By land or by sea? Why not choose both:
With a Cocoa Beach Wedding you can have it all!
So you’ve already decided you want to get married by the water, be it by boat or beach. Now it’s decision time. Cruises can be fun and relaxing and they sell you that everything is all in one place. Sounds to me like a perfect….. honeymoon. Cruise boat weddings however can be stressful, expensive, and complicated. So get the best of both worlds with a complete beach wedding and then it’s “All aboard the S.S. Honeymoon!”
Why beach weddings are a better choice than cruise weddings:
- Expenses: It’s good to set a clear budget before any planning starts. A Cocoa Beach Wedding package has affordable and upfront prices with no hidden charges and fees. Set up/break down, wedding coordinating services, officiant, photographer, unity sand, and legal filing of your Florida marriage license is all included at a budget-friendly price. Cruise wedding packages can average around $4,000-$8,000. And that starting price comes with a whole list of fine print, exclusions, and additional charges. Oh, and it definitely doesn’t include the cost of the cruise/stateroom itself. If friends or family can’t afford to take the cruise but can be at the wedding, then having a wedding on the beach prior to sailing is the best choice!
- Time constraints: Pre-departure cruise weddings can be stressful. If guests are not cruising, the ceremony and time may feel very rushed. Flights can be delayed. Guests are provided specific boarding and exciting times and special accommodations will not be provided for non-cruising or late guests. Vacation season can make even large ships feel crowded!
- Don’t rock the boat: Considering getting married mid-cruise? You will be likely getting married inside in the lounge or theater. Those pre-wedding jitters don’t mix well with rough seas. A seasick bride, groom, or guests could make for a rocky wedding day. With a beach wedding, seas could be 10-15 feet all while you can enjoy them from the flat, silky sand of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
- Make it official: Many cruise wedding packages are not actual legal ceremonies. Couples need to follow the laws of the country where the cruise ship is registered and there may be specific residency requirements. Don’t be tricked by the “keepsake wedding certificate.” That does NOT pass for a legal marriage. Furthermore, foreign ports can also be tricky when it comes to legalizing marriages. You may need extra documentation and if something goes wrong it can be a nightmare. Florida Beach Weddings provides all the information you need to get legally married. We can assist you on how to get your Florida marriage license by mail – just bring it to the beach to get married.
- Plan ahead: Cruise ports, itineraries, and conditions can change, leaving you scrambling last minute. Cruises may skip ports of call due to weather. However, you can book your complete beach wedding way ahead of time without thinking twice. You will be ten minutes from the cruise port . You can even arrange a small reception on the ship!
You and your guests can set sail from the Port Canaveral after your Cocoa Beach Wedding. Check out cruises leaving out of Port Canaveral on your wedding date here. Beach weddings are the way to go and give you the best of both worlds. Say “Bon Voyage” to pricey, regulation-heavy cruise weddings and head over to book your Cocoa Beach Wedding! Call us today at (386) 214-6361 for more information.