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.

Requirements

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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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.
Montecristi
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

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Views like this make you take a step back and appreciate the simple things in life that make it so special. 🌲  Breathe in the fresh air in a crisp morning in San Juan de la Maguana as you watch the sun magically add more vibrant colors to the marvelous, lush mountains.   Who would you like to share this view with? 🌿  📸: @viajonas_ 
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The astonishing waters of Arroyo Grande are always inviting. Espalliat’s province has many hidden natural wonders up its sleeves.🌞  Raise your hand if you are ready to explore some of the DR’s most impressive natural settings!🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️  📸: @jeninapimentel 
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Cozy, crescent-shaped Playa Caletón is flanked with lush vegetation and rocky scenery, some of it bearing sculpted faces of Taíno chiefs, which gives it a mystical feel. 🌴🌊  The entrance sits along the highway between Río San Juan and the Playa Grande beach and golf complex, and a stop here is often included on a boat excursion of Laguna Gri-Grí and the surrounding coastline. 🐚  📸: @philipmennen 
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There is no better way to end the perfect day, than to watch the sunset in punta cana with a view like this.     Its magical sunsets and relaxed atmosphere open the door for great conversations and to get reconnected with nature.  What’s your favorite part of the DR to watch the sunset? 🌅🌿  📸: @joshfauvel 
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With views overlooking Plaza de España on one side, and the Ozama River on the other, Alcázar de Colón is the oldest vice regal residence in the Americas, and the first fortified palace, turned into a museum showcasing 16th century furniture, art, musical instruments, and weapons.  🌃🏛
  
Winding staircases lead towards the couple’s well-preserved bedrooms, and to the lavish crystal chandelier-lit reception hall where events were hosted for the Spanish aristocracy. 🌀⚓️  📸: @nelsonguzman01 
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The Dominican Republic is full of dazzling landscapes! The lush mountainous region of the San Cristóbal Province offers great and unique views. 🏞🌿
  
Take a hike through various puddles and trails surrounded by nature to explore Los Charcos de Nizao. Its rock formations make it the perfect natural playground to jump into the refreshing water.   📸: @sirenomanrd  @jfidelio__cruz  
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Tucked inside Valle Nuevo National Park, in an area known as La Nevera, this pyramid-shaped monument sits at an altitude of around 7,500 feet. ⛰🌿 
Spanish artisans from the communities of Constanza and San José de Ocoa carved the two cone-shaped structures as a symbol of their gratitude for the completion of the San José de Ocoa-Constanza road in 1958. 🌬🧣  📸: @carlostorresrd  
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Dominican gastronomy is a symphony of colors, textures and flavors.  🍛❤️
  
Every Dominican meal is a celebration of friendship and family unity cooked with love. Our rich cultural heritage provided the right mix of ingredients and cooking methods to make the most scrumptious and varied cuisine. 
  
What’s your favorite Dominican dish? 🍽   📸:@cositafrita   
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Get ready to be stunned by Catalina Island’s powder-fine white sand, calm waters and abundant marine life. 🌞🌴
  
This small island is surrounded by a marine coral reef nature preserve, at its center a tropical forest encircled by fine white sand and calm waters. The island is easily accessible by boat and excursions are provided by the surrounding hotels.  🌊  📸:@depauladrone    
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Bahía de las Águilas is the definition of beauty. Your eyes won’t believe that shade of blue is real. There is absolutely no other place like it. You’ll be instantly taken aback and reach a complete state of relaxation. 🌀🌊
  
It is located within the Jaragua National Park in Pedernales and boasts five miles of white sand perfection and abundant marine life.  
  
Who would you like to share this stunning place with? 🐚👯‍♀️   📸: @jmpprd   
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