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  • Wedding Date
    April 13, 2016
  • Wedding Location
    Jamaica during Western Caribbean Cruise
  1. @@laurenlou21 I got married in Jamaica during a cruise. I worked with a planner on the island instead of working with the cruise line. I had read so many reviews saying that the cruise line doesn't do much of the planning until the last minute and I didn't like that idea. Let me know if you have any other questions about a cruise wedding.
  2. @@Kkaring Since you have a travel agent, you should ask them about the tour conductor credits (TCC). The travel agents are not required to give you these credits, but you can negotiate with them to get more money towards your cruise/guests. Each cruise has a value as far as TCC goes and those can be converted to money or gifts. These are on top of the money you earn for the group booking. Our guests had a little bit of time to explore the shops in the port when we got back after the wedding, but they did not get to see Jamaica (other than the drive from the port to our location, which was a 90 minute drive each way). I got off the ship as soon as it was cleared by the authorities, then the guests got off about 2 hours later, but I think most of them just slept in and got ready instead of exploring Falmouth before leaving for the wedding. No one complained about missing out on Jamaica because they got to see a portion of the country with the drive and we had a beautiful view during the wedding. Here is the view of our wedding venue: I forgot to post this before, but it is a picture of our cake: I requested a cake that would feed 12 people (although we had 24 people) because we were doing it before dinner, so I knew that people would not eat much. I think only 1/2-3/4 of the cake was actually eaten (even with being so small). Therefore, we had the rest of it to snack on during the rest of the cruise. As I am responded to your questions and posting pictures, it makes me realize how important our photographer was. We brought a photographer with us, so she captured the entire week. Most importantly, she captured the wedding venue and ceremony, then we returned to the ship and we spent over an hour going around the ship and taking pictures, followed by the reception and dinner. As we evaluated options, we could either have a person to do the venue or the ship, but we felt it was important to capture both (and it was!!!). We had to pay for her flight and cruise, but it was worth it to have amazing pictures!!! Photos are the thing that we have to remember our memorable day/week. So, if you are disappointed by those photos, that will linger with you forever and you can never redo it. Honestly, I think the pictures are more important then everything else, even the dress, hair, flowers, etc.
  3. @@Kkaring We had a total of 24 people, including us. If I remember correctly, we had 14 cabins. That is great if you already have 30 rooms booked! Indy is a wonderful ship. My husband and I had been on it before our wedding cruise. Are you using a travel agent? You have a group booking, right? There is a group coordinator onboard that you could probably ask to help you coordinate some of these things, but you wouldn't be able to do that until you get on the ship. We had a group booking, but we didn't work with the group coordinator since we utilized the concierge instead. Giovanni's was a GREAT place for our group. They served the food family style, so we all got to try a little bit of everything. It was a huge hit with our group! We made the reservation for our entire group for Giovanni's once we got onboard. The cost was charged to our room and we had credit on the room for the group booking that covered the cost. Here was our group at Giovanni's: Yes, we did welcome bags. Most of our guests were coming from California, so we encouraged everyone to arrive the night prior to the cruise. We had blocked rooms at a hotel, so everyone was staying at the same hotel the night before. We had a welcome happy hour at the restaurant at the hotel and handed out the bags at that time. We put together the survival kits and bags at the hotel during the afternoon before the happy hour. Our welcome bags included a canvas bag (1 per cabin) with a welcome letter, T-shirt, survival kit, kleenex, pens, notepads, and luggage tags. Here are our welcome bag and survival kit:
  4. @@Kkaring Which ship will you be on? What kind of room do you have booked? How many guests/rooms are you expecting on the cruise? If you have a group booking, you will earn money for every 16 guests. We earned enough money to pay for everyone's dinner in Giovanni's (Italian Specialty Restaurant). We had the Royal Suite, therefore we had a concierge who helped us once we were on the ship. The negative was that some planning couldn't happen until we were onboard. But, the benefit was that it was easy to communicate with her. Since we had a large room, we had our reception in our room. We paid for 1 hour of a bartender in the room, which was a big hit! For food, we just had appetizers by bringing some onboard and ordering from room service. The concierge was able to get us a nice cake that you don't see in any of the catering menus posted online. I'm happy to answer any other questions you have. Good luck as you continue with your planning!
  5. @@Kkaring I got married while in port in Falmouth during a Royal Caribbean cruise in April 2016. I had a planning thread, so you can look through that. I think Falmouth is a better option than Labadee because you will have more options. What type of wedding would you want? On the beach, view of the beach/water, waterfall view, etc? What specific questions do you have?
