As the second largest country in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is an ideal destination for weddings, honeymoons and romantic milestones. The country’s magnificent nature, stunning beaches and world-class accommodation set the scene for your perfect wedding day. It’s no wonder the Dominican Republic is rapidly becoming the top choice for Caribbean weddings.
For couples who dream of a unique and fairytale-like wedding, the Dominican Republic is a dream come true. It blends a tropical paradise with old-world charm and romance. Breathtaking coastline, pristine beaches, enchanting history and fascinating culture set the stage for the perfect destination to say ‘I Do’.
The Dominican Republic is a real people pleaser when it comes to accommodation for your wedding guests too. From small boutique hotels to luxury all-inclusive and family friendly, there is a wide range of hotels to suit everyone’s budget and requirements. The destination is also extremely easy to get to, with direct flights from many regional UK airports.
To marry in the Dominican Republic you will need the following:
- Original passport
- Affidavits of marital status, certifying that you and your partner are both single
- Original birth certificates
- Divorce Certificate(s) or Death Certificate(s), if applicable
- Two or more witnesses with valid passports, other than family
Popular Locations in the Dominican Republic
One of the most popular locations on the island is Punta Cana. It’s easy to see why too, with world-class beaches, desert islands and historical towns. It’s also known as the Coconut Coast due to its abundance of tropical palm trees laden with coconuts. If you want a break from the coast, Punta Cana is home to some of the Caribbean’s most historical cities including Santo Domingo, the country’s capital.
On the south coast you will find La Romana, home to some of the island’s most luxurious resorts lined with beaches of sugar-white sand and azure seas. If you are looking for a location with plenty of culture, La Romana is the perfect choice with miniature haciendas, cigar shops and street markets plus it has a stunning marina with plenty of restaurants to choose from.
Alternatively if you are looking to escape the tourist hotspots head to the north of the island to Puerto Plata. Here you will find the Cordillera Central mountain range featuring three of the tallest peaks in the Greater Antilles. It’s also home to sugar cane fields and tropical coffee plantations.
Top Venues for Weddings in the Dominican Republic
Barceló Bávaro Beach, Punta Cana
Feel like you’re in paradise in this hotel surrounded by topical palm trees and perfectly integrated with its surroundings. The Barceló Bávaro Beach is an Adults Only hotel offering a unique setting for your special day, with dreamlike gardens, turquoise sea, white sandy beach and a chapel.
Marry under a beautiful arch on the beach, in the chapel or under the gazebo in the garden. Packages start from $800 USD*.
Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro, Punta Cana
The Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, Playa Bávaro, on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. World-famous for its white sand, turquoise water and palm trees that burst in with their striking green colour, Playa Bávaro beach is the perfect location for weddings in the Dominican Republic.
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the venue is little over 30 minutes from the international airport. A personal wedding planner will help plan each detail of your wedding day and ease any worries you may have.
Dreams La Romana, Los Melones
A classic beach location with breathtaking views and tropical surroundings, weddings at Dreams La Romana are unforgettable. Sun-kissed and secluded, time spent at this fantastic resort is time you will always treasure.
Starting from $999 USD*, Dreams La Romana offers three wedding packages with everything you’ll need for your big day. There’s also the option to personalise elements to suit your requirements.
*Prices correct June 2018
Guest post by Helen Doyle of PerfectWeddingsAbroad.co.uk
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