Legal Marriage Requirements For Your Destination Wedding Dominican Republic

Part Two: Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

So you have been thinking about getting married in the Dominican Republic! Congratulations! You have chosen a very beautiful and popular country for your destination wedding. Couples looking to legally marry in Dominican Republic will need to provide the following documentation:

a) Proof of Identity: a valid Canadian passport, a birth certificate that includes the names of the parents, and the tourist card received upon entry into the country;

b) Statement of Single Status: you will also need to obtain a sworn affidavit attesting to your single status. This document must be submitted in the Spanish language and legally certified. This can be done prior to leaving Canada by visiting the Embassy or one of the Consulates of the Dominican Republic. You may also visit a notary public in Canada to make this declaration, then have the document translated into Spanish and legalized by the Embassy or Consulates of the Dominican Republic;

c) Divorce Papers: if you are divorced, you must also submit original copies of your divorce papers, along with a Spanish-language translation of the documents. The translation must be legalized by the Embassy or one of the consulates of the Dominican Republic in Canada. Please note that under Dominican law, women who have recently been divorced must wait a minimum of nine months after the finalization of their divorce before they can remarry. This regulation applies as well to Canadian women wishing to be married in the Dominican Republic;

d) Death Certificate: if you are widowed, you will need to present an original copy of the death certificate of your deceased spouse, translated into Spanish and legalized by the Embassy or consulates of the Dominican Republic; and

e) Change of Name: if you have legally changed your name, you must submit original documents to the Embassy or consulates of the Dominican Republic for legalization.

Prior to departure, all above documents must be translated into Spanish, legally certified by a professional, and legalized by the Embassy or one of the consulates of the Dominican Republic in Canada.

Additional Notes:

There are no residency or waiting periods for legal marriages in the DR; however, some resorts have a minimum requirement so they have enough time to prepare for your wedding.

Witnesses: You will require two witnesses. If you are bringing the witnesses along with you they will require their passports. If you are planning on eloping, the hotel can provide you with witnesses.

For further information, please contact the Embassy or consulates of the Dominican Republic.

Embassy of the Dominican Republic to Canada

130 Albert Street, Suite 418, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4
phone: 613-569-9893
fax: 613-569-8673

Dominican Consulate in Montreal
1470 Peel St., Suite 263, Montréal, QC, H3A 1T1
(514-284-5455 / 1800-563-1611 / email:

Dominican Consulate in Toronto
2 Adelaide St. W., Suite 302, Toronto, ON, M5H 1L6 
Phone: 416 369 0403 / 416 369 1685/ email:


Legal Marriage Requirements for Your Destination Wedding Cuba


Have you already chosen a destination for your wedding? If so, you'll want to make sure that you familiarize yourself with the marriage requirements at your destination. In this four part blog we will be laying out the requirements for the most popular destinations for Canadian couples. If you are planning a wedding in a country that is not listed please contact us and we can provide you with the information your require on your specific destination.

If you haven't already decided on a destination perhaps taking into consideration the marriage requirements at different destinations will help you to make your choice. The requirements differ significantly from destination to destination.

Part One: CUBA


Cuban Tourist Board

1200 Bay Street Suite 305, Toronto ON, M5R 2A5

Tel: 416-362-0700


Cuban Consulate Canada


If you have never been married before the marriage requirements for Cuba are relatively simple.

All you'll need is:

  • A passport that is valid throughout your stay
  • A tourist card (which you'll receive through the tour operator) and;
  • A sheet that lists the following: names, home address, occupations, level of education, nationality, and the full names of your parents, living or deceased.

You will attach a copy of the photo page of your passport to this sheet and will be required to fax or email copies of all documentation to your hotel in Cuba at least three weeks in advance of your arrival. This will all be coordinated through the wedding planner at your resort.

If you or your partner have been married before you'll require (in addition to the valid passport and tourist card):

  • If divorced: his/her Birth Certificate and Certificate of Divorce;
  • If widowed: his/her Birth Certificate, Certificate of Marriage, and Certificate of Spouses' Death.

Have your birth certificate and any divorce/marriage/death certificates translated into Spanish and certified by a notary public and legalized by the Cuban consul in Canada (service fee applies).

