So! After a lot of postponing and shuffling and messing around with dates and what-ifs and stuff, we've decided that what we really want is an intimate wedding at sea with just us, our parents, and our two closest friends and their spouses which basically means we're having an 8-person total headcount. So we wanted to do something special and have our wedding on a Disney cruise. I've taken their cruises before and their service is unparalleled, so I assumed their wedding planning services would be the same. And so far they have! Except there's one tiny problem.
Apparently if you have a Disney cruise wedding, they won't marry you at sea. Well, they WILL, but they insist on doing two ceremonies: the legal ceremony while docked on embarkation day, and then the "real" ceremony at sea. I'm obviously not thrilled about this. Right now we haven't booked anything yet and I haven't had the date confirmed, but it's possible the way Disney sets up times and dates for ceremonies that our legal ceremony would happen in port, and then the full-blown wedding would happen up to a week later. Our other option is to do a courthouse ceremony before leaving, but that just FURTHER separates the dates and I don't want to do that.
Now I looked around on the site a little but so far it seems everyone here has done Princess/Celebrity/Carnival etc. and they've all done the ones where you're in port and then leave for the cruise after the ceremony. Has anyone here done a Disney cruise wedding? Did you have any luck getting them to do the legal and personal ceremonies on the same day (i.e. were you able to have your actual wedding be on embarkation day)? If not, how did you deal with having separate ceremonies? Help please! I want my Disney cruise wedding but I'm having such a hard time reconciling my wedding-at-sea dream with the idea of having separate legal and personal ceremonies!!!