What You Need to Know about Wedding Cruises

Written By: Annette Jacobs

Weddings are one of the most important and celebrated events in people’s lives. In order to have memories that will be held dear for a long time, some couples want to do something unique. With this in mind, it is advised they see what choices are available to make the day remarkable, and nothing screams remarkable more than a wedding cruise. Wedding cruises are becoming quite popular these days; with packages that allows one to have his/her ceremony, reception and honeymoon all at sea. Just like every other thing, wedding cruises have their benefits and drawbacks, and so it is important that some of them are looked into. This should allow the couple have an overview of what to expect on the day they tie the knot to ensure a hitch free ceremony.

3 Appealing Benefits of Having Wedding Cruise Wedding

Incredible Packages

Planning for this kind of event can be very stressful and hectic and so getting an organizer would help to provide support in order to have a hassle-free ceremony. Cruise companies offer various deals to choose from. Services such as organizing, live music or sometimes recorded music, flowers, refreshments, wedding cake, photography and so much more are included. All that is required is to have a plan and choose the wedding cruise that fits the plan, and personality. The rest of the preparation would be done by the company giving the couple enough time to rest and enjoy the main event.

Cost Effective Options

Be sure to look for a package that meets the financial budget for the wedding. Prices can vary from $500 to $2000 but it all depends on the features included, and the number of guests that will be attending. Couples also have the option of choosing their theme based on the time of year and country. Here, the price would change depending on the theme selected as the hall would have to be arranged and decorated in different styles. Having this kind of wedding can save a lot of money if the couple book for both the main event and honeymoon package.

Ease in Planning

Employing the services of an organizer makes the planning much easier and stress free for the couple so they have room to enjoy the event. Most cruise companies help with the marriage license and even wedding invitations.

Things to Watch Out for – Drawbacks of Wedding Cruises

Lack of Accommodation  

Wedding cruises that are not going to be at sea for days do not usually offer accommodation. Therefore, it is necessary to make sleeping arrangements for people who traveled in for the event, and also make sure to inform them beforehand.

Weather Restrictions

The ceremony can be affected if the weather condition is unfavorable. Most times, making instant changes to continue the wedding inside could be difficult. It is advised that the couple plan for a cruise at times of the year when the weather is friendly to avoid disappointment.

If one is getting married on a cruise, he/she can be sure to have one of the best memories. It is so much fun, and romantic as the captivating open water, delicious foods offered by top chefs and the feeling of sea breeze surrounds them. It is crucial to remember each cruise varies with respect to the kind of services they offer, so one should weigh his/her options before having a wedding on sea.

Destination wedding ideas for the United Kingdom

Written By: Stacey Hafner

Whether one prefers lush green hillsides, rugged coastlines, or charming urban centers the United Kingdom has the perfect spot for a destination wedding. The romance of Britain has long been a centerpiece in music, literature and art. And with the current popularity of shows like Downtown Abbey and Game of Thrones and fascination with the happy couple William and Kate, there has been a widespread romantic resurgence within pop culture of the region. Is it any wonder so many couples dream of having their big day on this particular locale?

Of course, United Kingdom is as varied as it is celebrated and anyone planning a destination wedding will first need to narrow down their many and varied options. Below are just a few options engaged couples may enjoy.

Recite vows under the shadow of a castle in England.

One of the most iconic images of England may well be that of the awe-inspiring medieval castle. While many of these structures have fallen to ruin or disappeared entirely there are still dozens peppered throughout the countryside. And the best part? Many of them are available for weddings. One such option is Augill Castle located in Cumbria with views of the North Pennines mountains. Wedding packages at Augill include accommodation, afternoon tea, and a champagne reception among other luxurious amenities.

Looking for something out of the way but still a bit more urban? Try Glasgow.

As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has a unique charm. With places like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, art lovers will have plenty to occupy their time. For folks looking for something a bit quirkier, A Play a Pie and a Pint Dinner Theater will be sure to impress. And the engaged couple can trust Sloans Bar and Restaurant with all the details. Planning weddings for over 200 years, they have three floors ready to host a small intimate gathering or a large party of up to 300 guests.

Celebrate the Great Outdoors in Wales.

Snowdonia National Park encompasses over 800 square miles of stunning mountain views, refreshing lakes, and relaxed hiking trails along the coastline. It is also said to be home to the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Couples can choose from one of the many towns within the National Park, Betws-y-Coed, Dolgellau, or Bala.

Recite vows on a beautiful beach, while still in the United Kingdom.

Northern Ireland is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. One of the most notable beaches in the area is Portrush Whiterocks Beach near Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. Caves and dramatic landscapes abound offering an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind backdrop to the festivities. Guests will have plenty of activities to choose from, whether it’s hiking along the sea, playing a round of golf, visiting a medieval castle, or sampling some Irish Whiskey at Old Bushmills Distillery.

Before choosing a destination wedding in the United Kingdom be sure to investigate logistics well in advance. Just as each location has its own unique charm so too do they have different guidelines for wedding licenses and visas, depending on which country the couple is from. Some may require waiting periods of two weeks or more. For example, England requires non-citizens to register in person before ‘posting the banns’ a process that can take up to 22 days. Most rules can be found fairly easily by investigating the particular tourism website.

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