Aruba Beach
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31
Like Tree1Likes

Thread: Our Wedding Review: Divi All Inclusive and Sunset Beach Bistro May 7, 2010

  1. #1
    Member soxgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    53

    Our Wedding Review: Divi All Inclusive and Sunset Beach Bistro May 7, 2010

    So we're back from an amazing wedding and I want to first thank all the other brides out there for their advice, this forum was such a huge help in making our wedding dream come to life.



    I also have to apologize for this being so long.


    Now where to even begin...

    We had decided on Aruba for our destination after doing research on many different islands. We wanted a safe island, an all inclusive resort, and something that would not be too hard to get to from Boston. Plus for me I wanted an island that I had been to before to leave out some of the anxiety of going to a new place.

    We decided on the Divi All Inclusive as they gave me great rates for our guests, my family had been there before (but not me), many friends of mine had honeymooned there, and we wanted an all inclusive beach resort. I had heard mixed reviews, but overall I knew it was a place that would suit our needs.

    Now many people do not like the Divi as itís not a 5 star resort. For us and our friends it was perfect! Being right on the beach and not having to worry about paying for drinks or food made our laid back week even more relaxing. The location was ideal and it was quiet. We did travel during the off season which helped as well. Between the Divi and the Tam they had everything that we would need.

    We had 19 guests who all stayed at either the Divi or the Tam. We let them decide when they wanted to arrive and where they wanted to stay but got great rates for both places. The hotel staff was amazing, extremely friendly and accommodating. The rooms were always clean and always had extra towels. The one downside is that the Divi does not provide shampoo that will work for everyone, but nothing a trip across the street to the supermarket couldnít fix. There was always plenty of food options both at the buffet and at the a la cart restaurants. I can say that we never had a bad meal. They were able to accommodate 21 people for dinner on the nights that we did not have dinner off the resort which worked out great. The Red Parrot we ended up all eating at twice as the meal was so fantastic! Most of our rooms were in the Vista Buildings which were a perfect location.

    We arrived on Monday, May 3rd and most of our guest arrived the following day. We had traveled with most of the items for our welcome bags (beach bags, custom water bottles, Tums, Tylenol, first aid kits, anti bac gel, cards, sudoku books, etc). Once on the island we purchased postcards with stamps for our guests to mail back to us before they left (which they all did and it was so fun to come home to, I definitely recommend this to other brides to do). We also had to buy gifts for our attendants. We did both welcome bags and departure bags. For the departure bags we did small plastic bags with a pack of gum and a few different types of candy with a small note thanking everyone for coming. It was a nice touch to send people off with.

    As for the days leading up to the wedding we did the Kukoo Kunuku for our welcome celebration and had an amazing time! It was a great way to see the island and to get everyone in the celebrating mode. Some of our guests golfed at Divi Links, some went parasailing, but pretty much most just sat on the beach. We did book reservations ahead of time for the nights that we ate on the resort and all of our guests did eat with us which was nice.



    Our wedding was on a Friday and most of our guests stayed until Sunday which was nice. Saturday we took a bunch of cabs to Baby Beach to snorkel which was great! We took bagels from breakfast to feed the fish.


    For both airport pick ups and transportation back to the hotel we had arranged for Bully for most of the trips. He was always on time and the one time he was a few minutes late was because he had a flat tire. Our guests arrived and left all over the week and he was always there when he needed to be there.


    As for the wedding itself:

    We used Aruba Weddings for You for our wedding. Marjorie and the rest of the team at there are the most amazing people! From my first initial email to them in August 2009 until the day of my wedding they were always quick to respond. Being from Boston, I was definitely a bride that wanted things taken care of right away and Marjorie would always respond to me within 24 hours. They had great packages to choose from and even let me change and edit details up until the very end. I thought it was doing to be difficult to plan a wedding via email, but it turned out great due to Marjorie. She never let any detail slip and would remind me of things that I needed to answer for her.

