PLANNING STAGE: AT LEAST 60 DAYS TO 1+ YEAR(S) PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING
Think of your wedding as a movie. Like any film, a wedding has intensity and meaning, prelude with a dramatic moment that builds up to an exciting climax and satisfying end. When planning, take an imaginary journey through your wedding scene by scene. Incorporate the ideas created during your dream stage and imagine how you’ll feel at each moment of each scene. Conceptualize each scene of your wedding as you plan, from arriving to your cruise port and boarding the ship, to the vows, music and cuisine throughout the wedding and honeymoon.
STEP 1 - GATHER ALL YOUR INFORMATION
Review the Celebrity Weddings Website. Remember, the couple must be sailing to hold a wedding onboard a Celebrity vessel. However, we now have a Harborside Event and Wedding Package available onboard on Embarkation Days in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Contact an Event Manager for more information.
STEP 2 - DECIDE ON A WEDDING DATE
Contact the Celebrity reservation’s department, your travel agent, or Celebrity.com for a cruise quote.
Next, call or email the Celebrity Weddings department to check availability of your wedding date, review package option and licensing requirements for a legal wedding in the available port of your choice. Your Event Manager can place your date on a courtesy hold for three (3) business days. Remember the hold will automatically cancel if payment has not been received.
STEP 3 - PLACE A DEPOSIT ON YOUR CRUISE WITH THE CELEBRITY RESERVATIONS/ GROUPS DEPARTMENT OR YOUR TRAVEL AGENT
Discuss flight, hotel and transfer options.
If you are being married on the day of sailing, we strongly encourage you and your guests to arrive at least one day prior to your wedding.
Gather information about pre and post hotel packages.
All wedding couples and their guests with a wedding on the day of sailing are requested to be at the pier by 10:30 AM.
STEP 4 – CALL/EMAIL THE CELEBRITY WEDDINGS DEPARTMENT TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING
Your cruise must be booked prior to your wedding.
When booking your wedding, you will need your cruise reservation number.
After you book your cruise, your event manager will send you a wedding contract packet and guidelines for your selected wedding destination. Once your signed contract is received, you will be emailed login information to your Personal Wedding Designer and a link for payment will be available for payment.
Full payment for the wedding package and marriage license is due at the time of booking in order to reserve your wedding day. Please be sure to review the cancellation policies, and note that marriage license fees are not refundable once payment has been made.
STEP 5 - CREATE YOUR WEDDING GUEST LIST
Send out a “Save the Date” announcement with cruise details to your guests who will be attending the wedding.
STEP 6 - CONTACT YOUR EVENT MANAGER TO START PLANNING DETAILS
Your Event Manager is available to answer questions at any time during your planning stage.
DECISION STAGE: TWO TO SIX MONTHS PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING
Once you’ve begun your planning and reviewed all of the information, it’s time to make decisions.
BOOK YOUR CUSTOM WEDDING PLANS
Although wedding and reception extras are not required to be booked and paid for until 60 days prior to your cruise date, they are booked based on availability. Do not wait until the last minute. Prepare a wedding budget to help you decide.
OBTAIN YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE
Complete your paperwork and submit the documents to your Event Manager if Celebrity Weddings is arranging your Marriage License. Remember, some ports of call have unique requirements, so please follow the timeline detailed in your Wedding Guidelines. Please note the Marriage License Coordinator will guide you through the process and is available to answer any questions.
BEGIN GATHERING YOUR FINAL GUEST LIST
Sailing Guests: You will need their full name and stateroom number, along with birthdays for any guests under 21 years of age.
Non-Sailing guests: You will need their Full Legal Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Driver’s License or Passport Number (Birth Certificate or Passport for anyone under 16 years of age), unique email and phone number (guests 17 and under must use their non-sailing guest guardian’s email and phone number). Please be sure each non sailing guest brings proof of this info with them on board. Please note, due to strict coast guard and security protocols, any guest who is not registered beforehand will not be permitted to board at time of wedding.
SELECT YOUR WEDDING ENHANCEMENTS, RECEPTION, ENTERTAINMENT, SALON SERVICES, AND MORE
Choose from the diverse selections Celebrity Weddings offers or create enhance your event. Please consult with a Celebrity Weddings Event Manager to review your specific options based on your ship, event port, and itinerary in detail.
Requests quotes for any available customized items needed or required, such as transportation for shoreside ceremonies, décor, chairs, entertainment, etc.
DECIDE ON YOUR WEDDING VOWS
Write your own special vows if you’d like. Use the traditional ceremony; or create a unique combination of both; it’s your choice..
FINAL STAGE: UP TO 60 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING
Your wedding day is just around the corner. Now it is time to finalize your dream day. Check your list and finalize every unique detail of your wedding. Once you complete this stage, it is on to the stage to sit back and relax. Here are some final details to confirm.
UPDATE AND SUBMIT YOUR FINAL GUEST LIST
Guest list changes will not be permitted within 60 days prior to your cruise.
SUBMIT ANY SPECIAL REQUESTS
Please submit any special requests in writing such as custom vows, special music selections, announcements, photography shot lists, bridal party lists, toasts, traditions and ceremony and reception requests bouquet toss, readings, etc. to your event manager no later than 60 days prior to sailing.
SUBMIT FINAL PAYMENT
Your selected wedding products and services must be paid for in full 60 days prior to your wedding.
EVENT MANAGER’S FINAL STAGE: 2-3 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING
Once you’ve submitted all of your final decisions and paperwork, your event manager will work and plan your dream day.
WEDDING TIME AND LOCATION
Your Event Manager and the Ship will set your wedding time and location based on your final requests (submitted by couple no later than 60 days prior), final guest count, and availability of times and location.
FINAL CONFIRMATION LETTER
Your event manager will send you a Final Confirmation Letter detailing everything you’ve purchased. You must review the letter completely to confirm everything is correct and return your signed letter to your event manager to secure all your arrangements within 48 hours of receipt.
INFORM YOUR GUESTS OF CRUISE AND WEDDING DETAILS
Please ensure you have informed all your guests the details regarding your cruise and wedding.
PREPARE AND PACK FOR YOUR WEDDING AND HONEYMOON VACATION
Be sure to carry all the documents and paperwork you will need:
o Marriage license (if you are obtaining your own, based on the port of your wedding)
o Driver’s license
o Guest list copy
o Wedding contract copy
o Final confirmation letter
o Cruise documents