Destination weddings are enchanting, but for some, they can cause just as much stress as getting married at home. We understand that the thought of planning the most important day of your life from hundreds of miles away can be intimidating. However, here at Vanderbilt Weddings, we’ve come up with a few ways to make those long-distance decisions come easier, and help you plan your perfect San Juan destination wedding.
Step 1: Research it.
Legal requirements for a San Juan destination wedding may be a little different than if you were getting married in your home country. Be sure to research Puerto Rico marriage requirements with plenty of time before your wedding day, to ensure you have the proper documents you’ll need to obtain your marriage license abroad.
Step 2: Visit it.
Visit the site! Although you may have to spend a little extra to fund this trip, you’ll be glad you did in the long run. Schedule a trip to Puerto Rico to secure your venue, meet with local vendors, and gain visuals of your ceremony & reception spaces. Once you see the beautiful ocean-front properties we have here at Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, you may realize that you won’t need to splurge on extra décor. Visiting the venue is a great way to make a checklist for what you need, and avoid what constitutes unnecessary spending.
Step 3: Book it.
Booking your wedding venue and vendors early will give you the best options for pricing and availability. You also will be giving yourself more time to get organized, by checking these major items off your to-do list!
Step 4: Utilize it.
Utilize the resources included in your wedding package! Vanderbilt Weddings has a stellar team of on-site wedding extraordinaires that will be at your side, every step of the way. Our experienced staff is here to help you perfectly plan and execute your wedding in its entirety, from your rehearsal dinner, to the “I Do’s”, to your dazzling reception, and everything in between.
Step 5: Time it.
Make sure to give your guests ample time to prepare for this upcoming getaway. Ideally, you should send out save-the-dates to your guests as soon as you have a finalized wedding date and location. Above all, make sure to send your invitations 3 months prior to the wedding, so your VIPs have enough time to book affordable travel, request off work, and make all necessary arrangements before the trip.
Step 6: Plan it.
Your guests will have to put a lot of time (and money) into making it out to Puerto Rico to celebrate with you, so be sure to make them feel right at home upon their arrival. Provide them with necessary travel info, directions to and from the hotel and airport, and information on fun activities to do around the island. Welcome gift baskets filled with San Juan destination wedding necessities and goodies are always a pleasant surprise for guests to come across as they enter their Vanderbilt hotel room!
Step 7: Enjoy it.
Above all, don’t sweat the small stuff! This is your wedding day, and a celebration of your endless love for each other, surrounded by your closest family and friends. Always keep that in mind, and remember what’s most important in making this day truly special!