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#11 traceysteve

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    Posted 24 March 2011 - 05:58 PM

    Hi Valerie,

     

    welcome to the stressed out wedding planning club! I'm planning on getting married in Aruba in August, and decided to go with a resort that is not all inclusive. I had it narrowed down to the Westin, which I love, love, love, and the Divi Aruba Phoenix, which had a fantastic dinner menu. I totally understand how you can get overwhelmed with all of the information...take advantage of your maid of honor and your bridal party, and red wine also works!

     

    Good luck with everything, and hang in there. I will gladly share what info I have if you like..

     

    tracey



    #12 kfady529

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      Posted 08 April 2011 - 05:19 PM

      @ Tracy Congrats on your upcoming wedding :)!! I also am looking into the Divi Phoenix did you end up going with them? Are you working with there wedding planner, I am looking into working with Bonny from Aruba weddings by Bonny?  I am completely overwhelmed its hard making such a big decision when you cant actually be there so I am looking for all the input I can..



      #13 traceysteve

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        Posted 08 April 2011 - 08:30 PM

        kfady, we were actually planning on going with the Westin, until honestly, three days ago! I was unaware of the room block business, and want nothing to do with it. I am planning on going with Divi now, just waiting for confirmation. I was actually prepared to send the Westin a deposit this week, so I'm a bit disappointed, I've spent so much time mulling over the information. But...the Divi had a fantastic dinner menu, and I especially loved the BBQ option. When are you getting married? There are definitely some great resources on this site, take advantage of them! But, let me know if you have any questions...I have a ton of info. Happy planning!



        #14 kfady529

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          Posted 10 April 2011 - 11:59 AM


          At least you found out about it before you finalized it, what is the room blocking? Are you going with the Divi wedding planner? I was looking in to Aruba weddings by Bonny and she has multiple venues the Divi Phoenix happens to be one of them,  I also like the menu so much to choice from? Who did you end up going with for vendors? Hope the rest of your planning goes great.

          Originally Posted by traceysteve 

          kfady, we were actually planning on going with the Westin, until honestly, three days ago! I was unaware of the room block business, and want nothing to do with it. I am planning on going with Divi now, just waiting for confirmation. I was actually prepared to send the Westin a deposit this week, so I'm a bit disappointed, I've spent so much time mulling over the information. But...the Divi had a fantastic dinner menu, and I especially loved the BBQ option. When are you getting married? There are definitely some great resources on this site, take advantage of them! But, let me know if you have any questions...I have a ton of info. Happy planning!


           

           



          #15 traceysteve

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            Posted 11 April 2011 - 06:40 PM

            I'm actually working directly with the resort. I had started emailing directly to the resorts early on, but it was between the westin and divi from the beginning, they were reasonably priced for our guests. The divi's menu was definitely a strong point. Room block refers to the # of rooms the resort requires you to reserve at their rate. Your guests need to book directly with the resort, so they may need to opt out of other group deals you may be able to find. It guarantees the resort a certain amount of revenue. Hope that helps.



            #16 kfady529

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              Posted 30 May 2011 - 02:58 PM

              Tracysteve have you finalized anything yet?



              #17 traceysteve

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                Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:48 AM


                Oooo..I haven't updated! Yes, we are finally booked to get married at the Westin. Surprisingly, our TA found us a deal to stay at the RIU, which was too good to pass up! We were looking into getting married at the RIU as well, but you have to have a certain % of your guests staying there, and we have some guests staying at timeshares, so it was too up in the air to plan. What about you? How is your planning going? I was just reading a thread about someone who got married at Manchebo and used Lissy Lampe, sounds fantastic. Fill me in, please...
                 

                Originally Posted by kfady529 

                Tracysteve have you finalized anything yet?



                 



                #18 Ms Di

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                  Posted 03 June 2011 - 08:19 PM

                  Good luck and enjoy yourself and theplanning of your wedding. You will only have one and can never get the time back so enjoy your planning and if you do any DIY projects the ladies here will help with everything and enjoy doing your DIYs



                  #19 Gina42212

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                    Posted 13 June 2011 - 03:33 PM


                    How funny, my fiancee and I decided the exact opposite!  We were planning our wedding date to be April 22, 2012 (hence my name

                    Hi - I'm also planning my wedding in Aruba. I would like to get married October 2011 but fiancĀ©e wants to wait until spring 2012. I am thinking about the renaissance island. If anyone has any information on pricing please share. Thank you.

                     



                    #20 traceysteve

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                      Posted 14 June 2011 - 06:52 PM


                      Hey, thought you would get a kick out of this. I got a response back today from Divi, following up on my wedding request. She replied to an email that I sent her, from April 22nd! I'm already booked for the Westin, probably have been since the end of April, with deposit down, menu finalized, etc. etc. Hahahaaa!! I just laughed. We're getting married in less than 3 months. Did you book with Divi?
                       

                      Originally Posted by kfady529 

                      @ Tracy Congrats on your upcoming wedding :)!! I also am looking into the Divi Phoenix did you end up going with them? Are you working with there wedding planner, I am looking into working with Bonny from Aruba weddings by Bonny?  I am completely overwhelmed its hard making such a big decision when you cant actually be there so I am looking for all the input I can..



                       






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