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Dominican Republic weddings

Weddings in the Dominican Republic


The Dominican Republic’s rich Spanish heritage sets it apart from many of its Caribbean Island neighbours. The second largest Caribbean country, it boasts romantic scenery of uninterrupted white sand beaches, in addition to a plethora of resort offerings on multiple coastlines, the Dominican Republic is a popular pick for destination weddings. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers, and beaches. With such beauty on your doorstep, not to mention plenty of buzzing nightlife to enjoy, it’s no wonder that more people are flocking here for wedding in the Dominican Republic. It’s time to discover it for yourself.

What To Expect From Your Dominican Republic Wedding Package

Our properties in the Dominican Republic offer a range of packages to cater to size, budget, and taste. This destination offers some stunning boutiques and luxurious all-inclusive hotels, however there’s also an array of family-friendly properties which offer great value for money for those with a more conservative budget. with Most resorts will offer a complementary package, when booking a certain room category and when staying for specified number of nights. These package inclusions vary per resort, but often cover the necessities of a ceremony, the bouquet and boutonniere for the wedding couple, a wedding cake and champagne toast for a handful of friends and family, special touches such as a spa discount or romantic dinner for the 2 of you. For those wanting to go all out, packages are available that include a cocktail party and sit-down dinner reception, plus a video of your ceremony and your hair and make-up artist. There really is something for everyone, and an array of venues you can make your own. For our Dominican Republic properties, you’ll be holding your wedding events in the resort, and will have an experienced wedding coordinator helping you every step of the way.

Legalities, Requirements, & Same-Sex Weddings

For a symbolic wedding in the Dominican Republic, you need to arrive 2 business days before your ceremony, 3 days for a legal ceremony, and your arrival day counts as day 0.

Your legal fees, such as the notary and translation costs are not included in your wedding package, however some resorts will include the services of a judge or minister in their more comprehensive packages. Legal fees in Dominican Republic can amount to approx. $1000 USD. Your dedicated in-resort wedding coordinator will help you with the legal arrangements. After your ceremony, you will be sent your notarised and translated marriage license to your home address. This can take 8 – 12 weeks to come through.

In the Dominican Republic same-sex marriages can be restrictive. Legal ceremonies are not possible. However, some resorts will offer symbolic ceremonies, such as Secrets & Breathless Resorts, and the Hard Rock Punta Cana. If you're looking for a legal same-sex wedding in the Caribbean, Mexico would be the best choice with no restrictions on ceremony type or hotel choice. Legal and symbolic same-sex weddings are also available in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a unique tropical destination, ideal for intimate weddings, elopements and honeymoons for those looking for an adventurous, once in a lifetime experience surrounded by natural beauty and colourful wild life. 

Group Bookings

Many resorts will offer you and your party a form of group benefits. This can range from free rooms and room upgrades, extra events for your wedding, and personal amenities. A selection of resorts will do this for you, without any need for a group booking deposit, or everybody needing to book at the same time. It’s easy and convenient for you and your friends and family. If you’re looking to launch your own wedding website, we can offer you a selection of prices and special offer details to share. To receive these benefits, you’ll often need to avoid certain dates as usually Easter and Christmas week would be excluded, and you and your guests need to be booked through the same company. Speak to a member of our team about your party size and needs and they can advise what’s best for your wedding.

Getting Here & Getting About

There are direct flights out of the UK direct into Punta Cana International Airport. For those travelling out of Ireland, there are connecting flights via the USA, as well as connecting flights via Paris and Amsterdam. You’ll often fly out in the daytime and fly back to the UK on an overnight flight.

Most resorts in the Dominican Republic offer the all-inclusive experience with all the entertainment and activities you’d need. The destination is known for it’s Spanish heritage, beautiful architecture to match the picturesque palm tree studded beaches, and it’s seductive music and dance traditions.

There are many appealing areas in the Dominican Republic for a stunning destination wedding, we’ve chosen the 2 below to give you an idea of your beautiful choices..

  • Punta Cana is known for one of the largest stretches of beaches in the Caribbean. Over 30 miles of white beaches studded with tall palm trees, situated on the Atlantic Coast, this area offers an extensive selection of resort to choose from. Walk the soft sands of Bavaro Beach or take in the breath-taking views of the award-winning Macao Beach. A spot for rest and relaxation, with fun activities and a chance to dabble in the rich culture for your friends and family.
  • La Romana is situated on a wide calm bay with views of the sunset. Spacious resorts along the long stretch of beach, surrounded by golf courses and excursions in nature. A perfect place to stay if you wish to enjoy a catamaran cruise across to Catalina Island.
  • Cap Cana is a private gated community with luxurious properties and activities to match. With its own golf course and marina, along with the award-winning beaches, this resort area is a no-brainer. Why not host your friends and family in La Romana or Punta Cana for a fabulous wedding, then treat yourself to an escape into ultimate luxury in Cap Cana, for a picturesque honeymoon? We love the romantic adults-only Secrets Cap Cana Resort located on the award winning Juanillo Beach! Turn your destination wedding into a wedding-honeymoon twin centre trip to remember.

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Dominican Republic Wedding FAQs

Yes, the resorts will happily cater to your religion, and have a rabi perform your ceremony rather than a minister for example. For those looking for a Catholic wedding, you’ll need to be married in a consecrated venue. A selection of resorts have these on property. If you’d prefer a different resort or venue, your ceremony can be held by a Catholic priest, this would be a blessing rather than a wedding, as the venue is not consecrated.

For most resorts, they can, though each resort will have different rules. They’ll often charge a wedding pass and apply a maximum external guest rule. For example, perhaps only 20% of your guest list can stay elsewhere and come in on the day. A way around this, is for your guests to come to your resort for several nights over your wedding dates, and then move on to a resort of their choice.

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