Cruise Wedding Theme

Taking a cruise is a wonderful way to relax but having a cruise wedding theme is an even better way to celebrate your special day. Whether you can actually take a ride on the open water or whether you’re having a landlocked boat-themed party, you’ll find a cruise wedding theme to be a great choice.


image credit: CC-BY-SA-3.0 / Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

Generally, there are a few ways you can have a cruise wedding theme. If you can afford it, you can literally rent a boat and have the entire wedding take place on the open water. You could also rent a boat that stays docked and have the ceremony or reception on the boat. If boats aren’t an option, then you can always create a boat-like environment in your reception hall and ceremony location.

Most of these types of weddings would be more casual and intimate than more traditional weddings.


If you’re having a wedding on a boat, the captain can often act as your officiant. You may want to speak to the captain or boat rental organization about this possibility. If that’s not a possibility, you can choose to get legally married on land then have a symbolic ceremony on the boat.


Cruise weddings ‘ whether on a boat or not ‘ are going to be casual and relaxed. No one wants to feel uptight and formal on a cruise or at a cruise-themed wedding. Colors for your wedding should be nautical ‘ dark blue and white are the most common.


Your decorations should definitely be nautical. Consider finding cheap life savers and painting them to match your wedding colors then hang them up on the walls or use them as the foundation for centerpieces. If you can find, rent, or borrow stuffed and mounted fish to hang on the walls that might also be a great way to decorate. Hang blue linens on the walls to create the feeling of being surrounded by water. You can build small boats and place them in bowls of colored water on the tables surrounded by floating candles as a centerpiece.

casual coupleFood

A cruise theme should definitely have a casual meal, probably a buffet. The main courses should center around seafood, particularly fresh fish, lobster, crab, shrimp, and similar items. You might also want a few ‘turf’ options to go with all the ‘surf’ dishes in case some of your guests aren’t partial to fish. If you’re feeling a bit whimsical, use a cake topper that shows the bride catching her groom on a fishing pole. The cake can be decorated with fish and starfish made from sugar or icing.


You have plenty of options when it comes to what to wear to your cruise-themed wedding. Since it’s informal, you don’t have to wear a traditional wedding gown if you don’t want to. In fact, you might want to have your wedding gown fashioned after traditional sailor dresses instead. Men can wear casual suits or even sailor costumes if they want. Instead of flowers or similar headpieces, give your bridesmaids sailor hats to wear.

Favor Ideas

If you’re taking your guests on an actual cruise for a few hours, then that’s probably the only wedding favor you need to provide. Most will be more than happy with that gift. Otherwise, you might choose to create decorative packages of boat-shaped chocolates or soaps or boat-shaped photo frames.


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