So you’re ready to say “I do”. That means it’s time to start thinking about planning your event, and the most part important step of that process (aside from locking down a date), is where you’re going to host it!

The venue plays a huge part in everything else that follows, from invitations and the guest list to food, beverages, and entertainment. Depending on the location, you’ll need to choose accordingly to make the most of the space you’re celebrating in. It’s one of the reasons cruise wedding packages are so popular. Not only is the metaphor for the location great—you’re setting sail on a new adventure and embarking on a beautiful life together—but practically speaking, getting married on a boat streamlines the process by reducing the guesswork of what is and isn’t possible. With the variety of options cruises provide, couples can select the perfect package for their big day without being overwhelmed by too many choices to consider. In fact, they can opt for all-inclusive cruise wedding packages where everything is provided for them; customizable cruise wedding packages where they can tailor the experience to accommodate their needs; as well as cost-effective wedding packages when a particular budget is in mind. You must be thinking now: Where do I begin? And that’s where we come in. This guide to cruise wedding packages will provide insights on what you need to know by covering the ins and outs of what they’re all about…

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Cruise Wedding Packages from City Experiences

Whether it’s an all-inclusive, customizable, or cost-effective cruise wedding package, the options offered by City Experiences can encompass wedding-related events, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. Wedding Related Events can range from engagement or bachelor and bachelorette parties to bridal showers and luncheons, day-after brunches, and even vow renewals. They are the ideal way to celebrate a couple’s love on the water with a picture-perfect backdrop of whatever destination they decide on.

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Meanwhile, Rehearsal Dinners offer all-inclusive packages that feature chef-designed menus and exceptional service intended to make the evening a memorable night for close family and friends within intimate, special, and exquisite surroundings complete with stunning skyline views. Of course, for Ceremonies & Receptions, what could be more unforgettable than the spectacular backdrop of your city coupled with dedicated wedding professionals to make everything a seamless experience and top-notch hospitality to elevate the event? Either indoors or on the outdoor decks, there’s plenty of space for dining and dancing, and packages can be created to fit any budget or style. For any and all of these occasions, you’ll begin by selecting your city, desired date, number of guests, and any other details about the event you care to include. The more specific you are about your needs and wants, the easier it will be to organize the event. Your best bet? Start by reviewing all of the intel you can find at Weddings on the Water.

Cruise Ship Wedding Packages—An Overview

Numerous cruise lines offer wedding packages too, and while many may float towards a higher price point and require a longer stay for both friends and family, it’s still good to know what you could expect. For example, major carriers like Carnival, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean provide opportunities to celebrate nuptials on the ship before leaving port, at sea, aboard the ship while docked at a specific destination, and even ashore on an island. The bride and groom can exchange vows administered by the captain of the ship, which makes for a unique nautical experience, and ceremonies and receptions can be held in a range of areas based on what the cruise lines offer as acceptable spaces. And just like City Experiences, couples can select pre-designed packages or customize their own for wedding-related events, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions—depending on budget, style, and number of guests. If there’s a particular theme you are partial to, there are also options like Disney Cruise Line Weddings.

Cost Benefits of Cruise Wedding Packages vs. Traditional Weddings

Let’s be honest—weddings can be expensive, and that’s why many couples choose a cruise wedding over something more traditional. Because not only is it more affordable (and often less stressful) than hiring a venue, but cruise wedding packages also often come with wedding planners. Also, the ability to be able to select from several options (including all-inclusive and customized) can be deemed priceless. The experience is like a mini vacation, or magical night out, for the couple—as well as everyone in attendance—and you are guaranteed to get some amazing wedding photos. What’s also great about cruise weddings is the fact that there’s already a party-like atmosphere in play. As you see people on the shore, or other boats passing by, well-wishers often extend warm greetings of bon voyage because it just feels right!

Best Time to Get Married on a Cruise

They say timing is everything, and that’s certainly true for weddings. Deciding where you want to get married is step one. Step two is when, and that depends on whether you are a morning or night person, and whether you want dynamic daytime photos or images that feature a fabulous evening setting. Taking into consideration how many guests will be in attendance and where they are traveling from will also help in determining the ideal time to get married—as will the season. If you want to share vows during the summer, think about the temperatures you can expect in your chosen city. For example, the heat and/or humidity may be too hot to handle for an August wedding on the water in New York City, so early autumn might be better for those sensitive to warmer weather. You know your preferences, and those of your guests, so make your decision by using that knowledge to your advantage.

