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Thinking about planning a wedding in the Dominican Republic? You lucky lady! The beautiful beaches and sunshine truly make for the perfect place to say “I do!”
We spoke to our specialist at DestinationWeddings.com, Rene Wills, about everything that comes with planning a wedding in the Dominican Republic. Read on to find out about the best venues, what to expect cost-wise, and why you should consider a symbolic ceremony vs. getting your marriage license in town.
What are the marriage license requirements for the Dominican Republic
The couple must arrive in the Dominican Republic three full business days prior to the wedding. They must provide certified copies of the their birth certificates and notarized single status declaration for both. If previously married, two copies of the divorce decree or the death certificate must also be presented. For the bride, there is a mandatory 10 month waiting period if previously married before they can remarry. The bride and groom must also have valid passports, and their witnesses must have valid passports. All documents must be translated and legalized by the DR Consulate prior to arriving in DR and no more than 3 months prior to arrival, which is why I normally recommend a symbolic ceremony in DR.
What’s the best time of year for a wedding here?
That would be outside of hurricane season. Low season is generally August to December. High season is December to February. The best time is probably December to April.
What are some of your favorite Dominican Republic venues for weddings?
My favorite venues are the Hard Rock Punta Cana and the Dreams Palm Beach.
What’s the average cost of a wedding in the Dominican Republic?
With every wedding, the costs can vary widely depending on what the couple wants and needs. With the Hard Rock Punta Cana offering complimentary events, this can lower the overall costs significantly, especially with larger weddings. With Dreams Palm Beach, you can have a full ceremony, cocktail and sit-down dinner reception for $3,199 that includes up to 20 guests.
What’s the #1 piece of advice you would give a bride planning a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic?
Spend time with your family and guests and soak in the special time you get to spend together. It is sometimes hard to plan from so far away. Try to remember the most important thing about this is your enjoyment of the entire vacation and events!