Reviews

We renewed our vows for our 10 year anniversary with Aruba Weddings For You. Our coordinator was Jennifer. She was very accommodating and professional. We planned our event with them a mere week prior to our anniversary. They were able to coordinate everything quickly and in time for our anniversary. On the day of our anniversary, we were very disappointed because it was quite rainy. Jennifer wanted me to have a perfect day, so she rescheduled the entire event for the next day, which happened to be a picture perfect day.We had the most beautiful sunset wedding. We could not have been happier. Marielle helped me put on my corset wedding dress that I definitely could not have put on myself. Our photographer Paul was amazing as well and got amazing shots of our vow renewal. We are so thankful to Jennifer, Paul, Marielle and everyone else at Aruba Weddings For You, who helped to make our 10th anniversary so special.

~ Latoyia Burney- Mackey

My husband and I got married in September and had the most amazing time. We were so excited for our destination wedding and we were not disappointed. We worked with Marielle and she did such an amazing job. We had 70 guests with us and I can honestly say that everyone was pleased and impressed with their rooms, the Divi Golf and Beach resort and the wedding itself. We had so many compliments in regards to the ceremony. Everyone loved our minister, Geoffrey and many of the guests have told me that they have incorporated his speech into their daily lives. The day of the wedding everything went perfectly and we wouldn’t have changed a single thing about it. It’s a wedding that will be remembered by family and friends for a life time and we are so thankful for Marielle and everyone else involved in planning our special day.

~ The Gustafson’s

We got married on jan 10 2017 on the Divi shores. We want to thank Maurella and the team at AWFY. From the first email, to the first meeting, and thru the whole process; we were met with the utmost respect and professionalism. All our odd requests were handled perfectly. Maurella is a really good listener and with her industry experience she made the day perfect. We also like to add that all our guests said that Gregory (officiant) and Paul (photographer) were amazing, and of course, we agree 100%. We will return on a regular basis now that we have a special bond to the beautiful island of Aruba.

~ Benny and Emmelie Nietsche

Our wedding was perfect in every way! Mariëlle made our day a dream to remember and I can’t wait to renew our vows with them in 20+ years! I’m sure we’ll visit the resort again many times between now and then. Our minister, Geoffrey, and photographer, Paul, have great personalities and senses of humor. The flowers!!!! They were gorgeous! I cried when I saw them! It made the day real.
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

Thank you for arranging the most perfect and intimate wedding ceremony, it was everything we had in mind and you Marielle made us feel so calm and welcoming! We would recommend anyone to you guys and the people you use from Gregory the minister to Damien who took the most breathe taking pictures, you had the least likely people in tears! Do not hesitate to book from the uk, even with the time difference etc you are always met with a warm response. We miss Aruba!

~ Luke and Lianne Johnson

This was the wedding of my dreams and Inge, Robert and especially Maurella made that happen. We definitely did things a little differently and they were accommodating. They have a lot of weddings going on, so be patient when you email, they’ll get back to you it just might be a day or two and the responses are always very informative. We are so excited that we chose the Divi and Maurella. It was a great time and we hope to be back someday for an anniversary or vow renewal. 🙂
Working with Aruba Weddings for You was probably the best choice we made after deciding to have a destination wedding! We chose to not follow a “package” and have a customized wedding. Working with Mariëlle and the rest of the team made things so easy and our wedding could not have gone more perfectly.

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

My wife, Virginia Stouffer, and I were married at Divi All-Inclusive on July 23. We would like to express our gratitude for the flawless event and wonderful experience at Divi. Everything was truly amazing during our stay, and all of our guest had a great time. When we decided to have a destination wedding, we wanted a resort that was elegant, safe, and fun for all ages. Divi was our first choice, and rightfully so. For this we thank you, and your entire staff for making this an incredible trip for us and all of our guest.

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

Thanks to Inge and Marielle we were blessed to have a truly amazing wedding experience. Everything from the most minute of details was handled with incredible tact, talent and professionalism. Working with Marielle was like working with a long time friend. When we were stumped, she had great idea’s and recommendations. If we had a special request, like a particular bartender we all thought the world of (Gabriel), Marielle made it happen. My friends and family are still raving about the amazing evening, food and fun that they had on the wonderful island of Aruba. The Aruba Weddings Team is top notch and the evening was nothing short of spectacular. With our very sincere and heartfelt gratitude,

~ Carol and Jerry Perron

STILL recuperating from our recent trip to the Divi and our daughter’s wedding. I MUST say that your company, especially Marielle, did an EXCELLENT job – the ceremony and other arrangements were PERFECT and exceeded our expectations. THANK YOU !!!! I have recommended you and the Divi All Inclusive to MANY, and we are hoping to get back very soon!
We recently had our 10 year vow renewal at the Divi Aruba. Marielle, our planner/coordinator, was everything I could have hoped for. She was very personable, beyond helpful, more than willing to do everything I’d asked for, and went out of her way to make sure we had an awesome time. The day was beautiful, set up was great, and our ceremony and dinner went on very smoothly.
Thanks again Marielle. You ROCK!!!
Everyone at Aruba Weddings for you was amazing.
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

