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Top Five Myths About Getting Legally Married in Puerto Rico

October 30, 2020

Joanna Perez


Updated 17 April 2024

(For the most recent information about getting legally married in Puerto Rico click here).

There are many wonderful reasons to get married in Puerto Rico, and one of them is definitely how effortless it is. Here are the top five myths about getting legally married in Puerto Rico:

#5 You need to speak Spanish.

The process to get legally married in Puerto Rico can be completed online. You’ll send our team (all fully bilingual) the required documents, and we take care of the rest. Read more about visiting Puerto Rico if you don’t speak Spanish here.

#4 There’s a waiting period, and everything takes a long time

Would you believe us if we told you that we’ve had couples disembark from a cruise ship, have a gorgeous, legal wedding ceremony, and get back on the boat in time for lunch and to head to their next port, all in one day!? It’s true! There is no waiting period to get married in Puerto Rico.

#3 Gay weddings are not allowed

Myth! Puerto Rico is one of the only islands in the Caribbean where gay weddings are legal. And in hundreds of gay weddings, we have always found the Puerto Rican people to be loving and inclusive.

#2 You have to spend all day at a government office

Puerto Rico has moved to an online system for processing marriage licenses, making getting legally married in Puerto Rico even simpler than before. All you have to do is send us your documentation ten days before your wedding, and we take care of the rest! You can enjoy this beautiful island and leave the paperwork to us!

#1 It isn’t a legal marriage in the United States

Your legal marriage in Puerto Rico holds up in any state in the United States. There is no reason not to have a stunning Caribbean wedding!



In addition to these debunked myths, there are lots of other reasons destination weddings in Puerto Rico are the best. There’s no need for a visa or a passport. The U.S. dollar is the official currency so there is no need to change money. There are no roaming charges for your cellphone, GPS works … we could go on and on. It’s as easy as visiting one of the fifty states, only on a beautiful Caribbean island. We’d love to help you get legally married in Puerto Rico! If you’d like more information about our packages, pricing, and locations, please fill out our contact form.

Check out some of our other advice: 

Top Five Things to Avoid When Planning a Beach Wedding

Top Five Beach Wedding Locations in Puerto Rico

Five Things We’re Doing Differently for Weddings During COVID

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