Making memories that will last a lifetime is all in a day’s work for P&O Cruises’ dedicated Wedding Planner, Natasha Bhan, who is celebrating 500 weddings, vow renewal and commitment ceremonies at sea.
Some people love cruising, and for those people, a ceremony on the sparkling blue water is at the top of their wedding wish-list.
P&O Cruises has been offering ceremonies at sea since 2011 and remains the only cruise line in the market to offer a dedicated Australian Wedding Planner.
Wedding planning at sea
Natasha looks after the exact detail of each couple’s wedding, ensuring their special day goes to plan. She has had a busy start to the year with 70 ceremonies at sea already booked for 2020 and beyond.
Every wedding is special for Natasha and as Valentine’s Day approaches, Natasha reflects on one of her most memorable ceremonies at sea.
“Corey and Belinda de Bruyn met in primary school, had two beautiful little boys and became engaged. Neither of them had been on a cruise before but decided that getting married onboard a ship was for them,” Ms Bhan said.
“They had joked about having their wedding on a cruise because they wanted something different but had no idea it was even possible and that’s when they got in touch with me.”
“The de Bruyn’s wedding was our very first ceremony on flagship Pacific Explorer. Corey and Belinda became cruise-converts and have been sailing with us ever since.”
“Ceremonies are such a memorable and emotional experience for our guests. It is something couples cherish forever and to be able to bring that to life for them is an amazing thing.”
Natasha Bhan, P&O Wedding Planner
A wedding on a P&O cruise ship takes all the hassle out of organising the special day because the dedicated Wedding Planning team does everything for the bride and groom, spanning small and intimate events of 16 guests to larger affairs of 100 people or more.
P&O Cruises weddings offer fantastic value for money, starting at $2500 for the ceremony, photography, cake, and flowers.
In addition to spending valuable time onboard with loved ones, the bride and groom are treated like a VIP with some extras to make their day special including a spa voucher, complimentary dinner, bathrobes to take home and an invite to the ‘Meet the Officers’ party on applicable cruises.
Australian and New Zealand laws require a registered celebrant to perform a wedding ceremony. Guests can choose their own celebrant to officiate the ceremony. They must be registered in either Australia or New Zealand, depending on the port of marriage.
Wedding ceremonies are held onboard while the ship is in port on the day of embarkation, allowing the celebrant to disembark prior to sailing away.
Couples looking to renew their vows can also choose to have this performed by the ship’s captain or senior officer.
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