San Juan: Your ‘something blue’

You’ve got plenty of time to stress about flowers, colors and dresses — first and foremost, let’s get the location of your wedding nailed down. If you’re torn between choosing a local venue to accommodate your guests and jetting off to someplace warmer and more exotic for your upcoming nuptials, it’s time to take a closer look at clear blue skies and waters of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

With year-round summer-like weather, quick and affordable access from the east coast and no need for a passport, this historic city could be the answer to your destination dreams. The island boasts sparkling beaches, tropical rainforests and vibrant nightlife — enough to get any bridesmaid or groomsman committed to making the trip. And with flights from $200, your guests will thank you for picking a venue that’s easy on the budget and perfect for extending their long weekend.

Bonus: Destination weddings are a great excuse for keeping the guest list tight to include only those guests you really want to invite, and not, for example, the work friends of certain relatives. (We’re looking at you, mom and dad.)

 

La Concha: Something new

Where else besides La Concha can you host a reception beneath a giant sea shell on the ocean? Credit: La Concha
Where else besides La Concha can you host a reception beneath a giant sea shell on the ocean?
Credit: La Concha

The ultimate in luxury, this chic hotel feels more like a Hollywood hangout — perfect for the bride who spares no details and wants to wow her guests. The AAA Four diamond property sits on the beach, but also boasts more than four pools and a stunning banquet room for up to 800 of your closest friends and family members. Easy indoor/outdoor access lets you plan without stressing over the weather. After your wedding party has danced the night away, they can retire upstairs to the property’s well-appointed guestrooms, while the newlyweds get cozy in a luxurious suite.

1077 Ashford Ave.
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
787-721-7500

 

El Convento: Something borrowed

Begin your marriage rooted in the history of this Old San Juan gem. Credit: El Convento
Begin your marriage rooted in the history of this Old San Juan gem.
Credit: El Convento

Nestled in the heart of Old San Juan, this historic boutique hotel is ideal for an intimate, romantic wedding. Guests can enjoy strolling through this charming part of the city, paved with cobblestones and dotted with luxury shops. Appropriately named, the 58-room property was converted from a 360-year-old Carmelite convent. If you’ve always dreamed of exchanging vows in a vine-covered courtyard beneath twinkling lights and the nighttime sky, El Convento is the venue for you. But intimate doesn’t have to mean small — the hotel’s largest event space can accommodate a party of 250. Plus, the property’s certified wedding planner will help you get all the details just right.

100 Cll Del Cristo
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
1-800-468-2779

 

Condado Vanderbilt: Something old

Exchange vows at the glam Condado Vanderbilt.  Credit: Condado Vanderbilt
Exchange vows at the glam Condado Vanderbilt.
Credit: Condado Vanderbilt

Since 1919, this grand hotel has been evoking the style and class of a more glamorous era. This location is for the bride who plans to wear a vintage-inspired gown and the groom who will gift his best man a box of hand-rolled cigars. Indulge your guests with first-class dining from the property’s Michelin-starred Executive Chef, Juan Jose Cuevas. With a perfect location along the ocean, it’s no wonder the hotel has attracted the likes of royalty, heads of state and Hollywood celebrities. It’s been newly renovated just in time for you to star in your own big day.

1055 Ashford Ave.
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
787-724-1919

Follow Cassandra Garrison on Twitter at @CassieAtMetro


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

Local

Tsarnaev defense lawyers in court Wednesday, seek family…

Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court Wednesday to ask a judge to order prosecutors to hand over more information on the defendant's family.

National

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

NBA

NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick

MLB

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.