getting married on a cruise

Getting Married on a Cruise

If you’re the adventuring type, you probably never planned on a traditional wedding in the first place, right? After all, your big day is all about you and your spouse, and should really be…well, whatever you want it to be! Some people’s wedding day plans include tradition down to a tee, while others are looking for extreme destination locations to say, “I do”. If you’re still in the beginning phases of planning, getting married on a cruise may not have ever crossed your mind. Getting married on a cruise ship has the benefits of inclusive packages including food and beverage, but you can roll your honeymoon right into the trip, too. Whether this is a new concept to you, or you were planning a cruise wedding all along, we have some great information for you about getting married on a cruise. 

planning a cruise wedding
Planning a cruise wedding can be a total breeze! All inclusive packages onboard a ship also mean your honeymoon is rolled right in!

Getting Married on a Cruise

Getting married on a cruise is actually a pretty simple process. One of the nice things about destination weddings, especially ona cruise, is that you have wedding package options and staff to help you carry out your perfect day. There are some things you need to consider though, as you start looking into the various options available to you. You’ll need to decide if you plan on bringing friends and family with you, and just exactly where you want to say your vows. Some cruise lines will not allow you to actually be married on the ship itself. They may require you to have your ceremony before boarding the ship, while others will help you plan your perfect day at one of the ports on your itinerary. Keep in mind that in order for your marriage to be valid, you have to get married ina recognized country – so even if you’re able to get married on the ship itself, it will most likely need to be docked in your home port, before your ship departs. This isn’t always the case, but if your dream is to get married out at sea, you’ll need to do some research first. Not all ship captains are ordained. Princess Cruises is one of the few lines that has the large number of options for your big day.

The fun part about this type of wedding, is that through some packages made available by cruise lines, your friends and family can attend your ceremony without having to book the entire cruise. It also allows you to pick your own clergy which can be very important to some people. You’ll also need to ensure you’ve obtained your marriage license before your actual wedding. If you choose to utilize a wedding package on one of the major cruise lines, you’ll have an event planner who can help point you in the right direction. It’s also important to note that not all cruise lines offer marriage packages, so if you’re looking for a more intimate, smaller ship, you may be out of luck in that department. 

marriage documents needed to cruise
Get your ducks in a row well before your cruise trip! Make sure you have the correct documents to obtain your marriage license before your big day.

Now that you know the legal details of your cruise wedding, it’s time to start planning out the fun details! There are a lot of factors to consider to pick the perfect cruise including duration to destination, ports you might visit during your cruise, time of year, etc. If you’ve decided you’d like to invite your loved ones along, be sure to look into the cruise lines group packages in conjunction with your wedding package. In most cases, you’ll need to pay for the cruise itself, and the wedding package on top, but if you book with a group, the discounts can be helpful. While getting married on a cruise may seem to be full of complicated details, it’s nice to know everything is in one place and fully handled by attentive staff. The best part? You won’t have to worry about traveling to your honeymoon destination!

All in all, the overall appeal of getting married on a cruise ship definitely has its simplistic pros. The biggest issue you’ll need to look into is the actual legalities of your ceremony. It’ll be a breeze though, as you’ll have a planner at your disposal if you decide to book a wedding package through a cruise line. Make sure you have looked into whether or not you’ll need a passport to cruise since not all destinations require one. If you’re cruise trip requires you to obtain a passport, you can start the application process by ordering a certified copy of your birth certificate through VitalChek. We hope you find the perfect way to say “I do” on your cruise trip and your big event goes swimmingly.

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  1. The birth certificate you sent me is lost in the mail and I can’t find a phone number to call you. I emailed you last week. Still waiting…

    1. Hello Lucia. We’re sorry to hear that your birth certificates order is lost in the mail. Please contact us with your order number so we can assist you. The quickest way to reach us is via private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek. You can also reach us by phone at 800-255-2414 or by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

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