Bummed Bride

o-WEARY-570This is a piggy back off of another post I read about how after you get engaged you don’t really feel like a bride. Well, in my case I haven’t felt like a bride 85% of the time I’ve been engaged. And now I’m back at that feeling. One thing about a cruise ship wedding is that they take care of all the minor details like flowers, seating arraignments and set up. That stuff accounts for a lot of time spent feeling like a bride and planning your wedding. When I found out that I wouldn’t be speaking to my wedding coordinator until like 3 months bepfore the wedding, I literally freaked out….. full blow bridezilla mode turned on. Not because I didn’t trust them, I just wanted to be involved and I was eager to get the ball rolling on planning. But the food is already picked out, So I can’t do a tasting (bummed), no need to look at center pieces (super bummed) and knowing all this my matron of honor won’t let me help plan the bridal shower (just rude lol ). So here I am, after the excitement of being at 100 days until our wedding has died down and once again I don’t feel like a bride. I don’t go in for my first dress fitting until the end of the month 😦 I’ve found my wedding favors but it’s too soon to buy them, also too soon to buy bridesmaid gifts. I’m making their bouquets but no sense in them laying around the house for three months running the risk of getting ruined. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO! This is the very big down side to getting married on a cruiseship. I’m sure it will be lovely, especially since Royal Caribbean is such an awesome company but still, it makes me sad. What’s a bride to do when she’s feeling unbride like? Go to Pinterest (this is my wedding board), BummedBride & TheKnot and dream of her big day 😦

Love. Peace & Wine

Sami

Quick Wedding Planning FYI:

I just wanted to do a quick overview of what correspondence  with the wedding coordinator is like. Its better to email your coordinator than to call Royal Romance. When you call their center you end up talking to one of their customer service reps, hardly ever your actual coordinator. And the answer to your questions, if they even answer them, are usually incorrect.  So email is the way to go. The further out your wedding the longer the response time, as they are dealing with the most current and upcoming weddings. But if you’re like me aka a hounder you’ll get your response.

 

Peace, Love & Wine,

Sami

Wedding Planning; 3 Months….oh Sh*t.

I’m starting this blog because I’ve been squaring the internet for cruise ship wedding reviews and have come up completly empty handed. Seeing as though we are three months from our wedding date, I’ll have to catch you guys up on what has and hasn’t been going on. Before we even begin to dive in let me state this disclaimer now: IF YOU HAVE OCD OR NEED TO KNOW EVERY SINGLE DETAIL OF YOUR WEDDING, THIS IS NOT THE OPTION FOR YOU. Fortunately and unfortunately this happened to me, but before I knew better. Like I said there’s really nothing online that breaks down what a cruise ship wedding consists of and the main thing it consists of is waiting. Lots and lots and lots of waiting.

So after months of arguing about venues and wedding colors and table clothes, Derrick and I got the bright idea of getting married on a cruise ship since we had just gotten back from our first cruise ever (Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas *EXCELLENT*) and were now in love with cruising. We did a quick search on Royals website , went back and forth with a couple of “are you sure’s” and before I knew it we booked our wedding. Just like that…..well not really. See, you call Royal Caribbean’s wedding center, I think its called Royal Weddings now (they change the name every few months smh), they have different packages to choose from you can check them out here but prices and packages change so please call Royal Caribbean for up to date info. Once you’ve decided on a package (we choose Paradise Shipboard on their newest ship Anthem of the Seas, having our wedding right before the ship leaves), Royal Romance sends you out a massive load of paper work for you and your beloved fiance to fill out, you then return said paper work and wait for your wedding date to be approved. Now listen closely: once they have approved your wedding date, you have 5…….1,2,3,4,5 days to pay for the wedding package and no, your wedding package does not include a stateroom, you must book that and put a deposit down first. (sorry, its been almost a year since we’ve booked so some info will come in late as I begin to remember things, I really apologize) Once you’ve paid for your wedding the fun beings, I mean the waiting begins :/

See our wedding/cruise wasn’t for almost a year and a half at the time we booked, and with these cruiseship weddings they only deal with the ones that are as far as three months out. So, here we are finally at our 3 month mark, between last January and now to keep me busy I’ve:

  1. Sent out Save The Dates which I ordered from MagnetStreet     
  2. Picked out my wedding colors
  3. Designed and put together my wedding invitations which I got from Michael’s      
  4. Ordered my wedding dress
  5. Decided on bridesmaid dresses

Trust me, all of that doesn’t even take up 2 months if you’re really excited about your wedding lol. Once you’ve hit your 3 month mark you are assigned a wedding coordinator for your wedding. Ours is Nicole Torres, who seems pretty nice. Our package comes with one coordinator for our first 25 guest, after that an additional fee of 250 is required for another coordinator for the next 25 guest and so on. At this moment we are at 53 guest……and yes I need a third coordinator for those other 3 guests :/

As of right now, my over all rating for this experience is 3 1/2 stars out of 5. I’ll update you soon. If you have any questions please feel free to comment, I will answer to the best of my ability.

 

Peace. Love & Wine,

Samantha