Skip the Cruise for the Wedding if you like to travel
Skip the Cruise for the Wedding
It all sounds romantic enough. Love at sea! On-board entertainment! Exotic port “I Do’s”! It is the celebration that promises your closest friends and family will be able to all stay together and nobody has to worry about organizing anything, especially feeding all the guests – which for some people, can be appealing.
I’m not a big fan of taking cruises. There is the obvious crowds on board, herds of “cattle” rushing buffet lines and my neurotic worry that we will all die of some fast-moving infectious disease. I know some people love it, but to me its the least fun way to celebrate with friends and family.
I just truly believe there are so many better ways to travel.
Think about it. All that food on cruise ships? The all-you-can-eat stuff that people get so excited about? Yeah, that’s all typically quantity vs. quality – it is a massive amount of food prepared for thousands of people with the knowledge that a lot of it is probably going to go to waste. Sounds appetizing for your wedding, especially, right? Of course there is the high-end exception now and then… but then its probably not a big cruise ship anymore.
If you’re going to do a destination wedding, don’t you want your guests to learn about a new culture and experiencing local flavors? If it were me, I would want them to be able to explore a new city and get lost in the history or beauty of an exotic new place.
Cruise lines boast about exotic ports of call. Sure, its great to stop in Istanbul… but it would just about kill me to only get to stay there for 10 hours. How, exactly, are you supposed to experience these new places in a mere half-day? And when you dedicate one entire port day to the actual wedding – how much more are you missing out on?
I get that for some people, cruises are actually a great way to travel. I don’t totally understand why, but hey – different strokes for different folks. Still, I’m telling you, as an experienced destination wedding photographer, there are much better options for travel.
You could rent a large house somewhere amazing and self-cater for all your friends an family. For what they would be paying for a cruise, you could actually all pool your money and come up with something pretty fabulous. Then, you have time to explore the area, enjoy local cuisine, go hiking and to the beach and visiting all the must-see landmarks. Your photographer could even capture some of the excursions and really portray what it looked like to be in this amazing place.
Sure, you may be missing out on the casinos and variety acts, but… are you really missing out? Vegas is so close…
Instead, you and your guests could be designing your own itineraries, and your wedding day could go off with far less stress and rush than it would aboard a cruise ship to eat and be entertained on their schedule vs. yours. It just could be so much… better. You can do better.
But hey – if your heart is still set on a cruise exchanging of vows, go for it. Whatever floats your boat.