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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Humpback whales are getting ready for their winter vacation to Samaná, so make sure you join the fun! Watch 2,000 whales that migrate to the waters of the Samaná Bay on a guided boat tour or from the observatory in Punta Balandra.  🐳🌊🌞
  
The official whale-watching season runs from mid-January to March, but tours are available as long as whales are in the bay.   How did you feel watching this? 🐚  📸: @irusik_dominicana
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Breakfast, pool side. Is there any better way to start the day? Kick back and relax, your DR dream trip is ready when you are. 👒🌞
  
Punta Cana is your picture-perfect getaway. Whether soaring above via parasail, zip lining through the forest, lounging with your toes in the sand or relaxing by the pool, there is an itinerary for every traveler.  
  
Do you have a trip to Punta Cana on the horizon?  🌊🌴  📸: @lasrutasdegi 
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Happy National Merengue day! 🎶👯‍♀️
UNESCO declared traditional Dominican merengue music and dance an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.    This cultural expression has influences in Spanish, African and indigenous cultures. It was composed by the “cuatro”, guitar, Güira, and the tambourine originally. In 1870, the “cuatro” was replaced by the accordion and years later the saxophone, bass and piano were added.     
What’s your favorite merengue song?  💃🏻🕺  📸: @juanluisguerra 
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Santiago de los Caballeros is the Dominican Republic’s second largest city in the heart of the Cibao Valley. It’s a modern and cosmopolitan center thriving in commerce, finance, education, services, and pulsating with culture. 🌼
  
Popular attractions include Gran Teatro Cibao, Centro Cultural León Jimenes, Centro de la Cultura, Estadio Cibao, art galleries, several cigar factories, and a wide variety of gourmet restaurants.  
  
Does Santiago seem like your kind of place?🏙👯‍♀️
📸: @carloshorton.a  
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Dominican gastronomy is the result of a rich cultural heritage, which has resulted in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes that will delight your palate. 🍽
  
The delicious dessert known as Maíz Caquiao (cracked corn pudding) in the northern region and "Chacá" in the south of the country, is prepared with dried corn, milk and spices. Sweet potato bread is a type of dense and spicy pudding made with sweet potato with a spicy flavor and aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. 🥰🥧🌽  📸: @isvvisual  @victorheredia_ 
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Our kind of Monday. Wander through the lushest surroundings in a treehouse resort nestled within the tropical forest of El Valle. 🌿🌦  Tucked away in the verdant hills of Samaná, a visit to Dominican Tree House Village is sure to delight all travelers alike. This is a great place to reconnect with nature and your loved ones.  Tag who you’d like to share this unique place with.  📷: @dominicantreehousevillage  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #dominicantreehousevillage #samana #elvallesamana
Looking for an awesome kitesurfing vacation? Las Terrenas has what you’re looking for and plenty more. 🏄‍♀️🏖  It has constant trade and thermal wind from February to August. Its calm water is perfect for beginners or to practice new tricks. Get ready to have a blast exploring Samaná’s natural surroundings and to enjoy its chilled vibe.  Would you like to kitesurf in this stunning place?  📷: @kiteworlddr  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr ##samaná #lasterrenas #elportillosamaná
Let yourself be enticed by Laguna Dudú’s magical underwater world. Its underwater cave system is filled with tunnels that give way to hidden wonders to be discovered. 🌊🤿  Turquoise, freshwater lagoons surrounded by steep cliffs with caves and lush forest will keep you swimming all day long. Located in Cabrera, in the María Trinidad Sánchez province, the park offers outdoor entertainment and unforgettable experiences.  Would you swim in this spectacular place?  📷: @chinamitas @dudulagoon @sun.sand.spirit.dr  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #lagunadudu #mariatrinidadsanchez
The José del Carmen Ramírez National Park has one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the DR: the Blanco River Canyon and the Mirador de la Cordillera Central, in the province of San Juan de la Maguana. ⛰🌊  The two-day adventure begins at the Palomino hydroelectric dam, where the Yaque del Sur and Blanco rivers converge. From the top of the Gajo del Toro hill, the Pico Duarte and La Pelona can be seen at close range.  Tag your friends who would be up to adventure!  📷: @hector_ceballos @andoaventurando @vanespinal @_kendrii @viajonas @aventurascondaniel @jl.montero  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #sanjuandelamaguana #presadepalomino

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