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Choosing a Destination for Your Wedding Cruise
There is a lot of water to travel on this Earth, so look at all your options before choosing the cruise route to say "I do." Cruise ships travel to other destinations besides the Caribbean. There are also cruises that go to Alaska and Europe. Depending on your personal tastes, you'll want to choose a final destination that will make you and your future spouse happy. Make sure that the cruise line you've selected does perform weddings on-board and offers all the amenities you're looking for in a vacation wedding. Your planner at DestinationWeddings.com will be able to help you select the best cruise line for your chosen destination and wedding style.
Inviting Guests On Your Wedding Cruise
You may or may not wish to invite guests with you on your cruise ship wedding. As a lengthy cruise can be quite expensive for a guest attending your wedding, you'll want to give them plenty of notice before the actual wedding date. A “Save the Date” card should be sent out long in advance, ideally four to six months before the event, so that guests can book their rooms and save for the trip. You'll want to talk to your planner or other wedding specialist to see about getting discounts and other advantages of booking for a group. Keep in mind that many cruises depart from various locations including Florida, New York, Boston and points on the West Coast.
Legal Matters For A Cruise Wedding
If you choose to get married on a cruise, don't automatically assume that your captain can marry you. Legally, a captain can only perform a marriage ceremony if they are also a judge or justice of the peace, or if they obtain special permission. You'll also need to find out if the marriage license you have obtained will be valid at sea. Some states allow their marriage licenses to be used at foreign ports or at sea, you'll need to contact your state's department of health or county clerk. Other options include getting married at a port, or being married by a Bermudan captain aboard one of their ships – this would make it technically a Bermuda wedding (so you'll have to be over 21). Make sure to bring your photo ID (passport is best) along with any other required paperwork in order to obtain a valid marriage.
Different Types of Cruise Weddings
There are many different types of cruise weddings you can have. Some cruise lines and ships have on-board chapels or common rooms. These ships can accommodate either an at-sea wedding or a wedding on board the ship while it is docked. You can also have your wedding ceremony at port before you leave for the cruise, or at a port destination. If you choose to get married outside of the US, you'll want to make sure that you know the requirements of the specific port where you'll be wed. Some Caribbean islands and other countries do require a residency stay (from one day to six months), so it's best to work with your DestinationWeddings.com planner to find out which port would be the best for your wedding ceremony.
Best Time of Year for a Wedding Cruise
You may be wondering what time of year is best for your wedding cruise. Although most weddings on land take place in the months of June, August and May, these months may not be the best for a cruise to your destination. Typically, you can only cruise to the Caribbean between April and October, Alaska between May and September, and Europe between April and November. There are also “peak rates” for the times of year that are the most popular, so be sure to take a good look as to when you'd want to cruise. If you are flexible on your wedding date, you may be able to get a better deal on your wedding cruise package.
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