Additional Notes

  • You are required to be in the country for a minimum of 72 hours.
  • Be sure to bring all your original documents with you.
  • Your marriage will be formalized in the name stated on your passport. Your passport must therefore be correct and the name on your passport must match that on all your other documents.
  • After your wedding, your Marriage Certificate will be couriered at the hotel’s expense to the home address on your documents. Your marriage is legalized by the Canadian Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Foreign Affairs department.

For more information, contact the Cuban Consulate in Toronto or Montreal.

5353 Dundas St. West, Suite 401
Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
Tel: (416) 234 8181
Fax: (416) 234 2754

4542-4546 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec. H3X 2H5
Tel: (514) 843-8897 / 843-7559 / 843-1063
Jurisdiction: Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador

Destination Wedding Cuba

Is a Destination Wedding Right for You?

Let me guess... you are envisioning the white sand squishing between your toes, your veil blowing in the warm breeze while you walk down the aisle towards your husband-to-be with the sun shining and the turquoise water shimmering in the distance.

Sure this sounds idyllic and romantic. And you are probably excited and ready to jump right into the wedding planning. But have you thought about the logistics of a destination wedding and what it means for you and your guests?

There are a number of things you should consider before deciding if a destination wedding is right for you. I have compiled a list of things to think about, drawn from my personal and expert experience, which I hope will help you make the decision!

1) Ensure your reasons for having a destination wedding are in line with your expectations.

Think of the reasons why you want to have a destination wedding. Is it that you are thinking a destination wedding will be stress-free and less expensive than a traditional wedding? Is it that you and your fiance met at the destination? Does the destination have special meaning to the two of you?

Destination weddings can bring about their own challenges that may cause some stress including objections from friends and family or the stress of trying to plan from a far with vendors where there may be language barriers. And although destination weddings can be less expensive than a traditional wedding it is often because you have less guests attending, not necessarily because the wedding venues or vendors are less expensive. The good news is you can typically make a destination wedding as inexpensive or costly as you'd like.

2) Discuss your plans with your parents and important family members and friends who are on your “must attend” list.

It is important to discuss your plans with your parents and most important family members and friends to ensure that they will be able to attend. You may (or may not) encounter objections from these people and you need to make sure that you will still be happy with your decision even if those people can't attend. Keep in mind that when you have a destination wedding you are asking a lot of people in terms of time and money.

3) Understand that not everyone will be able to attend your wedding.

More often than not when couples announce their decision of a destination wedding to family and friends everyone is on board and so excited for the couple. Don't be disappointed when it comes time to put down deposits on the vacation package and you find that a number of those guests tell you they no longer can attend. Not to say that this will happen, but from personal and expert experience I have found this to be a common trend. But don't take it personally. As we stated above you are asking for people to take time off of work, use their vacation time, and spend a significant amount of money for your wedding. It is not that they do not want to attend, it is most likely a mix of the logistics of getting time off of work, time away from family, and finances. Keep in mind no matter what happens you and your fiancé are there to celebrate your marriage union and you will have the most amazing time with the friends and family members who do attend.

4) Let go of control and relax!

For “A” type personalities planning a destination wedding can be difficult. You will most likely be planning from a distance and will not have complete control over your wedding details. You will have to leave those details to your local wedding coordinator. If you can let go of the reigns and go with the flow though you will have an amazing stress-free and beautiful wedding! And don't worry, you will still be able to add your own personality and finishing touches to the wedding!

5) Have a back up venue / plan for your wedding ceremony.

When we envision a beach wedding we usually see a picture perfect day with the sun shinning and not a cloud in the sky. However, it does rain in the Caribbean. By doing your research and choosing to travel in the “dry” season will help you to limit your chances of rain. Some couples choose to “chance it” and travel during the rainy season because you can often receive great value on your travel packages during this time. We always recommend choosing a resort or venue that has a back up plan in case of inclement weather. This way no matter what mother natures has in store for you on your wedding day you can guarantee yourself an amazing wedding day. It will also help to eliminate any last minute stress if you have a back up plan in place!

If you are still reading this and thinking that a destination wedding is for you, then congratulations!!! You have just made the best and most exciting decision! Destination wedding are special and are amazing experiences for not only you but also your family and your guests! You will not regret your decision and you are well on your way to creating lasting memories of a lifetime for you and your family!

Is a Destination Wedding Right for you?

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