Well, thats a thought, and a good one at that. Wedding favors...DD travel mugs, munchkin wedding cake....all for 5 a person. I am sure we can cram 26 of us in that little dunks at the renaissance mall and I am sure aruba today would come to take our picture. "Titled theatre of the absurd"...
No, seriously, we heard from Rev Gibson, had the wrong email to begin with, and he gave us a good price, so folks, I am thinking we might go for this. Our neighbors are in too, for their 10th. Karen Lutzer was kind enough to send me some great shots of her renewals and also gave me some other advise...so, hey, it might work. All we need now is a location, cake, bouquet, champagne and some kind of food....
I just enjoyed reading this post and am thinking... this is what my vow renewal is going to be like... and I've only been married three years (this March 17, we got married on the day that my husband's grandfather would have celebrated his 100th birthday, unfortunately he passed away at 98). My brother could not come, was to be the "padrino" (godfather - in papiamento, what you know as Best Man) and we postponed the blessing ceremony...
NOW: Congrats and
*May I suggest: a vow renewal at Coco Beach in the Colony in the afternoon, have the Briesen family prepare a toast and nice snacks, maybe even a BBQ?
!!!Try also Rev. Osborne, I also love his ceremonies!!!
*I once did photos for a couple who had a dear friend lead their vow renewals in the garden at the Marriott, we did sunset photos and they went off to dinner.
*Do a renewal on the beach at sunset, have snacks/early bird dinner at La Terraza on the terrace (contact Mitzy at 5836046 for a special menu) and head for partying to Sr. Frog's or Mambo Jambo. All walking distance from the Renaissance.)
Other interesting sites for a renewal: the watertank at Alto Vista at sunset, the view is also amazing, the Wilhelmina Park downtown Oranjestad, the palapa in front of the Governor's house in Oranjestad (the two last ones are at a stone's throw from your hotel.)
Hi, I just happened to see Diane Keijzer today (she's one of my favorite photographers, did all our family photos since I was little) and she reminded me that she is also a beach wedding reverend. I had forgotten. Here are her new numbers, 5887011 and 7415017, let me know how things work out.
I must thank all of you for your great suggestions and advise with this renewal thing. The good news is I don't think we have to do it at the Dunkin Donuts at the Renaissance Mall. NO toasts for me with my coffee...the bad news is the Renaissance property owners won't let us do it on the beach, laggoon, or private island with someome other than their " wedding person". Which means $750. Even though we are timeshare owners it doesn't matter.So,we are going to go with Reverend Gibson at some other location.
Go figure....with the Renaissance, we're owners, I rave about the place every chance I get, and we get this response. We can't even use the lagoon for 30 minutes...
Cindy, that is just awful. You are right, it does not say much for the Ren, except that they are greedy! Thank God for public beaches in Aruba! I am sure you will have no problem selecting a terrific location.
It was a pleasure offering suggestions and sure you will enjoy Rev Gibson's wedding ceremony. I was not aware that he is also a wedding planner offering wedding services besides officiating at weddings. In any event, best of luck to you Cindy :-)