Caribbean destination weddings are in a league of their own, offering the most idyllic combination of pristine beaches, endless ocean views, luxury resorts, and romance. At The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, couples and their guests can combine a wedding celebration with the group trip of a lifetime, escaping to an island paradise together for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean – or any remote region – may seem overwhelming at first, the right team of wedding experts will ensure a seamless wedding planning process. Gilliany Briesen-Oduber, Senior Sales Catering Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, offers a bit more insight into what Aruba-bound couples can expect during their destination wedding experience.
GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
A: Oceanfront, Luxury, Exclusive
GO: How far in advance does a couple need to reserve a wedding date at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba?
A: 12 to 6 months prior to wedding date.
GO: Are onsite wedding planners available for the wedding process?
A: Yes, the couple is assigned a dedicated event manager to assist with the entire planning process and execution of their special day.
GO: Are accommodations and buyouts available? What is the capacity limit?
A: The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba has 320 rooms with numerous luxurious suites. The hotel extends a group rate with a minimum booking of ten (10) rooms three (3) nights.
GO: What spaces are available for ceremonies and receptions?
A: The resort has the iconic Eternity Bridge and our Ocean Front Event Beach to host magical ceremonies. Receptions are followed at one of our many grand venues such as our Event Lawn, Event Beach, Pool Deck, or Ballroom.
GO: What are some of the amenities, incentives and activities that The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers a couple?
A: A collection of five food and beverage venues, including BLT Steak and Casa Nonna. Two swimming pools. The island’s preeminent meeting facilities, including a 7,500 square foot ballroom. We have a 15,000 square foot luxury spa facility with 13 treatment rooms. State-of-the-art Fitness Center. A vibrant casino in an island paradise. Couples will receive a complimentary upgrade to the Executive Suite for the duration of their stay with a booking of a room block. Couples may also collect Bonvoy rewards points with their bookings.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding. Tell us about your wedding menu options.
A: The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba has an amazing culinary team who curates an extravagant Food and Beverage experience. Whether the couple is interested in a plated dinner, a grand buffet, or family-style, the team will create the luxury experience for all wedding guests.