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Sent you an email. I was not sure if I interpreted your email address. Before I sent you to my picture account, I thought I would send you and email first. Send me a confirmation back so I know that it works. Glad to help any newbies. There was very few people that could help and those that could were really a big help, but had very little to offer. Fldogmassage and I were really in the dark and thought we would do our best to make it different for anyone coming after us. She is a little busy right now.
Matt aka Blue Line,
I think the western Caribbean would be calmer only because its inside the Gulf as oppose to the perimeter leading into the Atlantic. If you look at the weather patterns right now in the gulf and Atlantic, you can see that storms develop everywhere in the gulf from the Yucatan Peninsula to the western edge of Africa. Really, look at a Farmer's Almanac and look at the July patterns in the Gulf to see what is the best time to go on the cruise. Early July is not as active, but Hurricane Dennis developed in early in July and I can't remember where it began either. H. Ivan started off the western Caribbean in Sept. so when do the storms develop and make it bad for a cruise ship is questionable. I love the Oasis class would go again on the Allure in a heartbeat!
Not a problem, we are all on the same boat (figuratively anyway). You are trying to get married on a sailing that does not exist yet, I am on a boat that has not even been built. I know for myself there was a lot of worry and questions in the beginning, hence that long email to the Romance Dept. I have been engaged for 4 months and still have another year and half to go. I have let the daily "have to get something done", "must look at wedding crap" out of my system. With getting married on the ship there is really only so much to be done so early, and you have to give into that a bit. Once you select your sailing and are able to book your date you will be much better about everything. I have had interactions with both Desirae and Keana from the Romance Dept. Desirae is the one that I had my initial contact with and the long email exchange, she was on top of things and always took care of me when I needed something. Desirae was the one I signed my paperwork with as well. When Royal wanted to be paid I was contacted by Keana. Keana and I spoke several times (I was waiting on a particular credit card to be delivered) while she was seeking payment. When I finally did pay I asked for a copy of the information I found in this thread, the selection sheet. Keana said she would send it, but she did not. I emailed Keana about it a couple weeks later and again ignored. As much as Keana said she was now my rep and that it did not matter who I spoke to, I will not be working with her any further. When she wanted something she called every other day, I want something and get ignored. I have let it go for now since I am so far out, in a few months I will back to it all I am sure. BTW, Group booking is a separate dept you need to contact before hand, through the regular 800 number, getting the cabins set up is the first big step. They do not want to know anything else until they know a firm and deposit paid for amount of people.
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There are other girls at Royal Romance as well. Fldogmassage had a girl named Maria, she was not so impressed, and I had a girl named Vivian (I loved her). So, it is all who gets assigned to you at their end. It may be by ship, or by rotation. Who knows. Fldogmassage and I were on the Allure and only a month apart.
I started with a girl named Amy and she quit working there and I was not notified at all! If I had not called and asked why I was not being serviced after waiting 6 weeks with no communication I would have never known.
I will say, besides that little glitch, and what sometimes seems like no correspondence for a long time, my wedding was awesome. Its gets better nearer to the wedding date. Vivalaparte is right, you just have to give up on the "need to handle everything NOW" when its a year out, 6 months out....they will notify you. However, I will tell you I notified them that my schedule was going to be too hectic when they were going to need my info. SO, I requested they send me the finalization papers early, so my husband and I can leisurely decide on things and then when they call for the details I have them ready. I was afraid of needing to make hasty decisions because they were like "johnny come lately" with me.
I am a teacher and planned my wedding shortly after school was out because that happens to be right at the beginning of hurricane season. Living in Florida and going through about 9 hurricanes myself, I did not want to be on...around...near....in a hurricane during my wedding/honeymoon. That meant that when RCCL needed my wedding finalization, my students my full attention, not my wedding planner.
FYI....did my anti-hurricane plans work???? NO! My husband (who has never had to drive through a tropical storm or hurricane) had to drive through the eye of tropical storm Andrea to get us to Ft. Lauderdale from the panhandle of Florida!! Murphy's LAW wouldn't you know! What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! I have driven through tropical storm near hurricane strength before! It's an interesting ride. Really, its just a long thunderstorm that ebbs and flows. Was not too bad, just a pain.
FYI, that finalization notification came around at the two week before the wedding mark! We were very nervous that RCCL claimed they will finalize at the 45 day prior to wedding. I think they may notify you (maybe) and give you the very long list. I believe earlier in this thread is an example of the list we were given. Then you decided.....give it back to RCCL....they will tally up the $ and get back with you on how much it costs and you will then prepay for the rest of the wedding planned events of the reception, cake, extra flowers, sound technician or DJ, etc. You need a sound technician if you chose to use your Ipod. it costs $150 more. I just used a CD that I prerecorded with all the music I wanted. No upcharge, they use a boom box, but its not very loud. It was disappointing.
