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  1. Hi all, Now that the dust has settled, it's time to share my cruise bride experiences. I loved my wedding and have such fond memories, but honestly, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't choose to do a cruise wedding again. The nitty gritty: Cruise: April 9 2014 Royal Caribbean of the Seas Wedding: April 12, Poop Deck, Nassau Guests: 50 on the boat, 62 total Wedding Planner: Annamae Fox Photographers: The R2 Studio Travel Agent: Wendy Hicks The Cruise - 0/5 stars We picked RCCL and this particular cruise because my husband's grandparents love RCCL, and because this particular
  2. Gorgeous photos taken by the amazing R2 Studios for my 2014 Cruise wedding to Nassau, Bahamas. Venue was the Poop Deck, Sandyport.
  3. Having just had my cruise wedding, I can't stress this enough: Get the name of the on boat coordinator. We had been dealing with the group coordinator, thinking she'd be the one we'd handle the whole time. We found out a week beforehand that she made the reservations, but there was another, different coordinator who handled everything at sea, and anything further would have to go through her. Who we had never talked to before. It unfortunately happened that there were a lot of problems and miscommunications with the ship. Having the group coordinator's name (and the name of her bos
  4. If you are considering Nassau, I ABSOLUTELY recommend Anna Fox from http://www.annasweddingbahamas.org/ Our day was absolutely PERFECT, and everyone had a blast. Anna handled everything, and I have nothing but good things to say about her. Also, I didn't follow my own advice, and still tried to plan a few functions through the group coordinator on the cruise (sail away cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, etc). It turned out to be a disaster, and I'm SO glad that the cruise line wasn't involved with the actual wedding in any form. I don't regret doing a cruise wedding, but I'd definitely
  5. We haven't actually had the ceremony yet, but we're pretty far into the planning process, so I can tell you what we've found out so far. For context, we're going on a RCCL cruise in April, and getting married in Nassau with an outside planner. First, from everyone I've talked to, DO NOT USE THE CRUISE LINE'S WEDDING DEPARTMENT. I have to agree. Just dealing with them for group-non-wedding events, they're a pain in the ass to work with. We went with an outside planner in Nassau who has done bunches of cruise weddings, and it's a much better experience. You also get a lot more bang for y
  6. lussiya, Did you end up ordering it? It's gorgeous! I'm always skeptical of these dress sites though -- how's the quality?
  7. @@Priti - After reading all the bad reviews, I went with the best of both worlds. Go on an RC cruise for the wedding, but have an outside wedding planner handle the ceremony at one of the ports. It's a little more complicated, but worth it to not have to deal with RCCL's wedding dept.
  8. Hi all, I'm getting married on the RCCL Adventure of the Seas in April. The complication is that the actual ceremony is in Nassau, not on the boat. One thing I've been curious about -- how did you guys figure out hair and makeup? Did you do it on the island, or on the boat? I'm hoping that we can use the salon/spa on the ship, but my one concern is that our ceremony is at 10am. This means that makeup and everything would have to happen at like 6 or 7, and I'm not sure what time they even open How did you ladies make this work?
  9. My travel agent doesn't either, and it can be frustrating. I've gotten into the habit of emailing and asking for updates about once a week.
  10. 1) Some people will think your boarding pass invites are real boarding passes! D: I worked AGES on our boarding pass invites, and everyone loved them. Apparently they looked so real that people thought they were *actual* boarding passes, and that we had already booked their tickets for them. Then they were confused as to why they had to RSVP, and were so grateful we could pay their way. This led to several awkward conversations. If I'd do it again, I'd say to put EVERYWHERE that it's just an invite and not a ticket, even if it seems super obvious (we had this on the back, but people still got
  11. I love how the forum shares progress along the way, so I wanted to go ahead and post our mostly finished website and STD. We wanted a flexible/customizable website where we could have RSVPs and a large degree of control over the content (including having a range of dates, instead of a single "wedding date", because it's a cruise!). After researching several of the wedding website builders, I realized that it would be easier (and more fun!) to just build it ourselves. It took a lot more time and effort than getting one a theKnot or myWedding.com site, but IMO it was totally worth it
  12. I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to let you know that your ceremony was GORGEOUS. I actually contacted Anna earlier this week, and I was looking for photos/videos of the Poop Deck. I found your video (through google), and thought "I should send this to Anna to give her an idea of what we're looking for". It's sooooo eerie to find this post and find out she was your wedding planner!
  13. Great pics! Which pier was the TDD at in Grand Turk? We're looking at venue options there.
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