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Ever fancy getting married at sea?

Gossip doing the rounds in the summer suggested Angelina and Brad were toying with a celebration on a ship. So exactly what does a high-seas celebration actually entail…?

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Say “I do, Cap’n”. Did you know you can ask the ship’s captain to perform the ceremony? P&O Cruises and Cunard require a minimum of three months notice to book a wedding onboard, where the captain can perform ceremonies in one of the dedicated onboard venues  (the marriage licence and certificate are included in the wedding package).

Friends and family

Not all guests have to sail. If some friends or family can’t make the cruise, they needn’t miss the ceremony. Royal Caribbean offers the chance to get married in a homeport, while the ship is docked,  which means you can invite non-sailing guests onboard to the ceremony and reception. Or, if you’d prefer to have your ceremony on land, Carnival’s Destination Weddings packages include transportation to the site for bride and groom, and details such as music and the bouquet.  Locations include Grand Cayman, Jamaica’s Ocho Rios and Half Moon Cay – minimal stress and guaranteed sun.  

Forward planning

If you want to marry onboard at a port of call such as Key West, Honolulu, Barbados, Miami or San Juan, be aware that you may face itinerary changes (due to weather, mechanical or other issues). So be prepared to alter your plans at short notice, as last minute itinerary changes could mean your wedding gets cancelled or rescheduled to another port of call, resulting in some guests missing out! Read Cruise Critic’s top tips to make sure you avoid any planning problems.

Good weather

Plan around the seasonal changes. The Caribbean may seem an enticing and beautiful cruise destination, but don’t forget hurricane season (June to November). No bride wants rain on her wedding day, and definitely not a hurricane!

Logistics

Whether you choose a ‘fly’ or ‘no fly’ cruise wedding is key, particularly when planning the logistics of transporting luggage. Choosing a ‘no fly’ wedding will add convenience, but if flying is unavoidable, be sure to research the airline’s baggage allowance.

More information

For more information, visit Cruise Critic

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Photo: courtesy of Royal Caribbean