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    Catholic wedding possible?

    Hi everyone,
    I'm new to the forum. My fiance and I are planning a destination wedding in Aruba for June 2012 and would really like to get married in a catholic church. Because we live in the US, I am trying to do as much research ahead of time as I can before our next trip down to Aruba. I've seen some conflicting information about having a catholic ceremony. Does anyone have accurate info? We were interested in possibly having our ceremony at the Chapel Alto Vista.
    Thanks so much for your help!

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    http://www.aruba.com/explorearuba/culture/religion.aspx
    click the link above and see the list of catholic churches in aruba.

    also too, discuss with your wedding planner.
    if you don't have a wedding planner let us know and we can help you research.

    welcome to the forum

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    this may help a bit...

    Church Wedding in Aruba

    "...we recently spoke to Santa Ana Parish and they told us they do not marry visitors to the island. We have left messages for the Archdioceses and several other parishes."


    Church Wedding in Aruba
    Hi Anne,

    You can get married in a catholic church, which is the church in Paradera.
    Santa Filomena
    Phone 582 1400
    Fax 582 4923

    You can always email us if you need any assistance.

    Lorraine




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    Thanks for your help. I was interested in the Chapel of Alto Vista. Does anyone know if they will do a catholic wedding there? All I could find out about it was that they have mass there every Tuesday evening.

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    i would contact one of the priests at one of the catholic churches and ask that very question.
    it is a small diocese and any resident priest would know the answer.

    or if you have a wedding planner/coordinator maybe he or she would be helpful with that.

    Quote Originally Posted by mdrnj View Post
    Thanks for your help. I was interested in the Chapel of Alto Vista. Does anyone know if they will do a catholic wedding there? All I could find out about it was that they have mass there every Tuesday evening.

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    As far as I know they don't perform wedding ceremonies in the Alto Vista chapel.
    If the chapel is realy important for you, a romantic blessing performed by a non-denominational minister infront of the chapel is possible.

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    Robert
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    http://www.photographyaruba.com http://www.dreamweddingsaruba.com

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    Aruba Catholic Church Wedding Ceremonies

    I had contacted Santa Ana Catholic Church a couple of years ago regarding a wedding ceremony being performed inside Alta Vista Chapel. I was advised that Santa Ana's priest is in charge of Alta Vista Chapel and unfortunately will not perform a wedding ceremony inside Alta Vista Chapel. Also, at that same time I asked about a Catholic Ceremony being performed at at Santa Ana Church and was told that the priest who was there at that time did not perform wedding ceremonies for Tourists at Santa Ana Church. However, I had attended 4 Catholic ceremonies at another Catholic Church in Aruba in past years. The first two ceremonies, the priest at this particular catholic church performed the ceremonies, but one of the rules was that the couple getting married had to have their own parish priest from where they live contact the priest at that particular church. However, with the other two ceremonies, the rules changed again whereas the other two couples had to bring their own parish priest to perform their ceremony, plus their priests had to contact the Aruba priest. There was a lot of red tape that had to be gotten through for all 4 couples, but happily in the end, they had their Aruba Catholic ceremony. One quick note, the Aruba priests leave their parish from time to time and a priest will come in that has his own set of rules. If you truly want a catholic ceremony in Aruba, the only thing that I can suggest is one of Aruba's non-denominational clergy can perform a catholic style ceremony, but not all the religious aspects that are done in the catholic church. Lastly, a catholic priest will not perform a catholic ceremony on the beach as I was once told.
    http://www.cayenaweddings.com
    Aruba's First Destination Wedding Planner
    Specialists in Wedding Coordination and Vow Renewals

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    Wink Hi mdrnj!

    Quote Originally Posted by mdrnj View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I'm new to the forum. My fiance and I are planning a destination wedding in Aruba for June 2012 and would really like to get married in a catholic church. Because we live in the US, I am trying to do as much research ahead of time as I can before our next trip down to Aruba. I've seen some conflicting information about having a catholic ceremony. Does anyone have accurate info? We were interested in possibly having our ceremony at the Chapel Alto Vista.
    Thanks so much for your help!
    I am also new to the forum, and looking to have our union blessed in a catholic church, can you let me know how you are getting on, have you found any answers, let me know please, our wedding is in October 2013.
    Best of luck,
    Angie.

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    the first time we renewed our vows was at the san francisco church, sent documents required by fax to the parish. attended the 5;00 mass, my wife had no clue until the priest requested we stand, my wife being very attractive was not dressed for saturday mass!
    then the funniest moment was when she turned around and seen the church filled to capacity and she stated I CAN'T BELIEVE ALL OUR FRIENDS ARE HERE!!!!!!
    it was the local congregation. ha ha great moment.
    so you can marry in a catholic church in aruba.

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    OHHH thats a lovely story! Thank you.

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