The Ultimate Guide to Destination Weddings in Aruba
Aruba is emerging as one of the top destinations to get married around the world, according to our latest Trend Report.1 And it's easy to see why. Regarded as "One Happy Island," Aruba is teeming with friendly locals, infinite amenities, and stunning seaside scenery that can put a smile on any face. It's no wonder that so many couples choose Aruba to start their own "happily ever after."
If you are considering tying the knot in Aruba, read on. This guide will help answer some of your many questions about getting married on the Happy Island of the Caribbean.
Why Get Married in Aruba?
Tropical weather year-roundAruba is located outside the Caribbean's hurricane belt, meaning you can expect sunny weather (averaging 82 degrees) at just about any time of year.
With crystal-clear waters and tangled fofoti trees along the shore, Aruba is ranked 8th in U.S. News' list of having the best Caribbean beaches.
Aruba is well-known for its world-class beach resorts, several of which are all-inclusive for a more affordable wedding experience.
A convenient flight for all
Travelers from the U.S. and Canada can enjoy direct flights to Aruba from almost any major airport, with some under just 4 hours one-way.
Stunning wedding venues
Whether you wish to get married with your toes in the sand, in a tropical garden, or on a waterfront terrace, Aruba has wedding venues for every taste and budget
A top-ranked honeymoon destination
Aruba ranks among the top Caribbean honeymoon locations today, and offers many romantic perks for newlyweds.
Memorable activities for couples and guests
While many head to Aruba for a relaxing beach retreat, couples and guests can enjoy one-of-a-kind adventures, like scuba diving for old shipwrecks and touring colonial architecture.
Friendly and safe communities
Travel without worry. Not only is Aruba known as the friendliest island in the Caribbean, it also has one of the lowest crime rates.
Average Cost of a Destination Wedding in Aruba
When most people think of Aruba, they think exclusivity. Aruba once had a reputation for elite resorts and high-price tags. Today, however, Aruba caters more to couples on a budget, with high-end wedding resorts that are also affordable, accessible, and all-inclusive.
As a matter of fact, having a destination wedding in Aruba can cost less than a traditional wedding at home. On average, couples pay almost $20,000 for close-to-home weddings today. Meanwhile, getting married in Aruba can mean your entire wedding experience costs less than $10,000 - including the honeymoon. However, costs can be even less. In 2020, Destination Weddings' couples spent an average of $5,364 total on their wedding day and stay.
If you are a fun-loving couple and desire a wedding destination that is full of things to do (for both you and your guests!), you might consider getting married in Palm Beach. Located on the northwestern end of Aruba, Palm Beach is rated one of the top family-friendly beach destinations in the world, with many high-rise and all-inclusive resorts throughout its two-mile stretch.4 It's the perfect getaway for couples looking to strike a balance between R&R on the beach, and exciting activities or attractions to keep everyone entertained.
Eagle Beach was recently named one of the top three beaches in the world by TripAdvisor.5 However, this beach has been receiving recognition from travel writers, agents, and tourists for many years before. It is Aruba's widest beach, most well-known for its soft white sands and native fofoti trees that are sprinkled along the coast. The waters of Eagle Beach are calm and warm, making it a prime destination for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and sailing. If you are seeking a romantic beach retreat, Eagle Beach is the place to go. Resorts are smaller and intimate, offering a quieter seaside escape.
Oranjestad is the capitol city of Aruba, where every corner is filled with color - colorful colonial architecture, vibrant local dishes, and glittering casinos that come alive at night. It is a charming port with a diversity of marinas, museums, and local shops to explore. But this is not all that Oranjestad has to offer couples and their guests. In addition to having an award-winning airport (with pre-clearance of U.S. Immigration and Customs on flights to the United States), Oranjestad is just minutes away from memorable adventures and landscapes. The Arikok National Park, for instance, is less than a 15-minute drive, where you can explore abandoned gold mines and lounge under twisted divi-divi trees.
Planning an Aruba Destination Wedding
One of the perks of a destination wedding is that the planning process is nearly stress-free. When planning a wedding in Aruba, you will have a travel specialist and a wedding planner to sort out all the details. Of course, as with any international vacation, planning a wedding in Aruba comes with a few unique considerations. Before jetting off to say "I do", be sure to research the following with your Wedding Specialist:
Most destination couples legalize their marriage in their home state and hold a symbolic ceremony with friends and family in the locale of their choosing. However, civil (legal) weddings are also possible in Aruba. If you wish to legalize your marriage in Aruba, you will just need to fulfill a few requirements in advance. These include, but are not limited to:
Aruba is nestled in the southern part of the Caribbean, well outside the region's hurricane belt. This makes it a top destination for year-round travel and leaves more "wiggle room" for your big day. Unlike other areas of the Caribbean, there is very little threat of tropical storms in Aruba. Most months promise sunny weather and temperatures averaging between 80 and 90 degrees, with constant trade winds keeping everyone cool. However, there are certain times of year that are more budget-friendly for couples tying the knot.
The best time to get married in Aruba is between April and August - the island's shoulder season - when resort costs are at their lowest. You can also find discounts and affordable room packages in the early fall. While January through March is known for the best weather, room prices are often higher during this time.
Aruba is known as "One Happy Island" for a reason. Its friendly and helpful locals, on top of its warm hospitality, have contributed to Aruba's nickname. In addition, Aruba features one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean, which means you can explore the island's wonders - such as secluded beaches and off-site tours - with more peace of mind.
Aruba Destination Wedding Inspiration
Countless couples have said "I do" in Aruba - some in a beachside gazebo, some in elegant ballrooms, and some in a romantic sky terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Get inspired by our real couples who have gotten married in Aruba.
One Happy Island, One Happy Couple
Aruba embodies happiness, with incredible hospitality, warm weather, and Caribbean landscapes you'll never forget. If you and your fiancé are craving an out-of-the-box wedding experience on a tropical island abroad, Aruba may be the perfect fit for you.
Learn more about planning a destination wedding in Aruba or get started today with Destination Weddings today.