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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A new year brings a new opportunity to expand your horizons—and to break out of your 2020 rut. Travelers looking for bucket list-worthy adventures can find endless inspiration in Dominican Republic. From adrenaline-pumping action to colorful culture, visit the link in our bio for six adventures you don’t want to miss in Dominican Republic this year!
There’s plenty of reasons to explore outside of the resorts and tourist hubs, and the mysterious bridges of Samaná are a prime example. Halted construction in the 1970s left behind these gorgeous structures for tourists and locals alike to explore. 📸: @simonzouain
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2020 was a long year but 2021 is here and we’re waiting to welcome you for a trip full of rest & relaxation under the palm trees at Isla Saona. #OpenDR 📸: @littlewanderbook
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Pack your bags, it’s time to explore the birthplace of tourism in Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata! We promise you’re sure to fall in love with this charming, sea-side city. 📸: @cbezerraphotos
We want to wake up to this view every morning. 😍 Who would you want to share breakfast with on this terrace? Tag your travel partner in the comments! 📸: @karinivaldez
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Looking to recharge and reset this new year? There’s no better way than kicking back along Punta Cana’s white sand beaches and turquoise waters. 🌴#OpenDR 📸: @kitkat_ch
There are hidden gems all around Dominican Republic. A multitude of beaches allows for blissful moments of solitude to relax and enjoy the beauty of Dominican Republic. Are you ready to Go Dominican Republic? 🏝 📸: @celia_tichadelle @carlostorresrd
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Planning for a 2021 adventure? Look no further than Punta Cana! Not only are there beautiful beaches, but you’ll also find heavenly nature hotspots, like this lagoon. Fun fact: According to a report from @expedia, Punta Cana ranks among the most-searched vacation destinations for 2021!  Use the link in our bio to visit our website and start planning. www.GoDominicanRepublic.com 📸: @kitkat_ch
As we reflect on 2020, we are beyond grateful for this community and to have the opportunity to share the beauty of Dominican Republic with fans from all over the world. Cheers, we’ll be waiting to welcome you and yours in 2021! 📸: @carloshorton.a
Dreaming of a 2021 Caribbean getaway? Dominican Republic is open, ready and well prepared to welcome you! Learn more about our world-class safety measures which includes extended access to our free health coverage plan until March 31, 2021. Learn more via the @travelpulse article link in our bio. #OpenDR 🇩🇴✈️ 📸:@robertvasquez
Rock formations and calming blue waters, endless adventures await you at Río Partido in Jamao al Norte! Are you ready to dive in?✈️#OpenDR 📸: @carlostorresrd
Take the leap and plan your trip to Dominican Republic today! Deep blue lagoons, white sand beaches and unparalleled cuisine are waiting for you. #OpenDR 📸: @ariadnatb @scapepark
Rise and shine, it’s time to soak up the last few days of 2020 with another showstopping sunrise over the mountains of Samaná. Tag someone you want to enjoy this view with in 2021! 😎 📸: @timphilippus
The holidays may look different this year, though we hope yours are still just as magical. Merry Christmas Eve to all! ✨📸:@skyzonerd
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