My husband Kevin and I just returned from a magical trip to Aruba where we were married at Pure Ocean on June 29th, 2017. When starting this process, I was a little nervous with planning a destination wedding, but right away I was put at ease as both Inge and Marielle took time to meet with my parents on a trip to Aruba a year prior and ironed out a lot of my questions and concerns that I had. Throughout the year, Marielle was very helpful with answering any questions that I had via e-mail. We arrived a few days prior to our wedding and it was a huge help to have a meeting with Marielle a couple of days before where we went over every little detail from the beginning of the wedding day down to the very end. If I had any unanswered questions or doubt on anything, I can honestly say we left this meeting with a sigh of relief knowing it was all being left in great hands with Marielle. On the day of the wedding, there is enough going through our minds of things to get done, and not having to worry about the set up for the ceremony or reception was an incredible relief to us. The entire day went incredibly seamless, from the moment we stepped out of the car to start the ceremony to the very last song that was played that night. The set up was exactly how I had imagined it all these months in my head, but so much more incredible. From the details on the tables, to how the names for the seating arrangements were set up, everything was absolutely perfect. Marielle completely outdid herself the entire night. While we were getting our pictures done, she came over to Kevin and I with water and some snacks. Also during the introductions and dances she was right there with a napkin to pat Kevin’s brow (which he very much appreciated!!!). During dinner she was around to help push in everyone’s chair when they came back to their table. Honestly just small little details that you wouldn’t even think of, she was right there to help out in any way she could. The guests even came up to us and said they were very impressed with Marielle. Marielle, we cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us. Even looking back on the day, there is not one thing we would have changed. You went so above and beyond what we ever expected and we cannot thank you enough for making our day the best day ever!!!!
Thank you Inge and Marielle and the entire Aruba Weddings for you team so very much for everything you did for us!!!
~ Orla & Kevin
Finally after all of the hard work and all the planning we all put into this we had the beach ceremony of our dreams. All the details from the decorations, to the setup, to the music, to the cake and to the most delicious food ever (everyone is still talking about it) it was ALL perfect. They truly made this whole process easy and enjoyable and I don’t know how we could have done it without them. Thank you again to Aruba Weddings for You, Marielle and the rest of the team for making our vision come true and making it one of the most memorable days for us.
~ Stephanie Cummings
~ Jenise Nottage
~ Latoyia Burney-Mackey
~ The Gustafson’s
~ Benny and Emmelie Nietsche
We chose to do a rope ceremony and forgot our rope! Mariëlle was devastated more than we were and found the perfect rope (better than we had) to ensure we could incorporate. Geoff’s words were like gold, loved his smile and enthusiasm.
Paul took over 200 photos in 1 hour and captured every precious moment. He was open to all our ideas and turned them into magic. His photos have brought all our family and friends to tears. Thank you again to the whole team that brought our wedding together!!!
~ Michele Jones
~ Luke and Lianne Johnson
Everything from the decor to the food was absolutely perfect. They work closely with the vendors and truly create your dream wedding for you.
We had the privilege of meeting Mariëlle last year at our friends wedding and after seeing how great she was we knew we had to have her for our own. She is someone who you can tell definitely takes pride in her job and loves what she does. We started our trip to Aruba with being picked up at the airport with a big smile on her face. At our pre-wedding meeting she sat with us to make sure everything was exactly as we wanted. Wedding day arrived and once again I was greeted with a big smile from her after I could tell she spent her day busting her butt to make sure everything was set up perfectly. The smallest gestures did not go unnoticed with her. Guests would start to shed a tear and there was Mariëlle with a tissue. A moment that stands out the most to us was when our Maid of Honor surprised my husband with a life size cut out of our dog during her speech. After the speech was over we watched as Mariëlle placed the dog in 3 or 4 different spots until she found the PERFECT spot because she knew how important our dog is to us.
We heard from many of our guests that we had the perfect wedding. That they have been to many weddings and nothing compares. We have Aruba Weddings for You to thank for that! THANK YOU!!
~ Heather Ackerman
We wanted to thank Inge Van Roon for her tremendous supervision over the past year. Inge’s leadership ensured that our wedding events while we were down there met her own high standards, which is greatly appreciated. We had an amazing wedding and Inge made sure of it!
The entire wedding event staff from the chefs, servers, coordinators and interns worked hard together to give us our perfect wedding, and we believe the day went as smoothly as possible because of all of their hard work. Every aspect and expectation we had was exceeded. From little details and decorations, to the day as a whole, everything was beyond amazing.
