took place on a rough day while the ship was in international waters and were carried out by the captain. Legally, they take place in the country where the ship is registered and there is no need to register them when you get home.
Same-sex marriages can happen as long as they are allowed in the country where the ship is registered.
It may take some time for your official wedding certificate to arrive, but you’ll be handed a commemorative card on the day – a permanent reminder of your very special wedding.
Is it just the wedding?
ARE NOT! Those who are looking for a commitment ceremony or to renew their vows to celebrate a very special anniversary can also book the package.
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