- How long were you together before deciding to get married?
- Did you ever question whether to have a wedding ceremony/reception or not?
As the bride, at the beginning of the process, I was against having a ceremony. It felt old-fashioned in the worst way. However, it became clear that we needed to have a focal point for ourselves and guests to properly mark the occasion. With some adjustments (walking down the aisle by myself, a non-white wedding dress, a short and non-religious script for vows, and a friend as the officiant) I was comfortable and, in retrospect, happy we did it.
- What made you decide to have a wedding reception?
We both knew we wanted to mark the beginning of our marriage with a memorable celebration. The goal was to have an unforgettable party and invite our friends and family from all over the country and world.
- In the end, was it worth it?
Yes. We did things our way and it was exactly the celebration we wanted.
- What have you learned from the experience since then? Wedding receptions are expensive and logistically complicated no matter how simple or non-traditional you make them. We made sure that our day was about us and looking back, there’s nothing we would change.
- Are you happy you decided to have a wedding aboard a private yacht charter?
The yacht was definitely the best choice for us. Joe and I had two big priorities: a live band and a memorable venue. With so many people (nearly 3/4 of our guests) coming from out of town, many from as far away as California and Sweden, a hotel basement was not going to cut it. Having the wedding aboard the Royal Princess gave our NYC guests and out-of-towners alike a luxurious, close-up look at the city that you simply can’t get any other way. Doing the private charter also gave us a lot of control and the ability to customize the experience. We were also very happy to support a small, local business.