Yeah, so my girlfriend - soon to be fiance (or "financee") and soon to be wife, are considering a cruise wedding, only we're both catholic and will not consider something other than a catholic wedding.
So am I right to assume Princess is the only cruiseline that does weddings on their ship(s)?
I'm sure we can alternatively arrange to have a wedding on land, but a catholic wedding on a ship would be faaaantastic.
Anyone ever heard of someone doing this?
We're sailing on the Grand this May 18th so we'll be sure to have a first hand look at the chapel.
I think the weddings are non-denominational. The Captain performs the service. Since the ceremony is done at sea, in "no man's land", there is no country associated with the ceremony for legality. Therefore, the captain is the only one legally authorized to perform the ceremony. Even if you brought a priest on the cruise with you, I am not sure of the legalities. You could have the Catholic ceremony and then follow up with the Captain to make it legal.
Apparently, you might be able to have the ceremony at embarkation and have someone other than the Captain perform the ceremony while still in port, before the ship sails. Or possibly on the ship when the ship is in one of the ports you can get a local priest.
I seem to remember vaguely someone once mentioning that they 'took' a priest with them on their cruise, specifically to perform their wedding ceremony. It's an expensive option, but if Princess have no objections and you could afford it... you could have the best of both worlds.