There are many choices to make when planning your destination wedding. Picking your destination, such as Puerto Plata, will be one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make. For couples planning a destination wedding, one of the best decisions you can make is to select a destination wedding specialist that can serve as a liaison between you and the hotel or resort and arrange travel details for you and your guests.
Planning for your guests is another essential and sometimes stressful activity. Your friends and loved ones are traveling to be with you and your fiancé on your special day, so make sure to provide a special touch, such as welcome bags, spa treatments or a list of daily activities that your group can participate in. Guest bags can be filled with island necessities such as suntan lotion, drink coupons, special beach amenities and/or shopping perks.
Researching local marriage requirements is a must. Luckily, the Dominican Republic has no residency requirement for getting married but there are a few items that must be taken care of prior to the wedding. For anyone planning to marry in the Dominican Republic, the Embassy of the Dominican Republic requires written notice of your intention to marry in order to grant you permission. The Dominican Republic Consulate must also receive notarized copies of birth certificates, passports, and other important documents that will be translated into Spanish, a process that can take several months to complete. Double-check all of the requirements as soon as possible. If a speedy nuptial is in the cards for you and your love, then ensuring you secure a wedding license domestically is a must.
Another important tip is to tell your wedding guests about your wedding date as soon as it is set and before official invitations are sent out and follow-up with an official invite. Be thorough with your plans for your guests so that they can plan ahead. Along with accommodations, guests will require transportation to and from the airport, and transportation to any wedding events off site if applicable.
Getting your wedding dress safely to your destination is of high importance! Laying your wedding dress in a garment bag is advised for air travel, however, calling your airline prior to your flight to discuss storage options for your dress will better help you identify possible challenges. Upon arrival at your wedding destination you can always arrange with the resort or local dry cleaner to have wrinkles steamed or pressed out of your dress.
This will be one of the most important days of your lives and you’ll want to make it the best that it can be; ask for help, make lists and remember that you’ll probably be operating on island time.