    They coordinated a wonderful civil ceremony and a beautiful beach wedding. Both elegant and memorable. The civil ceremony we only took two friends with us. These were what we called our legal witnesses. Two friends that were not in the wedding party that if we had a bigger wedding at home they would have been included (we only had our family as our wedding party). Marjorie arranged for transportation to the civil ceremony and met us both at the hotel beforehand and at the ceremony. I had been concerned about the civil ceremony but in the end Iím so happy that we decided to have it in Aruba. It was such a nice short ceremony but really was a special moment. We decided not to invite all our friends and family as we wanted the beach ceremony to be the main wedding.

    As for the beach ceremony, again Marjorie and Aruba Weddings for You did an amazing job. The set up was perfect with the white arch, the white covered chairs, and the sand aisles. I was able to pick blue sashes that matched our colors almost perfectly. The ceremony was so nice officiated by Gregory Lyder. He helped to calm my nerves and even made us laugh which matched our personalities perfectly. He performed a great and meaningful ceremony. I was able to add in a few personal touches which meant a lot to us.

    The bouquets and boutonnieres were an exact match to the photos that I had provided and the cake was a perfect match as well. Iím not sure who they used for the florist and bakery but it didnít matter to me as they were great. We also had a steelpan play during the ceremony which was a nice touch.

    Our photographer was Angela Munzenhofer and I thought she was the best! She was there for both the civil ceremony and the beach ceremony and did an amazing job capturing all the moments. Our pictures are amazing! My guests commented on how great it was that she was able to catch so many moments while the sun was setting. If anyone is looking for a fun photographer who takes amazing photos definitely book Angela! She was there for both the civil ceremony and the beach ceremony. All of our guests were included in the photos which they loved. We had champagne on the beach while everyone waited to be in the photos they needed to be in. It was great to include everyone.

    We had our reception at the Sunset Beach Bistro which was the perfect location for what we wanted. White linens right on the beach. We pretty much had the entire restaurant to ourselves. We used an ipod for music which was perfect and had a microphone for speeches (which Marjorie originally forgot and went back to the hotel to get which was so nice of her to do). For such a small group it was all we really needed. Marjorie had arranged for transportation for our guests which was great as well. The food was great. The one issue we did have is that one of our tables was never served their salad course. It didnít really bother them and eventually they did get all their courses, but it did take a little bit of time.

    In addition to all the wedding logistics, Marjorie also booked all the appointments for manicures, pedicures, make up and hair at the salon at the Tam. They were great there! All our hairstyles looked different and amazing and they made sure that they would last the entire day. Yolanda did most of our hairstyles and she even went home between the civil ceremony and the beach ceremony so that she could add flowers to my hair. It was a great touch! I painted my toe nails blue which they loved and I did as well.


    Overall I really have nothing bad to say. It was the wedding that we had dreamed of. For all of you planning your weddings now good luck and please let me know if I can answer any questions for you, I'm happy to help!


    Suzanne

  2. #2
    Senior Member cukiecutr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    207
    Hey Suzanne......congratulations! Thanks for the great review. What a great idea for the departure bags. I can't wait to hook up with you in Boston and here more about it! I love all the pics you sent.....you'll have to post some on here for all to see.
    Next Aruba trip in

  3. #3
    Aruba since 1979
    Moderator
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    29,897
    WONDERFUL
    Congratulations

    Please give us angela's link so we can see your photos on her site?

    many blessings to you and your groom.
    Quote Originally Posted by soxgirl View Post
    So we're back from an amazing wedding and I want to first thank all the other brides out there for their advice, this forum was such a huge help in making our wedding dream come to life.



    I also have to apologize for this being so long.


    Now where to even begin...

    We had decided on Aruba for our destination after doing research on many different islands. We wanted a safe island, an all inclusive resort, and something that would not be too hard to get to from Boston. Plus for me I wanted an island that I had been to before to leave out some of the anxiety of going to a new place.

