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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – THE IDYLLIC SETTING FOR A WEDDING OR HONEYMOON

11 January 2018

Tropical weather, warm people and affordable luxuries make the Dominican Republic the perfect idyllic setting for a romantic wedding and honeymoon destination.

Dominican Republic Tourist Board

Tropical weather, warm people and affordable luxuries make the Dominican Republic the perfect idyllic setting for a romantic wedding and honeymoon destination. With miles of beautiful palm-lined beaches as well as dramatic mountains and landscapes, the country is ideal for weddings and honeymoons alike, allowing newlyweds to kick off their shoes and unwind in the sun. Extravagant or intimate, exciting or relaxed, the country offers an immense variety of accommodations and options to satisfy every style and budget.

The diversity of the country means couples can have a wedding in one place and then move to a different location for the honeymoon. So, for instance they could get married in Punta Cana Hotel, and honeymoon in La Romana or Samána.

With British Airways operating non-stop direct flights, it is never easier to get married or honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, especially with one of the flights departing on Sundays.

WEDDING CHECKLIST

Marriage Requirements

A notarised statement of statutory declaration must be sworn before a Public Notary or a solicitor, to be legalised by the Dominican Consulate. On arrival in the Dominican Republic, the date needs to be arranged through the local Registrar before the marriage can take place before an official of the Civil Registry.

Documents Required

Essential documents plus valid passports plus copies for both the couple and any foreign witnesses. Written parental consent if aged 16-18. A letter from the embassy of their country of birth attesting to the fact that they are not married. Tourist card, residence card or personal ID card.

N.B. All documents must be translated into Spanish.

  • Two people are required, not related to either of the contracting parties.
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TOP TIPS

Bridge & Groom Pampering - Allow enough time, in advance of your dream wedding in the Dominican Republic, to arrive, settle in and take advantage of a day or two's sun and pampering perhaps, so that you are look stunning with a  beautiful glowing tan for your photos.

Location, Location

Dominican Republic wedding planners offer a wide choice of locations to get married and have your photos taken for that memorable day.  So make sure you visit the location prior to the big day to make sure it fulfil your dreams

Wedding Outfits

Remember that you have chosen a tropical island paradise to get married so ensure that you choose clothes accordingly.  It can be very warm so you want to feel as cool, calm and collected as possible on what can be a stressful day

Floral Arrangements

Look into what flowers are available that would be ideal for your Caribbean wedding at any time of year. This is just one of the many bonuses that the beautiful setting of the Dominican Republic can provide for your wedding

OVERVIEW

The Dominican Republic offers an array of fantastic locations for a wedding or honeymoon.  Playa Dorada, on the country's North Coast, is the site of many resorts which offer beautiful settings for wedding ceremonies and impressive ballrooms for receptions. The quiet beaches of Bayahibe and La Romana on the Southeast Coast allow for a very private, romantic ceremony. On the easternmost tip of the country lies the tropical paradise of Punta Cana, a perfect wedding spot for the nature enthusiast.

Accommodations range from extravagant resorts to quiet inns or boutique hotels. The majority of hotels and resorts in the Dominican Republic offer special wedding packages for the convenience of their guests. Utilizing one of these packages takes the planning of this major event out of the hands of the couple, allowing them to take pleasure in the relaxing atmosphere before and after the ceremony. Professional services such as video recording, photography and music are available at extra costs.

Link to our wedding guide: http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/category/weddings-romance/

SNAPSHOT OF THINGS TO DO IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Whether you enjoy dancing with the devils at Carnival celebrations in Santo Domingo, La Vega, Punta Cana or Santiago, dancing the night away at Merengue festivals or watching the world renowned humpback whales while they migrate, this amazing country has it all. Pack your bags and make your dreams come true in the Dominica Republic.

CASCADING

Hike and climb spectacular waterfalls

WHITE WATER RAFTING

Travel to the central region of the island up to the challenging Rio Yaque del Norte

ZIP LINING

This adventure will take your breath away

KITESURFING LESSONS

One of the most exciting water sports

DEEP SEA FISHING

Try your hand at catching Blue Marlin, Bonefish, Grouper, Kingfish, Tuna and more

OCEAN WORLD ADVENTURE PARK

Dolphin encounters, dolphin swims, sea lion, shark and stingray encounters, tiger grotto and more.

Tour to Cayo Levantado, Samana

Located at the entrance of the Samana Bay, Cayo Levantado is an island of just one square kilometre of tropical Caribbean. It is a perfect place to escape one day and contemplate and enjoy its beautiful turquoise waters, two beaches of white sand, as well as being ideal for swimming or snorkelling practice.

The tour to Cayo Levantado is offered by boats from Samana and several points along the coast. Once on the island, the natives offer typical food, beverages and water activities accompanied by music from the region.

The island is also known as Bacardi Island because there are palm trees that appear in advertisements for the well-known brand of rum. Move through Cayo Levantado from end to end take only fifteen minutes and contemplate the beautiful vegetation and stunning scenery that since there you can see make it a favourite place for visitors.

Cabarete (Puerto Plata)

Caberete’s nightlife is legendary. Great restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, cafés and lounges are everywhere, and most of them are right on the beach, which really is the only way to live.

Santo Domingo        

Follow Columbus’ footsteps down the cobblestone streets of the oldest city in the “New World.” Visit the famous palace, the first cathedral, the first hospital and, when you’re ready, settle into one of the fantastic restaurants and sit back to watch this city of three million go about its business.

Whale Watching in Samana

From December to early March, the North Atlantic population of humpback whales migrates into the Bay of Samana to calve or mate. There are many tours to go out and be with the whales but please make sure to choose a tour guide who follows the guidelines put in place to protect the whales. A truly remarkable experience

For more information and full guide download this link: http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/rd/images/files/DR%20wedding%20guide%20LR-English.pdf

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