Wedding Questions

ELOPEMENT FOR TWO IN PUERTO RICO

Posted in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Emptyprofileicon Laura Gash

We want to elope to Puerto Rico in Nov. 2014. Does anyone have any suggestions for a venue for an intimate ceremony for two? Would I need to hire a wedding Planner for something this small? We thought an elopement would be easy, but I really do not know where to start. We would love to be married in Old San Juan and stay at the El Convento, just not sure we like the "herb garden" for the venue. We would rather use a church or perhaps a fort. A venue that looks like Puerto Rico. I have been told I have waited to late to accomplish this in November. Any suggestions or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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195107 Rafael Sotomayor

Anita Quintana Wedding Planner
www.ocasiones.us

She can help you a lot.

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Emptyprofileicon Elle M San Juan, Puerto Rico

Congratulations! My guy & I are marrying at El Morro (fort) next year & planning to have our reception at the Marriott in Condado. I am using the event manager (Yvonne Acevedo-aka-"Roxy") at the Marriott to help with everything that has to do with our reception. The Marriott offers the complete wedding package, too, if you are looking to do it all in one place. They do it all. It's a beautiful hotel. Puerto Rico is a gorgeous island with warm and welcoming people (& amazing food). Have fun!

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Emptyprofileicon Laura Gash

raisin.cookie, who is helping you plan your venue at the fort? Is the Marriott in Condado taking care of your venue, too?

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Emptyprofileicon Katie and Todd Puerto Rico

Contact Maribel at Creating Weddings Group. She will help you with the wedding of your dreams. She was a great investment for our small destination wedding in PR. Hiring her saved me so much money in the long run. http://wew.creatingweddingsgroup.com

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Emptyprofileicon Julia Rivera

Congratulations on your wedding and thank you for choosing our island for that special moment
With such a tigth schedule my recommendation is to hire a wedding planner and use their contacts to get the best places at the best prices.
I can recommend you Yaska Crespo 787-344-1126
She has been the coordinator of two of my kids and she executed flawlessly.

She is so sweet and will eliminate the stress of the process and will be in charge of every little detail.
Good luck and if I can be of any help just let me. Know

Thanks
Julia

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Emptyprofileicon Ellen Whelan Old San Juan puerto rico

Hi!
You should not have a problem being married outside the fort during the day as people have bigger weddings there. You can find a nice quiet spot outside for the ceremony and the take some pictures in the fort. Look up the fort park service and email them to be sure. They are responsive during the week. I would say you can do all of this on your own without a planner. An officiant should be able to help you find a nice quiet spot. Sunset would be lovely. Good luck!
Ellen

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Emptyprofileicon California Bride Juan, Puertorico, Puerto Rico

My husband and I eloped on 10/10/10 at the San Juan Water Beach Hotel. We didn't hire a wedding planner because they all wanted way too much money for what we wanted. We got married right on the beach in front of the hotel. We did hire a photographer and a pastor and the rest we did. I found a florist 2 days prior and we planned everything. The license was the hardest part. After we took a 7 day cruise to the other island. It was great! And we don't even speak Spanish so if we can do it you can. Goodluck and Congrats!

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Emptyprofileicon Laura Gash

nicolemcdonald, I am thrilled that you responded! Can you PLEASE send me more information to my email @ [email protected]? All of the elopements are for 2-20 people and start at $2,500 and that does not include a photographer! WE ARE LOOKING AT A WEDDING DATE OF 11/22/2014 AND NEED TO GET SOME THING IN PLACE ASAP! THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST!!!

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Emptyprofileicon California Bride Juan, Puertorico, Puerto Rico

Ok Kristi let me see if I still have the info. I know the photographer that I used not sure about the pastor and he helped with the license. And the florist was just in town I just stopped by so I'll check my emails and send you what I have.

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405874 Ashley Wright

Hi Kristi - this might be too late for you, but we'd like to respond for others in a similar situation who are reading this. We specialize in small, simple, relaxed elopements. We also have a beautiful poolside or beachside small venue where you can stay steps away from your ceremony only 10 minutes from Aguadilla international airport. If you want to avoid wedding planners, big venues, add-ons, and all of the other elements typical in the wedding world, contact us at www.prdestinationweddings.com. Beautiful and romantic ceremonies with photographer, legal support, and venue are available for less than $950.

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405874 Ashley Wright

We also perform ceremonies in San Juan and across the island!

www.prdestinationweddings.com

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Emptyprofileicon Sherri Gorbey San Juan, Puerto Rico

Were you able to find someone to handle this for you at a reasonable price on short notice? If so, can you tell me who you used?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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405874 Ashley Wright

We've recently launched our new website which has many photos and videos of couples getting married in Puerto Rico. Contact us to discuss our Puerto Rico elopement packages or Puerto Rico destination wedding packages. We specialize in easy, beautiful, and stress-free!

www.prdestinationweddings.com

[email protected]

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Emptyprofileicon James Brandon

Most of the hotels offer several different venue options for small/intimate ceremonies. I don't know that any of these accomplish the "Old San Juan" feel, but both the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel & La Concha Resort have options from large ballrooms to small beach ceremonies (which is probably a good fit for a small elopement ceremony).

