Getting married in the Dominican Republic?
First off, congratulations. You’re choice to get married in the Dominican Republic is going to leave you with some of the best memories of your life. The Dominican is known for it’s hot sun and sandy beaches and there is no better place in the world for your destination wedding. Lucky for you, you picked a spot that is incredibly picturesque and is home to many of the wedding industries leading professionals. You can expect nothing but the best service from your hotel staff and nothing but love will be in the air during your wedding!
You need to plan – Dominican Photographers to Sunscreen
And everything inbetween! We’ve put together a list of what we believe are the most important things to plan for – and look forward to – during your Dominican Republic wedding! The list is in no particular order but we encourage you to check out our recommendations; we’ve spent years in the wedding industry and consider ourselves industry experts on everything from vendor selection to what type of ring you want to purchase!
1) Book your photographer in Dominican Republic early
This is the most important piece of advice I can give you. Every year thousands of couples from Canada, the USA, Europe and South America fly to the Dominican Republic
to tie the knot. These people are all looking for the best photographer in the Dominican Republic and they are booking early. As a wedding photographer in Canada I know that market here; typically we book our dates from 10 months to 2 years in advance. In the Dominican most photographers are booking 2 years in advance. Don’t let that stop you from inquiring: there are always dates here and there in a wedding photographers calendar that are not booked.
- Most wedding photographers correspond entirely by email.
- Skype is the preferred contact method for a face to face consultation.
- You can expect to send a deposit – anywhere between 25% and 50% of the final package price is the norm.
- The Dominican Republic has many professional wedding photographers. We have always recommended Pink Film they are by far the best on the island and consistently deliver amazing results.
Plan early, plan lots!
Although a destination wedding does take a lot of the wedding planning stress away it doesn’t take all of it. There are still some things you have to be involved in and it’s best to get them out of the way the minute you decide to get married in a tropical destination. Use the internet to your advantage! It’s worth selecting your photographer in the Dominican Republic first – wedding photographers are a wealth of knowledge and most of them are happy to provide advice regarding resorts, hotels, vendors and anything else you think you might need to know about the paradise!
- Have your guests RSVP as soon as possible. Most resorts require a minimum number of guests to be able to offer certain rates. You have to have your guests RSVP very quickly so you can go forward with your plans.
- Ensure your paperwork is in order! (this is a no brainer – avoid being stuck at the border because you forgot to update your passports!)
- Book everything as soon as you can. The day you confirm your venue start booking other vendors as needed. Often the resort takes care of all of these things but if you want anything outside of your wedding package you need to coordinate with the resort wedding planner.
Make a list – check it twice!
Keeping in the Christmas spirit with this one. Long before you even pack your suitcases sit down with your partner and come up with a list of things you need to bring. Keep this list somewhere you will constantly be reminded of it. You are going to think of so many things leading up to your wedding day it will be nice to have something on hand as a ‘working list’ so you can constantly update it. Here are a few items to get your list started:
- Sunscreen. In North America this goes on sale in the winter. Stock up the year before and get a lot. It’s nice to have extra in case you lose some, but you can be sure one or several of your guests will forget theirs.
- Bikini’s and swimsuits! Of course you can’t bring just one. Shop for these early and you’ll be sure to get the ones you love the most. You can have a bikini for the pool, one for the beach, another on for the pool… you get the idea!
- Sunglasses. I always bring my favourite pair (Ray Bans – wayfarers of course!) You should also stock up on some cheap gas stations sunglasses in the event you know you are going to be doing something a little wild and don’t want to put your faves in harms way!
- Accessories! As a wedding photographer myself I have to tell you how much I love seeing a variety of accessories. They bring so much life to the photo set. Think bracelets, necklaces, hats and earrings. The more the better!
Don’t forget to have fun!
By choosing to have a destination wedding you’ve removed a lot of the stress that goes into planning a wedding. The nice thing about a Dominican Republic wedding is that you’ve opened the door for an automatic honeymoon! A Dominican Republic honeymoon is the most romantic honeymoon you could have. Imagine after all your wedding guests are gone it’s just you and your new husband laying on the beach soaking up the sun. With many 5 star restaurants to choose from you’ll have an amazing date every single night! Why not extend your stay an extra week and get involved in some sight seeing? I know the folks at Pink Film love capturing exciting moments with couples – ask them about their honeymoon photos!
Remember: Photographer first!
Going back to the beginning this is the most important piece of advice I can leave you with. Think of
those hundreds of hours you spent in the gym toning your body to perfection. Think of how happy you are going to look when you see your husband for the first time. Seize those moments and get the best photographer in Dominican Republic you can. If it were up to us everyone would use Pink Film – so book early!
all photos provided courtesy of Pink Flim