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The Ultimate Guide to Destination Weddings in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the second-largest country in the Caribbean, well-known for its year-round golf courses and rich culture of Latin music and dancing. But did you know that it is also ranked among the top countries to get married today? According to Destination Weddings' latest Trend Report, the Dominican Republic is one of the most popular wedding destinations for couples tying the knot abroad. In addition to the popularity, Dominican Republic destination weddings are among the most affordable, too.

If you are thinking about taking the plunge in paradise, read on. This guide will answer some of your many questions about destination weddings in the Dominican Republic.

Why Get Married in the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic is full of adventure, romance, and natural wonders - but that is just the start of its many attractions. Couples are often charmed by the warm and friendly locals, the rich cultural sites throughout the country, as well as the abundance of all-inclusive resorts and affordable wedding packages available from coast to coast.

Below are some of the many reasons to have (and to hold) a wedding in the Dominican Republic.

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    Natural Beauty

    Naturally beautiful landscapes that offers minimal need for wedding decor

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    Great Weather

    Picture-perfect beach weather on nearly any day of the year (average temperatures range from the low 70s to high 80s in coastal areas like Punta Cana)

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    Easy Flight

    An easy flight from the U.S. or Canada for you and your guests (if you're traveling from NYC, for example, you can fly directly to the Dominican in under 4 hours)

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    Luxury Resorts

    Luxurious all-inclusive resorts that offer a plethora of fun for you and your guests

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    Delicious Food

    World-renowned cuisine, fusing the flavors of Europe, Africa, and the native Taino population

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    Built-In Honeymoon

    A tropical, built-in honeymoon destination for your celebration after the big day

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    Fun Things To Do

    An array of outdoor activities such as golfing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving in underwater caves, and even hiking the Caribbean's tallest mountain

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    Stunning Surroundings

    Postcard-worthy wedding venues and surroundings (from secluded, white-sand beaches with crystal-clear reef waters in the backdrop, to historic landmarks like the first cathedral ever built in the Americas).

Average Cost of a Destination Wedding in Dominican Republic

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It's no surprise that weddings are typically a costly affair. Today, couples spend an average of $34,000 on a traditional wedding close to home.2 It's easy to see why one-fifth of all engaged couples are now taking the alternative route of planning a memorable, and more affordable, destination wedding.

So what can you expect to pay, exactly? We've broken down the average costs associated with a destination wedding today.

For Dominican Republic weddings, costs can be even less. For example, couples and guests can score round-trip flights to Punta Cana for under $300, depending on their departure city. In 2021, the average cost for a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic was just $9,542.

Item Average Cost
Estimated Airfare $1,000
Accommodations $2,095
Wedding Package $6,446
Average Overall Cost $9,542
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Explore the Most Romantic Regions of the Dominican Republic

The beauty of the Dominican Republic lies in its rich and lush landscapes. The country is known for its vast terrain, comprising of beaches, rainforests, savannahs, and highlands. This means more options for couples tying the knot, with every stretch of the Dominican Republic offering something unique. Below are some of the Dominican Republic's most beloved wedding destinations:

Destination Weddings In Punta Cana

Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic stands in the number two spot for destination weddings and Punta Cana is a true stand-out on its list of must-wed locations. It is the most booked location in the Dominican Republic, and even ranks high on the list of celebrity vacation spots, where actresses Olivia Munn and Gabrielle Union have Instagrammed photos of themselves lounging at the beach.3,4 For newlyweds, Punta Cana is also ranked among US News' top honeymoon locations in all of the Caribbean. 

Destination Weddings In Juan Dolio

Juan Dolio

Once a small fishing village, Juan Dolio is now among the top visited Dominican Republic destinations.3 This coastal community appeals to destination wedding couples looking to be close to fun activities and attractions, yet secluded enough for a relaxed and quiet weddingmoon stay. Snorkeling, boating, and golfing are among some of the most popular things to do in this peaceful island town.

