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                                                 Say your vows on this sultry American island with Latino                                          Getting married is easy here too. Here’s
                                                                                                                                                 what you’ll need:
                                                  flair, or head here for the honeymoon of your dreams.                                          • Photo IDs or passports
                                                                                                                                                 • Blood tests from a federally certified

                                                 M           ingling the exotic flavors of
                                                             a Latin destination with the
                                                             convenience of an American
                                                 one, Puerto Rico lures lovers year-round.
                                                   This three-island destination sizzles when
                                                                                                world-class here. If secluded beaches and
                                                                                                lush forests set your heart thumping, head for
                                                                                                Vieques and Culebra, separate Puerto Rican
                                                                                                islands, the former a wilderness that is newly
                                                                                                home to one-of-a-kind hotels, the second a
                                                                                                                                                   laboratory (in the U.S. or Puerto Rico)
                                                                                                                                                   within 10 days of the wedding date
                                                                                                                                                 • A health certificate, which can be
                                                                                                                                                   acquired in advance from the Puerto
                                                                                                                                                   Rico Department of Health
                                                 you want it to. Salsa dancing sets the tone,   national reserve and bird sanctuary. You can     • A Puerto Rican doctor’s signature and
                                                 hot clubs draw dancers, gourmet restaurants    truly have any type of romantic vacation you       certification for the marriage certificate
                                                 engage adventurous eaters, and sensational     want in Puerto Rico.                               and blood tests
Photo by Noel de Pilar; courtesy of AMK Events

                                                 sands make beaching an A+ experience.             And talk about easy access. With all its      • A visit to the Demographic Registry
                                                   Yet Puerto Rico offers much more.            exotic flavor, Puerto Rico is American,            to obtain the marriage license and to
                                                 Beyond San Juan, its centuries-old             after all. That means you needn’t present a        purchase two license stamps ($30)
                                                 center packed with historical buildings,       passport to get in and out - and that’s quite    • Proof of divorce or death certificate (if
                                                 sophisticated museums and cutting-edge         a boon, especially if you’d like persnickety       applicable)
                                                 boutiques, are other mini-worlds. Porta        Aunt Helen to attend your destination
                                                 Caribe on the southern coast is known for      wedding and she refuses to step on foreign       Destination WeDDings
                                                 charming historical cities by the Cordillera   soil. Nearly everyone in the hospitality            With luxury hotels, boutique hotels,
                                                 Central Foothills and beautiful beachfront     industry speaks English, so you’ll have          inns, bed-and-breakfasts and of course,
                                                 hotels fronting calm waters. Porta Del Sol,    no trouble communicating. And Puerto             traditional hotels aplenty, Puerto Rico is
                                                 on the west coast, is a peaceful, down-to-     Rico uses the same U.S. dollar we do, so         a natural choice for destination weddings.
                                                 earth destination adored for privately owned   you’ll never have to wonder how much             Brides may walk down the aisle in a grand
                                                 boutique hotels and inns. Windsurfing is       something costs.                                 hotel ballroom, but can just as easily stroll

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barefoot down the beach.You can have a bash      displays should be arranged, what dramatic
for two or 1,200.                                lighting would be most effective … the
   Stylish San Juan brides have long chosen      list goes on. Marriott’s website even has a
the Caribe Hilton San Juan as their              budget-tracking tool.
wedding venue, and this urban oasis                 Romantic Escape honeymoon packages
extends its hospitality to mainland brides       begin with a gorgeous romantic suite,
seeking destination weddings. With 65,000        where you’ll be greeted with chilled
square feet of function space and eons           champagne and chocolate-covered
of experience, the Caribe Hilton and its         strawberries, and extend to breakfast in bed.
catering staff have the ability to create your   And if you’d rather have extra time in this
dream wedding just as you envision it.           Puerto Rican paradise than a toaster, you
   A wedding coordinator is appointed to         can even take advantage of the Honeymoon
each couple who purchases the Tropical           Gift Registry; your friends and family can
Wedding package. That professional will          contribute toward your dream celebration.
handle every detail for you, whether you         800-464-5005,
plan an intimate affair or an all-out gala. In      Enjoy an opulent honeymoon
addition to helping with the decorations         without breaking the bank at the
and the menu, wedding coordinators offer         InterContinental San Juan Resort

