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!