We wanted to also bring it to your attention that Mariëlle Hilkman is an absolutely amazing wedding coordinator. Planning a wedding over the phone and through emails can be very challenging, however every time we talked to Mariëlle, Virginia and I felt reassured that everything would be great. Mariëlle’s passion for her work shows through her actions. She was always helpful and informative from the start of brainstorming ideas to after the wedding. Virginia and I never left a meeting with Mariëlle and felt confused or stressed, but instead relieved, which is the best feeling to have before a wedding. Before the wedding, Mariëlle was running around and solving all of the last minute little issues, while coordinating everyone at the same time. We had the best wedding, and never had to look around for direction. Mariëlle made sure that we did not have to worry about anything on our wedding day- from Virginia getting ready in the suite and having the best make-up and hair stylist take care of her and her bridesmaids; to orchestrating the time of the ceremony perfectly to get our sunset pictures, to smoothly coordinating the start of dinner or reception. It was smooth and extremely enjoyable for us and all our guests. From flowers, to the wedding setting, the pictures that were sent to Mariëlle were matched perfectly to make our vision for our special day become a reality.
Thank you, and all of your staff for helping us have the perfect wedding day, better than we could have ever imagined, and an amazing vacation. Please know all of the hard work is greatly appreciated.
~ Robert W. Stouffer
~ Carol and Jerry Perron
Thanks again Marielle. You ROCK!!!
We have been to the Divi plenty of times before and knew that a beach ceremony and reception were just what we wanted. All of my visions came to life that night and it was a fairy tale.
~ Allison Shelton
~ Raquel and Ted
The girls, Marielle and Esra, went above and beyond. I believe we became fast friends throughout the stages of planning. We will never forget our wonderful “wedding” on the beach and Divi Weddings For You…Thank you
~ Jan & Tom Weinheimer
30th wedding anniversary Renewal
Our driftwood archway was like a movie set, the flowers were amazing, the music had everyone dancing all night long (even our waiters/bar staff). I heard nothing but rave reviews about the food and the cake. The dedication from the staff in the months leading up to the wedding was nothing compared to how loved we felt from the minute we got to the airport to the minute we left Aruba.
We were stopped on the street and in the resort by strangers who said it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever seen and that they cried (without knowing us) at just the ceremony alone. We questioned Marielle how she could be so enthusiastic and work so many hours and be this dedicated… her response to us was that she treated every wedding as if it were her own… and she did.
Our minister Greg, delivered a wedding service that captivated us all and our wedding photographer – Demian Gibbs… there also aren’t enough words to describe the excellence of his work, just breathtaking. The salon Indulgence by the Sea was fantastic with hair and make-up. The DJ was brilliant – many of our guests asked if they could get the wedding playlist – it covered almost every genre and appealed to every age group. All the vendors were Marielle and Inge’s recommendations and they know how to put a wedding together that is more than a wedding – it’s truly magical.
If you are considering this as a venue I would highly recommend both the staff and the venue every-time. We are both Type A people who are very hard to please (sorry AWFY) – planning a destination wedding was so hard for us because we had to give up control and trust that everything we discussed would be the way we wanted it. What we discussed and what we wanted couldn’t compare to the end result. They gave us things that we didn’t even know we wanted. It surpassed every expectation we and our guests had prior. When we think back on our wedding now and years from now the AWFY staff will be a huge piece of that and will always be in our hearts.
Marielle will always be a part of our family, without her we wouldn’t have had the dream wedding that even we couldn’t have imagined. Our only hope is that we conveyed our heartfelt gratitude to the entire team that made this happen. All our love to AWFY. This was one of the best decisions we have ever made.
~ Nicola and Angela Condon
~ Carol & Jerry Perron
Thanks again for a wonderful vacation/wedding.. xoxoxo
~ Michelle & Derek
PLEASE send me wherever you want me to write a review and I will be more than happy to do so. I have nothing but kind words for you all! There was not one negative aspect I could say about the wedding (except for not getting a picture with you all). You are all so wonderful and working with you was a breeze. Please thank everyone in the office for me.
Please also thank Nicole for me for keeping me calm and giving me a hug right before I walked out. She is so kind and was the perfect person to have by my side at that moment!
I have sent Marielle an email expressing my gratitude, but once more I will say this entire night would not have happened if it weren’t for her. She was amazing from the moment I spoke to her. She kept me calm, made sure I ate, took care of all the details and did much more than her job required. When my brother went to the hospital she was just what we needed to get though that day. If it weren’t for her I do not think I would make it to the wedding! I only have positive things to say about her.
Thanks again for everything,
You have all become members of my family and we are all so grateful for you!!
I have already recommended you to a few people who are interested in destination weddings!!!
~ Karen, Ben and the entire family.
My apologies for not sending a HUGE thank you yet for all you did for Jenna and Chris Lizewski’s wedding last August. I was in the hospital on the day of the wedding but was able to see how beautifu everything was through the laptop Crooze Photography set up in my room. A HUGE thank you to Marella who was amazing in organizing and helping Jenna on that day, and also for coming to the hospital for the (additiona) ceremony. I have heard nothing but wonderful appreciation of the staff and the services. Jenna says there is nothing that she would have done differently for that day (other than having me there)! Aruba is heaven on earth!
