Tailor-made wedding on the beach in the Caribbean Dominican Republic

Tailor-made wedding on the beach in the Caribbean Dominican Republic

Getting Married in Dominican republic

Getting Married in Dominican republic

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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

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.

IN CASE OF FOREIGNERS:

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;
  • 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;
  • Affidavits of marital status, certifying that the bride and groom are single;
  • Baptism Certificates;
  • Original birth certificates;
  • Certificates of Confirmation;
  • Church Annulment Certificate(s), if applicable.
Birth certificates and Affidavit of Marital Status are usually obtained from the Dominican Consulate of the country where the documents were issued.

IN CASE OF DOMINICAN CITIZENS:

Civil Marriage
  • ID card of the couple.
  • Divorce Act (if they have been married before).
  • Death Certificate (in the case of a widow or widower).
  • Birth Certificate of the parties.
  • Two (2) witnesses that cannot be family or direct or collateral relatives up to the third grade inclusive of the couple.
  • If have children together, birth certificates of the children (these must be previously declared).

Religious Ceremony
  • ID card of the couple.
  • Certification of Non Existence of Civil Marriage issued by the Office of Vital Records located within the jurisdiction corresponding to the parish.
  • Textual Marriage Act issued by the parish and legalized in the diocese.
  • That the civil marriage is not registered in the Office of Vital Records corresponding to the couple.
  • Instrument affidavit before a Notary Public and duly legalized at the Attorney General’s Office, in which the parties declare that they have not contracted a civil marriage prior to the celebration of the canonical marriage that is intended to be transcribe; and the names of all children of the marriage. It can be done by the spouses or by their descendants, if they have died.
  • If have children together, birth certificates of the children (these must be previously declared).

Records may be deposited at the “Oficialía del Estado Civil” corresponding to the parish where the wedding was celebrated or directly to the National Register of Civil Status (Direccion Nacional de Registro del Estado Civil).

Wedding Locations in the Dominican Republic

Are you dreaming of a wedding in the Caribbean?
Check out our list of beautiful, unique wedding locations in the Dominican Republic and get inspired!

Altos de Chavón

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, Iconic Sights, Music + Nightlife, Shopping, Wedding Venues, Weddings & Romance

Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia

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

Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción

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

Catedral Primada de América

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, Churches, Colonial City, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights, Wedding Venues, Weddings & Romance

Convento de los Dominicos

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, Churches, Colonial City, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights, Wedding Venues, Weddings & Romance

Iglesia San Fernando

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, Churches, Iconic Sights, Wedding Venues, Weddings & Romance

Jardín Botánico Nacional

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, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights, Urban Parks, Wedding Venues, Weddings & Romance

Synagogue The Centro Israelita de República Dominicana

The Centro Israelita de República Dominicana is the main synagogue of the Jewish community in the Dominican Republic.

Synagogue of Sosua

The synagogue was the center of religious celebrations, from Shabbat services to the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as bar mitzvahs, weddings and memorial services

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