For a wedding destination steeped in Old World culture and flawless tropical scenery, look no further than the Dominican Republic. Traditional merengue music floods the streets, unexpected terrain offers new adventures, and strolls along avenidas lined with palm and almond trees open your eyes to the wonders of this unique Caribbean paradise.
Culture & History
The stable government and thriving tourism industry of today's Dominican Republic (DR) have transformed the island into a desirable vacation and destination wedding hot spot. Remnants of Spanish colonial architecture share space with the expansive luxury resorts, all-inclusive wedding resorts, and award-winning golf courses of modern day DR. To the east, Punta Cana attracts the high-end traveler, while to the north, Puerto Plata, a beach resort strip, appeals with all-inclusive attractions where your wedding packages are more affordable. The capital city, Santo Domingo, is only a short drive to the south.
Local Wedding Appeal
The Dominican Republic is easier than ever to access, especially for American couples traveling here for weddings year-round. Dominican weddings often incorporate Latin traditions, including the singing of traditional songs during the ceremony instead of an instrumental soundtrack. If desired, your wedding planner can help you feature some of these rich traditions in your big day as well, making your special day a truly Dominican Republic wedding.
Punta Cana is a popular resort town with some of the best beaches on the island and shallower waters for safe swimming.
Visit Catedral Primada de America, the oldest cathedral in the New World, in the capital of Santo Domingo.
Lush forest surrounds the limestone caves at Los Tres Ojos National Park, fed by an underground river and featuring craggy stalagmites and stalactites.
Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley here in 1994.
Presidents, royalty, and celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Lopez have been known to frequent the island.
Dominican Republic on the Cheap
Ask your hotel concierge for restaurant recommendations. They can pair you with the best options in your price range. Better yet, book an all-inclusive package where you don't have to worry about restaurant bills as your food is part of your vacation deal.