Getting Married

With its romantic scenery of uninterrupted white sand beaches, in addition to a plethora of resort offerings on multiple coastlines, the Dominican Republic is a popular pick for destination weddings. Hotels excel at providing wedding packages and services–including help with marriage certificates, hiring event planners and photographers, booking spa treatments, a personalized wedding cake, catering, music, and flower arrangements, among other details, leaving the bride and groom to focus on enjoying the journey.


Photocopies of required documents, as listed below, can be sent in advance. The couple must bring the originals when arriving in the country. All documents must be legalized and translated into Spanish by an official translator.

Civil Marriage

For preparation of the Marriage Certificate, submit the following documents to the Civil Status Office before the ceremony:

  • Original passport with photocopy of the identification page, and the last entries to the country;
  • Affidavits of marital status, certifying that the bride and groom are single;
  • Original birth certificates;
  • Divorce Certificate(s) or Death Certificate(s), if applicable; and
  • Two or more witnesses with valid passports, other than family.

Religious Ceremony

Those wishing for a religious ceremony in the DR’s paradisiacal setting can make their dream come true. The main requirement is to obtain authorization from an archbishop in the couple’s country of residence, and deliver it to the local Dominican archdiocese. The documents needed include:

  • Pre-matrimonial Certificate;
  • Certificate of Civil Marriage legalized by the Dominican Consulate, if the couple has already married in their country;
  • Baptism Certificates;
  • Certificates of Confirmation; and
  • Church Annulment Certificate(s), if applicable.

Birth certificates are also necessary, and an Affidavit of Marital Status, usually obtained from the Dominican Consulate of the country where the documents were issued.

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Getting Married in
Dominican Republic

Sculpted entirely of stone, Altos de Chavón —a model 16th century Mediterranean village—is a delightful place to tour for its charming medieval feel, including plenty of shopping, fine dining, and bars.
La Romana
Located in nearby Higüey, this cathedral ranks among the top most important religious sites in the DR. Honoring the Virgin of La Altagracia, patron saint of Dominicans, it’s a standout for its 69-meter (225 feet) high arch, with a bronze and gold entrance.
Higüey, Punta Cana
This modern Roman Catholic Church took 15 years to build, and was completed in 1992. The cathedral is one of the few in the world where the statue of Christ is portrayed as already having resurrected and not dying on the cross.
Constanza, Jarabacoa, La Vega
Built between 1510 and 1540, the first cathedral of the Americas continues to stand tall in all of its glory over the heart of the Colonial City. The remains of Christopher Columbus were found here in the 19th century.
Santo Domingo
The striking coral and white stone baroque façade—with ceramic designs—was built in the 16th century. It was home to 15 friars sent here from Spain, who also established the adjacent first university in the Americas.
Santo Domingo
Emulating Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, this historic Catholic church stands on one end of the town square, attracting visitors with its 19th century neoclassical-gothic design, striking stained glass windows, and a belfry surrounding an ornate mahogany altar.
The largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean graces the capital city with over 400 acres of nature preserve filled with the island’s native trees, including multiple species of palm, flowers—over 300 species of orchids—and birds.
Santo Domingo


This dramatic landscape can be found at Playa El Valle, a secluded beach surrounded by a lush valley and flanked by towering bluffs. 🌊🌴  Samaná is nothing short of extraordinary. Its landscape changes drastically in a short distance and will never cease to amaze you. Take a stroll, enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, or take long hikes amid this rugged landscape. Due to rip currents, stick close to shore while swimming.🐚  📸: @carloshorton.a
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Samana #PlayaElValle
Salto del Gallo: completely astounding! Located in the Santiago province near San José de las Matas, it’s hidden in the mountains of the Cordillera Central, crossing valleys and meadows.🌊  After a 2-hour trek in rugged terrain, you’ll be rewarded by the view of this magnificent 164 feet high waterfall and by taking a dip in its crystalline chilly waters.  Are you up for the adventure to reach this natural wonder?🏞
📸: @killvaz @saltodelgallo
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #SanJoséDeLasMatas #SaltodelGallo
Paulie the parrot is waiting for you in the lush mountains of Constanza. 🦜🌿  The Hispaniolan parrot, locally known as cotorra, is a species of Amazon parrot endemic to the island of Hispaniola.  It inhabits a variety of wooded habitats, from arid palm-savannah to pine and montane humid forest. It is becoming increasingly frequent in urban refuges, such as Santo Domingo.   Have you seen our lovely cotorras flying around? 🌞🦜
📸: @carloshorton.a
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Who’s up for an adventure to explore this marvelous waterfall hidden in the Samaná mountains?🏞  Whether you decide to reach El Limón waterfall by a strenuous hike or a by a horseback ride up the Sierra de Samaná, it’ll be worth it. You’ll be rewarded by this magnificent view and its refreshing water will revitalize you. 🌿🌞  📸: @sland_natalie @nonexistentjay
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Samana #SaltoElLimon
Dominican Republic’s natural attractions are seemingly endless. 🌞🌴  In addition to the mainland’s sparkling beaches, the DR boasts multiple offshore cayes with an even more stunning sea and sand environment. Off the coast of Samaná, Cayo Levantado is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and more.  What kind of adventure are you looking forward to in your next vacation?🐚🌊
📸: @claudiu.pep
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #CayoLevantado
Samaná: the IT place of inexhaustible surprises. 🐚  No matter where you go throughout the peninsula, you only have to walk or drive a short distance and the landcape will change completely, providing different experiences.  Playa Rincón is a perfect example: on one side mountains, mangroves, river and calm waves for snorkeling; on the oposite side bigger waves for bodyboarding, plus beautiful palm trees all along the bay. 🌴🌞  Who would you go to Samaná with?👯‍♀️🌊
📸: @domingobello
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #PlayaRincón #Samana
The sublime beauty of Barahona makes time stand still. The color of the sea matches its unique Larimar and its staggering mountains harbors the most crystaline rivers. 🌊🌞  Come discover the hidden natural gems of the “Pearl of the South”, one of the most astounding places of the Dominican Republic.  Will you be adding Barahona to your bucket list?📝🐚
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Barahona
Merengue is our national music and dance💃  Merengue and Bachata music and dancing were 
declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Both musical genres are famous worldwide.  We salute Johnny Ventura, who has proudly represented the Dominican Republic internationally for over 60 years, playing merengue. May he rest in peace. He will never be forgotten❤️🙏🏽
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #SantoDomingo
Magical moments like this await you in Playa Salinas, Baní. You will feel as free as these American flamingos as you ride the waves in a kitesurf or in a pleasant boat ride along the stunning coastline. 🌊🌞 
Get ready to explore its magnificent surroundings, which are full of surprises. You will find the perfect socially distant getaway in Baní.🌿  📸: @antonioberges
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Baní
Raise your hand if you would like to be here now!🙋‍♀️  
Playa Preciosa is a stunning beach located right next to Playa Grande in the María Trinidad Sánchez province. Take a dip in its warm turquoise water or a boat tour to the natural pool, the Cueva de las Golondrinas or the Gri-Grí lagoon. Top it off with an exquisite fresh seafood lunch on the beach. 🌴🌊  📸: @todo.dominicana @dronepics_rd 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #RíoSanJuan  #MariaTrinidadSanchez

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