Destination Wedding Q & A | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Although we were married three years ago (today), I still get e-mails regularly on all the details of my wedding.  I was also just featured by Alfred Angelo blog, which was incredibly flattering and exciting!

In an effort to help as many people as possible, here is my Puerto Rico Destination Wedding Q&A with some of the answers to the common search hits and e-mails I receive.

**Please note that prices/details may have changed since 2012, so you should take the time to research on your own as well.  I can’t promise any of this information to be 100% accurate for you.**



How did you reserve the fort you got married on (El Morro)?
Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a National Historic site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you do have to take some steps to secure renting it out.  Keep in mind you can only rent it AFTER normal park hours.  Depending on the time of year, this can limit how much light you will have.  To begin, contact the park to reserve your date and start the application.  The fees I paid in 2012 to do this included:

Application fee:  $50

Site fee:  $350
Liability insurance:  approx. $100

This step will only secure your rental of the fort, not the provisions needed to hold a wedding.  You will still need to provide any seating and decor you want and coordinate with vendors on bringing/removing those items from the site.  At least having a ‘day of’ coordinator would be recommended.


What other vendors did you use/recommend?

Photography:  Vanessa Velez
Reception and food:  El Convento (RFP here)
Flowers and decor:  Inventos by Mima
Lights and music:  DJ Rockhand
Video:  NDF Films (if you want to see our sneak peak, it’s here!)
Rehearsal dinner: Toro Salao


What are the requirements to get married in Puerto Rico?
This felt like the biggest hoop we jumped through.  Here is exactly what I needed in 2012:

– Both of our birth certificates (originals)
– Identification (passports and licenses)
– Notarized Travel Affidavit dated within 10 days of wedding date
-Copy of the the public notary certificate for the notary I used
– Medical Affidavit (dated within 10 days of wedding date)

Examples of affidavits:

What do you recommend doing in Puerto Rico?

I was so busy with my wedding that I didn’t fit everything in, so I will definitely be headed back!  I also have an entire page dedicated to our time in Puerto Rico and my wedding here if you are interested in more information.  If you have any additional questions, I am happy to address them in the comments as best I can.

Puerto Rico is a lovely place to visit and was perfect for our wedding.  I cannot say enough good things about the location, people, food, and entire experience!

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  • Christine | A Keane Sense of Adventure

    Happy Anniversary! Your wedding was beautiful! I love destinations wedding! It's like a 2-for-1 lol… we have one in Mexico in February. This is a great post for anyone looking to have a destination wedding!

  • Jen

    Wow so beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

  • Faith

    Seriously gorgeous wedding! Happy Anniversary!!

  • Ashley R

    That sounds so fun! For people who enjoy traveling it is a no brain-er. 😉

  • Christine

    Happy Anniversary!!! You pulled off a great wedding! Destination weddings scare me but this sounds like everything went according to your plans.

  • Ashley R

    Aww thank you. I'm lucky I didn't overthink how things could have gone before getting into it. 😉

  • Ashley R

    Thank you Faith!

  • Ashley R

    <3 Thanks!

  • Marie

    That sound like such an amazing place to get married! Your pictures are beautiful! Happy anniversary! :)

  • Kelley

    Hello! You wedding was beautiful! I am looking to elope in April and have the ceremony at Castillio San Felipe del Morro. The permit process easy enough but I wasnt sure about the liability insurance. How did you go about getting that?