Destination I Do
Friday, September 9, 2011

Destination Wedding Aruba: A Fun Family Affair

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Briana Marie Photography

Nikki and Bill explored wedding options in California, but couldn’t find anything that was exactly what they wanted. They realized that a destination wedding was in the cards for them. “We loved going to local weddings, but we were sad when the weddings were over after five hours,” says the couple. “We wanted to capture our guests for a longer time to savor the special moments.”

Bill had traveled to Aruba a few years previously and fell in love! Nikki was an easy sell and before they knew it they were planning the destination wedding of their dreams in Aruba. Unfortunately, not all of their guests could make it, but the couple made a real effort to include those individuals in other wedding activities before and after the big day.

Luckily, once Nikki and Bill decided on Aruba, it was smooth sailing from there on out. “From our first communication with the wedding coordinators at The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba we knew we were in good hands which made us more comfortable and excited to host our wedding there.”

“We had a wedding coordinator who we totally trusted from day one, which is really important when you are planning a wedding from thousands of miles away,” says the couple. “Having a single point of contact for all the vendors helped reduce our stress and made it easier to work through the details.”

Bill and Nikki wanted their guests to enjoy the destination wedding experience as much as possible. They ensured this by planning various events like a welcome dinner and a sunset sail the day after the wedding. The couple stayed organized throughout the process.

“The key to a destination wedding is to give your guests resources well in advance,” says the couple. “We loaded our website with information a year before the wedding by listing which airlines flew there and pricing. We secured a room block at the hotel with a preferred rate and gave alternative, lower priced alternative hotel options. A month before the wedding we mailed out a ‘Bon Voyage’ brochure with additional information about Aruba and the wedding event schedule.”

Nikki & Bill have some final words of advice for other couples planning a destination wedding: “Try to plan events where the entire wedding group can get together, even if it’s just hanging out on the beach…it’s good for everyone to take the time to get to know each other and makes for a more memorable wedding experience. Lastly, take time for a honeymoon! You will need time to relax after the wedding.”

Photographer: Briana Marie Photography
Wedding Venue: The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
Gown Designer: Amsale
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Express
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Dessy/Express

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