Wedding Tips by A Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Wedding Couple at Castillo San Cristoboal

View of Puerto Rico From the SkyAs a Puerto Rico wedding photographer, with over a decade photographing destination and local weddings in this beautiful Island here are some tips for you.

Plan Ahead for Popular Dates

Puerto Rico is a popular destination for weddings due to its stunning landscapes and year-round favorable weather. If you have a specific date in mind, book your venue and vendors well in advance to secure your preferred choices. After the 2020 pandemic, not only are venues getting booked for weekends, but it has become very popular to hold weddings during weekdays.

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Consider the Climate

 Puerto Rico has a tropical climate with the potential for rain and humidity. Have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, and choose comfortable attire that suits the climate, such as lightweight fabrics and breathable materials. Historically, September has had the worst inclement weather including hurricanes. I suggest for destination weddings to look for calmer months.

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Explore Unique Locations

Take advantage of Puerto Rico’s diverse landscapes. Popular locations are venues on the beach, in historic Old San Juan, and the Condado area. These locations can provide breathtaking backdrops for your wedding photos, but there’s more! There are many off the beaten path venues that will take your breath away. For example, check out Hacienda Ilusion at the heart of Naguabo.

A Micro Wedding at Hacienda Ilusion Puerto Rico

Embrace Local Culture

Incorporate elements of Puerto Rican culture into your wedding, such as traditional music, dance, or cuisine. It not only adds authenticity but also offers unique photo opportunities. Coffee is my personal favorite! 😉

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Golden Hour Photography

Puerto Rico’s sunsets and sunrises are particularly stunning. However, there’s no twilight. Schedule your photography sessions and ceremony considering that once the sun sets there’s only 5 to 10 more minutes of available light.

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Engagement Sessions

Consider an engagement session with your Puerto Rico wedding photographer before the big day. It’s a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera, build rapport with your photographer, and explore potential photo locations.

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Local Vendors

Work with local vendors who understand the Island’s logistics and specially Island time! It can get frustrating for destination clients the lax ways of the Island. Hiring a wedding planner is a must since they can serve as a liaison for those hard to contact venues and vendors.

Wedding Tips From A Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Capture Cultural Traditions

 If you or your partner have Puerto Rican heritage, incorporate cultural traditions into your wedding ceremony or reception. These moments can make for meaningful and memorable photos. How about a shot of Pitorro instead of a glass of champagne for your toast?

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Relax and Enjoy

 On your wedding day, trust your photographer to capture the moments while you focus on enjoying the celebration. Authentic, candid moments often make the best photographs.

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Beach Wedding Considerations

 If you’re having a beach wedding, inform guests about the sandy environment so they can dress appropriately. Consider providing flip-flops or beach-friendly footwear options.

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

Marriage License Requirements

Research and understand the requirements for obtaining a marriage license in Puerto Rico to ensure all legal aspects are covered well in advance. Legal marriage here is not as straight forward as in some states. Make sure to get an officiant to guide you at least two months ahead of the wedding day.

Wedding Tips From a Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

I love being a wedding photographer in Puerto Rico and I’m here to help if you have any questions. Don’t be afraid to reach out for more tips and information to make your wedding the raddest of them all!

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