From questions about the Puerto Rico legal process to get your marriage certificate, or what your destination wedding or elopement might look like, we have answers that ensure your Puerto Rico destination wedding or elopement is effortless and unforgettable!

CEREMONY

What will our ceremony look like?

Your ceremony will be customized to your wishes. We specialize in non-religious ceremonies emphasizing nature and love rather than a particular God. You can view a full ceremony here.

Where can we get married?

While based here in Shacks Beach, Isabela, in the northwest of Puerto Rico, we perform ceremonies all over the island.

Can we get married in Puerto Rico if we don’t speak Spanish?

Our ceremonies are conducted in English by a native English speaker. English is an official language of Puerto Rico. We can also advise you as to which government offices are more tourist-friendly and speak good English. We are also available to accompany you to the offices for an additional fee.

We really don’t want to go through this paperwork process. Can we still get married and celebrate in Puerto Rico?

We are happy to perform ‘symbolic’ ceremonies, where the couple is legally married elsewhere, but chooses to have a meaningful ceremony for themselves and/or loved ones in Puerto Rico.

Do we have to have premarital counseling?

No.

Can we write our own vows?

Absolutely! We can provide help and guidance with writing your own vows, if you’d like, or we can provide vows for you.

How long is the ceremony?

Every ceremony is different; therefore, after we’ve worked with you to create and customize your ceremony, we will be able to give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of time. Our ceremonies usually last 12-15 minutes.

What do you wear?

We always wear wedding attire appropriate to your ceremony and venue, usually a conservative dress or suit. We’re also happy to be barefoot on the beach, when appropriate!

Do we have to have witnesses?

The government of Puerto Rico requires that you have at least two witnesses. If you do not have any witnesses, we can provide them to you at an additional cost.

Do we need a rehearsal with you?

We meet all our brides and grooms before the start of the ceremony to instruct the wedding party and all other participants on what they need to know. Therefore, a rehearsal with us present is not necessary; however, a rehearsal does allow us to meet the parents and wedding party and help them get over any jitters they may have about the wedding. We bring organization and direction to the rehearsal, as well as some humor to make it a good time, and we work hard to make sure it is completed in an hour.

We'd like to get married at sunset. What time is that?

It’s easy to look up sunset times at http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/puerto-rico/san-juan. We recommend starting your ceremony about an hour before sunset to ensure plenty of time for great photos afterwards. The best colors in the sky are often 15-20 minutes after the sun actually sets, so that gives almost an hour’s photography time.

We want to get married in Old San Juan at one of the forts. Do you take pictures there?

There are several forts and many different locations within, and yes, photos are possible. You will need, however, to secure a permit with the National Park Service office. Budget $300-500 for a small wedding without chairs or significant setup. You might also need to be flexible with dates and times and specific location, as spots do fill up. More information about the permit can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/saju/planyourvisit/permits.htm. 

What do you include in your officiant and photography package?

We provide an hour’s professional photography time and full release of all images afterwards, online. You’ll get all images (un-photoshopped and un-edited) delivered digitally within a week to use exactly how you’d like. Additional time is available for an additional cost.

Do you take the pictures before or after the ceremony?

Your choice! With the standard package, you have an hour’s time. For instance, if you’d like to do a ‘first look’ beforehand, and then the 10-15 minute ceremony, and then 30 minutes or so afterwards, you’d have lots of great and different images .

Do you take all the pictures at one location?

It depends on your venue. For instance, if your ceremony is at a hotel, yes, they’d be taken in one general location. Again, you have an hour, so we’re able to move around a bit and take photos on and around the property. Some locations, for instance, The Ruins, have beautiful architecture as well as deserted beach close to each other, so we walk around for the best images. Survival Beach also has a nice mix of rocks, beach, tide pools, and mangrove trees.

How many pictures do we receive, and how long do you take to send them?

At least 75-100. You’ll receive all images with minimal editing so they are yours to do exactly what you’d like with them. All images are provided digitally within one week of the wedding.

TIMING

How much advance notice do you need to perform a ceremony?

If we are available and if your paperwork is in order, we can perform your wedding the same day you call. However, our availability changes very frequently as we book new weddings. Most couples book with us anywhere from three to six months in advance, while others do it only a week or two before the wedding.

How much time do we need to prepare to get married in Puerto Rico?

