Altos De Chavon, La Romana.Dominican Republic Tourism Board

It’s a wedding trend that’s a definite win-win. More and more couples are voting with their passports – they’re choosing the Dominican Republic for a romantic destination wedding. Getting married or honeymooning in paradise is not only gentle on the budget, but it also is a great stress-buster. Imagine the appeal of a picture-perfect ceremony, followed by an idyllic honeymoon, just steps away.

At most resort properties, the well-trained wedding planners focus on one goal: to bring the couple’s vision of the perfect wedding day to life. They can arrange a chapel, garden or beach setting and most resorts offer packages that include flowers, jewelry, photography, wedding apparel and music.
With a wedding style to fit every budget, here are some options for the couple to consider. Feeling romantic?

La Romana & Bayahibe
On the south-central coast, the resorts of La Romana and Bayahibe are sprinkled along never-ending stretches of deserted white sand beach and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. This part of the island is a natural for water lovers – the happy couple can hop a boat to the country’s best snorkelling sites at the islands of Saona and Catalinita. Dolphins often tag along, jumping in the boat’s wake.

Resorts offering weddings and honeymoon packages include:
•    Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus
•    Gran Bahia Principe La Romana Royal Golden
•    Oasis Canoa

Puerto Plata
The naming of Puerto Plata can only bring good luck to a newlyweds: it is said that Columbus picked the name after seeing the way the sun shone on the water, creating the illusion of a mass of silver coins.

Puerto Plata (and next-door Playa Dorada) is abuzz with lively nightlife, palm-lined beaches, fantastic windsurfing and classic golf courses. It’s the perfect location for couples that like break up their time on the beach with a round of golf, a rip-roaring time on the waves or an evening dancing the sensual merengue.

Resorts offering weddings and honeymoon packages include:
•    Iberostar Costa Dorada
•    Grand Oasis Marien
•    Barceló Puerto Plata

The peninsula of Samaná is a haven for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. An arc of white sand beach, lush vegetation and thick coconut groves make Samaná one of the prettiest areas of the country.

Brides and grooms planning a green theme to their honeymoon can see majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat, climb through rainforested mountains to sparkling waterfalls or kick back on a sunset catamaran cruise.

Resorts offering weddings and honeymoon packages include:
•    Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo
•    Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa
•    Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado

Punta Cana.Nolitours & Transat HolidaysPunta Cana
This far eastern part of the island is known for its all-inclusive resorts, some of which specialize in settings for couples rather than families (better suited for destination weddings and honeymoons). The area is known for the best beaches on the island – picture-perfect stretches of powder white sand lined by swaying palm trees. Because of the large number of resorts, there are a huge number of shopping opportunities, excursion tours including popular zip-lining, golf courses and nightlife.

Resorts offering weddings and honeymoon packages include:
•    NH Real Arena Le Mirage
•    Barceló Punta Cana
•    The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium