Thinking about getting married in the Dominican Republic? With its white sandy beaches, kilometers of coastline, and clear waters the Dominican can give you a beautiful backdrop for your big day. But it is so much more than just beautiful beaches (though we won’t be complaining about them anytime soon!). Here are some of the OTHER reasons why you should consider have your wedding in Dominican Republic:

A destination wedding creates more than just an event. It delivers a whole experience to you and your guests. Not only do you get the opportunity to celebrate your love with family and friends, you also get a chance to create memorable experiences in new places. In the Dominican, along with the natural beauty and amazing scenery on the beaches, the island offers you the opportunity to experience many natural wonders! For your adrenaline seekers, white water rafting is a must. Diving is an obvious choice in those clear waters, along with snorkeling. For those that like to explore, the underwater caves and mangroves are a real treasure! From jungle to sea there is something for everyone here.

The island has a wide array of all-inclusive destination wedding resorts ranging from luxury properties, to smaller, competitively priced resorts. These locations offer wonderful packages and incentives to the couple getting married including but not limited to:

Wed for Free: Quite often the resort will offer basic or symbolic wedding ceremonies to the couples for free, depending on the number of rooms or nights you book.
Perfect Package: When you are getting married abroad, these wedding packages can be a lifesaver. Everything you could want and more bundled together and taken care of by knowledgeable and experienced staff.
All-Inclusive: Many packages are all-inclusive, and even include activities.
Stay put: Extend your wedding straight into your honeymoon at the same place. Many resorts offer deals to couples who choose to honeymoon with them.
Off-site and on-site wedding coordinators: This means that when you arrive to the destination, there are people onsite who can help make sure your event unfolds perfectly.
Gorgeous venues with stunning views: The best ceremony locations in the area

While we know that the most important thing is your wedding ceremony, it does help to know that your guests will be kept entertained before and after the big event!  The Dominican is a great spot for every type of traveler, so planning your wedding here will mean worrying less about whether your guests are entertained, giving you more time to focus on the wedding.  Here are just some of the activities your guests can enjoy:

  • A wine tasting and pairing dinner
  • Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Boat Trips
  • Horseback riding
  • Windsurfing
  • A sunset yacht cruise
  • Spa/Golf day
  • Adventure excursions
  • Wish Lantern release
  • Scuba diving/Snorkeling
  • Nightlife

Of course the legal part of the wedding is also important, and what is required can vary from destination to destination. The list below here shows you some of the documents you are required to have in order to be legally married in the Dominican Republic. Many couples choose to do a symbolic wedding ceremony abroad, and be legally married in their home country in order to avoid the sometimes complicated paperwork.

  • Original & copy of birth certificates annotated and translated by an authorized translator certified in the Spanish language
  • Valid passports for both parties
  • Notarized single status affidavit for each
  • Address & occupations of both parties who will be married
  • Names of parents & their addresses
  • Names of grandparents
  • Tourist card
  • Two witnesses (not family), their names, addresses, & valid passports

If you are looking for inspiration, take a look at some of these other great Caribbean Destinations, or for more information get in touch with one of our Destination Wedding Specialists!