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History and culture for an unforgettable wedding in the Dominican Republic

HISTORY AND CULTURE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Hidden Treasures | 10/16/2018

Couples are still looking for their dream destination to say: “I Do”. And the Dominican Republic is the idyllic destination for that special moment, as there is a wide variety of options for different styles of weddings, from natural views to more adventurous, elegant and sophisticated, or those looking for something more timeless and traditional.

For those looking for a traditional ceremony, the Dominican Republic has two beautiful options for entering a world of history and culture: the Colonial City, in Santo Domingo, and La Romana.

Colonial city
The Colonial City, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is quite accessible with jewels of architecture from the 16th and 20th centuries. Therefore, the bride and groom can say their vows in the ornate Cathedral of America, letting themselves be carried away by its cobblestone streets that go back to the colonial days that will create memories to last a lifetime. Also in the Colonial City is the Church of Las Mercedes, a majestic church built more than 500 years ago that provides the perfect setting for an elegant Catholic ceremony. Couples can also plan their nuptials at the Convent of the Dominicans, a 16th century building, or book the big day at the Museum of the Royal Houses, a museum that was once the royal court of the Spanish governor.

In addition, both the bride and groom will enjoy going out and drinking in the private wine cellars or eating outdoors in the Plaza España, or enjoying the panoramic views of monuments such as the Alcazar de Colón. As well as exploring the charm and history of the city by visiting its cathedrals, museums and historical monuments.
Also in the Colonial City is the "Chu Chu Colonial," a train that offers a 45-minute trip around the city to help newcomers get their bearings. Shopping is great in Santo Domingo's shopping centers, where you can find everything from linen guayaberas to leather bags. Other attractions that can be enjoyed are: Quisqueya Stadium, Santo Domingo Zoo, the Botanical Garden, the beaches of Boca Chica, Caribe Beach, Guayacanes and Juan Dolio, Mercado Modelo, the Malecón of Santo Domingo, Los Tres Ojos, among others.
A great advantage of the Colonial City is its accessibility. Both by air and by sea, the Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is the main port of entry to the city, and cruise passengers arrive in Santo Domingo about 10 minutes away.

La Romana
La Romana is one of the main destinations in the country, and is defined by sugar cane, golf, beaches and diving. Where you can also enjoy the historical charm of the Dominican Republic, and Catholic couples can perform their ceremony in Altos de Chavón, a replica of a sixteenth century Mediterranean village or walk down the aisle of the Church of San Estanislao while enjoying the Chavón river.
Thanks to its beautiful villages and soft beaches, La Romana is another great option where everyone can enjoy a variety of activities. For example, the Casa de Campo complex, famous for its world class golf and the artists' village of Altos de Chavón, including galleries and shops. The Teeth of the Dog golf course, designed by Pete Dye, is the best in the Caribbean, and also one of the top one hundred courses in the world.

Among the most popular activities in La Romana is diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear water of the reefs, as well as boat rides along the Chavón River to observe the waterfalls and the wildlife. Additionally, you can visit its main attractions: Padre Nuestro Trail, Saona and Catalina Islands. Cuevas de las Maravillas, Mariposa Beach is a popular local beach with clear and warm reef waters, perfect to observe the starfish. It also has 5 golf courses.
Although most visitors today enjoy the beaches and the comfort of their resorts. Bayahibe, the gateway to Isla Saona, in the Parque Nacional del Este, is one of the most visited natural attractions in the country. It is the land of the rare pink of Bayahibe, a cactus bush that in 2011 was named the National Flower.
To enjoy all the variety that La Romana offers, the main access roads are through the international airport and the tourist port of Casa de Campo.

Requirements to get married in the Dominican Republic

Before choosing between the one the great places that the Dominican Republic has to celebrate a marriage bond, it is necessary to consider the legal requirements that must be fulfilled.
• For marriage, couples must present an original passport, copy and translation of the original birth certificates, and an affidavit before a notary public. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable.
• For destination weddings in Santo Domingo, non-residents will need passports and tourist cards when entering the Dominican Republic. If you are a citizen of the US, you must visit travel.state.gov to get more information about the necessary travel documents. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.


By: Carolina Pérez Reynoso

c.perez@godominicanrepublic.com



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