One thing I did like, if you have a wedding on embarkation day, I added the welcome drink. Its only $2.50 each person. It was nice for my family who had been waiting since 9:00 for the wedding. Why you ask?? Remember, they have to get themselves ready, then from their hotel (wherever that is) shuttle to the port, which can take time depending on how many of you are traveling on that shuttle, wait at the terminal maybe even until 11:45-12:00 in some cases, and then wait on bride and groom. Then not get a drink until after the ceremony! That is around 12:30. That is a long time without something to drink. Fldog. had water and snacks for her guests at the port for them. I had snacks and asked them to bring their own water, however they still were thankful for the punch.
Ok, I think I have exhausted my ideas again. If I think of anything else, I will post. I am trying to post on my own review site for my wedding. I am still trying to get pics up there for you all.
Oh, one more thing. The one tier cake is not bad. I used a nice size topper so it did not look disproportional. It will cost you more for the two tier cake only because you will have to buy both cakes. It costs must more to do it that way. We opted not for that, some do because they have that many guests anyway.
Hi lightskingal, its been a while. Your wedding is right around the corner!!! Getting nervous? How are the plans coming? With Fldogmassage's review, did you feel less stressed? I wish we had this kind of review to help us.
The on board crew is even better than Vivian, so you are in great hands and smooth sailing. The next person will give you her cell phone number for personal attention to ensure that your shipboard part of the wedding planning goes smoothly. So you have the preplanning section with RCCL, then the ship planners that supply your wedding cooridinators. They were EXCELLENT at my wedding. I had two of them because I had over 25 guests and I was thankful they were in place. One to help us newby cruisers, and one to get the non-cruising guests in place. With 20 newby cruisers, we needed all the help we could get and my poor husband lost his $400 camera in the hustle of check-in at the terminal and the minister took him everywhere to find it! THEY DID! Everyone with RCCL worked hard to make sure our waiting (which was too long for some reason), our entry on board (everyone to their proper place) went off on time.
I think the key was that I had a two hour wedding reception. It kind of forces them to get their timing right. I am not sure how things go if there are multiple weddings on the same day. Fldogmassage had three weddings going on her day. Although she only had one hour reception and her wedding actually was later than mine. They did not make sure her guests had her full hour. That was wrong in my opinion and I made sure the WC at RCCL knew about it and I was not going to stand for that at my wedding and would ask for reimbursement of any time they shortened the reception. Of course I said it in a nice way. After all we prepay for it!
I am almost ready we got the forms already so trying to get the last minute people info for he non cruisers. I know I wish we could afford the two hour reception! We have 65 guest now so I'm sure they won't let us do the hot de..... Reception which would've been allot cheaper! O we'll most of our guest are cruising so we will have lots of fun with them. So excited!
We just bought our rings today so we are good to go now lol
Here are your emailed questions and my answers are in Red! For anyone reading this...I sent my Flickr pics of my wedding to Blue Line so he and his fiance' could see them. I can't seem to get them to load on this forum. He asked to have the questions answered here for everyone's benefit. I agree. That's a good idea.
If you get a chance, I was just wondering a few things:
Was that the standard cake, or did you upgrade it?
[COLOR=Blue]Cake is standard for 50 guests. It is only one tier. It is very beautiful, they make it look like it is ornate. Nice detail, I thought. I brought the double heart accents and the topper was made by the same florist that did my bouquet. [COLOR=Blue]We had the yellow cake with raspberry filling. LOVED IT. It has about 4 layers to it.[/color]
The extra cake can be sent to your room and you can eat it, but it is not taken to the kitchen so you can throw it out, or save it. I saved it for a bit only because it was that good and my mother loves wedding cake! I also let my stateroom attendant take some and share it with the staff that evening.
What time was your wedding, and when did your reception start and end?
[COLOR=Blue]Since my reception was a two hour reception, and the ship leaves at 5:00pm, guests need to be off by 3:00. They actually get escorted off then but begin to get escorted off at 2:45 and are then walked around the ship. Some brides and grooms have walked around the ship with their guests. THe hour of your wedding works backwards from when they need to disembark. So, I needed to be at the alter by 12:30 to make sure the reception was going on by 1:00. I had the Buffet Luncheon with bar service. I also had a the extra hour bar service. In actuality, we are not a drinking crowd, but I wanted the extra hour of time with my family that was traveling across the country to the wedding. The paperwork says that the lunch is taken away after the hour, ours was not. I will tell you the food was fantastic! In fact, the roast beef was much better than that in the main dining room that night! I cut some and took it back to my room for later (sounds tacky, but I wanted to enjoy what I paid for and I brought extra ziplock bags with me).
