Picture it now, intricate beads on a white dress, veil blowing in the wind, promises spoken to one another, and a commitment made. Your wedding is one of the most beautiful and important moments in your life. In today’s world weddings are taking place everywhere, from mountain tops to forest glades, and the newest trend is couples saying “I do” on a cruise. If you’re looking to plan your nuptials away from the traditional route of church or registry office, think about organising your big day out on the seas.

Intimate sailing

It never fails, once you start planning a wedding you suddenly realise how many people you need to invite and cater for. If you’re one of the many brides and grooms that don’t want an over-the-top affair, a cruise ship could make for your perfect, intimate setting. You can’t beat the personal feel of a small wedding and cruise ships are the ideal venue for having that cosy gathering accomplished. It’s just the two of you, your nearest and dearest and the ocean.

Unbeatable views

One of the most exciting things to do after getting back from the honeymoon is to check out your wedding photos. And with cruise weddings, you’re sure to have the most gorgeous background behind that camera lens. It’s up to you where you want the nuptials to take place, on deck or in glamourous ports and private islands around the world. You can swap the frame of a church door for a beach in the Bahamas or a ceremony in Buenos Aires – the options really are endless.

Add some real colour to your wedding photos with a backdrop like the Amazon on a P&O Cruise, or a touch of cool to the party against the background of an Alaskan glacier with Royal Caribbean®. Picture your first dance set against the merging image of setting sun and pale blue Baltic seas.

Honeymoon’s planned

The minute after you say “I do”, you’re probably looking forward to the honeymoon. Weeks – or months if you’re lucky – of relaxing with your new spouse and enjoying the start of married life together. If you want to make the most of every second, having your wedding on a cruise enables you to go straight from the ceremony to your honeymoon. There’s no hanging around waiting to catch your flight or a train to your destination – the fun starts the minute you make your vows. You’ll also already be on your way to the next destination so you won’t need to do any extra planning or booking.

Constant pampering

Weddings can stress out even the most laid-back people. If you’re feeling stressed the night before the big day, there’s plenty of ways to unwind on the cruise ship. Enjoy a scented shoulder massage, a spell in the on-deck hot tub, or even just listen to the calming lap of the waves against the ship’s hull. Cruise ships specialise in having all the comforts of home and more, while newer cruise lines like Celebrity Cruises® even have ‘spa cabins’ onboard with upgraded features and exclusive dining and recreation rooms. If you ever want some alone time or just space to be with your husband or wife-to-be, you’ll have plenty options.

No fuss planning

You might be wondering exactly how to get married on a cruise. Quite simply, cruise weddings mean saying no to all the fuss of planning and yes to sitting back and looking forward to the big day. The cruise line will also have their own personal wedding co-coordinator who will take care of all the details for you. They’ll arrange each and every detail according to your tastes and style, including the ceremony, cake, flowers, menu and music. Choosing a cruise wedding gives you a relaxing and fun planning process, knowing that you have a go-to co-ordinator to help you sort out all the last minute details.

The best wedding cruise liners

There are some cruise liners that are famous for throwing gorgeous weddings. Princess Cruises offers three different romantic wedding packages, while Celebrity Cruises offers both onboard ceremonies and destination weddings. But it’s not just those, Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean both have their own wedding packages as well. No matter where your heart’s set on getting married, there’s sure to be a cruise for you.

The happiest day of your life

Your wedding will be a day that is remembered for years to come. Photos of it will be framed in your home and you’ll tell stories of the ceremony to new friends and family members that come into your life. Let your wedding be truly unforgeable by doing something out of the ordinary and getting married on a cruise liner. You’ll be with your special loved ones in an incredible destination, simply relaxing with glass of bubbly in hand. Cheers to that!

If you’re considering getting married at sea, take a look at our cruise line guides to find the perfect liner for your big day.

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