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    I think I've decided I will definitely have my wedding at the Renaissance Island. I'm still toying with the idea of staying elsewhere. I'm trying to read reviews and do as much research as I can, and I just stumbled across a Divi Phoenix resort? I'm so confused. So there is Divi All Inclusive, and Divi Phoenix (which apparently has all inclusive as well)? I was looking at the Divi AI and it looks pretty decent.

    I will also have a 6 year old niece that is joining us, so I guess I can cross RIU off my list.

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    There are many Divi properties. I still get confused!

    Divi Phoenix is in Palm Beach - the high rise area.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Hi again! So I've decided on having the wedding on the Renaissance Island and then have my guests stay at the DIVI all inclusive, since most people said they wanted a beachfront resort.

    Anyhow, it seems like there isn't too much information on this site regarding the DIVI, but from my research from other sources it seems like DIVI has a quieter crowd/beach? I've read that some people have to wake up really early just to reserve chairs which I hope doesn't happen. Has anyone had any similar experiences?
    I do have some questions regarding DIVI if anyone can help:

    a) Are the rooms recently renovated? I've read really bad reviews for the Tamarjin regarding its dated and moldy rooms, and I'm hoping it's not the same with the DIVI.
    b) Is the resort close to any good restaurants that anyone would recommend?
    c) What are the best activities to do in DIVI?

    I'm trying to research on my own, but if anyone has any advice/input, it's much appreciated!

    Thank you

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    Hello - must be both exciting and a bit confusing on trying to decide everything. I am a Divi AI lover (alas my screename) Sounds like you decided on your actual wedding elsewhere but if you want your guests to stay here I think they would love it. The beach at the DIvi AI is absolutely beautiful, large and never crowded. I do not believe you have to get up early to get a hut, this past November/Dec there were huts free later morning. However, a new building just opened up this month and so I cannot tell you how this will affect the beach hut situation. Although the new building has a huge pool so perhaps a lot of people will hang out there. The rooms have been recently renovated and are very nice. The restaurant (buffet) has been newly renovated and the grounds have regularly been updated each year as well. The people here are very friendly and it is hard to say anything negative. The crowd of visitors are on the older side so it is a quieter resort to stay, however, more and more children each year as well so I guess the guests are becoming more mixed as far as young couples with families and older folks as well. Feel like I'm rambling, sorry! Welcome to the forum you are going to have great fun!

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    We've stayed at the Divi AI our last 11 trips. It has always been my favorite spot because of the beach which I absolutely love. It's not as crowded as the beaches in the high rise area and there are plenty of waves. It can get rough though and we've had days where we just went to the pool. The rooms have been remodeled and are quite comfortable. Our preference is the Veranda rooms which are set back from the beach. It's quiet and the balconies seem more private. You also still have a nice ocean view. Our only negative is that the Divi is marketing heavily to families. We found on our trip this past Nov/Dec that it was impossible to go to breakfast for a quiet meal. My husband also thought the food wasn't as good. On the other hand, I always managed to find something I liked. There are restaurants within walking distance. As for palapas, I always grabbed one on my way to breakfast and that was generally around 7:00 to 7:30. Never had an issue. This last trip we moved over to the Renaissance for a few nights at the end of our trip. It was great. The pools are new and large on the Ocean Suites side. You can also grab the boat for a quick ride to the private island. Downtown tends to be quieter than the high rise area. The casinos are very convenient. The Seaport Casino is just a quick walk or take the shuttle over to the Crystal. As for restaurants, there are plenty within walking distance.

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    Hello all,
    Thank you so much for your replies. It definitely makes me feel at ease, and besides, nothing can be perfect but I'm sure our first experience in Aruba will be spectacular.

    I also wonder if any other brides had problems contacting Divi? I've sent a wedding request/proposal weeks ago, and still haven't heard back from them??

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    Hi KAthy!

    I got married on the private island in June 2015, it was the best decision I made! We lvoed eveyr minute of it, I did read the BEWARE post and was pretty surprised by some of the information but then again everyones experience is different.

    When emailing Randolph and Mialyen they do take a few weeks to get back to you unitl it is about amonth or so away from your wedding date and you will get fast responses.

    We had some guests stay at the Renaissace but a majority of our guests stayed in the Palm Beach area. I had my grandparents and the boat ride was not an issue and they are older. As far as the boat ride to get to the beach the Renaissance does have the ocean suites arcoss from the Marina hotel that has a beach area right there.

    We choose the buffet option and there was MORE than enough food, the salad bar selectionwas out of this world and the food was so good! I would have to look up which one we selected to let you know the exact one. We also did three horsedevours that they handed out during the cocktial hour.

    For drinks we choose the open bar option after cruching the numbers it made the msot sense, I am from Texas so all of my guests really like to drink so this ended up beingt he best option.

    You know what I dont think I had a single guest complain about the mosquitos, they come ut for about 15 minutes at sunset. For us the guests were already in the reception area and we were taking pictures (so make sure you put on some bug spray) everything else about the island (food, dj, scenery...) far surpasses the 15 minutes of mosquitos.

    We ened up bring a photographer from San Antonio, he gave us an amazing deal but I have heard great things about Crooze wedding photography.

    As far as working with the coordinator I sent thema million pictures of what I wanted off pinterest, I wish I would not have stressed out so muchabout the decorations because with such a gorgouse venue to dont need to much fluff.

    I hope this helped! If you hae any other questions or want to see some pictures I would be more than happy to send them to you!

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    Hi!!
    First of all, congratulations on being a newlywed! Thank you so much for your post, it definitely gives me a lot of confidence and excitement with my wedding planning.
    At the moment, I'm having a hard time deciding which specialty stations for the buffet, as I don't want to go overboard and waste food and money considering all previous posts have mentioned that there was tons of food. May I ask (if you have the time) to share some pictures of the renaissance island decor, food stations, and wedding arch?

    Also, I'm concerned about my budget and as I know every wedding is different, may I ask how much your wedding cost? (If I may private message your) Or perhaps I should ask would 10 000 be sufficient? I'm coming from Canada, and our dollar is very low right now so I'm trying as much as possible to keep my wedding costs low. I'm just adding up the a la carte costs at the moment and nearly fainted lol

    Thank you so much

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    Hello everyone! It's me again. So my fiancÚ and I were thinking of getting married locally, and then going to Aruba to have a symbolic ceremony on the beach. We still want a ceremony and reception for our family and friends...will it still cost the same if we're already married? This is my last resort basically to cut down the costs to celebrate in Aruba..as we're pretty much on the fence on whether to just elope and then have a vacation with family and friends in Aruba and not have a wedding. Any thoughts or advice?

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    my stepdaughter and my friend both got married at home and then had the beach blessing and reception in aruba. you might save maybe about 500-750 for the cost of actual wedding & translation of documents but its not going to be major. but what both couples did was not tell anyone who came to aruba that they were married so the people there thought the "ceremony" on the beach was the real thing. believe me, its a lot less complicated to get actually married here in the states then in Aruba.

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