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support with legal paperwork. A bridal           & Casino. Through December, this
bouquet, a groom’s boutonnière, a wedding        AAA Four-Diamond beachfront hotel is
cake and six 5" x 7" photographs are all         part of InterContinental’s Honeymoon
part of the package, as are manicures and        on Us Program: Spend at least $15,000
pedicures for the bride and the groom. And       on your wedding, and receive a prepaid
the newlyweds receive a Free Night gift          American Express card to use for yourself
certificate, allowing them an anniversary        at this InterContinental or any other that
stay at any Hilton of the Caribbean.             accepts Amex. Those who pay $15,000 for
   Consider the Caribe Hilton’s Romantic         their wedding receive a card worth $500;
Getaway package for your honeymoon.              a $22,500 wedding reaps a $1,000 card; a
Bonuses include daily breakfast for two          $30,000 affair a $2,000 card.
that can be right in the comfort of your            As for the wedding itself, you’ll have
guestroom if you prefer, a welcome gift          loads of choices. With 13 meeting rooms,
in the room, a bottle of sparkling wine, a       including one that can host 600 reception-
gourmet three-course candlelit dinner for        style, the San Juan InterContinental’s
two with wine, an activity, early check-         catering team can create a wedding big or
in and late checkout, and a first-year-          small, exactly as you want it. They have the
anniversary Free Night gift certificate. 877-    expertise and are eager to share it. 888-424
GO-HILTON,           6835,
   At the San Juan Marriott Resort &                Often a smaller lodging facility sets the
Stellaris Casino, a menu of packages will        right tone for a destination wedding, and
allow you to choose the best wedding to fit      with 173 guestrooms San Juan’s Normandie
your budget. The hotel’s certified wedding       Hotel provides both warmth and panache.
planners will help you choose exactly how        A sophisticated art deco-style boutique
the tables should be set, how you enter          property, the Normandie is a 1942 oceanfront
the room as husband and wife, what ice           hotel that resembles the shape of a grand
carvings you might select, how your floral       ocean liner. Its team is experienced at putting

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                                                           together glamorous wedding ceremonies,          only 84 rooms, each with ocean views and        Resort is an oceanfront hotel at Almirante
                                                           gala receptions, and even intimate rehearsal    theatrical lighting.                            Beach, and its romantic setting is a natural
                                                           dinners, martini-night bachelor parties and        Weddings here are jaw-droppers.You           place to tie the knot.
                             Casa Isleña Inn               other wedding-related events.                   can celebrate with the see-and-be-seen             Four wedding packages make the planning
                                                              The Normandie boasts 8,000 square feet       crowd, or buy out the place and make the        process simple: Just figure out how many
                     of function space, all in authentic art deco    day completely your own. Weddings begin         guests you’ll have and how many extra perks
                            Toll Free: 888-289-7750        design. Sun-filled atriums and lush garden      with one-hour receptions with hot and           you want. Even the most basic wedding
                                                           terraces let couples take advantage of          cold hors d’oeuvres, along with premium         package, Lilies, will provide everything you’ll
                                                           Puerto Rico’s tropical sunshine in comfort.     beverages.You can have a plated dinner          need.You just show up with the white dress
   Tranquility and Beauty
                                                           The Gold Room, a landmark of elegance,          or a buffet. Meals might start with green       — although even a bathing suit would do.
  The Lazy Parrot                                          can host up to 400 guests under its crystal     asparagus cream soup with truffle oil           For four people, Rincón Beach Resort’s Lilies
                                                           chandeliers. Wedding parties of 20 to 200       essence, followed by a whitefish ceviche        package includes a wedding ceremony at                                  find the Silver and Ocean View rooms            with Hawaiian pineapple, then an entree         the beach with arches, torches, fresh flower
Toll Free: 800-294-1752                                    just right for their affairs. Award-winning     of grilled rack of lamb with tahini-herb        decorations, a bridal bouquet, a maid-of-
                                                           executive chef Humberto Guardiola and           potato mash and tamarind-mint sauce. With       honor bouquet, and groom and best-man
                                                           renowned pastry chef Héctor Cardwood            large receptions, the newlyweds receive a       boutonnières, plus setup. A judge will be
                                  Friendly Budget
                                                           will create a menu to fit your tastes,          one-night free stay. Newlyweds are always       present to officiate. After the ceremony, enjoy
                              Blue Boy Inn                 using only the freshest ingredients. And a      treated to breakfast in bed. 888-265-6699,      a bottle of champagne and a wedding cake.
                               dedicated professional wedding specialist                         Sales tax and tips are included.The bride and
                                                           will guide you every step of the way. 787-         For a wedding away from the city, consider   groom receive a three-night stay in a junior
                             Phone: 787-823-2593           729-2929 ext. 2222,             an affair to remember on Puerto Rico’s          suite as part of the special.The Tulips, Orchids
                                                              Chic is the word at the San Juan Water       scenic west coast, where whale watching and     and Roses packages include dinner with wine,
                                                           & Beach Club, a boutique hotel with             world-class surfing are among the highlights.   and in some cases decorative centerpieces.
                                                           élan. This destination-wedding specialist has   The intimate, four-star Rincón Beach               Just want a honeymoon at cozy Rincón

