A dream wedding on top of a glacier is now a reality
WITH the average UK wedding costing north of £21,000, a cruise ship ceremony with an inbuilt honeymoon is attracting increasing numbers of British couples.
And they are perfect for couples who don’t have time to make all the arrangements themselves, as the cruise lines provide dedicated wedding planners.
All the lovebirds have to do is fill in a form online to create their own bespoke wedding package.
They can choose the flowers, music, cake style and wedding meal online and leave the wedding planner and cruise line to make all the arrangements.
“All cruise line chapels vary in size and design but all offer a beautiful setting in a tranquil venue that can be decorated to each couple’s taste,” says Dave Mills, Product and Commercial Directorfor online travel agency Planet Cruise.
“From the flowers, ribbons and aisle, it can be decorated exactly how they want it.
“After the service they can hire out one of the onboard venues to have the after-party or a section of the dining room for an exclusive meal.
“Plus, it is not only an onboard wedding that a cruise offers, they can also arrange weddings by the harbour or on shore.
The wedding cruises can be arranged for all needs and desires
“Several cruise lines even have private islands for weddings or vow renewals!
“From an enchanted beach wedding to a cosmopolitan city wedding, your every wish can be granted with a wedding cruise.”
One of the longest-running wedding services is Princess Cruises’ Tie The Knot.
The packages are available on all ships and most have their own dedicated wedding chapels.
The ships’ captains officiate at Tie The Knot At Sea ceremonies, where the package includes music, floral arrangements, a photographer, cake, champagne flutes and wedding certificate.
Its Tie The Knot Harborside alternative allows non-sailing guests to attend an onboard wedding ceremony and its Tie The Knot Ashore ceremony can take place at one of the cruise destinations.
This is usually at a beach or garden but on Alaska cruises you can get married on a glacier.
The cruise line’s state-of-the-art technology allows the ceremony to be broadcast live via Webcam to friends and family at home.
Wedding cruises can offer the chance to go somewhere magical on that very special day
Princess Cruises even has an Engagement Under The Stars package.
Passengers can “pop the question” with the help of a personal video proposal broadcast across one of the ships’ giant outdoor movie screens.
If the answer is “Yes” the couple will be whisked away to enjoy a candlelit dinner with champagne.
During the cruise they can also enjoy a couple’s massage, have an engagement portrait taken and credit towards a wedding package is available on a future Princess Cruises voyage.
Other cruise lines that organise weddings at sea include Norwegian Cruise Line, which also offers legal same-sex ceremonies in destinations where same-sex marriages are recognised by local law.
Apart from weddings cruises are the perfect honeymoon getaway
Carnival Cruise Line has wedding options that include a Just You And Me package that caters for up to eight guests only, including the bride and groom, plus a personal wedding website for a blog, photo album, Facebook and Twitter upload and an online gift registry.
Newlyweds who choose a Carnival cruise for their honeymoon can have a personalised registry for friends and family to contribute to the cruise fare or spa treatments, shore excursions and other treats.
Holland America Line also has ship weddings but its shoreside packages include weddings at its private island, Half Moon Cay, in the Bahamas.
And Crystal Cruises also has customised wedding packages both onboard the ship and in port.