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel: http://sanjuandestinationweddings.com/venues/
La Concha Resort: http://www.laconchaweddings.com/venues/

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Emptyprofileicon Kayetta Cole

There is a women misrepresenting herself as a credible wedding planner. She is also using vendors names and collecting money from couples and not following through with plans. I am speaking on the behalf of the bride and groom. My name is Kayetta Cole. The groom is my brother. They are currently on their honeymoon and asked me to get the ball rolling on this. The goal is to make sure another couple isn't victimized. Her name is Anita Quintana.

This is the email that was sent days before the wedding.

From: A. Q.S
Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 6:10 PM
Subject: Re: A Few Questions
To: Juliana Cotto

Dear Juliana and Aundrae,

I am so sorry to send you this message now. We've been having bad conditions here rain and flooding a few days, power outage and another storm coming, your wedding day weather would be bad as well. That is not the worst of it. There are things that have happened and I cannot finish your wedding, I"m so sorry. A very complicated problem has been going on for a long time now and I was trying to resolve it until today.. Do not come to Puerto Rico. There is no reservation at the villa, they do not even know you exist. I dropped the ball. I forgot to make the booking a long time ago since I usually get bookings after the fact so lost in my problems completely forgot it was part of the plan. I didn't realize it until it was too late and before I could fix it, biggest mistake of my life. I had a big loss causing the company to shut down. I've been garnished for back taxes to the government and other losses totalling over 100k. I struggled and did everything I could to save the situation but I lost everthing. I may be in the hospital by the time you get this message. I was working to the very last minute trying to make a miracle happen but nothing. That is why I haven't been able to talk, I"ve been desperate trying to fix this. In this tiny town I am ruined if word gets out everybody talks. I can only tell you that I will do everything in my power to reimburse you if its the last thing I do. I was working on selling the new business which would have been enough to cover my losses but it fell through and I can't save your wedding. The buyer made it seem as it was a done deal, I was so sure and I was going to run with it and save your day but it didn't happen. I'm still in disbelief that I have to write this to you. I have a pastor coming to pray with me, I had to tell someone I trust . Forgive me, I know you will be upset and even hate me and that is tearing me apart but this was not intentional. I can only hope your faith will look past the hurt and anger and know that I I am not a bad person only one with bad decisions.. I just didn't know how to give up and tell you that this was happening. I really believed that I would have divine intervention and fix it all but I was wrong. My attorney said this could happen but I still wanted to believe that it would get better that God would help me somehow not I don't know what to believe.

I know that you will be in shock and disbelief at what you are reading now. I cannot stop what has happened. I am sick sick sick to my soul over this. After all these years, its come to this. Failing you this way. I am trying to keep this from going public or will not be able to recover the money to pay you back. I have lost everything to add to my heart break and pain of what this will mean to you. I will start a new if God wills it if only to pay you every cent you lost.
I do not know why God has left me or you for that matter.. I prayed you could have your day as planned but every day things got worse and worse until now i have confirmed that its over.
I promise I am going to pay you back no matter what it takes but I cannot finish now. I am finished. I don't even know where to go from here. I never meant to hurt you or disappoint you this way. I have spend over a decade doing great weddings this was not supposed to be how it ended. Only God knows why. Maybe I did not have enough faith in the Almighty to see me through after all the losses I suffered. I tried to save the company and save the wedding but too many obstacles even the weather says not going to happen. Every turn I had a block, it has been impossible. Maybe this was not meant to be. Maybe one day we will understand but i've run out of time, I cannot let you come here to find out you have nothing.

I cannot answer the phone it will only make things worse. I cannot bare the emotional charge of this. I have to go to the hospital my blood pressure is high, I am distraught. Maybe God has a reason for not bringing you here because I have prayed on my hands and knees and asked him to please not let this happen and all night I cried and prayed but it just didn't happen. I couldn't find the way. There is no reservation at the villa for you. I could not come up with the money to pay it after all the losses it was too late, I could not recover the money fast enough.. What I was hoping to get didn't come through it was my last hope. If the villa company finds out, it will get worse as they will stop me from getting any work at all and sue me. Then it will make it impossible to recover your money and I would have to file bankruptcy. I don't want to make this worse than it already is. I know no matter what you guys will marry but not under these conditions, everything fell apart. I know you are in shock but please do not do anything that would jeopardize my ability to repay you. I don't want you to lose everything on top of this. I know that if given the chance I will recover but it just was too much too soon. At least that much I want to make right and pay every penny you lost. I just needed more time. Sorry isn't good enough but its all I have to offer right now.

We can talk next week and figure out the plan to repay you when we can talk with some clarity. I am sending you back the 200 for the hair you sent. I still have it on hold. I have nothing left. The few vendors I had standing by is not enough to pull this through and with this badweather, it would be pointless. You deserve better than that.

Ashamed, heartbroken and so deeply sorry.

International Occasions, Inc.

www.intloccasions.com
"A world of dreams come true!"

Services now available in:

California, Florida, New York, Puerto Rico

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Emptyprofileicon Anonymous

Hi ! Do you mind sharing with me your experience about your wedding!
Thanks so much

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Emptyprofileicon Anonymous

I would CERTAINLY never use Anita Quintana with Ocasiones for anything. Just google her name...she has confiscated with at least three couples money claiming bankruptcy right before the wedding. She is a thief, liar and scammer. Please do not EVER make the same mistake we did!

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Emptyprofileicon Anonymous

OH my goodnesss....I just read through the entire messages and she basically sent me the SAME email back in 2014. God has a plan, I am sick, etc...what a freaking thief! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. She should be IN JAIL! [email protected]

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