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Beach Resort? The three-night Romantic             join in. More enchanted by spa treatments        Beach, which is splendid for morning and
Getaway package includes a stay in an              and golf? Puerto Rico’s hotels are known         afternoon strolls hand in hand. Continental
oceanfront junior suite with a Jacuzzi,            to offer them side by side.You can hit the       breakfast is served daily on the terrace. An
daily breakfast, a romantic dinner for two,        greens together followed by his-and-her          oceanfront swimming pool invites swimmers
champagne, kayak rental for an hour, a fruit       massages. What about galloping along the         to cool off in the balmy Puerto Rican sun.
plate, massages, welcome rum cocktails, T-         beach on a horse? You’ll feel like you’re in     787-823-1525,
shirts, a beach bag, and taxes and tips. 866-      a dream — a romantic dream — as you sit             Tucked away on 20 acres of scenic
589-0009,                          astride a paso fino and ride along a white-      land on Puerto Rico’s west coast, the
   Fonder of seashells than of casinos? Hold       sand beach. And beaches? That’s why most         Mayagüez Resort and Casino goes all
your wedding at the Martineau Bay                  couples come to the Caribbean, after all.        out to please newlyweds with its package
Resort & Spa, a sanctuary located on the              Sitting atop La Cadena Hills, The Lazy        called Your Dream Honeymoon. “Consider
north shore of undeveloped Vieques, an             Parrot has long lured lovebirds seeking          it part of your unforgettable memories
island eight miles off Puerto Rico’s east coast.   a quiet, relaxing country getaway in             in the Best of the West!” the marketing
This plantation-style resort with world-class      Rincón. Newlyweds adore the comfortable          materials boast, and with good reason.
service has a One-Wedding-a-Day policy.            accommodations, which have air                   For a minimum two-night stay, the newly
Commitment ceremonies are welcomed                 conditioning, cable TV, mini refrigerators (be   married get to lodge in a room with a
here too. An onsite wedding coordinator will       sure to keep a chilled bottle of champagne       king-size bed. They’re welcomed with a
take care of all the details for you.              in there at all times!), private baths with      complimentary cocktail and a bottle of
                                                                                                    champagne. During their stay, they receive
                                                                                                    two American breakfasts every morning,
With all its exotic flavor , Puerto rico is american,
                                                                                                    dinner for two with glasses of wine,
    after all. that means you neeDn’ t Present a                                                    promotional T-shirts and one Matchplay
PassPort to get in anD out, nearly everyone in the                                                  coupon per room good in the hotel’s
 hosPitality inDustry sPeaks english, anD you’ll                                                    Paradise Casino. Tennis-court usage is
                                                                                                    unlimited, and the tax is covered. 787-832-
      use the same u.s. Dollar you Do at home.
                                                                                                       Honeymoon on Puerto Rico’s
   Imagine walking down a sandy aisle              showers, and daily maid service. The hotel’s     undiscovered southwest coast at the
toward the aquamarine sea with your guests         cheerful pink and green hues set the tone        Copamarina Beach Resort, located
seated on white chairs flanking you. The           for the guestrooms, which have individual        along an isolated half-mile crescent beach
Meeting House with scenic views offers             decors with cheerful bedding.                    on the Caribbean Sea and adjacent to the
an air-conditioned alternative. Receptions            You’ll find locals, other lodgers and         Guánica Dry Forest. With its Romance
can be held on the alfresco veranda of an          even guests of other hotels dining in The        package, the Copamarina Beach Resort
hacienda-style Great House, in an elegant          Lazy Parrot Restaurant, known as Smiling         entices newlyweds to toast their union in
restaurant or in the Meeting House, where          Joe’s. Freshly caught fish, steaks, pasta and    tropical bliss — and the champagne is on
a party for two to 200 can be tailored to          vegetarian entrees tempt nightly. Lunch          the house. In addition to two nights to
your tastes.You can even have your party           is served poolside, and the culinary staff       snuggle into a charming Mediterranean-
poolside, in T-shirts and cutoffs or in tuxes      happily caters wedding receptions. 800-          style room, couples receive chocolate-
and tails. Ask for a sit-down dinner, a cocktail   294-1752, 787-823-5654,           covered strawberries or a fruit platter
reception with canapés and champagne, or a            Also in friendly Rincón, the Casa Isleña      and an hour-long massage apiece. A
banquet-style affair – your choice.                Inn will host lovely weddings for up to          three-course dinner for two in Alexandra,
   Honeymoons are ethereal at this secluded        50 people, and this warm and wonderful           a gourmet sea-view restaurant, features
resort hotel. A special package includes full      resort is ideal for honeymoons too.              Puerto Rican specialties such as whole
daily breakfast for two plus chocolate-covered     Originally an oceanfront home, Casa Isleña       fried snapper with island seasoning.
strawberries and champagne upon arrival.           has become a prime lodging destination.          Couples also receive a full American
787-741-4100,               Spanish architecture with red-tile roofs         breakfast daily in Las Palmas, an open-air
                                                   creates a Mediterranean feel. Each of the        cafe. Ask about wedding receptions in the
honeymoons con Amor                                nine guestrooms has its own decorations in       Coquí and Copa rooms, and out of doors.
   What’s romantic to you? Hobnobbing              welcoming colors, and each is comfortable           Dive Copamarina, located on the
with art lovers while sampling wines? In           with air conditioning and a color television.    premises, provides scuba excursions and
that case, head to Old San Juan on the first       Floors are of red tile, and each boasts a        instruction. Also on the Copamarina
Tuesday night of each month. Two dozen             spacious terrace with views of Aguadilla Bay     premises is the BodyDerm Spa. 787-821-
art galleries stay open late, offering wine        and Mona Passage.                                0505,
tastings to urban locals and the visitors who         The inn is located directly on Puntas            Couples fall head-over-heels in love yet