Did the onboard photographer take the photos you have on Flickr? And if so, what package did you get? And did you wish you would have got a different one? (I regretted not buying the disk last year on our cruise with all the pics, that's why I ask)
All the pictures you saw were from the photographer. After Fldogmassage had her wedding, she told me the smallest package was 499.99 and they go up from there. You only get 15 photos for that price! There are other price points too, $799 for 25 photos I think. But the best deal is buy the entire CD. I was set on only getting 15 photos for $500 price, but for the hour he took 228 pictures. They do not keep the photos so you must decide then and there. I pleaded with him to call the company and let me have some time to buy the Cd within a year of the wedding but I would have to pay the whole CD price which is $1200 after spending $500 on the cruise. That is lots of money. They bring you to the studio, show you all the photos, and of course you love them all. Those candid shots of my family hiding the fart machine...priceless! My husband and I decided that we would just bite the bullet and buy the whole CD while we were there, that allows you the entire copyright to your wedding photos. Look, this is how I see it, you have to decide what you are willing to spend your money on. My entire family except my beautiful daughter's family was there at my wedding. That will NEVER happen again. Those pictures were priceless to me, I recognized that and I can pay that credit card off relatively quickly. If I had known that was what I was going to do in the first place, I would have paid for the extra photographer's hour (its only $95) and had a list of family photos I would have had him do. I would love family photos of all the families that were there. That is my only regret. I could have gotten wonderful family photos of each family, gotten one for us, and send one to each of them for a post thank you gift for coming to our wedding.
Hope this helps any of you who are deciding on what do to with your photography. I know it becomes costly when you start adding up everything leading up to the cruise, wedding, gratis, port events, and for some of you getting to the wedding and the hotel stay the day before. Its all in how you budget it all. Figure out where your money is going and what is important to you. Another way to look at it is this....15 photos for $500 o in my case, 228 for $1200. Seems like the better deal! Maybe prepare on spending a dollar amount and then go from there.
Last edited by ccsci; September 8th, 2013 at 10:45 PM.
Most of your guests are cruising?? So this means you will get some funds returned when you get back from your trip right?? We ended up giving our group $50 per cabin, can I ask what your giving your group? My travel agent said we could have a bottle of wine for each cabin, a private cocktail party or the money. With you having such a large group, I wonder what your group benefit was? You don't have to say, just curious.
Did you say you live near the port or do you have your hotel picked out for the night before? How about your hair and make up?
Sorry I have not been on the boards. Life has been good crazy.
Skimmed thru trying to catch up and I do not think there is anything I can add.
Now that a few months have passed and I look back. I would do nothing different. I love that I had an RCCL wedding. It was amazing. My family's review has all been positive I only wish I could do it all over again.
I had a family member video tape the ceremony and finally got to see it a month ago. It was great to see it from the outside. You miss sooo much as it is taking place.
Wish I could figure out how to post pictures on this thread. Sorry.
Our benefit was the cost of a free cabin but we were given the same choices are you. Our group would not really care for the free bottle of champagne. We actually knew about the credit when we first decided to have a cruise wedding and planned to use it for a free cabin because my future hubby mom does not work and we would have to pay for her cabin so we gave it to her! I think we have a little bit left over for onboard credit (100.00) we going to use it to help pay for a day in atlantis probably.
We live in Canada so we are flying down our whole group lives in canada except two people coming from newyork. I have a friend who does hair she is coming to the wedding so she willl do my hair same with make-up! Called in all the favours from friends.
My biggest problem right now is that everyone thinks my wedding is free did you encounter this? WHYYYY WHHYY do they think my wedding is free i dont know LOL
Last edited by lightskinedgyal; September 9th, 2013 at 08:59 AM.
Haha, I do not know about people thinking it is free... but everyone certainly comments on how cheap and easy it all is going to be! Granted we could do things to modify our costs, do a renewal and get married on land before hand instead of at sea, select a less exciting sailing, not be treating certain people in our family (come on booking 16 cabins :P), but in the end I am sure it will be worth it.
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Well, that is strange they think the wedding is free. My wedding reception Luncheon ended up costing $66/person when you add the welcome drink! That is NOT CHEAP! It is cheaper than many venues and for the price of that kind of luncheon quality, it is very inexpensive! I planned my daughter's wedding and spent much more for a beach wedding. Lovely and a bit more expensive, without the quality of food.
We chose this venue because of it is really close to planning free compared to a local wedding, and you just can't beat being able to take off to your honeymoon destination hours after the wedding. For those who are getting married while sailing, I really wanted to do that, but my in-laws would not be there and that just would not work for me. I wanted as many family in attendance as possible.
My sister asked me if I would have changed anything after the wedding was over. I knew what I was getting. I read the boards, asked lots of questions, watched a wedding on youtube, talked with people who went to weddings on cruise ships. We investigated what we wanted. We loved our wedding and would not change anything except have them turn up the volume on the CD player and pay for the extra hour of the photographer.