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    Civil House Wedding Arrangements questions

    Is there anyone who can give me either a better contact for the ivil House than I have now...or actually answer the question:

    1) Can I come to Aruba the day before the wedding? This would benefit us greatly in terms of timing!!!!

    -I have tried emailing christiaans...never received a response.
    -I have tried calling direct...No one EVER answers. (I've also left a message on the machine).

    Can anyone help me out???

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    Hi danijela,

    As far as i know you have to be in aruba 3 full days before you can legally marry there. We had to come out the week before the wedding to make sure.

    If you email Arlette she will help you out! Letzservices@yahoo.com

    Kerry
    Last edited by rettie2011; 03-07-2011 at 01:59 PM.

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    There is no rule on Aruba that you have to be a certain number of days here before the wedding. As long as all the documents are ok and the date and time is set you are good to go.

    Concerning the contact with the town hall, yes thats difficult and there are no alternatives. Mr. Christiaans is a busy man and simply don't have the time as it seems.

    Better hire a weddinplanner who take away your worries and know exactly what is needed and take care of everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_Margarita View Post
    If you are doing everything on your own, a wedding coordinator might come in handy as Mr. Robert pointed out, since they are here on Island and can get things done easier and quicker...

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    Just out of curiousity, is the reason for hiring the wedding planner so that they can do the leg work and are familiar with the exact procedures and requirements since these planners are on the island?

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    Our son had his wedding on the island ,and the wedding planner did all the leg work on the island. Him and his wife were very pleased with her. They actually had 2 wedding planners. One was from the Amsterdam hotel, where they had the wedding on Saturday. The other planner took care of all the details for the official wedding on friday at the capital building. It was a flawless 2 days.

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    I find this odd...as our tour operator thomson / first choice specifically stipulated that we must be resident 3 full days before it is legal.... and ive also read that on other emails.

    http://firstchoice.inbro.net/seeinsidebrochure/First-Choice_Weddings-&-Renewal-of-Vows-Nov2010...Oct2011-(November-Edition)/INFORMATION/Legal-Requirements/page_114

    Maybe its just for people from Europe or the UK... but thats the rules here... and its why we couldnt go out the week before to get the date we wanted... as we would only have been there 2 days....

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    It seems that Thomson / first choice is not aware of the rules in Aruba. Don't forget they are touroperators, not wedding planners.

    That does no mean I would advice to get married the day after arrival, because you never know, you might have a delay.

    Beside that there is a lot of real old information on the internet, always check the date of the article / post.

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    Hi, I'm from the UK and was also told the same thing as Rettie2011. My tour operator told me 3 days residency and no weddings at the weekend and unfortunately, we are bound by their rules. In the UK the tour operator wedding department will not let you have a wedding date until 3 days in Aruba have passed.

    So from a UK point of view, at present, Rettie2011 is correct unless you decide to arrange the wedding yourself and not through the tour operator.

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    Hi All

    Just for my own benefit i checked with the thomson wedding's head office and they confirmed with the local Aruba rep that we do need to be there 3 working days before the wedding. They also said that the resort has always made this clear as it gives them time to ensure everything is ready and organised properly for the wedding.

    maybe it is possible for other hotels who use independant planners...?? Im not sure what other hotels Thomson weddings use... i only ever wanted to book the Riu

    So we shouldnt assume there is no minimum residency... as it looks like it depends on who you book your wedding through...

    Kerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by rettie2011 View Post
    maybe it is possible for other hotels who use independant planners...?? Im not sure what other hotels Thomson weddings use... i only ever wanted to book the Riu
    Thomson offers

    Amsterdam Manor
    Bucuti
    Divi All Inclusive
    Renaissance
    Holiday Inn
    Riu
    Westin


    So we shouldnt assume there is no minimum residency... as it looks like it depends on who you book your wedding through...
    Kerry
    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_Margarita View Post
    I had a wedding this morning, and I saw Mr. Christiaans and spoke to him about this, and he said, "As long as all their paperwork is ready, they have their date, and they arrive here 30 minutes before their scheduled time, it is ok!"
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    There is NO residency minimum. This is a Thomson requirement.

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    Cruise visitors in port for one day may be married in Aruba.

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