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again at Gilligan’s Island, an undeveloped     call in the Pros                                  party is under way, you can take your
mangrove cay a half-mile boat ride away           Overwhelmed by details? Simply hire a          first dance as husband and wife to a salsa
with exceptional snorkeling.                   professional. Wedding and event planners          band, romantic bolero songs, Brazilian bossa
   In Yabucoa on the yet-to-be-discovered      aplenty specialize in Puerto Rico weddings.       nova, even Mexican mariachi. Want more?
southeast coast of Puerto Rico, Lucia          And rehearsal dinners? Bachelorette parties?      AMK Events will arrange for a laser show,
Beach Villas is an intimate hotel that         Bachelor bashes? Ask, and you shall receive.      flamenco dancers, ballerinas or magicians.
beckons with villa accommodations.                On-island wedding planners can make            787-721-1285,
Its pastel-colored villas line up around       your destination wedding stress-free.You can         Ready to book your dream wedding or
a refreshing courtyard swimming pool,          hire a pro to handle just the basic details, or   honeymoon? Explore beyond the shore.
and Playa Lucia Beach, with palm trees         to manage the entire affair, leaving you to
swaying, is at the foot of the property.       enjoy the ceremony and the reception. AMK
   Each of Lucia Beach Villa’s 15 units is a   Events, based in San Juan, can handle the
two-unit home. Upstairs, a private master      entire package — rehearsals, rehearsal dinners,
bedroom, bath and balcony give couples         ceremonies, receptions, even special outings
privacy. The living area downstairs has a      for all the guests. Owner Anne Marie Kleis
futon in case newlyweds want to bring          and her staff know who’s who in Puerto Rico,
their children along — but not have            so they’ll set you up with florists, caterers,
them sleep down the hall. A kitchenette        musicians, photographers, videographers,
and half-bath are also on the first floor,     bakers, an officiate, transportation companies
allowing lazy breakfasts without stepping      and fireworks firms, if that’s what you’d like.
outdoors. Barbecues are available. Opened         The options are grand. Perhaps you’d
in February 2007, Lucia Beach Villas is        like classical guitar at your ceremony,
quaint yet contemporary. 787-266-1111,         or harp and flute at the cocktail hour.                           An all-children choir? Tenors? Once the

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