The moment I had contact with Robert and Marielle I knew I was in good hands. They were so tentative to my needs, any questions I had they were right there to answer me. Being a destination bride and planning abroad is so hard in itself, that working with the AWFY team was a piece of cake. Marielle made my dream wedding come true and even more. Her hard work and going above and beyond is what I admired most about her, I never would have recieved the same care here at home. She truly has a passion for what she does and is amazing at what she does. We developed a friendship and bond on the island and I was so thankful for her and the team, even after the wedding we stil keep in contact to check in and chat. I highly recommend AWFY to anyone who is looking to have a destination wedding to aruba. The staff is amazing and truly make you feel like part of a tropical family.

~ Raquel and Ted

Words cannot express how wonderful our day turned out to be…thanks to the company and crew. From the first email I received from Marielle, I knew I had picked the perfect planner for our renewal ceremony of our wedding vows to celebrate 30 years of marriage. They were beyond professional with every step. The entire presentation was beautiful with much emotion and laughter.

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

It was a fairy tale we couldn’t have imagined. You guys brought together two families and friends from all over the world and created an event that changed all our lives. The love we have for Marielle, Inge and all the staff at AWFY, Divi Phoenix & Pure Ocean cannot be expressed in a simple review. The overall sentiment was that it was the best wedding any of our guests had ever been to. No one could have envisioned the smallest of details put into this day.

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

Thanks to Inge and Marielle we were blessed to have a truly amazing wedding experience. Everything from the most minute of details was handled with incredible tact, talent and professionalism. Working with Marielle was like working with a long time friend. When we were stumped, she had great idea’s and recommendations. If we had a special request, like a particular bartender we all thought the world of (Gabriel), Marielle made it happen. My friends and family are still raving about the amazing evening, food and fun that they had on the wonderful island of Aruba. The Aruba Weddings Team is top notch and the evening was nothing short of spectacular. With our very sincere and heartfelt gratitude, Carol and Jerry Perron

~ Carol & Jerry Perron

I want to first say thank you so much for making our special day fabulous. I have nothing but compliments from family and friends with the awesome job that you did… Mariella.. thank you thank you for putting your special touch and having a wonderful staff that follows in your vision… it is amazing to have someone just as excited as you for your day… you are definitely in the right field. I hope to see and visit you again… renew vows… 2nd honeymoon something LOL.. unfortunately we couldn’t have our honeymoon dinner L no one to watch the kids we exceeded our family and friends stay.. but just being on the beautiful island of Aruba was enough for me.

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Thanks again for a wonderful vacation/wedding.. xoxoxo

~ Michelle & Derek

I wanted to thank you and your entire staff for what became the most amazing night of my life. You were all so supportive throughout this process and I could not have asked for anything more. Everyone had an amazing time and we will all remember this day forever. From the chairs to the flowers to the Chuppah, you all created an extremely beautiful setup and I am forever grateful to you all!

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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!

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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.

To All at Aruba Weddings:

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!

Thank you!

~ Debbie Broderick

The wedding planning group for the Divi Phoenix Beach Resort, “Aruba Weddings For You”, was amazing to work with. The head wedding coordinator, Inge van Roon, and her amazing team, including her assistant Robert Lee, made planning our destination wedding a great experience. In our initial visit to look at venues in the fall before of 2013, we visited 10 different venue options. Of course, everything in Aruba is beautiful, so it was challenging to decide upon just one. However, the minute we stepped on the Divi’s grounds, we knew it was the place we had to have our wedding. Inge and Robert went out of their way to welcome us and show us around, even inviting us back to see the setup of both a large wedding and smaller wedding on each night we were there to give us a sense of what our wedding would look like. On top of that, Inge and Robert are just amazingly warm, sweet, and genuinely caring people, and we “clicked” with them from the very first meeting. So from that initial visit, we knew that the Divi was our final wedding venue. Over the following months, because we planned our wedding from New York City and did not visit the Divi again until the week of our wedding, it was imperative that we had a good relationship and frequent communication with those who helped us. Inge and her team were AMAZING; they were timely in their responses to our emails, were thorough, and really were a breeze to work with. They made it feel like we were communicating and planning a party with friends, which definitely lessened our level of anxiety during planning! Of course planning a wedding from a different country can bring many unknowns and stressors, but they truly did an amazing job in making the process as seamless as possible for us. Personally, I am someone who can get easily overwhelmed with details and a wide range of options, and Inge did a great job of learning my personality and providing me with only her top vendor picks to make the decision process an easier one for us.

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

See original review on Tripadvisor.

Hi Maurella,

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.

Sincerely,

~ Martha

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

See original review on Tripadvisor.

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

See original review on Wedding Wire.