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Any Spring 2012 Brides getting married in St. Thomas?

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Thank you for this thread and the info thus far! The FI and I are just starting to plan for our March 2013 wedding in St. Thomas as well via Carnival and getting excited!!.  I was wondering, how much difference can you save using a wedding coordinator outside of the cruise? I'm still doing researches and can't wait to read everyone's updates cheesy.gif

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A ton!  I looked into using the cruise and it was probably a $1000.  The cruise was charging double to triple to price just to get the marriage license done.  And I have heard from other forums that the individual attention and response time is not that great from the cruise line wedding coordinators.  Although each ship is different so I cannot speak for all.  I have nothing but great things to say thus far about Island Bliss.
 

Originally Posted by olive0y1 View Post

Thank you for this thread and the info thus far! The FI and I are just starting to plan for our March 2013 wedding in St. Thomas as well via Carnival and getting excited!!.  I was wondering, how much difference can you save using a wedding coordinator outside of the cruise? I'm still doing researches and can't wait to read everyone's updates cheesy.gif



 

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Another update on our wedding lunch...Our original lunch spot was going to be Wikked near the Havensight port but our wedding planner (Janelle) informed me that it is apparently closed, not sure if it is temporary or permanent since I never received a response back from the restaurant coordinator.  But, I think it was a blessing in disguise, Janelle mentioned another restaurant close to Lindquist Beach (5-10  mins) called Sunset Grill at Secret Habour and I am so glad because it is amazing and turns out to be about the same price per person as the first place but much better seating and menu options for groups.  We are going to have our wedding cake (that comes with the ceremony package) delivered to the restaurant and we can enjoy it after lunch.  I just booked our group their today :)   I Cannot wait!

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Thank you! I should contact them just to get an idea of the services they can provide esp. getting people from and to the ship.  Do you know how many guests you'll be having? :)
 

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A ton!  I looked into using the cruise and it was probably a $1000.  The cruise was charging double to triple to price just to get the marriage license done.  And I have heard from other forums that the individual attention and response time is not that great from the cruise line wedding coordinators.  Although each ship is different so I cannot speak for all.  I have nothing but great things to say thus far about Island Bliss.
 



 



 

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We will have around 25 people.  Janelle is also helping us organize the transportation from the ship, to lunch and back to port.  Prior to realuzing we were not in the Havensight port the transportation to Lindquist Beach and back was going to be around $20 per person.  Unfortunately we found out we are docking in Crown Bay port so our cost will be a little higher, have not found out how much more though yet.

Originally Posted by olive0y1 View Post

Thank you! I should contact them just to get an idea of the services they can provide esp. getting people from and to the ship.  Do you know how many guests you'll be having? :)
 



 



 

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Got it, thank you!  I was wondering, in case of the ship not being able to dock (just my paranoid self worrying), would you happen to know what they can possilby do for you? Thank you!
 

Originally Posted by nolacruiser6 View Post

We will have around 25 people.  Janelle is also helping us organize the transportation from the ship, to lunch and back to port.  Prior to realuzing we were not in the Havensight port the transportation to Lindquist Beach and back was going to be around $20 per person.  Unfortunately we found out we are docking in Crown Bay port so our cost will be a little higher, have not found out how much more though yet.



 



 

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Can you know in advance if your ship will dock or not?

 

BTW anyone picked their cake flavor yet?  It's hard to pick without tasting... I dont know which one.

Originally Posted by olive0y1 View Post

Got it, thank you!  I was wondering, in case of the ship not being able to dock (just my paranoid self worrying), would you happen to know what they can possilby do for you? Thank you!
 



 



 

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No, we won't. From our cruise back in October 2011 (Hurricane season) my GF's wedding got cancelled twice due to use not being able to dock. But from reading Island Bliss' wedding documents, they said that from their 7 yrs. of planning weddings, they've only come across this 3 times and they do  A LOT of weddings. :)

 

Originally Posted by coquine View Post

Can you know in advance if your ship will dock or not?

 

BTW anyone picked their cake flavor yet?  It's hard to pick without tasting... I dont know which one.



 



 

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OH and my friend was suppose to get married @ Cayman Island and ended up getting married at Key West.  The FI and I are trying to think of plans Bs and Cs, but I'm keeping my heads up no matter how paranoid I get. haha

 

Originally Posted by coquine View Post

Can you know in advance if your ship will dock or not?

 

BTW anyone picked their cake flavor yet?  It's hard to pick without tasting... I dont know which one.



 



 

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I had the same worries about missing our port due to bad weather and spoke with Janelle about my concerns and she said the same as above, it had only happened a few times.  If you do miss port, you can reschedule with Island Bliss, but I suppose going back to St. Thomas is not always an option for us.  I am trying not to worry about that too much, I figure there is nothing I can do to control it.  We are getting married in April, so praying the weather will be nice.  One of the reasons I picked St. Thomas was because the data said it was not a frequently skipped port.  I was thinking about the bahamas until I read that Princess Cays were the most frequently skipped port due to bad weather. LOL

 

We did chose our cake flavors, but it was a little difficult since like you said you cannot taste them.  We went really simple, vanilla cake with hazelnut cream filling, with an almond vanilla buttercream.  I was a little nervous about trying some of the other flavors even though they sounded pretty fun.

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