For the most part, luxury cruise lines have not placed much emphasis on at-sea weddings -- until now. Regent Seven Seas Cruises has recently expanded its existing Regent Travel Concierge program, which organizes shores excursions and pre- and post-cruise stays, to include destination wedding planning services.
Here's how it works: Regent guests looking to get married or renew their vows in port (or onboard, if they wish) can plan their ceremony directly with a wedding consultant. But what's interesting to us, and unique to the industry, is that pre-arranged wedding packages for Regent's guests do not exist! The bride- and groom-to-be, or couple renewing their vows, get to create their own day. The traditional wedding staples (the officiant, marriage certificate, wedding cake and Champagne) will be there -- but you get to pick everything else, with your consultant's help.
So, think outside the box for a minute. If you could tie the knot or renew your vows any way you wanted, how would you do it? Some of Regent's suggestions include a kilted ceremony in an ancient Scottish castle (with bagpipers!), a hot air balloon ride over a tropical pineapple plantation and a sunset wedding in the South Pacific.
Regent Travel Concierge's wedding program is offered worldwide to all of Regent's guests, regardless of ship or destination. The program is operated in conjunction with cruise destination wedding experts Royal Ocean Events, who have worked with mainstream lines such as Holland America, Carnival and Celebrity.
Editor's Note: A spokesman for the line tells us that there are different fees for different levels of service, depending upon how elaborate the arrangements are and how much the overall costs of the event becomes. For more information, call Regent Travel Concierge at 888-Tour-321.
--by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor
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Regent Launches Destination Wedding Program
July 12, 2007