(Closed) Any one having a wedding in Puerto Rico or had one there?

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Our is not it Puerto Rica but it is in Costa Rica. The hard part about planning a DW is the actually planning. The best advice I could every give you to hire a wedding planner. She has made my life so much easier. She already knew the sources down there since we are not using a resort or anything we are making this on our own on a private beach.

 

The nice part is that it is simple really. Look around at what you want and we made a list of things that we HAD to have at our DW and what we could do without. Keep it simple.

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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205 posts
Helper bee

Hi-

Congratulations on your engagement! Puerto Rico is a fabulous place to get married!!! Absolutely love it there! I am actually planning a destination with one of my brides who wants to get married in Puerto Rico as well…. in San Juan. Do you know where you want to have your wedding? Planning a destination wedding can be stressful for someone who’s never done it before and I would have to agree with Firefighter Prazs Girl on hiring a wedding planner to assist you with planning from afar.

There are many pros and cons with destination weddings such as it can save you money, great way for guest to attend a wedding and also be on vacation, some hotels offer great packages for weddings, guest accommodations, flights and etc..Downside can also result in not hiring someone to assist you with the arrangements, making sure that you don’t set a date in hurricane season and etc depending on where you go…..no wedding insurance…..you need to know what to ask, who to go to in order for you to get great deals….but must always beware of those who may try and scam…..but I’ve planned a few destination weddings and haven’t had that kind of problem so far. But if I were you, I’d go ahead with planning that destination wedding because you’ll regret it if you don’t….especially if its something that you really want.Smile 

Hope I helped you out a little! Once again congrats & Good Luck!

Post # 6
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507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m getting married in Puerto Rico (I’m Puerto Rican, fiance isn’t). As I understand it, some resorts have all-inclusive (or almost all-inclusive) wedding packages that include a wedding coordinator to make long-distance planning easier. But we’re not getting one of those (resort wedding packages, that is), so I don’t really know many specifics there…

Fiance and I hired a wedding planner who’s been a total lifesaver in finding us vendors (like florist, cake baker, DJ, etc), but we’re also doing some things ourselves (for example, we flew down there a few months ago to interview photographers ourselves and to secure the ceremony venue and the reception venue). If your fiance has family in the island it may be possible to have them help you with the planning without having to hire a coordinator, but that may not necessarily be the best option because they may not be familiar with wedding vendors (for example, my parents live in the opposite side of the island from where my wedding will be, so finding local-local vendors would have been hard for them).

I have two friends who got married in PR last year, both of whom live in the US also and thus were also planning from far away. One of them did all the planning herself with a little help from her mom and her mother-in-law and she says it was extremely stressful and exhausting and when I got engaged she recommended to me that I should get a wedding planner. My other friend had a wedding planner but apparently she wasn’t a very good one and my friend ended up doing a lot of things herself that the coordinator was supposed to do. The wedding planner I hired has been wonderful so far, so if you want her name I can let you know 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee

To answer your question earlier…the cost of wedding planners varies. It can range from $500-2500 or more depending on who you go with and your budget. Some wedding planners work within your budget and some charge a certain percentage or a flat rate. But typically for destination planners they can range between $900-1700 but don’t worry you should be able to find someone that can work within your price range. This is just to give you some heads upSmile

Hope this helps!

Post # 9
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507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

We’re getting married at the Arecibo Observatory, and having the reception at the Embassy Suites Dorado hotel (which is about an hour drive away… should make for some interesting transportation logistics). So far our biggest cost has been the reception venue/catering/alcohol package, which is costing around $8k (for 100 guests), followed by photography which is costing around $3k (because our photography package includes the wedding album — this is what I consider our biggest splurge).

I don’t know much about Culebra other than it has amazing beaches and many camping sites (I’m not big on camping, which is why I don’t know much about it), and you need to take a ferry to get there from the main island.

One website that I found very useful is http://www.bodaclickpr.com/ (it’s mostly in Spanish, though I think there are some articles in there in English). I found my wedding planner there. I’ll PM you with more info about her 🙂  The website has articles on wedding planning, marriage requirements in PR, traditions, fashions, beauty, etc, and there’s a section of the website with some vendor listings. The listings are by no means comprehensive, as there are MANY wedding vendors in PR that have no online presence and rely on print ads and word-of-mouth, but it’s certainly a good place to start!

Post # 10
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205 posts
Helper bee

Hi-

Yes I’m a planner…and planning weddings in PR is really not that big of a deal for me since I’ve done it a few times. To be honest is not really that expensive to have a wedding in PR…most destination weddings are cheaper to do than weddings in your own hometown (it depends). There are lots of venues and hotels and etc that are willing to give good package deals for weddings…but it all just depends on what you want and where you want to have it. How many people were you thinking of? By the way you can PM me if you want.

Post # 11
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246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m getting married in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico over thanksgiving weekend and couldn’t be happier with my decision. I was worried a destination wedding would be too expensive, but it’s actually going to be cheaper than anything I looked into in los angeles (where I currently live) and that’s including airfare and hotel. I’m actually doing all of the planning myself, but I used to do something very similar to event planning, so it hasn’t been that hard for me and the hotel (El Convento) has been very helpful with recommendations. I think planning a destination wedding can be easier in some ways – you just have to kind of let go of some things. I keep telling myself if something doesn’t work out, like the flowers don’t show up or the cake is bad, who cares, I’m in Puerto Rico! But it is also harder because I have to do everything via email and phone and won’t really know what things will be like til i get there. But as someone else said, some hotels offer all inclusive packages, so if you really don’t want to worry about anything, you can do that too! For me personally, I think the benefits of a destination wedding (beautiful location, atmosphere, fun vacation) far outweight and disadvantages and would recommend at least researching a little more to see if it’s right for you.

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