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    ahh makes sense

    i am waiting to hear from guido, at the ata.

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    Hi. I hope all your wedding planning is going well. This post is in regards to a Catholic wedding not to getting married in Aruba.

    My wife and I were married last year in a Catholic church. I am not Catholic but my wife is and we had a "mixed marriage" ceremony, not a mass since I was not Catholic. If I recall your post, you stated that you were going to get married in Aruba and then upon your return home, you were going to get blessed by your priest. I would check with your priest on the requirements related to the blessing to make sure you get everything done that is required for a dispensated Catholic wedding. Definitely a lot of red tape.
    Aruba here we come!


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    hello Tight_lines! Congratulations on your wedding, and I hope you have a brilliant time in Aruba. I have checked with my church and we are starting our pre-marriage course in May. My partner and I are bringing our children up in the catholic faith, they have both been baptised by my local priest, so he really hasn't got a problem in giving us a blessing in the church, which is really nice.
    All the best,

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    Catholic Church Weddings

    The ATA has nothing to do as to whether or not anyone can get married in an Aruba Catholic Church. I know this from experience and I know for a fact that several Catholic couples have had Catholic marriage ceremonies in an Aruba Church and do know first hand what the procedure is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Lutzker View Post
    The ATA has nothing to do as to whether or not anyone can get married in an Aruba Catholic Church. I know this from experience and I know for a fact that several Catholic couples have had Catholic marriage ceremonies in an Aruba Church and do know first hand what the procedure is.
    You are absolutely correct. Foreigners, with the proper documentation ARE permitted to marry in the Catholic church in Aruba with the approval of the priest, not the Aruba Tourism Authority.

    The original reference as noted below was not in regards to marriages in Catholic churches but at Alto Vista Chapel.


    Quote Originally Posted by RubinO77 View Post
    I am getting married on the island in 13 days, in a Catholic Church, by an Aruban priest. It is very possible, and doesn't require a lot of the hoops that previous posts have mentioned.

    Last Feb my fiancee and I visited Aruba to plan the wedding. We sat with and spoke to the priest at Santa Ana, and San Francisco. I'm not sure if the priests have changed, but at that time both would not marry a non resident in their church. We also checked into the Chapel at Alto Vista as this was our first choice, however the Aruba Tourism authority does not allow weddings to take place there.
    Quote Originally Posted by RubinO77 View Post

    After some perserverance and visiting a few other churches, we were able to find an accomodating priest and church.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_Margarita View Post
    ... I was also intrigued as to what type of power ATA would have over a church...So I called Father Totti, and he told me that the government of Aruba made a request to the priest, about 16 years ago to halt all weddings at the Chapel, and recognize it as a historical landmark with immense importance.


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    I heard back from my supervisor at the ATA.

    "Bon dia Andrea…

    That is correct, the Catholic Church does not allow it. The ATA has no authority to decide in this matter."

    so that is the answer NO to Catholic weddings at the Alto Vista chapel.

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    Catholic Church Weddings

    A Catholic Priest will not perform a catholic ceremony at Alta Vista. However, one of the Aruba Reverand's will perform a non-religious ceremony outside Alta Vista. I have seen several photos taken outside of Alta Vista for small ceremonies.
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    Exclamation Glad I saw this thread About weddings and forum!

    So my fiancÚ and I are hoping to marry at the Alto vista chapel too in spring 2013. We are also hoping to have a "non-denominational" ceremony there with (if possible) a Catholic priest oversee the wedding. I have read through all the threads and want to make sure I understand all the recommendations

    - you CAN get married at the Alto Vista chapel but it requires a letter from the Minister of Tourism and you must get approval from Father Totti?
    - catholic priest will not do a ceremony at the chapel but other pastors will
    - you have to marry in a civil ceremony first before the church wedding?

    Thanks in advance!
    alli

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    you need to have your wedding planner get these questions answered for you.

    have you planned a site visit?

    even if alto vista chapel does allow weddings, since it is a catholic church, there is no way a non denominational wedding would be allowed.

    please check with your wedding planner

    Quote Originally Posted by allimarie1 View Post
    So my fiancÚ and I are hoping to marry at the Alto vista chapel too in spring 2013. We are also hoping to have a "non-denominational" ceremony there with (if possible) a Catholic priest oversee the wedding. I have read through all the threads and want to make sure I understand all the recommendations

    - you CAN get married at the Alto Vista chapel but it requires a letter from the Minister of Tourism and you must get approval from Father Totti?
    - catholic priest will not do a ceremony at the chapel but other pastors will
    - you have to marry in a civil ceremony first before the church wedding?

    Thanks in advance!
    alli

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    Catholic ceremonies

    Yes, catholic ceremonies are possible, provided they are performed in a catholic church and not on the beach or other locations.
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