Just wanted to update you on this thread. Mrs arlette got back to me. She said they have a small speaker set up....and said ipod would be ok but would be implementing a better system soon.
Robert mentioned they use a portable bose speaker system. Im sure my planner wouldn't have this or she would have mentioned it.I can just hope something is in place before we arrive otherwise we might need to take our own speaker system with us - which isn't ideal!
Last edited by rettie2011; 02-27-2011 at 12:17 PM.
To be honest Rettie, the area you will be married in is rather small, about 75m2 and a small and portable ipod deck, would be all you need. If you run into any difficulties, contact Evita through http://www.everafteraruba.com, I've seen them use something similar on various occasions. But am fairly certain that Arlette can also assist you!
First of all, most resort in house wedding planners outsource the civil ceremony arrangements as Robert mentioned. If you are planning to have recorded music played as you walk down the town hall aisle, most definitely have preparations for music made in advance with the person that is arranging your civil ceremony. Make sure that there is someone to play the music as well. As far as the long gap of time in between your civil ceremony and beach ceremony, you are going to feel pretty uncomfortable going to lunch in the heat if as you mentioned you are wearing a traditional wedding gown. I am sure you want to feel like a bride princess wearing your wedding gown the whole day until your beach ceremony, but might I make a suggestion and you will still look like a bride during your civil ceremony? Many of the civil weddings that I had attended the bride wore a short strapless, thin straps or halter white or ivory wedding dress. These short bridal dresses need not cost you an arm and a leg and sure you can find a lovely dress off the rack at Davids Bridal. A couple of brides had even worn a short veil or flowers in their hair. Speaking of hair, you may want to stop by the hair salon in your resort later in the day as with the heat, a lot of brides have found when they had their civil ceremony in the morning and their beach ceremony later in the day, their hair style did hot hold up. When you go to lunch if you wear a short wedding dress, will feel much more comfortable as well. When it is time to get ready for your beach ceremony, you can look forward all day to get dressed in your traditional wedding gown. As far as exchanging rings at your civil ceremony, many couples have chosen to exchange wedding rings at their beach ceremony. However, it is your wedding, you are the bride and final decisions should be made by you and your groom.
I have been deliberating about having the full show for the civil ceremony, but we have decided that we didnt want to make it any less special ....and having to get changed twice etc... just seems too much hassle.
I take on board your note about the spa and hair. I have an appointment with the spa in the morning...and will mention to them that i might be back!!
my planner is trying to organise some canapes for us to have while we wait between ceremonies.... we can also get a snack from the snack bar and we fully intend to go back to our rooms to freshen up...and maybe have a few glasses of champagne!
we are also getting some photos taken at the lighthouse after the town hall...so that will kill some time!
Take it from someone that has lot of experience in the matter of what to wear at the civil ceremony in Aruba. I have been asked this question many, many times. Believe me when I say that in the long run you will feel very uncomfortable in the warm Aruba sun wearing your traditional wedding dress all day up until your beach ceremony. You are so much better off changing twice especially if you are going back to the salon to freshen up your hairdo. Also, if you wear your traditional wedding dress all day you are going to be sweaty and not feel relaxed and refreshed by the time of your beach ceremony. You will be doing yourself a big favor by purchasing an inexpensive short strapless wedding dress for your civil ceremony and still look like the beautiful bride you want to be your whole wedding day. The inconvenience of changing twice will make you a relaxed and refreshed bride as you walk down the beach aisle.