The island of Aruba which boasts year-round ideal weather, world-class beaches and breathtaking sunsets is a picture perfect place for a destination wedding or honeymoon.
Aruba offers everything couples need to celebrate the beginning of the rest of their lives together.
Destination Weddings in Aruba
Couples choosing to get married in Aruba generally first have their civil ceremony – the legal part of the wedding – in the morning, followed by a beach blessing in the afternoon or evening. Civil ceremonies always take place in the Civil House, which is a historic, sea-colored renovated mansion in downtown Oranjestad. Couples then have the choice of many luxurious hotels and resorts in which to hold their ceremony and reception. From beach blessings on the sugar-white sands at sunset, to receptions aboard a catamaran, to reciting vows to the gentle rhythm of steel-pan drums, Aruba offers an authentic island experience for couples tying the knot.
Below are some wedding packages that you might want to consider in Aruba:
Customized Weddings at Bucuti Beach Resort
At Bucuti Beach Resort, weddings are designed individually for each bride and groom. The resort offers a choice of packages to begin the planning process which includes a decorated wedding area on the beach, services performed by a non-denominational officiate, flowers, champagne and music, plus planning assistance from the resort’s award-winning wedding coordinator. In addition to the beach blessing, Bucuti Beach Resort will also coordinate a couple’s civil ceremony, and can offer a sit-down wedding reception dinner on the beach for up to 12 people, or a buffet-style dinner on the beach for up to 50 guests. For more information or to book a wedding at Bucuti Beach Resort, email email@example.com.
“Free Caribbean Wedding” Package at The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba offers a “Free Caribbean Wedding” package exclusively for couples who book a minimum seven-night stay on the all-inclusive plan in a Superior Ocean Front Room. The package includes a romantic wedding location on the beach, professional wedding planning services, a non-denominational pastor, one-tiered wedding cake, garden-fresh bridal bouquet and boutonnière, a bottle of champagne, marriage certificate, preparation of all documents and a special gift from the resort. Themed decorations and a complimentary candlelight dinner for two are also included in the package. Videography and photography services, music and reception/banquet options are also available at additional costs. An $850 fee applies for stays less than seven nights. The “Free Caribbean Wedding” program is valid through December 31, 2009. For reservations and more information, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.caribbeanhi.com/aruba.
Kunuku Traditional Wedding Ceremony at The Aruba Marriott & Stellaris Casino
At The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, couples have the option to get married under an archway replica of a traditional Aruban kunuku house on the resort’s pristine beach. Champagne and cake are served after the ceremony amid the sounds of Caribbean steel drums. Components of the package include a palm- fringed walkway to the kunuku archway decorated with tropical flowers; a professional photographer; a one-tier wedding cake; flower arrangements for the signage table, bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere; a bottle of champagne; one-hour of live steel drum music before and after the ceremony; the service of a non-denominational pastor; a wedding certificate as a keepsake; and services of the resort’s on-site wedding coordinator. This package is available year-round, and starts from $2,350, excluding service charges and taxes. For more information, please visit www.arubamarriott.com or contact the resort’s on-site wedding planner at 011-297-520-6634.
The Occidental Grand Aruba Offers Stress-Free Wedding Planning
For those looking to plan a stress-free destination wedding, the Occidental Grand Aruba offers an online date confirmation system, save-the-date invitation tool, and value-added amenities for weddings, honeymoons and anniversary trips. Couples may simply visit www.occidentalweddings.com to reserve their wedding date, and an on-site wedding coordinator from the Aruba resort will contact them within two business days to create a celebration that fits their style and budget. Additionally, the online save-the-date tool provides a cost-effective and eco-friendly way for couples to send personalized notices to guests, and an online link for guests to reserve and pay for their rooms directly. As the Occidental Grand Aruba is an all-inclusive resort, a plethora of dining options and daily and nightly activities are available to guests throughout their stay, providing no surprises on the hotel bill at check-out time.
Rehearsal Dinner or Wedding Reception at Sea
For couples looking to celebrate their love at sea, they can host their private event aboard a catamaran on the Caribbean. For those planning their rehearsal dinner, Red Sail Sports offers a Dinner Sail experience, including views of the sunset along Aruba’s scenic coast, followed by a Caribbean buffet catered by award-winning chefs. Private charters for up to 38 people (seated) or 80 people (reception-style) are available, and prices start from $105 per person, for a minimum of 20 people. Red Sail Sports can also accommodate wedding receptions on their catamarans, and the relaxing sail is a perfect way to end a beach wedding. The boat departs from the Palm Beach pier and sails along Aruba’s scenic coastline. Guests can enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary bar featuring wine, beer and cocktails as they watch the sun go down over the water. Private charters for up to 100 guests are available, starting from $45 per person. To book a private sail, couples can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011-297-586-1603.
Aruba Offers Exclusive “One Cool Honeymoon” Program for Newlyweds
For those who have already planned their wedding, Aruba also offers wonderful honeymoon options for those who have recently tied the knot. Honeymooning couples have always received the red carpet treatment in Aruba, and now they have access to even greater amenities through Aruba’s “One Cool Honeymoon” program. Honeymooners at participating hotels and resorts receive a bottle of champagne in their room upon arrival, a souvenir gift from their resort, as well as one free hotel night stay upon their return anniversary visit. Honeymooning couples also receive special discounts on spa treatments, island tours, snorkeling excursions and on meals at select restaurants. Newlyweds only need to identify themselves while booking their hotel accommodations to automatically receive these special offers.
For more information on participating Aruba hotels and resorts, visit www.aruba.com/SpecializedVacations/weddings.aspx.
According to Wedding Industry Trends by The Wedding Report, Inc. 2008, destination weddings have increased by 400% in the last decade. Occidental Hotels is capitalizing on this trend and making it easy for brides to select one of their all-inclusive resorts for their wedding celebration.
Occidental now has an online “save the date” invitation tool along with several romantic all-inclusive packages at their locations throughout the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Complimentary weddings are availabe to parties booking a minimum of 15-20 rooms in some locations.
The hotel chain guarantees that a wedding coordinator will contact the bride within two business days after the online booking request is received to go over the options with the bride, thus resulting in less stressful wedding planing.
Couples can visit their site at www.occidentalweddings.com to review the options.
One of the simplest and romantic ways to get married is to hold your event and honeymoon at one of the 12 luxurious Sandals Resorts in Jamaica or the Caribbean. Although my nuptials were not held there, it is a very romantic and beautiful couples resort. I had the opportunity to vacation at Sandals in Jamaica as well as Sandals in St. Lucia several years ago.
While on my romantic trip, I watched brides and grooms every day holding their wedding ceremonies with the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean behind them for the perfect photo shoot. All of the arrangements are made with their on-site coordinator and you have a built in honeymoon at a luxurious all-inclusive resort including all meals and activities such as water skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Dream Honeymoons; Destination Weddings at Sandals Resorts!
Already married? Why not celebrate with a romantic anniversary trip. Renew your Vows and Reaffirm your love with a Sandals vacation.
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