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Thread: Need Advice - Westin booked by another wedding

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    Need Advice - Westin booked by another wedding

    I have been in contact with the Westin for my wedding next year, I told the planner I wanted to go ahead and book. When she didn't get back to me for a few days I sent another email and she replied saying the date I want is already booked for another wedding. She said they can do two weddings on the same day.

    My questions are:

    1. Do you think it's okay to have my wedding the same time as someone else? Is it likely our weddings could get mixed up or the two parties fight over locations on the beach?
    2. Where else is a great resort to get married in Aruba? The Hyatt is out because they request all my guests stay there, I'm having a small wedding and many of them will not be able to afford anything more expensive than the Holiday Inn.
    3. How do I go about trying to get married at Renaissance Island? Is it crazy expensive?
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    Hi,
    Some hotels do take two weddings on the same day, it is up to you if you are okay with that. your wedding would not get mixed up, but fighting over a locations, well it can happen.
    There are so many great places to get married, you do not need to get married at a resort, maybe you can have a ceremony at another beach and have your reception at a resort.
    The Renaissance island is great, let their wedding planner Juney inform you about the prices. he is a great wedding planner.
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    Hi SunnyBride!

    I am getting married in Aruba next month and one of our criteria was that the resort not have another wedding on our day. There is probably room on the beach (though remember all beaches except Ren Island are public). If you decide to stay at Westin, I would get married on Eagle Beach instead of theirs with another couple. My concern would be the reception space. If you want an outdoor space, their outdoor spaces are next to each other, just the terrace is up a flight of stairs. In my opinion their best venue is the terrace... depends on the size of the party.

    We're getting married at the Marriott which we're really excited about. Our guests do not have to stay there but are. We looked into Renaissance too (and visited the island). Its surprisingly affordable I think. It shouldn't cost any more than the Westin. If you are stay at the hotel you have either no site fee or a reduced fee - can't remember which, and I remember their catering prices being more affordable than the other hotels we were looking at (Hyatt, Westin and Marriott).

    We stayed one night at the Ocean Suites during our site visit in May and didn't like the rooms at all but the pool is awesome. Most people won't spend much time in the room though. I think there is at least one couple on here that is staying at the Marriott but getting married on the Island.

    We did meet Juney and really liked him. We stayed at Ocean Suites, then the next day he showed us three rooms at the Marina hotel and we went to the Island later that evening to see a wedding they had just finished setting up. The party was arriving as we were leaving and all looked really happy.

    I'm sure whatever you decide will be awesome! It's all paradise.
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    Thanks for the info. Which Marriott are you getting married at? There seem to be several.
    Last edited by Sunnybride; 09-16-2009 at 06:31 AM.
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    The Ocean Club and Surf Club are time shares. The Aruba Marriott and Stellaris Casino is the regular hotel. They are three separate properties next to each other. The Marriott has done a $50 million renovation and is gorgeous - big rooms, big balconies and contemporary decor, but I will say its more expensive than Westin both in rooms and catering. Its also the furthest north on Palm Beach which some don't like. For us that is something we did want - to be at the end of the beach in an area where less tourists will be walking by. A lot of people have loved the Radission but that area of the beach was too crowded for us.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnybride View Post
    Thanks for the info. Which Marriott are you getting married at? There seem to be several.
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    thanks Christene, we're now looking into the Marriott and the Radisson. The Marriott does look nice but so does the Radisson so I'm not sure what we'll decide. I hate feeling rushed, but if people are already booking my date which is over a year ahead I don't want to lose out on booking a venue.

    How do you find the Marriott event planners? Are they helpful? Right now I'm only in contact with the sales rep Chela De Lannoy.
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    Well I have to say you're lucky to be working with Chela. She's much better than the person I (and a few others) started out with. If you sign with Marriott you'll then get passed to their wedding planner Desireé. You only have to pay $500 down to secure your date which was nice. We met Chela when we were there in May. She came in on her day off and was generous with her time. I think she spent and hour and a half with us until we left for another appointment. We then stayed at the Marriott that night and really enjoyed it - awesome rooms and great breakfast the next day.

    At first Desiree seemed slow on emails but then she told me she doesn't really focus on our wedding until three months out. Since we hit that mark she's been great. It can take her a couple of days to respond sometimes... Part of it is being busy with weddings and I also think her schedule is a bit goofy because she will be on site during your wedding meaning she must work a lot of weekends. Marriott is somewhat limited in decor though so I'm working with Edwina Werleman of E2 Events and Celebrations and she has been fantastic. Marriott is great about letting you choose your vendors and will let you work with them directly if you want to. That is something we liked.

    I seem to remember Radisson requiring a much bigger down payment ($3000-5000?) and you need 10 rooms to secure your location (ie. if you want poolside reception). Otherwise you have to wait and see what's available (maybe 90 days out?). If I remember right they won't do another wedding on your date but there could be a corporate function or other type of party. That and the busier beach is what turned us off. We talked with so many hotels though. I could be mixing things up so don't take my word. I've read reviews from other couples that absolutely loved their Radisson wedding and at times have wondered if we ruled them out too quickly.
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    Well the marriott sounds like a good choice then. I've never been to Aruba so it's hard to chose between these resorts that I have never seen. We're having a small wedding so won't be able to book 10 rooms, so if that's the case with the Radisson then we'll definitely be going with the Marriott.

    Do you happen to know how to get in touch with someone to inquire about Renaissance Island? I can't seem to find their website?

    - Just found out Marriott is already booked for the date we want so I guess it's either going to be Radisson or we'll have to share at the Westin. Unless I can talk to a planner at Renaissance Island.
    Last edited by Sunnybride; 09-16-2009 at 10:21 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnybride View Post
    Do you happen to know how to get in touch with someone to inquire about Renaissance Island? I can't seem to find their website?
    www.renaissancearubaweddings.com/

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    Bummer about your date being booked! You you getting married in a busy month? We booked our date 6 months out but end of October is off-season.

    Juney's pretty cool - laid back (I'll PM you his email since I probably shouldn't post it on the forum). We were late to our appointment and he insisted no worries, that we were on "Aruba Time"... Of course the wedding later that day was anohter story - he told us he wouldn't be able to join us for our visit to Ren Island because he had a couple to focus on, but a manager did join us for that trip.

    Have you checked out any Eagle Beach options? I think there are a lot of great options, especially for smaller weddings. Bucuti boutique-y and a fav if you're not going to have children around and want peace and privacy. It wasn't for us (we have kids and want a lively environment) but we visited the property and its beautiful and has great rooms.
    Last edited by christene; 09-16-2009 at 10:39 AM.
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