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Getting married in the Dominican Republic

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dwpDominican Wedding Planner - WEDDING in the Dominican Republic
Dedicated to assisting couples and their families plan and coordinate exceptional and distinctive civil and religious weddings and symbolic unions centered on individual style in the D.R.
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Getting married in the Dominican Republic is becoming more and more popular each year, and it's not hard to see why. The warm, sunny weather, the golden sand beaches, the turquoise ocean waters, and the beautiful tropical plants and flowers provide an ideal setting for a very special and memorable day in one's life. One of the best reasons to get married in the Dominican Republic is that you can enjoy your honeymoon in the same beautiful place you get married. Guests enjoy attending weddings in the Dominican Republic because they are able to share in your special day while they enjoy their own tropical vacation experience.

Any type of wedding can be arranged in the beautiful Dominican Republic. Some couples make it a simple affair. For example, hold a small, quiet ceremony on one of the many beautiful beaches, at either sunrise or sunset. Others desire more extravagant affairs. For example, having a week of pre-wedding activities for their wedding party (i.e. massage & spa treatments, golf games, etc.) and a large reception after the marriage ceremony. To ensure everything runs smoothly for your special day, it is recommended you start making arrangements between 3 - 6 months in advance, depending on the type of wedding you desire. You can make all of the arrangements on your own, or with the help of a Wedding Planner, offering their services either independently, or through one of the many hotels/resorts in various tourism destinations. If you do not speak Spanish, and/or are not familiar with the Dominican Republic, it would be wise to hire a Wedding Planner to help make sure your special day goes off without a hitch.

Steps to getting married:

It is not necessary to get a marriage license in order to get your Marriage Certificate in the Dominican Republic. The first step towards getting your Marriage Certificate is that you register to be married with the Oficialia del Estado Civil (City Clerk). They will charge you a nominal fee for this registration.

The following is the paperwork that must be submitted in order for them to register you. To ensure these important documents are not lost in the mail, yet speed up the paperwork process, you can send the Oficialia del Estado Civil photocopies of these documents in advance and produce the originals when you arrive: 

  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Single Status Affidavits that have been translated by an official Translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate where the document was issued.
  • If divorced, the person(s) will require Divorce Certificate(s) that have been translated by an official Translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate where the document was issued. Please Note: If one of the persons getting married has been divorced in the Dominican Republic under the Special Divorce Law (fast divorce provided in the Dominican Republic), this person will have to wait a minimum 24 hours to get married.

You will be required to have two witnesses to your marriage, besides the person who will perform your marriage ceremony. If these witnesses are not Dominican Republic residents, they will require Passports to verify their identity. If the witnesses are Dominican residents, they will require Cedulas (Dominican Republic identification cards) to verify their identity.

Civil Ceremonies

Once the marriage takes place, the Justice of the Peace that performs your Civil Ceremony will need to provide documentation proving the marriage was performed to the Oficialia del Estado Civil . The Oficialia del Estado Civil will then issue you a Marriage Certificate that is legal everywhere in the world.

Religious Ceremonies

Religious Ceremonies have more formalities than Civil Ceremonies. If you desire to marry at a church or synagogue, it may be wise to get a Wedding Planner to make the arrangements. You will have to fulfill all of the Civil Ceremony requirements, as well as some other formalities particular to the church or synagogue. For example, if you want a Catholic marriage and would like to marry at a Dominican Roman Catholic Church, your Archbishop may need to request permission from the Archbishop of the Diocese where you would like to marry in the Dominican Republic.

A Religious marriage has the same legal implications as a Civil marriage. In a Religious marriage, the Parish Priest or Rabi must send a copy of the marriage documentation to the Oficialia del Estado Civil within three days of the marriage, so that it may be registered. If a Civil marriage has been performed prior to the Religious Ceremony, the Parish Priest or Rabi must still send a copy of this documentation to be registered. The Oficialia del Estado Civil will then issue you a Marriage Certificate that will be legal anywhere in the world.

Please Note: If one of the spouses will be changing their name, or one of them will be applying for a Visa for the other spouse's country, it may be beneficial to also validate your Marriage Certificate at each of your country's Consulates or Embassies here in the Dominican Republic. To find out the details of what you may need, the costs, and the time required for this process, please check with your country's Consulate or Embassy to the Dominican Republic.

There is currently one listing in this category.

dwpDominican Wedding Planner - WEDDING in the Dominican Republic
Dedicated to assisting couples and their families plan and coordinate exceptional and distinctive civil and religious weddings and symbolic unions centered on individual style in the D.R.
dominicanweddingplanner.com


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