More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus declared the island of Hispaniola “the fairest land under heaven”, and today it continues to enchant visitors with its astonishing natural beauty. The Dominican Republic, which occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island — with Haiti occupying the other third — was in 2011 named by a leading destination wedding magazine as one of the world’s 20 best honeymoon destinations, underlining the romantic potential of its stunning beaches, lush scenery and historical architecture. Its thriving tourist industry and its stable government provide favourable conditions for arranging weddings, and with no fewer than 8 international airports, it’s easy to get to from anywhere in the world.
What Makes the Dominican Republic an Ideal Wedding Choice?
Probably nowhere else in the Caribbean will you find such a perfect blend of tropical beauty with old-world romance and charm. The Dominican Republic can offer you an abundant choice of amazing settings for your wedding, from the creamy-gold sands of a palm-fringed beach, to a picturesque historical mansion or quaint colonial village, or the waterfalls and lagoons amidst the inland mountains.
The most sophisticated coastal region is the area round Punta Cana in the east, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean sea, creating gentle surf and multi-shaded blue waters, and offering some of the country’s most stunning beaches. An enticing alternative to the beach for a wedding is the Punta Cana Ecological Reserve, where you can wander along trails through tropical forests, and deep green tunnels full of diverse exotic plants, arriving at mysterious hidden lagoons.
On the Caribbean coast, La Romana also features stunning beaches, with a background of tropical forests, and many natural attractions such as the Cave of Wonders. If you prefer somewhere quieter, the nearby communities of Bayahibe and Juan Dolio are centred on old fishing villages, and provide a secluded, away-from-it-all feel, or there is the charming artist village of Altos de Chavon, with its cobbled streets and terracotta houses. La Romana is where you can embark on a visit to the enchanting tropical island of Saona, famous for its rich vegetation and the exceptional beauty of its beaches.
A completely different possibility is to host your wedding at a historical mansion in the picturesque Zona Colonia, the oldest section of the capital Santo Domingo. The rich 16th century Spanish colonial architecture, the cobblestone streets and the atmospheric yellow lamplight provide a uniquely romantic background — and there are plenty of chic cafes and boutiques nearby as well.
It’s possible to have a church wedding in the Dominican Republic, if this is what you would like. Or if you prefer, you can incorporate some rich Dominican traditions into your ceremony — Dominican weddings often feature the singing of traditional songs in place of instrumental accompaniment for the ceremony, or you can dance to Merengue music, deeply rooted in Dominican culture, at your reception. This way you can have a truly Dominican Republic wedding, which will be something to remember for ever.
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General Information About Dominican Republic
- Capital: Santo Domingo
- Language: Spanish (but English widely spoken)
- Area: 18,700 square miles
- Population: 10,219,630 (2013 census)
- Currency: Dominican Peso