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Destination Wedding Dreams: How to Plan a Weekend Wedding in Puerto Rico

Updated: Sep 20, 2023


Are you considering getting married during a long weekend? If so, you're in for a treat! There are many benefits to tying the knot during a long weekend, and we've got the scoop on why it's a great idea. For starters, you'll have more time to celebrate with your loved ones, and you can plan pre-wedding and post-wedding events that everyone will enjoy and feel extra loved.


I've got you covered with benefits, activity ideas, and a sample itinerary. Are you ready!? Let's go!



Here are 5️ benefits of getting married during a long weekend:


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  1. Extended Celebration: A long weekend means more time to celebrate with your loved ones. You can plan pre-wedding events like welcome dinners, group outings, and post-wedding brunches to spend quality time with your guests.

  2. Days off: People have an extra day off, they can afford to travel to your wedding without taking extra time off work.

  3. More Time for Honeymoon: Since you’re already taking time off work for your wedding, you can extend your honeymoon and make the most of your time together as newlyweds.

  4. Better Weather: Long weekends often coincide with good weather, which is perfect for outdoor weddings. You can plan your wedding activities and photo shoots in natural settings like beaches, gardens, and parks.

  5. More Availability: Since long weekends are popular for travel, many wedding vendors and venues may have more availability during this time, making it easier for you to plan your dream wedding.

    1. Note; some vendors and venues can have a higher cost on long holiday weekends.


Need some ideas? You know I've got you covered:

  • Receive guests with a welcome bag at check-in; the bag will have all sorts of goodies for them to start the celebration:

  • Ask your Hotel if they can personalize the room key card and or the wristbands. This way all your guests are uniquely identified.

  • Local treats; In Puerto Rico, we have many but platanutres, paneletas, and coffee top the list.

  • Sun protection; shades, hats, sunblock, lip balm, flip flops.

  • Hydration; Tumblers, water bottles (have stickers on them with the wedding branding), electrolytes

  • Specialty kits such as hangover and safety with bandaids and safety pins.

  • The program; Make sure to include the itinerary and if you want to be extra -make them into a door hanger!


Here are some activity suggestions:

  1. Beach Party: If you're getting married near a beach, plan a beach party with your guests. You can set up beach games, have a bonfire, and enjoy a sunset cocktail hour.

  2. Plan a group hike: You can explore the natural beauty of the area and take breathtaking photos, El Yunque is a must-see when in Puerto Rico.

  3. Cultural Tour: You can visit local landmarks, try local cuisine, and learn about the local culture. Start at Old San Juan.

  4. Sports: You can get your adrenaline pumping and create unforgettable memories with your guests.; kayak, golf, beach tennis.

  5. Catamaran; this is ideal for snorkeling and a great way to visit our Vieques and Culebra municipalities with stunning beaches.


How can I fit all that in 3 days? Here's your Weekend Wedding Itinerary

If you're worried about fitting everything into just three days, don't be! We've got you covered with a weekend wedding itinerary that includes a welcome party, beachfront BBQ dinner, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and even a brunch to say goodbye to your guests.


Thursday; Welcome Party!

  • 3:00 p.m. guest check in hotel, get their welcome bags, and settle in their rooms

  • 6:00-9:00 p.m. Beachfront BBQ dinner with bonfire and smores for dessert. Fire dancers perform ending the night with fireworks



Friday; Tour and Rehearsal


  • 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

  • 10:00 a.m. Excursion to El Yunque, light packable lunch and snacks

  • 5:30 p.m. Wedding Rehearsal; this usually is just for the wedding party

  • 6:30 p.m. Rehearsal Dinner; this can include extended family. This time is perfect for those extra speeches. Sit-down dinner, great music, cocktails, and local pleneros close the night.





Saturday; It's Wedding Day


  • 8:00 am

-Groomsmen Breakfast + Golfing (remember sunblock!)

-Bride + Bridesmaids Breakfast + Glam (Hair and Makeup)

  • 4:00 pm Ceremony

  • 6:00 pm Reception

  • 11:00 pm Afterparty



Sunday; It's a wrap!


  • 10:30 am Brunch; because who is getting up early? If you have a presidential suite or a villa that can host guests -this is just the perfect and intimate setting to say your goodbyes.

  • Noon: Chekouts and charter to the airport.

If you're looking for a unique and memorable wedding experience, a weekend wedding might just be the perfect fit for you. It is possible and it's absolutely marvelous.



 

Plan with intention and make the most of one of the most beautiful days of your lives.


Thank you for taking the time to read about the benefits of having a weekend wedding and all the exciting activities you can plan for you and your guests. I'm ready to start planning your weekend wedding, I'll work with you to create a personalized itinerary that reflects your vision for your special day.


Let's make your dream wedding a reality. Reach out to me today and let's start planning!


I'm here for you! Contact Thais


I am Thais; a time saver, dream maker, and organizer of all things. I develop the overall aesthetic tying in all pertinent vendors to create one stunningly cohesive event with flawless execution. I manage the planning, and logistics aspects as well as direct the curated team of creatives.


I make it happen and can’t get enough of it.





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