    We decided on the Divi All Inclusive as they gave me great rates for our guests, my family had been there before (but not me), many friends of mine had honeymooned there, and we wanted an all inclusive beach resort. I had heard mixed reviews, but overall I knew it was a place that would suit our needs.

    Now many people do not like the Divi as itís not a 5 star resort. For us and our friends it was perfect! Being right on the beach and not having to worry about paying for drinks or food made our laid back week even more relaxing. The location was ideal and it was quiet. We did travel during the off season which helped as well. Between the Divi and the Tam they had everything that we would need.

    We had 19 guests who all stayed at either the Divi or the Tam. We let them decide when they wanted to arrive and where they wanted to stay but got great rates for both places. The hotel staff was amazing, extremely friendly and accommodating. The rooms were always clean and always had extra towels. The one downside is that the Divi does not provide shampoo that will work for everyone, but nothing a trip across the street to the supermarket couldnít fix. There was always plenty of food options both at the buffet and at the a la cart restaurants. I can say that we never had a bad meal. They were able to accommodate 21 people for dinner on the nights that we did not have dinner off the resort which worked out great. The Red Parrot we ended up all eating at twice as the meal was so fantastic! Most of our rooms were in the Vista Buildings which were a perfect location.

    We arrived on Monday, May 3rd and most of our guest arrived the following day. We had traveled with most of the items for our welcome bags (beach bags, custom water bottles, Tums, Tylenol, first aid kits, anti bac gel, cards, sudoku books, etc). Once on the island we purchased postcards with stamps for our guests to mail back to us before they left (which they all did and it was so fun to come home to, I definitely recommend this to other brides to do). We also had to buy gifts for our attendants. We did both welcome bags and departure bags. For the departure bags we did small plastic bags with a pack of gum and a few different types of candy with a small note thanking everyone for coming. It was a nice touch to send people off with.

    As for the days leading up to the wedding we did the Kukoo Kunuku for our welcome celebration and had an amazing time! It was a great way to see the island and to get everyone in the celebrating mode. Some of our guests golfed at Divi Links, some went parasailing, but pretty much most just sat on the beach. We did book reservations ahead of time for the nights that we ate on the resort and all of our guests did eat with us which was nice.



    Our wedding was on a Friday and most of our guests stayed until Sunday which was nice. Saturday we took a bunch of cabs to Baby Beach to snorkel which was great! We took bagels from breakfast to feed the fish.


    For both airport pick ups and transportation back to the hotel we had arranged for Bully for most of the trips. He was always on time and the one time he was a few minutes late was because he had a flat tire. Our guests arrived and left all over the week and he was always there when he needed to be there.


    As for the wedding itself:

    We used Aruba Weddings for You for our wedding. Marjorie and the rest of the team at there are the most amazing people! From my first initial email to them in August 2009 until the day of my wedding they were always quick to respond. Being from Boston, I was definitely a bride that wanted things taken care of right away and Marjorie would always respond to me within 24 hours. They had great packages to choose from and even let me change and edit details up until the very end. I thought it was doing to be difficult to plan a wedding via email, but it turned out great due to Marjorie. She never let any detail slip and would remind me of things that I needed to answer for her.

    They coordinated a wonderful civil ceremony and a beautiful beach wedding. Both elegant and memorable. The civil ceremony we only took two friends with us. These were what we called our legal witnesses. Two friends that were not in the wedding party that if we had a bigger wedding at home they would have been included (we only had our family as our wedding party). Marjorie arranged for transportation to the civil ceremony and met us both at the hotel beforehand and at the ceremony. I had been concerned about the civil ceremony but in the end Iím so happy that we decided to have it in Aruba. It was such a nice short ceremony but really was a special moment. We decided not to invite all our friends and family as we wanted the beach ceremony to be the main wedding.

