Typically in the last 100 days before your wedding, you’re supposed to send out invitations. But because this is a cruise and we wanted to give ample time for guests to book and pay for the cruise, our invites were sent out in October. So what’s there to do you ask? Well you still have a bridal shower list that needs to be made and handed over to your maid of honor, and you probably have your rsvps back so nows the time to finalize your guest list and figure out who’s cruising and who’s not. For these cruise ship weddings, a finalized list with everyone’s first and last name are needed by the cruise company for security purposes. And usually this list is needed about 90-60 days before the cruise. (I’m still waiting on my fiancé to give me full names of some family members, men smh) also now is a good time to decide on wedding favors. Cruise ships have very special guidelines on what you can and can not bring on the ship, your coordinator can give you a full list but I can tell you for sure NO OUTSIDE FOOD. So those cute little s’mores boxes you saw on Pinterest are a no no. You know how hard it is to find cute destination wedding favors that aren’t food??? Too hard. That’s why I’ve decided on making cute little gel candles with a ship/beach theme. I’m not sure if they’re allowed yet, still waiting for Nicole to get back to me. (There’s that waiting game I told you about again). It’s also time to find your wedding day makeup and hair style (yay!) so here’s the thing, your make up and hair MUST be done before you get on the ship, but you can put your dress on once you board. If you choose to have a wedding party they must be fully dressed before arriving to the ship. Now, I’m not sure if boarding time is the same for all cruises but for my cruise boarding time is 10 am. So no drinking the night before because you’ve got to be up pretty early getting all beautified the next day. Also, because the wedding is so early and in a high traffic area we told our guests whether cruising or not that It would be best to stay the night before at a nearby hotel to avoid being late because of traffic. (Royal Caribbean is very strict about boarding times for special events, guest must be on by 10:30) Our cruise port is in Bayonne NJ, which is basically New York. Downside to Bayonne: for some reason there are no hotels in the area that provide transportation to the cruise port. Which means finding a third party company to transport my guest to the port. Today wedding planning has taught me: research, research, and research some more. It’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour that come with wedding planning. Somehow through all of this I’m remaining optimistic and retain a 3 1/2 stars out of 5 at the moment.
Peace, Love & Wine