As the oldest settlement in the United States territory, Old San Juan serves as one of the most romantic wedding destinations in Puerto Rico. Not only is Old San Juan beautiful, but the streets are filled with the countless love stories that got their start in the city. And this is just one of the many locales that couples who decide to get married in Puerto Rico have to choose from.
One of the most difficult parts about organizing a Puerto Rican wedding is searching for a location without being able to visit the site before you book it. For this reason, many people decide to enlist the assistance of an event coordinator to take care of every necessary element surrounding a wedding. Should you prefer to do all the organizing yourself, selecting the type of wedding you'd like to have will narrow down your possibilities considerably, helping to make the whole task a little less complex.
Your Puerto Rico wedding can be anything you want it to be. Although the most commonly encountered style of wedding planned by foreigners is a seaside ceremony, this is by no means the only possibility available.
A traditional ceremony conjures up the image of family and companions filling the pews as a bride walks down the church aisle to her waiting groom. After the vows are said, the wedding party and their guests traditionally head over to a dining hall to celebrate the memorable event. Even in a tropical location like Puerto Rico, couples can honor their religion. Your event planner can assist you in finding a church or temple that is appropriate for your beliefs.
|Capilla Nuestra Sra de Lourdes||Old San Juan||N/A|
|Cathedral of San Juan Bautista||Old San Juan||787-722-0861|
|El Catedral de San Juan||Old San Juan||787-756-7300|
|Parroquia San Jorge||Old San Juan||N/A|
|San Agustin||San Juan||N/A|
|San Juan Cathedral||San Juan||N/A|
|Saint Joseph Parish||Luquiollo||N/A|
You can even choose to host a more traditionally styled ceremony at a museum, plantation house, or important historical site. Learn more about Puerto Rico's most important sites at our guide to Puerto Rico Landmarks.
It shouldn't surprise you to find that the most common outdoor weddings are those celebrated at a Puerto Rican beach. There is no doubt that a wedding near the coast is an exquisite event. The ocean and sand offer such an idyllic backdrop that few adornments are needed. In addition, weddings held on the beach are fairly simple to organize, and very small weddings may not call for permits.
Beaches aren't the only locations available if you dream of getting married in an outdoor environment in Puerto Rico. Several resorts have villas with views of beaches, mountains, and tropical vegetation. Getting married in a garden is another alternative. For something especially unique and stunning, consider organizing a wedding within the El Yunque National Rainforest, or the majestic Camuy Caves.
|El Portal Rain Forest||787-888-5622|
|El Yunque National Rainforest
|University of Puerto Rico Botanical Gardens||Rio Piedras||787-250-0000|
If you dream of getting married at sea, doing so in Puerto Rico is one of the most ideal places around the world to do so. Travelers will discover that the Caribbean Sea offers some of the most crystal clear, relaxed waters, and impressive views. You might decide to get married on board a cruise ship that makes a visit to Puerto Rico, or charter a yacht for a designated period of time. Additionally, you can book the boat for a whole day and host your reception on board, too. View our guide to Sailing in Puerto Rico for more information on chartering a vessel for your big day.
Though few people realize it, Puerto Rico is actually comprised of more than one island. Just off the coast of the main island are the islets of Culebra and Vieques; both are phenomenal wedding locations. Unspoiled beaches, wild vegetation, and a quiet atmosphere is what couples who choose to marry on a smaller Puerto Rican island have in store for them.
Each of these options can be as casual or as formal as you like. Though island weddings are usually regarded as informal affairs, you can make your wedding more upscale with formal wear and place settings. Even a beach wedding can be dressed up with elegant decorations. Likewise, you may dress down a typically formal event like a church wedding by requesting basic centerpieces and allowing your wedding party to dress in a casual style.
It is becoming more prevalent for people planning weddings in Puerto Rico to buy a wedding and honeymoon package together at a large resort. Opting to reserve a wedding package at a Puerto Rico resort is a surprisingly simple way to organize your big day, because essentially everything is dealt with for you. Most packages include the following:
Optional bonuses can include:
Most wedding packages at resorts in Puerto Rico start at around $1500(USD) and increase from there, based on add-ons and number of guests.
|Bravo Beach Hotel||Vieques||787-741-1128
|Caribe Hilton||San Juan||787-721-0303|
|Copmarina Beach Resort||Guanica||787-821-0505
|El Conquiestador Resort||Fajardo||888-543-1282|
|El Convento||Old San Juan||787-723-9020|
|Fajardo Inn||Puerto Real||787-860-6000|
|Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico||Rio Grande||787-809-1770
|Hacienda El Jibarito||San Sebastian||787-896-7754
|Hilton Ponce Golf and Casino Resort||Ponce||787-259-7777
|Rincon Beach Resort||Anasco||787-589-0009
|Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa||Rio Grande||787-888-6000|
|San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino||San Juan||787-722-7000
|The Inn on the Blue Horizon||Vieques||787-741-0572|
|Villa Montana Beach Resort||Bajuras Isabela||787-872-9554
Regardless of whether you choose to have an over-the-top affair in a conventional venue, or an intimate exchange of vows on the beach, enjoying your wedding in Puerto Rico will be an unforgettable experience. Any couple can tailor a Puerto Rico wedding to suit their every desire.
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