Cruise Ship and Destination Weddings: As Simple as 1-2-3!
Cruise ship and destination weddings were once only possible for the rich and famous, but modern trends show a dramatic increase in these today. This book shows how they can be more romantic, less stressful and even less expensive than traditional weddings. Everything is included from choosing the venue to planning to etiquette. A complete guide to planning your wedding: Easy as 1-2-3! More
If you’ve ever been involved in planning a sizable wedding, you know how much stress is caused by the myriad of details and the hours of time spent interviewing suppliers, deciding on the menu, flowers, seating arrangements and photographers. Wedding planning sites on the internet offer five and six-page checklists filled with details for the bride and groom to take care of. No wonder, as a wedding date approaches, many couples start to dream of eloping.
Thankfully, today, there are more exciting, romantic, less-expensive and almost stress-free options for tying the knot.
According to statistics posted at about.com, 16% of weddings are destination weddings and the average cost of a cruise ship or destination wedding is 30% less than a traditional one. The number of cruise ship and destination weddings has increased by 400% in the last 15 years.
Many cruise ships, all-inclusive hotels and resorts maintain their own wedding coordinators. More and more hotels are also recognizing the profitability of destination weddings and jumping on the band wagon.
Some people confuse destination weddings with elopement, but this is not true. Cruise ship and destination weddings are planned well in advance (at least 6-12 months) and guests, as well as the bridal party, are invited to share in the couple’s joy.
Granted, many cannot afford either the time or the money to join the happy couple, but they can participate through webcam coverage as discussed in chapter 15.
Because both cruise ship and destination weddings involve travel, they typically last from a long weekend to a full week of activities. The extended length of time for both cruise ship and destination weddings also gives both the bride’s and groom’s families an opportunity to get to know each other. That usually isn’t possible in a traditional four or five-hour ceremony and reception.
Destination weddings are usually combined with honeymoons. This book covers all the angles from choosing a venue, to budgeting for and planning the wedding and reception, to choosing the "weddingmoon" team to...well, just making the most magical memories of your life...Simple as 1-2-3!
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