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Aruba wedding - need help!

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#1 MK1

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    Posted 16 June 2009 - 03:28 PM

    Hi everyone,
    I'm looking into Aruba for our wedding and noticed that most resorts require a birth certificate - is this just required for the civil ceremony?

    It may be easier for us to obtain a birth certificate in our hometown and just have the beach ceremony in Aruba.

    Do we need to provide proof of marriage to just have the beach ceremony?

    Can you please pass along any recommendations for a ceremony/reception site

    Any help would be really appreciated!


    #2 Sheree10

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      Posted 16 June 2009 - 07:57 PM

      There is some paperwork that needs to be provided to have a civil ceremony in Aruba.( see below- I got it from my WC) If you go this route you have to get married at their City Hall first. If you decided to get married legally in the US you must provide a copy of your marriage certificate for a marriage blessing.

      In order to have your civil ceremony in Aruba, the following documents need to be submitted weeks prior to your chosen wedding date:

      1.Completed Letters of Intent. Bride and Groom must each fill out one of these forms individually and sign at the bottom.

      2.Birth Certificates of each with a Raised Seal and parents name stated on them.

      3. If divorced an Official Divorce Decree or if widowed an Official Death Certificate

      4. Negative Statement of Marriage for both. This is a documents obtained either at your Civil Registry, Department of Health or Bureau of Vital Statistics. It is a search of your records stating that at the current date, both of you a not married and therefore free and eligible to marry each other.

      5. An Apostille Report from your State Department (Secretary of State) certifying the authenticity of your Birth Certificate and Negative Statement of Marriage.

      6. Copy of Passport ID pages or a valid ID for both of you as well as for your two witnesses.

      Hope that Helps!

      BRIDE + GROOM + 60 GUESTS!!

      #3 leahstafford

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        Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:28 PM

        I did a wedding at Bucati Beach Resort and it was gorgeous! It was very quiet at the time so they had the entire beach to themselves during the ceremony. The reception was then held right on the beach too! Everything was gorgeous! They also did their cival ceremony at the courthouse before. Long but very fun day.

        #4 MK1

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          Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:20 PM

          Thank you both! I'm looking into the Bucuti Resort - it really is so beautiful.

          #5 JenniferSS



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            Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:22 PM


            #6 ask9999

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              Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:46 AM

              I would go with the Bucuti Resort. It is, in my opinion, on the nicest beach on the island (with other low rise hotels). Most of the big chain hotels are on Palm Beach which can get really crowded. The Bucuti is great and their wedding coordinator will get back to you quickly. Good luck!

              #7 cjaruba

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                Posted 17 June 2009 - 12:32 PM

                I just visited several resorts down in Aruba last month. We are going to do the legal ceremony at home and then a beach ceremony with family and friends in Aruba. I had assumed that you really wouldn't need anything for a 'renewal of vows' type of beach ceremony, but was surprised that they Hyatt did need the proof of marriage. It didn't come up as an issue at any of the other resorts. They just asked whether or not you want a legal wedding.
                Aruba Bride to Be, Fall 09

                #8 MK1

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                  Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:20 AM

                  Amazing pics!!! I'm so excited. Thanks everyone!

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