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Planning your Destination Wedding in Puerto Rico? Need a Venue?
Churches, Restaurants, and Banquet Hall for your Destination Wedding
By: Kay C. Marie Kravchuck
Cathedral of San Juan Bautista
Located in Old San Juan, this cathedral is an absolute wonder. As the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere, it also holds the remains of Puerto Rico’s first governor, Juan Ponce de León. The inside of this 500 year-old church is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. Its 40 foot-high ceilings, intricate stained-glass windows and grandiose altar are just part of what makes this church the perfect place to write the first page of your love story.
San Jose Parish Church
Right across from the Caparra ruins, the remains of the first capital of Puerto Rico and a U.S. National Historic Landmark, lies the beautiful San Jose Parish Church. It offers services in both English and Spanish and ceremonies can be held during the day or early evening.
San Jorge Catholic Church
Located in the centric Condado area, the San Jorge Catholic Church has been host to some of the most beautiful weddings in Puerto Rico. The Gothic architectural details are what first catch your eye. Inside, the massive organ that rests on a balcony atop the altar is as impressive thean the church’s heavenly choir.
Wedding Venues/ Hotels
Located a few miles from the shores of the east coast, on the island of Vieques, the W Hotel is the ultimate beach wedding experience. Set in a secluded area of the already very private island, the W Hotel is surrounded by crystal clear waters, beautiful sunsets and service fit for a king. On-site staff provide step by step assistance in planning your wedding and renowned chefs are ready to cater to all your needs. After a night of singing and dancing, enjoy the first day of your honeymoon at their world-class spa.
Located across the street from the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere, the San Juan Bautista Cathedral in Old San Juan, El Convento Hotel has history of its own. Built in 1646 as a Carmelite convent and turned into a hotel in 1959, El Convento Hotel is the only Small Luxury Hotels of the World Member in Puerto Rico and the oldest member of the Historic Hotels of America. Marble black and white floors, magnificent 50-foot vault ceilings, colorful murals and beautiful stained glass windows provide the perfect setting for your special day.
As the first Hilton outside the U.S. Mainland, the Caribe Hilton stands out from the rest of the Hilton’s in the world. The Caribe Hilton is not afraid to show off its17 tropical garden-covered acres, relaxing private beach, panoramic views of historic Old San Juan and of course the service that comes with the Hilton name. If you’re thinking of having a more relaxed beach wedding or a ballroom formal wedding, the Caribe Hilton aims to please.
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