| || || ||"Wedding Cruises" fall into four basic options, all of which are arranged in concert with the cruise line:
- Pre-Cruise Wedding - Off Ship. The wedding ceremony is performed at a location near or adjacent to the ship's embarkation port. A shipboard reception follows the ceremony.
- Pre-Cruise Wedding - On Ship. The wedding ceremony is performed onboard the ship, usually in the ship's "Wedding Chapel" or private function room. A shipboard reception follows.
- Cruise Wedding - On Ship at sea. The wedding ceremony is performed during the cruise, usually in the ship's "Wedding Chapel" or private function room. A shipboard reception follows.
- Cruise Wedding - In Port. The wedding is performed at a pre-arranged port of call in the cruise itinerary. The reception may be ashore or onboard the ship.
Not all cruise lines offer all four options and wedding packages can vary considerably in cost and services. The wedding "officiant" can be arranged by the couple or provided by the cruise line but only on Princess can the Captain officiate the ceremony.
Wedding prices range from about $750 to $4000, largely dependent on the location of the wedding service and the package amenities (flowers, cake, champagne, photographs, etc.) chosen.
Reception prices (usually lasting one hour) range from about $20 to $50 or more per guest, largely dependent on the hors d'oeuvres, bar service, and enhancements (# of wedding cake layers!, champagne toasts, ice carvings, etc.). There's usually a minimum (16 or so) and maximum (50 or so) number of guests that may be accommodated.
Not included is the cost of the cruise or marriage license and processing fees. But compare these prices to a shoreside wedding and you'll see that a cruise wedding is not only more special and more romantic, but less expensive!