(Closed) Caribbean Brides? Anyone out there?**

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m from Puerto Rico (though I currently live in MD). My husband isn’t from PR, but we got married there. We had our ceremony in Arecibo and the reception in Dorado. There were no tropical elements in our wedding, but our food was straight-up comida criolla puertorriqueña — pernil, arroz con gandules, fricase de pollo, pasteles, etc.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love that tent pic!! So pretty, makes me want to run off to the Carribean πŸ™‚

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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are getting in PR as well! In two months.  Its a bit crazy for us to decide to get married there since neither my FI nor I have been to PR before. But  all the research I’ve done on the island gives me full faith that it’ll be great and that our guests will enjoy our wedding and their stay!

Planning has been a bit difficult since having a full coordination is not in our budget (considering hiring ‘day of’), but since we will have only 25 guests as long as we have enough food and drinks I think everything will go well :).

Azula, comida puertorriqueña is pretty much what we told our  venue to do for the reception, I am soo excited to get off the diet and try it all!

Marywil, keep us posted on your planning, and good luck with eveyrthing πŸ™‚

 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

So glad to see some brides talking about PR.  My fiance and I just decided to get married there.  We got engaged there and it hold a special place for us.  

I would love to hear as much as possible about vendors, venues, etc.  

@Iruska, yes please tell us what venue and share what ever info you can.

@Marywil, what beach are you thinking of?

@Azula, ANY tips you care to share would be super helpful and MOST appreciated.  And photos if you are inclined to share, I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see.

I will admit that I am a little freaked because of the distance and delay in communication with my potential venue.  I know that some of it is really just my own issue and desire to have the information instantly.  

I have requested that the chef come up with a sample comida criolla puertorriqueña menu for us to take a look at but it seems to be taking a lot longer than I ever could have anticipated.  

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

With THOSE pictures, I am now seriously considering it….plus, hubby’s mother probably wouldn’t want to make the trip…..suddenly I’m in love with Puerto Rico! I’m jealous πŸ™‚ I’m sure it will be beautiful!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi ladies,

I am glad to see more PR brides out here, I feel less helpless!

Marywill and MrsJones, we ended up reserving Jajome Terrace which is around Cayey, about 45 min. outside of San Juan (talking about potentially interesting transportation logistics :). Ironically, while beach was our initial focus, we are going to be married not a beach but in lush greenery of central mountains, which we absolutely fine with! What I loved about Jajome was ability to have a totally private affair (the whole place to ourselves and our 30 or so guests and rooms we can crash in afterwards), they were very helpful, and quote was reasonable.

We looked at El Convento. Becomingmrsjones, if you have not booked a venue yet I strongly recommend looking at El Convento. Pictures look beautiful, and staff is very professional and you can tell they have done tons of DWs.

Not having a full time coordinator is definitely a stress,  but through research and other brides experiences (thank you Azula:) it is a doable task if you have patience and a bit of persistence in follow up. We are running short on time but I am not quite yet to panic level.

We are going to though use Wedaffair to help with marriage requirements, and our minister is going to be through Ministros de Bodas.

With less than 2 months we still dont have music figured out, which is probably my biggest concern. Most likely we will end up iPoding reception, and have live music for the ceremony.

If you ladies have any recommendations on hair (I am trying to find somebody who would come out to our venue the day of), good bakery (we are skipping wedding cake for dessert table), or reasonable music (live or DJ), I am all ears!

I’ve also checked out posts on weddingmapper under San Juan. There were few suggestions there for venues, overall wedding experience, etc. You might find it helfpul

Becomingmrsjones, I am sure whatever you decide on will work out great! do you have venue narrowed down to few options? Marywil, the pics of Caribe Hilton weddings I’ve seen on local photographers blogs look beautiful!

wow thats a long post. I am just excited to find you all on this thread!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Apologies for bad spelling and bad grammar in my post above. My thoughts were obviously ahead of my typing, ha ha

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

my fi and i are puerto rico and all our family live there so our wedding will be there. we are doing a very puerto rican-off beat- family wedding. the reception will be in my inlaw’s house. we have a great caterer who is making really good puerto rican food. 

my mom will make the cake and dessert bar because she is a baker. she makes awesome cake if anybody is interested. all in all our wedding will be very family and great party.

this is my in-law’s house  

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Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Yay, Puerto Rico brides! =)

A good online resource for finding local vendors is BodaClickPR:

http://www.bodaclickpr.com/

It’s mostly in Spanish though, but there’s some pages in English. The area called “Directorio de suplidores” is the vendor directory, and they list a whole bunch of different vendors, though it’s definitely not an exhaustive list because many wedding vendors there don’t have websites and rely more on word-of-mouth and local advertising.

I don’t have our pro pics yet, but I posted some pics taken by guests in this thread (check the second page).

I guess my main suggestion is that if your budget allows for a wedding coordinator, then you should go for it because it makes life MUCH easier. However, it’s still totally doable without a wedding planner, just a bit more stressful since you have to follow up with all the vendors yourself.

I can also recommend some of the vendors we used if anyone’s interested πŸ™‚ 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well Im not PR but I am getting married in Jamaica Super excited its like a wedding and an awesome vacation all in one. PR sounds like a good idea never even crossed my mind.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I can’t wait for our PR wedding.  Xmas eve 2011.  We’re marrying on the beach, (isla de cabra) and reception is salon crystal in bayamon, our home town.  they only quoted me $30 a person, and that includes open bar for 6 hours with all types of drinks, beers, piña coladas etc.  champagne for toast, 2 menus buffet style, dj, tables and table clothes, heurderves (sp?) chair bows and room decorated with your colors, etc.  My aunts cousin had it there and i saw the pics and it was very nice, and my aunt said the food was good.  I have the photographer picked out, jose ruiz, google him and you can find his page or friend him on facebook.  He did my cousins wedding, and prices are great.  Sweet esthela does great cakes, friend them on facebook.  Oh I can’t wait.  It’s a xmas eve traditional wedding with pleneros, live salsa merengue bachata, xmas puerto rican food….

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hello, Caribbean Brides!

My fiance and I are living in PR and getting married in Punta Cana! His family is here in PR and mine is in CT, so whether we decided to get married in PR or in CT, someone’s family had to travel. So we thought it fair to make them all travel! We’re having the wedding at an all-inclusive, which makes the planning so much easier because they have their own on-site coordinator who will work with me to get the flowers, etc. 

For you PR brides, El Convento is a beautifully charming and romantic hotel. I saw many weddings there and they were gorgeous. For beach weddings, I love La Concha, A Renaissance Resort. It’s modern and oh-so-elegant! All the best to you.

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