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DESTINATIONS WEDDINGS AT SEA | WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS


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Like the sound of marrying at sea? Laura French looks into the best options for a cruise wedding


here’s something undeniably romantic about tying the knot in some remote corner of the Earth, waves gently lulling, sun setting over the horizon. Enter the wedding at sea – an oft-underrated option that can have your clients marrying, sleeping and honeymooning all in the same place, friends and family on board for the ride, music and other add-ons available on the side – all at a fraction of the cost of a UK ceremony. The average cost of a wedding in 2018 was more than £32,000 according to hitched.co.uk; you can marry on a ship for less than half of that, with cruise, flights and wedding package included. But not all cruise lines offer weddings and with various legalities to consider it can be a tricky one to navigate. To help simplify things, we’ve put together a list of some of the best options, with all the finer details you need to know to sell – whether clients are looking to marry at sea, in port or ashore.


PRINCESS CRUISES Why: Princess Cruises is one of only a handful of lines that offer legal weddings at sea, since it operates under Bermudan law. The line works with Royal Ocean Events to create bespoke packages, and guests get a wedding coordinator before they leave and while on the


ship to help them navigate the nitty gritty. Harbourside weddings in port and ceremonies ashore are also available (legalities depend on the country). Where: Some ships have a dedicated wedding chapel; on others, couples can say their vows in the atmospheric


Enter the wedding at sea – an


oft-underrated option that can have your clients marrying, sleeping and honeymooning all in the same place


library, or in another location on board. Shore weddings range from exotic beaches and tropical gardens to huge, icy glaciers. The deal: A Tie the Knot at Sea package costs from $2,500, plus a $498 licence fee, including a candlelit ceremony officiated by the captain, live music, wedding coordinator, floral arrangements, photographer with prints, wedding cake, champagne and more. princess.com


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