“I do” in Dominican Republic
For a picture perfect beach wedding, the Dominican Republic is an idyllic place to exchange vows and begin married life in a truly romantic Caribbean island setting
Sugar white beaches, shady coconut palms and year-round sunshine make the Dominican Republic a wedding photographers dream for couples who chose to marry in this gorgeous Caribbean destination where barefoot beach weddings are the islands speciality. With endless stretches of stunning beaches to choose from you can begin married life with romantic strolls along footprint free stretches or join in the action on bustling beaches with sunloungers, bars and watersports.
There are many choices of wedding venues, from shady clifftop gazebos to flower decorated pergolas set in the lush tropical gardens of your luxury resort hotel. After you have said the magic words – ‘I do” you can toast your marriage with a glass of fizz as the sun sets over the Caribbean and your honeymoon begins…
The perfect honeymoon
The island offers beautiful, unspoiled scenery with rugged mountains and waterfalls and an abundance of exotic cuisine, a chilled-out Caribbean culture and a variety of entertainment that attracts honeymooners, holidaymakers and celebrities alike – Jay-Z brought his wife Beyonce Knowles here to celebrate his 40th birthday at Casa de Compo, and Brangelina and the Clintons have also been papped whilst holidaying on the island.
The Dominican Republic offers something for everyone and can fulfil the honeymoon dreams of those seeking sophisticated luxury, eco-adventure, arts and culture, nightlife, shopping, golf, snorkeling and scuba diving over coral reefs, watersports or those simply wanting to spend lazy days on white sandy beaches.
There are four main regions to explore in the Dominican Republic – Puerto Plata is located on the north coast with its golden sandy beaches, rum factory, cable car up to the top of Mount Isabel del Torres and holiday atmosphere; Samana, on the east coast, lies on a largely undiscovered peninsular and offers pristine mountains and idyllic beaches; the more popular resorts of Punta Cana and La Romana are found on the south eastern part of the island and offer plenty of beaches, golf courses and all-inclusive luxury hotels; be sure to leave time to explore the cobbled plazas, Medieval churches and cafes of the island’s capital, Santo Domingo, set on the south coast and founded by Christopher Columbus.
Monster Truck Safari
Take an excursion on an 8-wheel drive open truck that takes you through the stunning Dominican scenery and see how most rural people live. Stop for a riverside lunch and take a dip in the cool waters. www.thompson.co.uk
Swim with dolphins at Ocean World and try the famous dorsal-tow. You may even get a dolphin kiss! Ocean World has a range of programs including sea lion, stingray and sharks.www.thompson.co.uk
Your wedding planner or tour operator will help you sort out the documentation for your wedding in the Dominican Republic, but here is a guide to your legal requirements:
Your affidavits must be notarized by a Notary Public then translated into Spanish. Then all documents need to be sent too the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to be legalized and certified as true copies of the original. The fee for translations is £155 per document. You will need both your originals and your certified copies when you travel, and the resort will keep all certified copies. Your Wedding Certificate will be sent to you around 8 weeks after your wedding. Wedding ceremonies are conducted in Spanish. Translation can be arranged at no extra cost. For further information about the procedure contact www.fco.gov.uk
You will need the following documents:
Original Full Birth Certificate
- If never married: A Statutory Declaration, stamped by a Notary or Solicitor declaring single marital status and eligibility to marry
- If divorced: Decree Absolute and a Statutory Declaration, stamped by a Notary or Solicitor, declaring marital status and eligibility to marry.
- If widowed: Spouse’s Death Certificate, previous Marriage Certificate and a Statutory Declaration, stamped by a Notary orSolicitor, declaring marital status and eligibility to marry.
- If a name has been changed by Deed Poll or if the person has been adopted, proof of this must be presented.
- If the person is under 18-years-old, parental consent is required in the form of an Affidavit stamped by a Notary or Solicitor.
Statutory Declarations are to be declared per person and must include passport numbers, address and line of employment. These are valid for a period of three months from the date of issue.
Divorced women cannot get married again until 10 months after the divorce is finalized.