Getting married in Las Terrenas
LAS TERRENAS, THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR YOUR WEDDING…
Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. A celebration of love. Wether you want a private ceremony surrounded by close family and friends, or a large extravagant wedding, choosing where to celebrate your love is one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding day.
The Dominican Republic contains some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and picturesque scenery. Definitely a top favorite spot by many couples to get married for many reasons. Somewhere on the north coast of this paradisiac island lies a small beach town known as Las Terrenas, is the dream location when it comes to celebrating your wedding day. It really has it all.
With so many beaches to chose from, surrounded by rows of palm trees and glorious sunsets, you wont have to worry about finding the perfect spot because the scenery speaks for itself. Choosing Las Terrenas as your wedding location is a no brainer, and we will tell you why...
WHY LAS TERRENAS?
Las Terrenas... for many, this name is still unknown. A charming beach town in the Samana peninsula of the Dominican Republic, Las Terrenas is definitely one of Dominican Republic’s best kept secrets. But why choose Las Terrenas for your wedding day?
It is simply the perfect piece of paradise to celebrate the joining of your love with family and friends by your side. Romantic scenery, island breezes with a private ceremony on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic.
Arriving to Las Terrenas is not difficult. The closest airport is El Catey Samana Airport (AZS). It is only a 25 minutes drive to the town by driving through the well maintained scenic highway along the Atlantic coast. This airport has flights mainly from Canada and Europe. If you arrive into the capital of Santo Domingo, the international airport is about a 2 hour drive to Las Terrenas. Punta Cana and Puerto Plata also have international flights and transportation into Las Terrenas.
Aside from the incredible beaches here, Las Terrenas has so much more to offer from savoury cuisine, to shops, to outdoor adventure. Once an old fisherman’s town, now a community of Dominicans, and European, Canadian and American expats. You will find a variety of options for bars and restaurants to enjoy your time here, from local Dominican flavor to Italian pizzerias and French Boulangeries. The old colorful fisherman shacks have been transformed into bars and restaurants.
Especially if you plan on coming here to enjoy some time with your special someone, there is so much to do and see here, thus making Las Terrenas the perfect destination for your special day!
WHEN TO GET MARRIED IN LAS TERRENAS
Choosing a wedding date is one of the first steps on your wedding planning journey. Choosing a wedding date for a destination wedding is another story... Depending on the time of year you want to get married, there are many things to consider when choosing Las Terrenas as your wedding destination. The weather, high season, cost of accommodations, holidays, etc.
The weather in Las Terrenas is beautiful, especially for those coming from countries that have cold and snowy winters. The average temperature is usually high, ranging from 71°F to 87°F / 21°C to 30°C. The rainy season is from September to December with November being the wettest month. Therefore, to avoid the potential of having a rainy day for your wedding, you may want to stay away from these months. However, when it rains here on the island, it never really rains for long.
High season begins in December and usually goes until March or April. Christmas, New Years, and Semana Santa (Holy Week) are some of the busiest times here in the Dominican Republic. However, if you want to avoid the costs of high season, is it best to choose another time of year.
Some say the best time to get married here is March to June, because high season is over and you avoid hurricane season which can affect flights and travel plans for you and your guests. The Dominican Republic experiences warm weather all year round, so by planning your wedding in March-June, you avoid the costs of high season and the risks of storms. Ultimately it is up to you, on your preference of time of year, these are different factors to consider when planning your destination in the Dominican Republic.
HOW TO GET MARRIED IN LAS TERRENAS
Getting married in the Dominican Republic requires you to bring certain documentation. The documents required are both birth certificates, passports, single status affidavit for each party translated in Spanish that are notarized, and divorce decree or death certificate if applicable. You will also need to pay certain fees and have two witnesses at your ceremony. Once the ceremony has happened, you will be given a document for proof the wedding took place. You will then need to request a marriage certificate from the local Justice of the Peace. The marriage licence is valid all over the world, and is a fairly simple process which is why the Dominican Republic is a popular wedding destination.
If you decide to hire a wedding planner, it helps if they have previous experience planning a wedding in the Dominican Republic, and connections within the area. Knowledge of the language and customs will guarantee that you have the best experience, and is exactly what you want and expect. Choosing a wedding planner in the Dominican Republic is a good way to make sure you have someone on the island to be your eyes and ears to handle all the details for your special day. Especially when it comes to checking out the venues and vendors in person.
THE COST OF YOUR WEDDING IN LAS TERRENAS
The cost of every wedding is different, depending on the couple and what details they desire for the wedding ceremony and reception. There are many things to consider when planning your wedding, and costs can add up quickly. Although many automatically assume having a destination wedding is more costly, it can be quite the opposite.
Having a modern wedding in Canada or the United States for example can cost anywhere from US$ 20,000 to 40,000. While a destination wedding package can cost starting from $2,000, depending on the amount of guests of course.
Wedding packages are offered by a lot of the local resorts here in Las Terrenas, and is a great way to save money for your wedding day. Both Viva Wyndham and Samana Sublime in Las Terrenas offer beautiful romantic wedding packages. They normally include accommodations, venue, officiant, catering, and usually in one flat rate.
Choosing from local caters, or florists for example, is one way that can save on many costs. Purchasing your center pieces, party favors, accessories, gowns etc from local vendors definitely help on keeping costs low Hiring local wedding planners and photographers / videographers are also a way that could save you money, rather than hiring someone from your home country.
CELEBRATE YOUR WEDDING IN A BEACHFRONT VILLA...
Imagine a private ceremony on the beach, surrounded by a vast stretch of palm trees, and glistening waters at a luxurious and private beach home. If this is what you desire, we have the perfect options for you here in Las Terrenas. Sophisticated beach homes with all the privacy and accommodations you wish for your wedding day in the Caribbean.
We offer two private villas in a gated community on one of the most beautiful beaches of Las Terrenas, Playa Coson.
Villa Del Mar, known as one of the largest beachfront villas on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. With 2,000 m² / 21,500 Sq ft of living area and 13 bedrooms. It is a perfect place to host your private wedding ceremony and reception. Also on this same beach, we have the Ocean Lodge Villa. With 1,000 m² / 10,750 Sq ft of built area and 11 bedrooms, this villa is also one one of the largest villas in Las Terrenas. If you decide to choose one of these villas, we can connect you with a wedding planner to help you with all your wedding day desires.
We also offer many other private villa options that are perfect for celebrating your special day, or simply enjoying your stay while here in Las Terrenas. Wether you want a private villa with your special someone, or a large villa to enjoy with family and friends, we have many options for you. Take a look at all the villas we offer in Las Terrenas. Villas for rent in Las Terrenas
Choosing your wedding destination is an important part in planning your special day, and something you will always remember. If you desire a wedding ocean side with stunning views and extraordinary sunsets, you wont be disappointed when you choose Las Terrenas as your wedding destination. A magical paradise to celebrate your love.
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