ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Coinciding with the biggest wedding month of the year, Aruba will launch its Online Bridal Registry at www.aruba.com in mid-June.

"We are proud to be the first Caribbean destination to launch such an ambitious project," said Edison Briesen, minister of tourism and transportation. "We believe it will change the way newlyweds, and the industry as a whole, look at honeymoons."

The registry will offer a variety of honeymoon options personally selected by the couple. Friends and family members log on to the site, click on the Bridal Registry link, and type in the bride and groom's names to view the honeymoon wish list and prices -- which can include anything from hotel stays to sunset sails and candlelight dinners.

The buyer pays online by credit card; once an item is purchased, it is so noted on the site so that duplicate purchases are avoided. A confirmation is then sent to the couple, alerting them as to which honeymoon item was purchased for them.

To date, on-island participants include more than 14 hotels, 11 restaurants and 25 activities and sightseeing attractions.

The Online Bridal Registry is an initiative of the Aruba Tourism Authority and is supported by the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association as well as other tourism interests on the island.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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