~ Debbie Broderick
We had 125 guests attend our wedding all of which stayed at the Divi Phoenix and Beach Resort. The hotel gave us a great group rate to help our guests save some extra money on the trip. Because of this, most people came for 3+ nights to make a little vacation out of it! For my husband and I, there was a great incentive to reserve a lot of rooms in that we were able to get reduced rates for our parents if we reached a certain amount of booked rooms—our families definitely appreciated that. There were many perks for us: we got a complimentary couples massage at their Pure Spa, complimentary fruit and cheese plate and champagne upon our arrival, complimentary stay in a very spacious suite for the week of our wedding, and best of all we get a complimentary one week stay at the Divi on our one year anniversary! The hotel accommodations were simply perfect—the pool was clean and fun, and our guests had multiple options between the child-size pool, large adult pool, a pool with a swim-up bar, and of course their beautiful beach as well. The offerings at the hotel were great, with a great gym and spa, small deli and coffee bar, a small store, and two great restaurants right on the property. The rooms were great for our guests, especially those who stayed for the whole week, because they were very spacious, had a full kitchen (with full sink, fridge, microwave, and dishwasher), had very comfortable beds, and every room had a balcony with the most amazing views. The booking manager at the Divi was often hard to reach and required repeated emails to get back to us, but he ultimately did help us with organizing a list of guests who made reservations so we could keep track of our guests’ travel plans.
Our wedding weekend was straight out of a movie. The ceremony was held on the Divi’s very beautiful and quiet beach front. The beach and ocean backdrop was gorgeous and simply perfect for the ambiance and the wedding photos. The reception was just next door at the Pure Ocean Restaurant, which is an open-air venue with a large palapa that housed the food. Our guest tables and dance floor were on the sand. Every single one of our guests raved about the beautiful ceremony, setting, and especially the food! We had the most AMAZING buffet, with a very large spread of various fish, meat, and side dishes– people told us it was the best food they had every had at a wedding. Inge and her team made arrangements for multiple aspects of the wedding, including ordering the flowers and cake, both based on pictures that I provided. They made recommendations for the DJ and photographer as well. Crooze Photography was amazing; the pictures came out perfectly and Cassandra and Marc, the husband and wife duo, were so sweet and easy to work with. Our DJ was Cool Pro DJs; to be honest, although we were very vocal and specific about the music and announcements we wanted made, this was probably our least favorite vendor to work with– I would definitely recommend going with a different DJ group. But even though the music was somewhat disappointing, the wedding still turned out perfectly and one that people will be raving about for a long time!
In addition to the wonderful wedding planners, the hotel staff at the Divi Phoenix was very sweet and attentive. The front desk workers helped us with everything from room changes, moving luggage, tracking down guests, and holding and handing out welcome bags upon guests’ arrival. Throughout the course of the week and weekend, the level of service to not just us, but to every single guest went above and beyond. This attentiveness went far in creating a really intimate and special feel for the wedding.
Overall, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND having a destination wedding at the Divi Phoenix Beach Resort and working with Inge van Roon and Robert Lee (of “Aruba Weddings For You”). They are trustworthy, communicative, knowledgeable, and sweet people, and they are hands-down the ONLY wedding planners you’ll want to work with if doing a destination wedding on Aruba! We are forever grateful to Aruba Weddings for You and everyone at the Divi Phoenix Beach Resort for all their hard work in making our wedding a magical and memorable event! We can’t wait to go back for another visit already…
~ Ashley Gaia
I would first like to express my regret in not seeing you yesterday before I left but I was busy packing everything for my departure.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a magnificent job you did. Our day was perfect. Everything from details ,decor and flowers to food was great.
Angie the owner of the Indulgence by the Sea Spa and salon was amazing she took charge in the room and began to fix the hairs of some of the girls and did an amazing job with my makeup. Ruth did an amazing job with my hair and together with Angie made me look and feel amazing on my special day ………….
Greg, the minister was absolutely amazing ….. his words were beautiful and touching making the most important part of the day extra special. Please send me his email so that I may express this to him.
So again I would like to thank you and give credit where its due for putting it all together and making sure my day would be perfect and amazing. George and I are truly grateful. My guests all expressed to us that it was the best wedding they’ve ever experienced.
Kudos to you and the staff for making it happen.
Haven’t ever done an all inclusive but went in to this with an idea it may be a little bit like a cattle call. Boy, was I wrong. The rooms were awesome, kind of tight but who cares about that when the ocean is just a few steps away. The food was a huge surprise, I had low expectations but had several good food experiences. Gingers and the Red Parrot stand out from the others, but the breakfast at the buffet was good and well done.
I would definitely recommend the Tamarijn and will try to return as soon as possible.
~ Maghen Boyer
Had a fairy tale wedding at the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive. 44 of our friends and family traveled from the Boston area and had the time of our lives! The wedding took place in front of the Sandpiper Bar as well as the Reception. We had perfect weather the whole trip and the wedding planners with Aruba Weddings for You were awesome and took care of everything making the day of stress free. If we has the change to go back and change something I don’t think we’d be able to think of anything – it was truly perfect. Thank you Divi! We hope to be back soon!
~ Krystal Nelson