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#1 susieq620

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    Posted 23 December 2008 - 09:01 PM

    Hi, everyone! My name is Susan. My fiance and I are planning a Dec 2009 wedding. It will be a second marriage for both and we both have children (ages 14 and 19). Anyway, we are leaving from Puerto Rico on Dec 13, 2009 for a cruise (Caribbean Princess). We're hoping to get married sometime on that trip (either the day before the cruise or during it). Only a small number of family members will be with us so we're not looking for anything extravagant. Quaint and romantic would be more like it. Any ideas? We really would like a beach location with nothing more than the officiant and our family. Not looking to spend a lot of money, since we'd rather spend that on our vacation. The cruise line offers wedding services, but they run around $2000. Would like to see what else we can come up with on our own. We'll be in San Juan, St Lucia, Barbados, St Thomas and Tortola. Would love to hear from anyone with wedding planning experience on these islands. Thanks and happy planning to you all!

    #2 CayoLargo

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      Posted 23 December 2008 - 09:05 PM

      Why not do it in Puerto Rico and then the Cruise can be like the honeymoon. The reason I say that is b/c trying to do it on the way might be harder depending if the cruise ship comes into ports at the right time, and the different paper work needed for those places.

      I agree with not paying the extra fee on the cruise ship...I would look into doing it before you leave for the cruise! It will be very romantic and then you can enjoy the entire cruise with family and your new Husband!

      Good Luck!
      Engaged: December 25, 2007
      Married: February 4, 2009
      Wedding Destination: Cuba
      Wedding Resort: Sol Cayo Largo

      #3 leahstafford

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        Posted 23 December 2008 - 09:11 PM

        Welcome to the forum Susan!

        #4 Andre

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          Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:47 PM

          Congratulations Susan, and welcome to the forum!

          Best wishes,


          #5 Andre

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            Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:47 PM

            Congratulations Susan, and welcome to the forum!

            Best wishes,


            #6 BC Bride2be

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              Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:51 PM

              Congrats Susan & welcome to the forum!!

              #7 michellepicksbrent

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                Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:51 PM

                Welcome to the forum Susan! Good luck and happy planning!!

                #8 michaelwachniak

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                  Posted 24 December 2008 - 03:36 AM

                  Welcome to the forum! I used to work as a photographer on the Coral Princess and the Crown Princess!! I have been to 2 of the 5 places you mentioned and have shot a few weddings as a Cruise Ship Photographer! I even know the layout of grand class ships like the Carribbean Princess (Crown Princess is very close to the same!)!

                  If you have any questions at all please let me know! I am more than happy to help you out, and I am SO jealous of anyone going on cruises, as not only I worked on them but my girlfriend did too (Hairstylist in the spa)! In fact thats how we met! :)

                  PM me if you have any questions or leave it in the thread, it could be useful to others!

                  #9 O'Driscoll Photography

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                    Posted 24 December 2008 - 06:01 AM

                    Welcome and congrats, Susan!

                    Sounds like you are in for a really intimate and romantic wedding. I agree with what Rheanna said - I think it would be easier to get married in Puerto Rico, and then you could relax and have fun on your cruise around the Caribbean.

                    Have fun planning!

                    Best wishes,

                    #10 Prettyhazardous

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                      Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:57 AM

                      I am also cruising to my wedding destination. It seems that our cruises have a few of the same ports. Of all the islands u mentioned I've only been to St Thomas and I fell in love with it and will be married there 11.10.09. I agree that I didn't want to work with the cruise coordinators so I'm working with Janelle Scott of Island Bliss. She's located in St Thomas.

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