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Aruba offers awesome caribbean weddings, long gleaming beaches, many of the best honeymoon resorts, and is a favourite port for cruise ship weddings, but visitors also lodge here to take advantage of upscale restaurants, lively nightclubs, and some of the best windsurfing in the world. Oranjestad is the island's capital, and the bustling city has a distinct Dutch feel with colorful buildings painted in historical Antillean style. Shopping is abundant, with duty-free stores offering jewellery, perfume, linen, alcohol and designer clothing. Discos and nightclubs abound and gaming is on offer at 11 resort casinos.
Most of the beaches are found along Aruba's Northwest coast. There are two main resort areas; one with low-rise buildings, the other with high-rises with a series of glorious beaches: Druif, Eagle and Palm, with much of it fronted by a pedestrian walkway. The Palm Beach area offers parasailing, glass-bottom boat rides, excursions aboard the submarine Atlantis, and high-octane turbocharged jet boat rides. Just north of Palm Beach is a world-renowned windsurfing and kite-surfing mecca.
Scuba diving is popular, offering good visibility, coral reefs and wrecks - most notably the Antilla, a German freighter sunk during World War II, which is the largest in the Caribbean. For golfers there is Tierra del Sol, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, and the nine-hole Divi Links near Oranjestad. Half-day horseback tours take visitors along beaches and into the cunuku. 


Legal requirements for getting married in Aruba
Civil marriages are now possible in Aruba, but they must take place at the Civil Town House. Couples may also arrange a religious blessing after they have been legally married or just hold a romantic celebration beachside if they prefer. The following are the guidelines for the various ceremonies.
CIVIL Legal Requirements:
1. All Civil/Legal Ceremonies must take place in the Civil Town House
2. Documents include:
A) Copies of birth certificate for bride and groom with apostille (state certification).
B) Passport picture page or valid state issued picture I.D. for Bride & Groom.
C) Witness (18 years up) passport picture page or valid state issued picture I.D. (minimum 2 witnesses) Witnesses can be provided locally if bride and groom are traveling alone at $50 each by a weddingplanner.
D) Certificate of no impediment for bride and groom (also referred to as a “single status report” and in some states called a “negative statement of marriage”). This certificate of no impediment is obtained at the bureau of vital statistics which is located in the department of health.
E) If either party has been divorced we need to receive a copy of the 1st and last page of the divorce decree(s).
F) If either party is a widow(er) we need to receive a copy of the pertaining death certificate.
Ceremony can take place in the late morning or early afternoon on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.
Saturdays are also available in the late mornings at an additional $150 surcharge.
3. All documents are to be faxed for review and then submitted by courier (i.e. FedEx) at least one (1) month prior to desired wedding date. Please contact a wedding planner or your host hotel wedding coordinator.
(Must call first as this is on hold until review of procedures is complete):
1. Proof That the prospective bride and groom have attended pre-marriage preparation.
2. Permission from their priest to get married in Aruba.
3. An official declaration stating that neither party has been previously married in a Church is also required from their local priest.
4. Copy of Wedding Certificate showing that they have been legally married in their home country.
5. Baptismal and Confirmation certificates of both parties as well as copies of their passports or I.D. Cards.
6. The proposed wedding must take place "inside" the Church building.
7. All documents must be submitted 4 months prior to chosen wedding date.
1. Wedding Ceremony can be affiliated in the local Protestant / Episcopalian or Methodist Churches or anywhere else the couple desires.
2. If Married outside Aruba, copy of marriage certificate from their home country.
3. Proper attire is required for all "religious blessings"( ie: No Swimsuits nor Wraps for the Bride: Shorts are acceptable for the Groom.
1. Both partners MUST bet Jewish and need to submit a verification of Judaism from the Rabbi of their hometown
2. The Aruban Cantor accepts Jewish status certificates from valid Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Liberal and Re-Constructionist Authorities.
3. A formal petition needs to be submitted to the Aruba Jewish Community.
4. The wedding ceremony may take place either in the synagogue or any other venue of choice.
5. The synagogue of Aruba is an independent Conservative-Reform style congregation.
A boat captain is not authorized to officiate a wedding according to Dutch laws. This applies for international waters as well as in port. The only exception to this rule is if he has been given authority by the country under whose flag the ship is registered.

Although we provide this information it is subject to change and you must contact the tourist board or consulate to verify these requirements.

Barceló Aruba Hotel
Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Celebrate it in an unforgettable location in the style this very special occasion deserves. Formerly the Occidental Grand Aruba Resort
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