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Did you know that hundreds of couples chose to get married in Puerto Rico in 2011? Or that celebrities like Shania Twain, Ana Ortiz and Roselyn Sanchez have recently tied the knot on our islands?
There are several reasons why Puerto Rico is an ideal setting for a destination wedding. No other place can combine the exotic appeal of the Caribbean with the ease of getting married that we offer. Add the incredible choice of venue, an industry dedicated to making sure you enjoy a flawless reception, near-perfect weather, and the eternal hospitality of our people, and you’ve got everything you need to make your wedding day the stuff of dreams.
Our Demographic Registry is conveniently located at the Plaza Las Américas mall in San Juan. You can call toll-free at 800-918-7575 from 8 a.m. to midnight daily except holidays to make an appointment. Unlike many Caribbean destinations, you do not need to be a resident of Puerto Rico to get married here. All you need to do is present an affidavit stating that you are not a resident of Puerto Rico, and that the sole purpose of your visit is to get married here. Non-US citizens must also include that you will not be staying in Puerto Rico for more than what is allowed. Affidavits written in the United States must be accompanied by certification of your state's county clerk. For affidavits written in Republics or Sovereign Countries, the Apostille seal of the Hague Treaty of 1961 is required.
You must provide a medical certification that shows compliance with tests required for marriage in your place of residence. Be aware that this certification is only valid for 10 days, so you must say “I do” within this 10 days time period.
Don’t forget to bring valid photo identification, passport, state-issued ID, visa or green card.
Authentication of documents
An Internal Revenue Stamp of $20 gets your license authenticated. These are readily available inside the Demographic Registry.
In order to record your official name, please bring a copy of your birth certificate.
If you are divorced or a widower, please bring the corresponding certificates.
Once the proper documents are submitted and revised for compliance by the registrar, the marriage certificate is issued and signed. It's very important you bring it to the ceremony! A properly identified parent must accompany couples under 21 so they can then sign the marriage certificate in the presence of the minor(s).
For the last and final step, you must deliver the certificate, marriage license and all other attached documents to the Demographic Registry of the municipality where the ceremony took place no more than 10 days after the marriage.
Perhaps the best part of getting married in Puerto Rico is choosing where to tie the knot. Some couples prefer a sunset wedding on the beach (and we have numerous beaches available to you). Others choose the leafy sanctuary of the El Yunque rainforest. The colonial elegance and romance of Old San Juan makes for an unforgettable wedding, especially when you can get married within the walls of an ancient fort or at of the oldest churches in the western hemisphere. If you’re looking for something truly unique, you can even exchange your vows in an awe-inspiring subterranean cavern. Of course, we also have resorts and boutique hotels around the island that have hosted weddings ranging from intimate, moderate affairs to extravagant nuptials that make global headlines.
Not Just For You
Remember that half the fun of throwing a destination wedding is giving your guests an exotic holiday. Our choice of venue also gives your friends and family a chance to experience the wonders of Puerto Rico!
From wedding planners to caterers to florists and photographers, we have a professional and knowledgeable network of professionals who make it their business to give you an unforgettable wedding experience.
An Island’s Island
Many couples choose to leave mainland Puerto Rico and get married on one of our islands. From homey boutique hotels to elite resorts and fabulous beaches to verdant enclaves, our islands are a popular choice for many brides and grooms.
Places of Worship
Only in Puerto Rico can you get married in two of the oldest churches in the New World without really leaving the U.S. Beyond our myriad churches (which you can find in the main square of every town and city in Puerto Rico), we have places of worship for every major faith around the island.
Old San Juan’s Cathedral
The Catedral de San Juan is the second oldest church in the western hemisphere. Located in the heart of Old San Juan, this church is almost 500 years old and houses the remains of Juan Ponce de León. It’s the site of many of Puerto Rico’s most prominent weddings.
Located in hip and fashionable Condado, San Jorge has hosted some of the most beautiful weddings in Puerto Rico. The church is noted for its Gothic architecture, massive organ and heavenly choir.
Dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Ponce Cathedral is one of Puerto Rico’s oldest and most beloved churches. Built in 1670, its twin bell towers and neoclassical façade dominate the elegant Plaza de las Delicias in the city center.
Planning a wedding can sometimes be a stressful task. Coordinating all the little details that go into planning a memorable wedding take time and effort. If you're planning to celebrate your love in Puerto Rico you can relax, WedAffair will help you plan the wedding of your dreams. From the dress to the flowers, the details of your special day rest in the hands of professionals.
Levels of Service
Choose from five different packages that are catered to help couples on virtually any budget plan and execute the wedding of their dreams.
WedAffair’s wedding planners will discuss your wedding plans, budget, details and vision of what you both imagine your special day to be. No two weddings are exactly alike, and they will offer you several options tailored to your personal needs.
From marriage requirements to latin music such as salsa bands, WedAffair offers you a host of extra services to make getting married in Puerto Rico as easy as possible.