  6. Congratulations on booking a cruise wedding! I had my wedding during a Royal Caribbean cruise while in port in April. Since I didn't do it on embarkation day, I am not sure how much help I will be. The biggest complaint I had read about planning your wedding through the cruise is that you don't work out all the little details until a few months before, so good luck! I know you will have a wedding coordinator meet you at the port and escort you onto the ship. I think they will let you get onboard to start getting ready once all the previous cruisers have gotten off the ship, which has usually been around 11am on my previous cruises. I think your guests will need to be off the ship about 1 hour prior to sail away, but I know they will give you the specifics as it gets closer to the wedding. My biggest piece of advice with a cruise wedding is that you need to be quite flexible and expect there to be deviations from the initial plan. I was on a cruise earlier this year and there was a wedding on embarkation day. The previous cruise had norovirus, so the ship underwent a deep cleaning and the bride, groom and their guests had to wait until the ship was cleared, which was about 2 hours later than scheduled. For our wedding, we cruised out of Fort Lauderdale, so we found a hotel and were able to book a group rate. Our guests flew in the night prior to the cruise and everyone stayed at the hotel. We arranged transportation from the hotel to the port. So, if your guests will be arriving to Orlando around the same time, you could hire a van to transport them. If they are not coming at the same time, you could check the cruise critic website for recommendations of best transportation options and provide a list to your guests. Since we didn't book our wedding through the cruise, I was able to bring my own photographer. I don't think 3 hours would not be enough time for pictures of getting ready, first look, ceremony, and reception. You might want to ask a friend to take the getting ready pictures. Another option might be to extend the time with the cruise photographer, but you would need to pay more. Some of my favorite pictures are the ones we took around the ship. It took us an hour just to do those pictures and that would take you away from your guests, so it would be better to do that after the guests who are disembarking have done so. We gave our out of town bags to the guests at the hotel the night before, so we didn't have to take the stuff on the ship, but we did have to pack it in our luggage that we checked onto the flight. It might be too chaotic to give out gifts at the wedding because you (as the bride) will only have time to get yourself ready before the wedding. You won't have time to put together gifts once you are on the ship. You could consider only giving out gifts to the people (if any) who cruise with you. I hope this helps some. I am happy to try to help as much as possible, so feel free to ask any questions.
  7. I worked with her for my wedding in April 2016. Everything turned out how I expected. What specific questions do you have?
  8. @@liza I made custom t-shirts on customink.com that came out really nice. I am not sure if you can put a photo on it though. The fewer colors you use on the shirt, the cheaper.
  9. @@Johnsonspartyof2 We did a wedding website will all the booking details and such. But, as it got closer to the wedding and we wanted to make announcements/updates, we created a Facebook page. It was also an opportunity for our guests to start to get to know each other. It worked out really well! For the few who were not only Facebook, we emailed or texted them the info.
  10. @@AliciaW I think it would be best to put the prices on the website. People will want to know the price before they put down a deposit. There is no reason to require them to contact the travel agent when you have all the info and could post it.
  11. @GrahamCrackerLackin- Welcome to the boards! I got married in Jamaica during a cruise on Royal Caribbean in April 2016. There is definitely pros and cons to a cruise wedding, but we would do it again without hesitation! There is still a lot of planning and work that goes into a cruise wedding. We did the ceremony in Jamaica and used a Jamaican wedding coordinator. I was happy with this decision because it allowed me to work with her to plan the ceremony for the year prior. This is compared to working with a random person in the wedding department of the cruise line prior to the cruise and not being able to do much planning until the month or two prior to the cruise, then working with a different person once you get on the cruise. As far as guest reactions, we had an overall good response. Most people who didn't come would not have come to a destination wedding in Mexico due to not having the finances or able to take off enough time. The only difference the cruise made for us was that women could not be more than 24 weeks pregnant. This rule caused at least 3 couples to back out because they would be too far in the pregnancy. If we had done a destination wedding, they could have come, although they still might not have felt comfortable traveling that late in their pregnancy. Here is a link to my planning thread, which might be helpful: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/79586-cruisebride2016-cruise-wedding-planning-thread/?do=findComment&comment=1904615 Feel free to send me any questions you have about planning a cruise wedding. Good luck!
  12. @@ashhtayy Have a wonderful trip! Hope everything goes smoothly and turns out the way you dreamed about!! I am sure you will have a happy and memorable wedding day!!
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