We recommend two weeks to a month in advance, but it’s possible to arrange in a single day. Other than the typical documentation (birth certificates, copies of ID’s), a doctor’s letter and a lawyer’s affidavit are required to be dated within ten days of the wedding date. The lawyer’s affidavit can be arranged for a small fee in Puerto Rico, leaving only the doctor’s letter which any doctor in your home state can sign off on. Again, we are happy to walk you through the process as part of our services.

How much time out of our vacation will it take to get our marriage license?

Two stops are required – a visit to a government office to pay the $150 destination wedding fee, and a visit to the demographic registrar’s office to get your marriage license. In many municipalities in Puerto Rico, the two offices are walking distance or even in the same building. Again, we are happy to accompany you as part of your package. In general, we recommend conservatively budgeting a half-day’s time. It usually takes less time than that.

We’re in Puerto Rico. Can we get married here now?

If you are not a Puerto Rican resident, you’ll need originals of your birth certificates as well as a letter sent from a doctor in your home state. But anything is possible, and we’d love to work with you, even on short notice!

We really don’t want to go through this paperwork process. Can we still get married and celebrate in Puerto Rico?

We are happy to perform ‘symbolic’ ceremonies, where the couple is legally married elsewhere, but chooses to have a meaningful ceremony for themselves and/or loved ones in Puerto Rico.

What if we must cancel?

Fees paid to secured your wedding date are non-refundable no matter the reason; however, fees paid may be applied toward a reschedule date as long as we are available. Fees are non-refundable because once your date is secured for a certain date and time, we turn away every other couple for your time slot.

How do we pay you? Do we need to make a deposit? When do we make our final payment?

We require a 25% deposit upfront, payable online via Paypal or credit or debit card, to save the date and time, with the balance due 7 days before the wedding for all services except Barefoot on the Beach packages, where the balance is due 30 days before the wedding.

When do we receive our official marriage certificate?

Your wedding will be registered within ten days of your ceremony – we’ll send you confirmation when we do so. You can order your marriage license online anytime after that for a $10 fee. We of course provide you the information and links.

PUERTO RICO

Where can we get married?

While based here in Shacks Beach, Isabela, in the northwest of Puerto Rico, we perform ceremonies all over the island.

Can we get married in Puerto Rico if we don’t speak Spanish?

Our ceremonies are conducted in English by a native English speaker. English is an official language of Puerto Rico. We can also advise you as to which government offices are more tourist-friendly and speak good English. We are also available to accompany you to the offices for an additional fee.

Do we have to get our marriage license in San Juan?

No, you can get your marriage license at any demographic registrar’s office in Puerto Rico. There is one in every municipality (and we have 79!). Some are more tourist-friendly and accustomed to working with destination weddings than are others. As part of our services, we’re happy to recommend specifically where you should go (and point you in the right direction with a map!). Should you want us to accompany you as well, which isn’t necessary, we can do so for an additional fee.

We want to get married in Old San Juan at one of the forts. Do you take pictures there?

There are several forts and many different locations within, and yes, photos are possible. You will need, however, to secure a permit with the National Park Service office. Budget $300-500 for a small wedding without chairs or significant setup. You might also need to be flexible with dates and times and specific location, as spots do fill up. More information about the permit can be found here:
http://www.nps.gov/saju/planyourvisit/permits.htm.

We are interested in having our ceremony at The Ruins in Aguadilla, but we aren't sure where to stay. If we stay in San Juan, would transportation to Western Puerto Rico be difficult from there? There is so much to do in Puerto Rico and we would like to be able to get to a lot of different things easily.

Many of the couples we work with choose to stay in San Juan and travel the 2 hours (more than half is an express toll road). If you do that, we’ll meet you at the Aguadilla airport when you arrive to ensure everything is as easy as possible – it’s no fun getting lost on your vacation.

Many other couples choose to stay in Western Puerto Rico for at least some of their time in Puerto Rico, especially after seeing the beautiful beaches as well as the nice accommodations with the possibilities to stay directly on the beach. Day trips to Old San Juan and El Yunque rain forest are easy from this area, and there is also a lot to do on this part of the island.

It all depends on what you want and what you’re looking for. If you’re interested in the beauty of Western Puerto Rico, there are many great places to stay on www.vrbo.comwww.airbnb.com, and www.homeaway.com. It’s possible to rent homes on the beach for groups as well. For hotels and resorts, Royal Isabela is a truly exquisite luxury property, Villa Montana Beach Resort is located on a beautiful beach, and Villas Del Mar Hau has some great budget options on the beach.

ABOUT US

Where can we get married?

While based here in Shacks Beach, Isabela, in the northwest of Puerto Rico, we perform ceremonies all over the island.