    As for the beach ceremony, again Marjorie and Aruba Weddings for You did an amazing job. The set up was perfect with the white arch, the white covered chairs, and the sand aisles. I was able to pick blue sashes that matched our colors almost perfectly. The ceremony was so nice officiated by Gregory Lyder. He helped to calm my nerves and even made us laugh which matched our personalities perfectly. He performed a great and meaningful ceremony. I was able to add in a few personal touches which meant a lot to us.

    The bouquets and boutonnieres were an exact match to the photos that I had provided and the cake was a perfect match as well. Iím not sure who they used for the florist and bakery but it didnít matter to me as they were great. We also had a steelpan play during the ceremony which was a nice touch.

    Our photographer was Angela Munzenhofer and I thought she was the best! She was there for both the civil ceremony and the beach ceremony and did an amazing job capturing all the moments. Our pictures are amazing! My guests commented on how great it was that she was able to catch so many moments while the sun was setting. If anyone is looking for a fun photographer who takes amazing photos definitely book Angela! She was there for both the civil ceremony and the beach ceremony. All of our guests were included in the photos which they loved. We had champagne on the beach while everyone waited to be in the photos they needed to be in. It was great to include everyone.

    We had our reception at the Sunset Beach Bistro which was the perfect location for what we wanted. White linens right on the beach. We pretty much had the entire restaurant to ourselves. We used an ipod for music which was perfect and had a microphone for speeches (which Marjorie originally forgot and went back to the hotel to get which was so nice of her to do). For such a small group it was all we really needed. Marjorie had arranged for transportation for our guests which was great as well. The food was great. The one issue we did have is that one of our tables was never served their salad course. It didnít really bother them and eventually they did get all their courses, but it did take a little bit of time.

    In addition to all the wedding logistics, Marjorie also booked all the appointments for manicures, pedicures, make up and hair at the salon at the Tam. They were great there! All our hairstyles looked different and amazing and they made sure that they would last the entire day. Yolanda did most of our hairstyles and she even went home between the civil ceremony and the beach ceremony so that she could add flowers to my hair. It was a great touch! I painted my toe nails blue which they loved and I did as well.


    Overall I really have nothing bad to say. It was the wedding that we had dreamed of. For all of you planning your weddings now good luck and please let me know if I can answer any questions for you, I'm happy to help!


    Suzanne

  4. #4
    Senior Member Arubalisa's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Any Aruba beach...
    Posts
    13,177
    Congratulations! It sounds like a true dream come true.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    260
    Hey Suzanne ............. and how was your honeymoon in Curacao? I hope you did enjoy it, thank you for the nice words and see you soon for the next party in Aruba.

  6. #6
    Member oneeyejack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    33
    congratulations. glad you had a great time in aruba!

  7. #7
    Senior Member lrealnurse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    anywhere there is a beach and water
    Posts
    253
    congrats, it sounds like the perfect dream wedding...
    Lisa
    First trip to Aruba down; many more to come

    Lisa

  8. #8
    Member Sheree10's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    81
    Congratulations and thanks for sharing such a great review of your wedding with us! It sounds like everything was beautiful and you had a dream wedding.

    I'm counting down the days til our wedding this July. I've heard such wonderful things about Bully so I made sure to book him for our airport transportation. We've decided to spend the second part of our trip at the Divi and will check out the Sunset Bistro.

  9. #9
    Member soxgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    53
    Sorry that it has taken so long to post photos. This is a slideshow of the images that Angela did for us from the civil ceremony and beach ceremony. It's been two months and it feels like yesterday!!

    Enjoy!
    Suzanne

  10. #10
    Senior Member cukiecutr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    207
    OMG!!! Beautiful...rushing to get work done....crap printing on the printer and I can hear Tim running around downstairs. Your slide show was beautiful...........it 10:51 and car is coming at 3:30 am.....yikes. We are, though, very excited to be in Aruba for the FINALS!
    Next Aruba trip in

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO