Expert Advice: how to get married at sea - Cruise International

Expert Advice: how to get married at sea

By Cruise International | 26 Feb 2014

We’ve got some top tips on how to get married at sea…

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Saying ‘I do’ on a ship with the sea as a backdrop is probably one of the most romantic weddings you can have, and guaranteed to give your photos the “wow” factor. Plus of course you have a great choice of destinations, including the Med, the Caribbean and the Far East.

Wedding ceremonies at sea will usually be conducted by the Captain so remember to allow plenty of time when you’re booking to make sure they’re available for your dream date. As with a land-based wedding, you’ll need to book well in advance, and it’s also worth remembering that it can take up to 10 weeks to process your licence to get married at sea.

Getting married at sea can actually work out cheaper than marrying on land, too, even with the cruise to take into account. Packages start at around £1,100 for the ceremony, coordinator, flowers, cake, champagne and photographer; add in the cruise for two and the total cost of your wedding could be as little as £5,000, including your pre-wedding cruise and honeymoon.

Another option, if you’re already married and love the idea of having those photographs taken at sea, is to renew your vows – this is very popular and costs around £250.

If you want a honeymoon cruise but would like to get married on dry land, then some cruise lines will also facilitate a wedding ceremony on the beach.

Cruise lines that currently offer weddings at sea include Princess, Carnival, Cunard and P&O Cruises.

Read about Deborah Stone’s experience of getting married at sea here.