Department of Tourism website: www.aruba.com
Image Credit: Aruba Tourism Authority
Located in the heart of the southern Caribbean, 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela is the island of Aruba. The topography of Aruba is varied, depending on where you are with a blend of desert and tropical landscapes. The southern and western coasts are where you find some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world. As you travel toward the northeaster part of the island, the spectacular coast becomes rugged.
Your civil ceremony must take place in the Civil Town House, so most couples follow that with a blessing ceremony at another location. Picture a backdrop of a Caribbean sunset glistening against a pearly white beach with the tropical sound of steel drums. Or, a beautiful gazebo surrounded by your family and friends at a world class resort with every amenity at your disposal. Either way, Aruba is a wonderful choice for a romantic and memorable destination wedding or honeymoon.
Language: Dutch, but fluent in English
Currency: Arubin florin
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Airport: Queen Beatrix International Airport
- Weather: The average temperature in Aruba is 82° F. The annual rainfall averages only 16.5 inches, with showers more likely during the months of November and December. The island is located out of the hurricane belt.
Civil marriages may take place only in Civil Town House; so many couples elect to follow the civil ceremony with a religious blessing on the beach or another setting. The times and days for ceremonies are also limited, so it advisable to utilize a wedding planner if you are considering a wedding in Aruba.
Both the bride and groom must present copies of birth certificates with a state certification and the couple and their two witnesses must each present valid passports. In addition, a certificate of no impediment (single status report) must be obtained at the Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.
If either has been divorced they will need the original divorce decree and if widowed, the original marriage and death certificates must be presented. All documents must be originals or certified by the issuing department. All documents must be reviewed and then submitted by courier (i.e. FedEx) at least one (1) month prior to desired wedding date.
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