Can we get married in Puerto Rico if we don’t speak Spanish?

Our ceremonies are conducted in English by a native English speaker. English is an official language of Puerto Rico. We can also advise you as to which government offices are more tourist-friendly and speak good English. We are also available to accompany you to the offices for an additional fee.

Do we have to have premarital counseling?

No.

Can we write our own vows?

Absolutely! We can provide help and guidance with writing your own vows, if you’d like, or we can provide vows for you.

What do you wear?

We always wear wedding attire appropriate to your ceremony and venue, usually a conservative dress or suit. We’re also happy to be barefoot on the beach, when appropriate!

Do you stay for the reception?

No, we do not stay for the reception. The reception is an intimate time for friends and family to enjoy the newlyweds.

Do we need a rehearsal with you?

We meet all our brides and grooms before the start of the ceremony to instruct the wedding party and all other participants on what they need to know. Therefore, a rehearsal with us present is not necessary; however, a rehearsal does allow us to meet the parents and wedding party and help them get over any jitters they may have about the wedding. We bring organization and direction to the rehearsal, as well as some humor to make it a good time, and we work hard to make sure it is completed in an hour.

We're planning an outdoor wedding. What happens if it rains?

We won’t cancel your wedding on account of rain. If it rains, working closely with you, we do the best we can. Please consider the possibility that if it rains, you’ll need a backup plan.

We have an unusual idea for our wedding. Is it possible?

Anything is possible. Want to be married in the rainforest, or while standup paddleboarding, or scuba diving or zip lining? Or any other ideas? Contact us; we’d love to hear it and work with you to make it happen!

We’re interested in your officiant and photography package. What photographer will you use?

We work with a number of different experienced photographers, all of whom have been carefully vetted for both quality as well as overall vibe that they bring to the occasion. Different photographers have different strengths – some are better in urban environments, some are great with sunsets, some are better with children, some thrive on a large formal wedding, and others love to work with simple eloping couples. Until a specific date and time is decided upon, we won’t know who is available and who will be best considering all the different factors. Our photography service is designed for the couple that wants an easy ‘one-stop’ stress-free wedding solution. However, if you’d like to research and identify and hire your own photographer, that’s great and we’re happy to simply provide ‘officiating only’ services.

What if we must cancel?

Fees paid to secure your wedding date are non-refundable no matter the reason; however, fees paid may be applied toward a reschedule date as long as we are available. Fees are non-refundable because once your date is secure for a certain date and time, we turn away every other couple for your time slot.

We want to get married in Old San Juan at one of the forts. Do you take pictures there?

There are several forts and many different locations within, and yes, photos are possible. You will need, however, to secure a permit with the National Park Service office. Budget $300-500 for a small wedding without chairs or significant setup. You might also need to be flexible with dates and times and specific location, as spots do fill up. More information about the permit can be found here:
http://www.nps.gov/saju/planyourvisit/permits.htm.

What will our ceremony look like?

Your ceremony will be customized to your wishes. We specialize in non-religious ceremonies emphasizing nature and love rather than a particular God. You can view a full ceremony here.

How do we pay you? Do we need to make a deposit? When do we make our final payment?

We require a 25% deposit upfront, payable online via Paypal or credit or debit card, to save the date and time, with the balance due 7 days before the wedding for all services except Barefoot on the Beach packages, where the balance is due 30 days before the wedding.

What do you include in your officiant and photography package?

We provide an hour’s professional photography time and full release of all images afterwards, online. You’ll get all images (un-photoshopped and un-edited) delivered digitally within a week to use exactly how you’d like. Additional time is available for an additional cost.

Do you take all the pictures at one location?

It depends on your venue. For instance, if your ceremony is at a hotel, yes, they’d be taken in one general location. Again, you have an hour, so we’re able to move around a bit and take photos on and around the property. Some locations, for instance, The Ruins, have beautiful architecture as well as deserted beach close to each other, so we walk around for the best images. Survival Beach also has a nice mix of rocks, beach, tide pools, and mangrove trees.

Do you take the pictures before or after the ceremony?

Your choice! With the standard package, you have an hour’s time. For instance, if you’d like to do a ‘first look’ beforehand, and then the 10-15 minute ceremony, and then 30 minutes or so afterwards, you’d have lots of great and different images.

How many pictures do we receive, and how long do you take to send them?

At least 75-100. You’ll receive all images with minimal editing so they are yours to do exactly what you’d like with them. All images are provided digitally within one week of the wedding.

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