Planning a Wedding at Sea?

Image courtesy of Cunard

Transatlantic travel should be a majestic experience, one that evokes the pleasures of a golden era.  This is perhaps bestcaptured by Cunard, a name that has long been synonymous with luxury cruising.   Over time, they have refurbished and updated their ships while still holding true to the traditional values that have made them so popular.

Now, they’ve added a program sure to have  guests singing their praises: the Cunard Wedding Programme.  For the first time in the Line’s 172-year history, beginning in April 2012, guests will be able to celebrate an unforgettable wedding day at sea!

Please read on for a quick Q&A regarding this impressive addition to the line’s amenities:

Is a wedding program offered on Cunard?

Yes! Beginning in April 2012, guests can celebrate an extraordinary wedding at sea, aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. They are available on Cunard’s worldwide voyages lasting seven nights or more.

Who performs the weddings on Cunard?

Ceremonies are conducted by the Captain.

Where do the Cunard weddings take place?

Various venues are available aboard each ship depending on the size of the wedding party, from elegant lounges to award-winning restaurants, including The Verandah on Queen Elizabeth and Todd English on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

Where are Cunard receptions held?

Venues vary according to wedding party size (see above).

How many guests can be accommodated at a Cunard wedding?

Weddings are performed at sea; attendees must be Cunard guests- please speak with a coordinator about wedding size.

What time of day are Cunard weddings performed?

At either 11:00 a.m. or 3:30 p.m., and the ceremonies will take place on days at sea.

Cunard Wedding Package information:

Cunard has created a Wedding Package – with a tempting array of optional extras – to meet all requirements.  The main package includes the ceremony conducted by the Captain, traditional wedding music, a White Star Bellman escorting the bride, floral arrangements, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and, of course, the wedding cake as well as priority check-in and luggage delivery.

A never-to-be-forgotten day is available for $2,500 plus a marriage license fee of $575.  An array of Cunard’s “Finishing Touches” are also available for purchase and include items such as a Bride and Groom’s Champagne and Caviar Breakfast in Bed, or a three-tiered fruit cake.  In addition, wedding gifts of fine wines, champagne and spa treatments can be purchased in advance and arranged for on board.

What’s included in the Wedding Package:

  • Priority luggage delivery
  • Press service for bridal outfits
  • Priority embarkation (and disembarkation) for the bridal couple
  • Services of a wedding coordinator on board
  • Two fresh floral arrangements for the ceremonial room
  • Bridal bouquet and bridegroom’s boutonniere, with a choice of roses,   lilies or exotic flowers
  • One-tier wedding cake
  • Traditional wedding music
  • Elegant wedding ceremony venue
  • White Star Bellman to escort the bride to the ceremonial room
  • Ceremony at sea conducted by the Captain
  • Commemorative wedding certificate
  • Commemorative printed wedding menu
  • Bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne
  • Bride & Groom Breakfast in Bed
  • Wedding invitations and Thank You cards for voyage guests

Cunard Wedding Receptions:

Weddings can be tailored with Cunard’s “Finishing Touches” to reflect individual requests and preferences, from an accompaniment by the ship’s own harpist, to a beautiful ice sculpture.  Under the guidance of Cunard’s global culinary ambassador, Chef Patron Jean-Marie Zimmermann, the ships’ world-class culinary teams will prepare wedding canapés, a delicious wedding lunch or an exquisite wedding dinner.

Find out more about Cunard here.

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