Seeking ADVICE - Aruba Wedding in RIU or Ren. Private Island
I'm new to this board and need some feedback from the newlyweds! I'm trying to plan a wedding in Aruba for April 2010 and have been trying to decide between RIU or Renaissance private island. I am not sure about the costs for either of them as I'm still waiting to hear back. I've heard that Ren island is beautiful but I heard it is much more expensive. I haven't seen any posts about weddings in RIU and I'm reluctant to have the wedding on the beach with people whistling and hollering and ruining my day! Ren island seems to be more private. I'm not sure if they have a private area to hold the beach ceremony and where do they have their reception locations. I have about 35 guests and want them to have fun and have the best experience since none of them have ever gone to aruba! I am also looking to photographers as well as either a DJ or band. I'm looking to not spend a whole bunch of money. I've heard recommendations on DJ Tino and Equator Band, but do not know how they sound. As far as photographers, I've looked into Elnathan Photography. He is reasonably priced and I like his work.
Does anyone else have any suggestions or have worked with any other vendors they recommend or even has had their wedding at RIU that they can share their experience?
Jennifer, chech out the photos I have put in the gallery here on this site.
IMOP, I would have my wedding on Renn island if I could do it over again.
Thats where I tell my daughters every year that their weddings will be.
We go every April and have seen many weddings set up there, and in estimation, it is perfect...cindyo
Cindyo, I checked your pics out and they look gorgeous! Did you work with a wedding coordinator? Would you suggest buffet style or sit down? There's so many to choose from this package list they sent me! And did you go with their services on a photographer/videographer? Music/steel pan band/DJ services?
We did not have a ceremony on the island, maybe I confused you....BUT, if I were to do it again, it would be there. We got married 21 yrs ago in RI...
Anyway, they have a coordinator at the Rennaissance, I would use them. If I DID do it again, I would be served, not up walking around, just sitting and enjoying the gorgeous scenery.
There is a dance floor under the sand that they sweep off. Bands, don't know about them. I will tell you some singer that my daughters speak of, timba land(sp?) had his wedding there early this year.
If you do decide to do it there I will give you a few tips..
Order a cake that is low, what I mean is, one day my husband and I rode over late one afternoon, and watched a tall cake bob up and down with the waves...they bring it over on the boat...
Wear low shoes or sandals, heels sink
Wear a dress with little or no train, it gets full of sand walking and dragging
A few things about the island
you must ride a boat over, guests really like that
there is a casual restaurant that serves a nice lunch during the day
there are tennis courts, a red sail sports shop, pink flamingos, several bathrooms, nice walkways on both sides, lots of hammocks....
Guests not staying at the Renn must pay 75.00 to go over for the day...
Just a great place...
So, if you have any more questions ask away. cindyo
Wedding at Renaissance Island.
Wedding at RIU
These are images from both locations. I would want to believe that the island would be costlier but it's exclusive and from your post I can read that exclusivity is of great importance.
Hope this helps,
PLEASE private message Bryan for the links
Jennifer, Bran Morris is a wonderful photographer. The pictures he has posted from past weddings and family events are magnificent. He's just posted, and if I were doing it again,he would be my choice.
Brian, I had not seen those photo's from Renn island, they are gorgeous! cindyo
Happy planning for your Aruba wedding,
I think wherever you go in Aruba you will be very happy. Through the Renaissance I have heard they have a great deal for wedding packages that cannot be beat with all they offer. Elite, romantic and affordable you can't beat that for a dream wedding. The RIU I cannot give you information since I do not know much of what they offer.
Here are a few links on past weddings that can help you out in seeing what they offer.
Enjoy your Aruba wedding,
See site below
Private message angela for info
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