Posted November 7th, 2007, 05:15 PM
What is your cruise's itinerary? You can check into what possibilities are in each port for affordable vow renewals.
To give you an example of what is possible, here is what I have going:
Janelle's fee: $195
Location: Free (This beach does not have any fee to use!)
Bouquet: $65 (you can get a smaller one for $45) She has even suggested that my little girl carry a starfish decorated with a jewel and some tiny flowers. That's only $15, so I'm getting that for our 6 year old. But you know that sounds like a really pretty and inexpensive alternative to a bouquet!
Officiant: $200 (this is with Janelle, I am using a local pastor on the island that I know who is also a tour guide. We booked him for the day and after he officiates for our ceremony he has a surprise itinerary for the three of us. So my fee for tour guide/minister will be $300)
Cake: $45 (our daughter said this was a must have!)
Toasting supplies: $35-50
Bubbles: $6 (I thought it would be something to keep my daughter occupied. Then I thought we might like to have fun and blow some bubbles too after the ceremony).
I economized in other areas. My dress was purchased on ebay. It was only $7.50. That's right $7.50. Am I the new queen of cheap?
I honestly don't know if I am more embarassed or proud of my bargain find. But I like it alot. It was worn once by a bride for her bridal shower. The dress is of good quality and in mint condition. Honestly, I cannot believe that it was ever worn. It is really perfect for an informal beach ceremony. It has light beading and very comfortable to move around in. I've seen scores really nice (new!) dresses on ebay that are under $100. Because we've had a wedding, I wasn't going to go running around from store to store for that perfect dress. I don't have time.
You don't necessarily have to hire a photographer for the occassion. The coordinator would probably be more than happy to snap some shots during the ceremony and get some photos afterwards if you give her the camera to do so. I am a wedding photographer and can make some recommendations for ways to make the most of amateur shots.
Let me know what you come up with!