wedding in the DR



we are thinking of getting married in the DR in the year 2000. I would appreciate any pro's and cons on this. Also a nice resort for this. Will be taking children along. Also is there alot of legal issues for Canadians for this? Thank you


Weddings at the Punta Cana Beach Resort, the Meli? B?varo or the Barcel? Capella in Juan Dolio are lovely. But almost any hotel in the DR will have a special setting for weddings and will be able to assist you with preparations. Note that most hotels are children-friendly. Can think of only one that is adults only -- the Jack Tar Village in Puerto Plata. Visit a travel agent and select the resort that fits your style and budget.

Marriage paperwork:

I. Marriage license requirements:


Original birth certificate

Single status affidavit in Spanish

Divorce Act in Spanish (Legal transcripts of the single status affidavit and divorce act can be prepared at the Dominican consulate nearest your residence.)

You will also need two witnesses. If these are foreigners, they will need to identify themselves with their passports. If they are Dominicans, "c?dulas" are sufficient.

II. After the marriage:

The justice of peace may deliver the actual wedding certificate the next day, depending on work load. This document is a valid legal document.

Wedding Tips 1. Take advantage of extraordinary features such as a ride on a horse carriage, a music trio or quartet that will play your songs if you let them know in advance.

2. Splurge in flowers, taking advantage of the variety of tropical and exotic flowers and their lower cost.

3. Purchase the photo album and the video, for life-long memories.

4. Design a cake topped and decorated with seashells or fresh orchids. Or send in advance a picture of your dream cake for a custom-made cake.

5. Remember to choose attire proper for the hotter Caribbean weather. Sleeveless gowns are best. Yes, you may wear a long train but don?t expect it to stay immaculately white. The dress can be steam-pressed by the hotel?s dry cleaning department upon your arrival. You may discuss what the hotel wedding assistant (she will be translating the ceremony) will wear, too. She will appear in the wedding photos, too. 6. You will need to come at least three working days in advance. Use those days to get a beautiful suntan for that wedding day.

7. Take advantage of hotel massage or spa facilities to de-stress before the wedding.

8. Request a Plan A ? under the stars ? and a Plan B, in case of a tropical shower.

9. Civil weddings are easy to arrange. Church weddings need more formalities. Check with the hotel of your choice to see if they have had any recent experience with church weddings. An experienced Dominican wedding specialist will help guide you through these formalities. Casa de Campo resort in La Romana will assist you with a church wedding at the lovely San Estanislao church in Altos de Chav?n.

10. Persons who have been divorced in the DR need to wait 24 hours prior to remarrying.

(We prepared these comments for the Hotel & Restaurant Vacation Planner that you can request by calling 1-800-723-6138)


I am a Canadian and we got married in the DR in 1995. The hotel we chose was the Luperon Beach Resort. Very simple and inexpensive to get married there and they even reserved us one of their all inclusive a la carte restaurants for our wedding party. We had to go into town one morning and see the Justice of the Peace to ensure all our paper work was okay. That was about all there was to it. We bought a case of champagne and including that I think it cost about $300.00 U.S. dollars for the everything. We made our own flowers and the Resort made a cake for us. If you have any further questions please don't hestiate to ask.


The best thing we ever did!! The wedding was Beautiful. Being Canadian we did have to have our divorce Certificates legalized by the Dominican Embassy in Montreal, and our Lawyer had to legalized Single Status documents. But that was all very simple to do. We got married at the Hacienda resorts in March, we took our 2 teenage daughters and their friend and my husband's 80 yr. old parents. We all had fun!! I opted not to take our 10 yr. old with us , he really didn't want to fly, hates weddings, And we planned something special for the reception when we got home. There was not alot for him to do on the resort, the kids club they talked about was really a babysitting service for a few hours in the afternoon, I think he would have been bored by the end of the week. It was very simple to plan and it was very relaxing and I had no wedding Jitters, I even walked down the path to Bryan Adams, how Canadian can you get? Good luck, Vickie