Punta Cana is a fantastic and ideal spot to get married because it has two essential components, the first is to get married in such an epic place overlooking the beach, the second is that you have the perfect destination for your honeymoon, an all-inclusive hotel on the edge of a spectacular beach with beautiful sunsets.
The safest and most economical way to get married in Punta Cana in a memorable and beautiful way is through an all-inclusive hotel that takes care of everything.
A beach wedding in Punta Cana is one of the most recurrent dreams of people who fantasize about getting married. Because the beach has a mystical component that, despite the advances in the world, never ceases to dazzle and surprise. The beach is unique; it is a place that the bride and groom fall in love with and at the same time it can offer a unique spectacle to all the guests.
When you get married in an all-inclusive hotel in the Caribbean, one of the best things about it is that you can enjoy a dream wedding without having to take care of anything. The hotels have different packages in order to make sure that all the details are taken care of. All you have to do is select one.
From the decoration of the wedding venue to the cake, including the bridal bouquet and the guests’ dinner (usually up to ten people), the packages will include absolutely all you need for an unforgettable ceremony.
You can generally opt for a ceremony on the beach or in a gazebo in the resort’s gardens, although some also offer a chapel or even floating gazebos… anything is possible!
In addition, if you want something more customized, hotels often also have the option (most expensive) of planning the event to suit you. You will supervise personally, along with a wedding planner, every detail of the ceremony, from the color of the flowers to the music, to the food and the decoration of the chairs.
Recommended Resort for Marriage in Punta Cana
The vast majority of Punta’s resorts organize weddings, but there are some that stand out for their excellent service and variety of options. Many travelers’ favorites are
• Barceló Bávaro Palace
• Sanctuary Cap Cana
• Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa
• Majestic Mirage Punta Cana
• Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
• Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
Can you legally get married in Punta Cana?
According to the package that you choose, the wedding ceremony can be conducted by a judge or a priest, or it can just be symbolic. A legally valid ceremony will require more complex documentation, a little more time and planning, and cost a little more money. Many people opt to do the legal paperwork at home and then enjoy a symbolic ceremony by the sea.
What you must know is that Catholic ceremonies have to take place in a church, so you can’t marry a priest on the seashore if you don’t get special permission.
How much does a wedding in Punta Cana cost?
The costs are as diverse as the packages. While most hotels offer a free wedding ceremony for their guests, it is generally very low-priced. Package prices can start from as low as US$800 and can be as high as US$6,000. As you can see, there is plenty of choice.
Tips to have a nice and cheap wedding in Punta Cana
A sincere recommendation for a well organized wedding and the cheapest possible is that you do it in a Hotel in Punta Cana, with a wedding package in which you already have everything organized: judge, ceremony, cake, music, photographer and photo session, wedding dinner for you and at least 12 guests, flowers.
All the hotels have wedding packages, and if you want it to be economical you should choose an intermediate category hotel, and ask the wedding planner to fit your budget.
Instead of a group playing live you can opt for a music team with selected music or you can hire a DJ, in hotels they usually have decorators who are the same ones that decorate the hotel, they have many creative and economical ideas, such as decorating the wedding with natural elements of the environment such as dried palm leaves.
What do you need to get married in Punta Cana?
Below is a checklist of the required documents required by Dominican law in order to get legally married in the Dominican Republic.
✓ Bride and groom’s personal birth certificate or certified copy of the birth certificate. If the parents’ names are not displayed on the certificates, then please state them separately.
✓ A notarized statement of unmarried status for both the bride and groom. If they were previously married, provide two copies of the Death Certificate or Divorce Certificate. A mandatory 10-month waiting period for women before legally remarrying.
✓ A copy of the bride’s and groom’s passports.
✓ Passport photocopies for all the witnesses. They are not allowed to be relatives of the bride and groom. If required, the resort will supply witnesses.
✓ The groom should be in the Dominican Republic three working days before the wedding. The symbolic ceremonies, not civil, permit any flexibility with the date of arrival. Check with the wedding coordinator for requirements.
Now, just keep in mind that, The Dominican Republic is currently a country member of the Hague Convention. Therefore, you should obtain your official documents apostilled by the Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. You may as well contact “Vitalcheck.com” to request an apostille.
All these documents must be translated and authenticated by the Dominican Consulate before arrival in the Dominican Republic, except for passports. The Documents must be certified by the Dominican Consulate no later than three months before the wedding date. It is the responsibility of the couple to have all the documents before the wedding.
Some tips for choosing to get married in an all-inclusive Punta Cana
All hotels offer a wedding package, with a ceremony on the beach or in the gazebo. Ask the Public Relations department (or guest service) to send it to you, but make sure they make it clear whether the wedding will be on the beach, or in the gazebo.
I recommend that you do it at the hotel. That way you can guarantee that your wedding will be legitimate and recognized in your country of origin. There are people who organize weddings abroad, but they do not have permission to do so, nor do they have the guarantee that the wedding will be legalized by the Dominican chancellery.
It is not a question of looking for a judge and already, it is that the weddings of foreigners carry here some procedures to follow, and the agencies of excursions are not allowed to sell wedding packages.
There have been many cases of weddings of tourists who after arriving in their country have seen that they have not been legalized, and that in their country they are not served by the marriage performed abroad.
There are those who say that the nice thing is to celebrate it on the beach and forget about the paperwork that complicates everything, but, you must take into account that the Dominican Republic is quite clear with the places where weddings are allowed for tourists (Tourism regulations) and it is useless to get married here and that your wedding cannot be legal, or not to obtain the papers to make it legal in your country.
Yes, you can go somewhere else to do something symbolic, take a beautiful photo session in a paradisiacal place, but I don’t recommend having a wedding outside the hotel in Punta Cana because of all the problems that have occurred in the past.