Weddings by Riu celebrates three different types of ceremonies: Civil, Symbolic & Renewal of Vows.
Civil Ceremonies: Are performed by an official Judge in Spanish, his speech is translated from the On-Site Wedding Coordinator, are legally recognized. Paperwork is required. The newlyweds will receive a legal marriage certificate in Spanish Language from 6 to 8 months after the wedding date.
Important: Civil weddings are legally recognized in the country where they are performed. We recommend you to contact your respective Embassy or Consulate in order to get the complete information regarding the procedure that you'll have to follow in order to legalize your Marriage Certificate in your home country. *Riu Hotels and Resorts is not responsible for this legal procedure.
Religious ceremonies (Catholic): Performed by a Catholic Priest which offers a marriage certificate. The ceremony takes from 45 to 50 minutes.
Important: Catholic ceremonies can take place only at Riu Bambu's Gazebo or Riu Palace Bavaro's Garden Area, this type of ceremony can not take place on the beach.
Symbolic & Renewal of Vows ceremonies: Are Blessing Ceremonies performed by a Non-denominational Minister and are not legally recognized. No paper work or witnesses are required. After the ceremony, wedding couple will receive a “symbolic” marriage certificate. This wedding takes from 20 to 25 minutes.
Important: If you bring a Minister of your own please be aware the price will be the same and the minister must stay for 3 nights minimum.
In order to apply for a renewal of vows ceremony is a must to send a photocopy from the legal marriage certificate of your home country.
Locations: All of our resorts offer different locations to hold the wedding ceremony. At Riu Palace Punta Cana you may choose from:
• Beach: Maximum capacity 60 persons Located at Riu Palace Macao.
• Garden Gazebo: Maximum capacity 50 persons Located at Club Hotel Riu Bambu. Available for couples staying at any of the Riu Hotels in Punta Cana. This Gazebo is the only place where Catholic weddings are performed.
• Beach Gazebo: Maximum capacity 60 persons Located at Riu Palace Punta Cana. Available for couples staying at any of the Riu Hotels in Punta Cana.
Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 12 (daily)
Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
Live music, shows or Riu evening programme (daily)
"Pacha" discotheque (open every night)
Free entry to the Riu Palace Macao Casino
Free entry to "Pacha" discotheque (excluding special evenings); drinks not included
Sports and facilities nearby (additional charge):
Various water sports available
18-hole golf course
The RIU Group has no direct or indirect relationship with external services (especially PARASAILING) and does not assume any liability for them, any contract between them being the exclusive responsibility of the clients themselves.
All meals and snacks
Full American breakfast buffet, live cooking stations, fruit, juices and Cava
Hot and cold buffet and live cooking stations
Dinner ("Don Manuel" restaurant):
Buffets and live cooking stations
Special evenings: themed buffet (three times a week)
Optional dining (à la carte, reservations required in advance):
"Yokohama" Japanese restaurant
Grill and steakhouse
"Krystal" Fusion restaurant
"La Bodega" Brazilian restaurant (buffet starters and dessert)
"Luigi" Italian restaurant (buffet starters)
Formal dress required for dinner. Main restaurant: gentlemen no sleeveless T-shirts. Theme restaurants: gentlemen no sleeveless T-shirts, long trousers
Snacks 24 hours a day
For additional lunches and snacks, free choice from a selection of restaurants within the Riu Resort (excluding Riu Palace Macao and Riu Palace Bavaro)
Unlimited local and imported beverages served 24 hours a day
Drinks service at pool
Access to all bars within the Riu Resort (excluding Riu Palace Macao, Riu Palace Bavaro and "Pacha" discotheque)