Latinx Vendors Share Their Favorite Wedding Traditions – Brides

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Javier Martinez and Rafael López are the team behind AKUA, an event design company based in Puerto Rico with decades of experience in putting on memorable weddings. Both have a soft spot in their hearts for typical Puerto Rican weddings, they tell Brides. “I can’t help but admire the clothing, the music, the choreography, and the energy in the room,” says Lopez.

For Martinez, the best part comes toward the end of the wedding though, when folks are more relaxed. “Then there’s the sound of Puerto Rican Plena music. Everyone looks forward to it. Plena is a mix of African sounds and beats bringing such joy together that no one can resist the dance floor, not even grandma,” he says.

The veteran wedding vendors advise young couples to always make sure they work with an event company that handles crises properly. “An expert will be on your side, making sure everything runs smoothly in one of the most important days of your life and will simplify all the details and decision making that comes with it. An expert on that day, is your best friend,” says Martinez.