Cruise Wedding Costs

While it’s not easy to calculate the exact cost of a wedding in one blog—there are after all a lot of things to consider—we can tell you about the things that will affect the price, and what would be a good idea to keep in mind. First off, beverages. If an open bar is where your heart is, it’s important to think about what you plan to serve. Whether it’s wine, spirits, soft drinks, and other non-alcoholic options, calculate the amount you’ll think you’ll need based on your number of guests (and their drinking habits). The same goes for the food. Whether it’s small bites during a passed appetizer hour or a sit-down meal that features a few courses, calculate what you’ll need on a per-person basis. If a DJ or band is what you want for entertainment, determine how much you can spend based on the length of your event. The same goes for the photographer and/or videographer and any additional amenities that are not included in the package you have chosen for your cruise.

How to Select the Right Wedding Package

You’ve chosen the right partner for your life, so selecting the right wedding package should be a breeze—and it can be when you opt for a cruise wedding. There are just a few key factors to keep in mind: the guest list, the destination, and your budget. These three things will impact all aspects of the event. The guest list is a key factor for your budget. Depending on how many people you’d like in attendance, and how many of those people RSVP yes, you’ll be able to figure out what you can spend, and part of that spend is based on your destination. Prices may vary in each city depending on what you want to include, so if you have your heart set on San Francisco or Chicago, be sure to take that into consideration.

But no matter what package you choose, one thing is clear – a cruise wedding is a wonderful way for couples to start a new life. Because the skyline is the only limit for an event that’s bound to be filled with cherished memories and a lifetime of love from this day forward. Fill out this form today and an Event Planner will contact you!

FAQs – Cruise Wedding Packages

Can I have my wedding aboard a City Cruises ship?

At City Cruises, we pride ourselves on offering memorable experiences and what could be more unforgettable than saying “I do” with the vast expanse of water around you? With us, your dream of a wedding out on the water can become a reality.

What kind of wedding packages does City Cruises offer?

We offer a variety of all-inclusive cruise wedding packages tailored to suit different needs and preferences. From grand and lavish ceremonies to smaller, more intimate affairs, we’ve got something for everyone. And if you’re looking for something truly unique, we’re more than happy to craft a custom wedding package just for you.

Can I rent the entire boat for my wedding?

Certainly! If you’re dreaming of an exclusive event with just your closest family and friends, you have the option to rent out the entire boat. It ensures privacy, an intimate setting, and the luxury of having the entire vessel to yourselves for your special day.

What if I want a smaller, more intimate wedding?

No problem! For couples seeking a cozier setting, you can choose to rent just one of our decks. It’s perfect for a smaller gathering while still giving you the unique experience of a wedding on the water.

Are there any customization options available for wedding packages?

Yes, customization is our forte! While we have a selection of curated packages, we understand that every couple is unique. So, if you have a specific theme, menu, or decoration idea in mind, just let us know. At City Cruises, we’re all about turning your dream wedding into reality.

Do I need to worry about catering and decoration?

Leave the worries to us! Our all-inclusive packages cover everything from catering to decoration. We have a team of dedicated professionals who ensure that every detail is taken care of, so you can focus on enjoying your big day.

How far in advance should I book a wedding package with City Cruises?

Given the popularity and uniqueness of our water wedding experience, we recommend booking as early as possible to secure your desired date. Reach out to our team, and we’ll guide you through the process and availability.

Can I really get married on a cruise?

Yes! Many cruise companies offer onboard wedding ceremonies. These weddings can range from intimate ceremonies on a smaller vessel to grand celebrations on a large cruise ship.

What are the advantages of having a wedding on a cruise?

Having a wedding on a cruise offers several benefits. It combines the wedding venue and honeymoon destination, often proves more cost-effective than traditional weddings, provides stunning backdrops for your wedding photos, and offers a unique experience for both the couple and the guests.