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San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

1309 Ashford Avenue · San Juan 00907 Puerto Rico

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Weddings

Resources for Brides & Grooms

The San Juan Marriott knows that planning a destination wedding can sometimes seem overwhelming. Though our wedding planners are happy to do the leg work, we’ve compiled a few tools and guides that might prove useful as you add the details to your dreams.

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Knowing which type of wedding you plan to have is often the first step to making your dream wedding a reality. After knowing which type of wedding you want, knowing what planning step comes next can be helpful. Use our planning resources to find ways to answer these questions and view helpful checklists.


Let’s face it, weddings cost money. But worrying about figuring out these costs is worthless. See our budgeting resources for helpful tools to ease the stress of planning your wedding budget.

Planning Your San Juan Wedding

It is useful to know that regardless of the time of day you hold your ceremony, the style of dress, the size of the guest list, and the type of meal served largely define the wedding category you are operating in.



A formal wedding ceremony usually sticks very closely to traditional wedding rites. The ceremony often takes place in a church, temple, or other holy place. The reception is generally large and fancy, both in decor and attire, and features a full bar, semi-buffet or sit down meal of either lunch or dinner served at a club, large home or hotel. The bride often wears a full-length gown with a train and veil; the groom a cutaway or tailcoat. The number of guests is above two hundred people.



Semi-formal weddings are slightly less elaborate and more flexible than formal weddings. The vows may be less traditional. The ceremony can occur in a holy place, or be performed in a home, garden, club or hotel. The reception may be held in a restaurant, club or hotel. The meal is usually a buffet – but teas, brunches, and cocktail buffets are now growing in popularity. A soft bar may be provided (wine, beer, and soft drinks). The bride may wear a long gown and veil; the groom a tuxedo, suit, or jacket and tailored pants. The number of guests ranges from seventy-five to two hundred people.



Informal weddings run the gamut, but are generally small and simple. The ceremony may be held in a home, garden, or at City Hall with a reception following. Snacks, hors d’oeuvres, or a simple one course buffet meal and cake may be served with champagne and/or another beverage of choice. The bride may wear a suitable dress or suit of any color and length. The groom may wear a suit or jacket of choice. The number of guests is under seventy-five.


To help make sure you haven’t forgotten any of the details, be sure to download our San Juan Wedding Planning Checklist (PDF). It contains helpful reminders when you are planning a destination wedding that may be a thousand miles from home.

Budgeting for the Big Day

Before you plan your wedding, know how much you can spend and what you want to spend it on. As a general guideline, allot approximately 50 percent of your budget to the reception (location, food, and beverages). Then allot up to 10 percent each to flowers, photography, attire and music. The rest goes to stationary, favors, gifts, and any other details.


Download a Wedding Budget Worksheet to help you with your planning.