Any bride will tell you that planning a wedding is a stressful, time-consuming endeavor. You have to fight other couples for the perfect venue and date, painfully relegate friends to the B list in order to invite relatives you’ve never met, and skimp on movies and new shoes to afford your ideal wedding dress — all while keeping peace between your mom and your mother-in-law. So when cruise lines tout the ease of a cruise ship wedding, with one-stop shopping for venue/food/flowers/photographer/hair styling combined with beautiful ocean vistas and a built-in honeymoon, many couples feel as if they’ve found wedding nirvana.
Until their wedding cruise gets chartered and they get kicked off the ship. So what’s a bride to do?
Check out our story on a bride-to-be whose December 2011 nuptials on a Celebrity cruise had to be cancelled when the cruise line chartered the ship. We offer tips on what to do if the wedding plans go awry — including in-port weddings that have to be scrapped if the ship cancels the call at the last minute.
Read our feature on Could You Be Bumped From Your Next Cruise?, which starts with a similar tale of woe about a bumped Princess cruise wedding. It gives suggestions about how to protect yourself from being bumped and how to negotiate with the cruise line if you do get the chop.
If you still think a cruise wedding sounds like the ideal way to seal your love, let us recommend the Top 9 Cruise Lines for Weddings. But as you’re choosing between the FlowRider nuptials, a Polynesian ceremony on a Tahitian beach or a Love Boat-inspired event with a captain in dress uniform officiating, just remember to stop fantasizing about the big day long enough to read the caveats and fine print.