Wedding parades of family and friends used to be led by bride and groom riding on the back of a hapless donkey. Aruba still embraces the after-ceremony tradition, but donkeys have been replaced with the more predictable limousines.
Donkeys and dirt roads were the normal means of transportation Aruba, so brides dressed in the home of a friend or family who lived near the church to ensure the traditional white dress stayed clean.
While visitors come from all over the world to marry on Aruba/s white sands, Aruban couples often sprinkle the sand around their new home for good luck.
In early 20th century Aruba, engagements often lasted however much time it took the groom to build the couple¹s new house.
In Aruba, starting a new life together has always been marked in memorable ways. Wedding celebrations were once 12-hour affairs held on the porch of the newlyweds¹ home, complete with music and dancing from sunset to sunrise. That spirit is still very much alive today. From the idyllic scenery to the happiness that envelops the island, choosing Aruba for a wedding, the renewal of vows, and, of course, the honeymoon, just feels, well – perfect.
As one of the Caribbean¹s hottest spots for weddings and honeymoons, couples seeking romance find that Aruba makes for simply unforgettable memories.
Civil marriages are performed in the salon of the historic City Hall building in downtown Oranjestad. Afterwards, couples often plan the religious ceremony they¹ve dreamed of in one of our churches, the synagogue or on the beach.
For those wishing to marry in Aruba,
the following must be faxed for review,
and then submitted by courier at least one month prior to desired wedding date:

Birth certificates (with raised seal)

Apostille documentation from country of citizenship verifying neither party is currently married

Divorce decree, if either party has been divorced

Death certificate, if either party has been widowed

Valid passports from couple¹s witnesses

Civil ceremonies are performed from Monday to Friday in the late morning and mid afternoon hours and in the morning on Saturday upon request.
Arubans often give gifts of bolo preto, or fruitcake, to wedding guests as a symbol of a long union.
Among the traditional Aruban wedding menu items include Soppi di bestia chiquito (goat soup), bolo prieto and Batrij, a tiered wedding cake.
Toasts in Aruba are most frequently made using Jenever (gin), Coecoei liquor or Ponche Crema.