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    Alternative to High Rises for Weddings

    I was wondering if anyone can give me their review on other options in the high rise area for a destination wedding. my beautiful stepdaughter is thinking of aruba and i want to help her out as much as possible. if anyone can give me some off forum advice (i don't want to take up too much here although others might be interested), please pm me. for instance, she wants the ceremony on the beach and the wedding on the beach, not in a private room. also, ideas on approximate costs. i told her it would be alot cheaper than getting married here in NJ at a place. they don't want a big wedding, maybe 30 or 40 people. this will be my 2nd year in aruba so i am far from an expert. the Riu is out based on some comments I read. How about the Hyatt or Radisson or Occidental. I'm not sure what else is there...

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    one other thing, if you did get married at the Renaissance Island, do you have to stay there? She wants to stay in the high rise area, they're young and they want all the hustle & bustle of that area and the fact you can walk around there and there's alot happening. we could always worry about transportation for that one day but I wasn't sure if you needed to stay there, which they don't want to do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    one other thing, if you did get married at the Renaissance Island, do you have to stay there? She wants to stay in the high rise area, they're young and they want all the hustle & bustle of that area and the fact you can walk around there and there's alot happening. we could always worry about transportation for that one day but I wasn't sure if you needed to stay there, which they don't want to do...
    Hello! In retrospect, you don't have to stay at the Renaissance to get married there. We stayed there, and we could have stayed at the Westin, which I think is a nicer hotel. But there is no doubt in mind, the most beautiful place to get married in Aruba is on Renaissance Island at the Flamingo Beach.

    The two most important emails you'll need for your destination wedding in Aruba are, rjones@arubarenaissance.com and info@jasonmargarita.com, and Jason can put you in contact with a local stylist and make-up artist called, Alan and he's the best! For transportation De Palm Tours or another company called Fofoti. And I'll PM you the pricing's we got from different hotels.

    Sas.

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    thank you, i appreciate that

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    Rather than piggybacking, we'll give this its own thread

    http://www.aruba.com/specialvacation...oneymoons.aspx

    Wedding Planners

    Wedding Brochure

    For a private wedding Renaissance Island
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/wedd...naissance.html

    Info here on Low rise alternatives
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/wedd...m%20manor.html

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/wedding%20bucuti.html

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/wedding%20divi.html


    Most all resorts offer wedding packages of some sort or other

    I would get a map with the names of each resort, with the area south of Palm beach, beginning at the Amsterdam Manor, and do an internet search for specific wedding info at each resort. It is a lot of work but hopefully your research will pay off and you will see all available options, other than just those suggested here.

    Some low rise resorts offering weddings off the top of my head:
    Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
    Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba & Tara Beach Suites
    Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
    Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino


    One available map

    http://www.aruba.com/traveltoaruba/maps.aspx

    Click on the map and then select accommodations
    Use the + sign to enlarge the map
    Your cursor will appear as a hand, use the hand to navigate to specific areas on the map
    Each resort is denoted by the initials "AC"


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    I just returned from my wedding at Manchebo Beach. It is in the low rises so Im not sure if that is something your interested in hearing about. I loved the privacy of the low rise hotels though. Our guests really enjoyed in because we could take over the entire beach all day and not have to fight fot huts or worry about distracting others then at night we would take the bus down to the high rises. PM me if you have any questions!

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    Hello and congrats, I understand your stepdaughters request for high rise. You have chosen two resorts that are very good, My favorite is Radisson Resort, My sister in law was married there, I was married there and about 500 of my brides in the last 4 years. The beach is sensational, I should one of the best... Lisa Dammerman the coordinator is top of the line at what she does best (creating your dream wedding) and the lush gardens, waterfalls and friendly staff make it impossible to say no to it. Great prices on blocked rooms.
    Renaissance is a very nice place to have a wedding but if you are staying at high rise why pay for a bus to transport your guests. You have to take a boat ride 15 minutes and now you are off the budget...
    Occidental has a new coordinator so cannot comment and RIU is way out of control when it comes to an elegant wedding because they marry the couples in the mid day, sweaty and hot and tons of people all around, Gorgeous place but not for a wedding and thats the truth...
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    welcome back angela.
    we haven't seen your posts in eons!
    hope all is well :-)

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    Hi, we are marrying at the Riu on the 30th of June at 6pm

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    Hello Andrea, Yes it has been a while since I have posted due to my busy schedule flying back and forth and covering weddings in N.Y, Canada, Boston and California, but I love posting to wonderful people looking for great tips on a perfect wedding.
    To Jason, thanks for the update on Renaissance, Juney is a fantastic coordinator and Renaissance is also beautiful. I was giving Gabby what she requested instead of giving her resorts that she did not ask for.. Great observation though at suggesting to future brides.
    Riu has made alot of changes, wow impressed especially changing coordinators because so much negative reviews on weddings there they needed to do something quick. To bad they tell the bridal couples that they have to add an extra 20% for outside photographers. Unfortunately that is not true and as a local photographer myself I find that is ridiculous as all the hotels work with all photographers , videographers and vendors. They should be fair to bridal couples who want to use Aruba vendors instead of who they want.
    Great for Occidental because after Kimberly left it need some extra help.
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