To the uninitiated, it may seem that Caribbean islands are all cut from the same cloth. Each has those glassy waters, those swaying palm trees, those cocktails with the little umbrellas — right? In truth, no two Caribbean countries are the same. And when you choose to have your wedding in Aruba, not only do you make indelible memories, you experience firsthand what makes this 21-mile-long island stand out: Desert-like terrain. Dutch colonial architecture. A mixture of fascinating languages. A tight-knit community. Throw in a hurricane-free climate and you’ve got a wedding destination that holds a treasure trove of surprises for couples and their guests.
Below we highlight a few impressive Aruba wedding venues that welcome you to “One Happy Island” with open arms.
Get Hitched Amid Gorgeous Surroundings at a Local Restaurant
Food and drinks are a must at any wedding, so it makes perfect sense to choose a restaurant as the host for your nuptials. Plus, you can feel good about supporting local companies dedicated to serving you and your guests the best of the island’s cuisine.
Family-owned Papiamento Restaurant, named for the creole language of the island, is a real gem. It’s housed in a beautiful 126-year-old Aruban “cunucu” dwelling filled with 19th-century antiques imported from Europe. Customers appreciate the fine details, like fresh flowers and elegant polished utensils. Get married on the terrace, by the pool, or inside the house.
For a ceremony with the best views, hold your event at Faro Blanco Restaurant, at the top of Hudishibana hill and adjacent to the century-old California Lighthouse, Aruba’s most recognizable landmark.
Tie the Knot at a Historic Religious Institution
Some couples simply cannot imagine having their wedding in Aruba hosted anywhere else but a place of worship. Luckily, there are churches, cathedrals, and synagogues on this island getaway that are happy to help.
St. Francis of Assisi Church, built in Oranjestad in 1813, boasts a gleaming interior and Dutch Colonial façade. Old Protestant Church, which dates back to 1846, is just as charming, with a bright exterior that’s striking against the brilliant blue sky. It’s just a stone’s throw from Aruba’s Main Street, a colorful commercial district lined with restaurants and shops. Alto Vista Chapel is one of the most iconic churches in the island, a place that benefits from gorgeous desert and ocean views.
Choose a Highly Rated Beach Resort for Your Wedding in Aruba
Staying at a dreamy beach resort is what most envision when they think of a Caribbean destination wedding. And when you choose Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino to host your nuptials, you’ll feel confident you’ve chosen well — the resort has received the WeddingWire Couples Choice Award for the third consecutive year. In fact, it’s the only hotel in the island to have earned that award in the last three years.
One of this resort’s most impressive assets is its direct access to Palm Beach, Aruba’s most eye-catching stretch. Have a toes-in-sand ceremony as the sun sets, or choose the property’s expansive grass lawn or rooftop penthouse as the setting for your special day. Best of all, Eforea Spa offers a wide menu of services to help your wedding party prepare.
For your reception, the resort has several indoor and outdoor venues, including three ballrooms, one of which can host up to 550 people. No need to worry about all the little details — dedicated bridal specialists will work hard to bring your unique wedding vision to life.
The best part of organizing your wedding in Aruba is the excitement that builds as the date draws closer. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating the most magical day of your life in one of the world’s most magical places. Explore our Aruba travel guide to learn more about beaches, attractions, and tours, plus offers from Hilton.