Destination Weddings In La Romana

La Romana

Nestled in the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, La Romana offers a dynamic atmosphere for those looking for the quintessential Caribbean wedding experience: Sandy beaches, upscale beachfront resorts, and plenty of water-related excursions, like riverboat trips, an underwater museum, and crystal-clear reef waters to snorkel. Sources describe La Romana as a "bustling city hugging the Rio Chavon," with plenty of room for adventure.6 While many know La Romana for having one of the highest-rated golf courses in the world, most couples head here for the picturesque settings to say "I do" - the region is surrounded by sugar cane fields and home to stunning waterfalls and wildlife.

Destination Weddings In Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata

Considered the "birthplace of tourism in the Dominican Republic," Puerto Plata boasts a wide array of lush landscapes, from the sprawling seashore to mountains, to valleys where the soil naturally grows cacao (cocoa beans) and coffee trees.7 This north coast Dominican town may be the perfect choice for couples craving some historical charm, as it offers romantic, colonial architecture in its historic district, as well as beautiful views from the top of Mount Isabel de Torres.

Destination Weddings In Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

The couple looking for a happening tropical destination with plenty of Latin flair will want to explore Santo Domingo, Dominican's capital city in which over three million people call home (making it one of the most populated cities in the Caribbean).8 Santo Domingo may remind you of a European city, where modern resorts rest on ancient cobblestone streets. History buffs will enjoy the old cathedrals and museums, while night owls will enjoy the excitement of vibrant nightlife and entertainment.

Destination Weddings In Samana

Samana

Couples who are more interested in the natural beauty of the Caribbean will be drawn to the quiet Samaná peninsula. This northern coastal town is known for its local waterfalls, whale-watching expeditions, and fishing tours. Travelers often come to this region in the hopes to enjoy what CNN describes as "one of the most secluded and stunning beaches in the Dominican Republic: Playa Rincón, a dreamy three-mile long, undeveloped stretch on the peninsula's easternmost tip."9

As the aforementioned list describes, the Dominican Republic offers a wide variety of Caribbean fun for destination wedding couples. From its lush rainforests to extravagant beach resorts, there are many pockets of beauty and bliss across this tropical island.

Planning a Dominican Republic Wedding

The Dominican Republic is easily one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. And while tying the knot here can mean less stress for couples (as destination weddings usually do), there are some extra considerations to keep in mind. The fact is, getting married abroad is not the same as getting married at home. Before packing your bags, it is important to research the specific seasons, venue options, and marriage requirements of the Dominican Republic.

Your Wedding Date

Here in the U.S., "wedding season" is generally considered to take place from late spring to fall. But when it comes to destination weddings in the Caribbean, there are other factors to consider. The Dominican Republic experiences warm weather year-round, but hurricane season (June-November) can impact plans for a dreamy day on the beach. You may want to avoid planning your wedding within these months to avoid any challenges for you and your guests. It's important to weigh the pros and cons of your dream wedding date with your Destination Wedding Specialist, who can help you determine the best dates to avoid adverse weather conditions, spring break vacations, and other travel factors that you may not encounter in the U.S.

Your Wedding Place

As noted above, the different areas of the Dominican Republic vary greatly, and so do the many various wedding venues. Upon determining your ideal destination, you will need to start thinking about the exact location you want to say "I do." You may dream of exchanging vows on a white-sand beach, in a lush rainforest, or up on a mountain with breathtaking ocean views in the backdrop. True romantics may decide to tie the knot in an ancient chapel or tucked away in a quiet colonial village. Once you have pinpointed the style and setting you prefer, a Destination Wedding Specialist will guide you through the various local wedding venues.

Legal Requirements for Getting Married in the Dominican Republic

Before jet setting off to paradise, it is important to understand the legal requirements at hand. To keep things simple, many destination wedding couples will opt for a symbolic wedding ceremony in the Dominican Republic, and legalize their marriage at home, either before or after the trip. However, if you are a U.S. citizen and would like to have a legal ceremony in the Dominican, you will need to meet the following guidelines, as outlined by the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic.

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