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General Wedding Policies

In order to have a wedding/renewal at Riu, the wedding couple and at least 80% of guests must stay in the same Riu Hotel where the wedding will be performed purchasing a established wedding package. (Wedding package are not able to be customized & reception dinner will take place at the same Riu hotel where the wedding will be performed)


If clients are staying at other hotel chain and they wish to attend the wedding, there will have to pay the cost of the regular day pass. Customers staying at another Riu Hotel and wish to visit one of the Palaces would have to pay an additional cost per person.


Couple must respect the arrival date according with their ceremony. In the case of  Symbolic ceremonies and Renewal of vows, they have to arrive at least 2 full business days prior the
ceremony date (Not counting the Arrival Day, Sundays and Holidays), and 3 full business days prior for Civil & Catholic weddings (Not counting Arrival Day, Sundays and Holidays).

Weddings are not performed on Sundays & National holidays.


Confirmed weddings canceled within a month of the ceremony date or upon arrival to the hotel will be charged a cancellation fee of $250.00 USD.


Maximum capacity of the Riu Palace Bavaro: 300 people.


External vendors are allowed if they are staying at the Hotel where the wedding will be performed or if they pay a Vendor's Fee of $200.00 USD per person (except photographers that must cover a $500 USD fee). 


**Name Changes: Names in a wedding confirmation submited through a third-party person and/or travel agents are not eligible for any changes. Please contact your assigned Wedding Reservations Executive or weddings@riu.com for assistance.

Documentation

CIVIL WEDDINGS:

  • Couple must be in destination at least 3 full business days proir to ceremony. (Arrival day and Sunday does not count as a full business day)
  • Birth Certificate with the parent´s name (Long Form & Translated into Spanish.) Must have an Apostille from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
  • Regular copies of Passports
  • Regular copies of 2 witnesses Passports (Relatives can not be witnesses, sister, brothers parents, etc.)
  • Single declaration (Translated into Spanish). Must have an Apostille from the Ministry of Foreign affairs of your country.
  • Divorce Certificates, Translated into Spanish and Legalized by an official Judge at the Dominican Republic Consulate at your country. (If applicable)
  • Death Certificate, Translated into Spanish and Legalized by an official Judge at the Dominican Republic Consulate at your country. (If applicable)
  • Written parental consents Notarized (Notarized Document under 18 years)


    WEDO is an agency that works the Dominican Consulate and they legalize the documents of our customers. They have one office in Houston and Santo Domingo. You will be able to contact them at www.wedo.com.do


    - The above documentation must be send by e-mail to the on site wedding coordinator mice.puj@riu.com at least one month before your arrival date.


    - Please bring all your original documents in any language and their translations in Spanish to the on site wedding coordinator at your personal interview.


  • Witnesses: 

    For Civil Ceremonies you will need 1 witness for the Bride and 1 witness for the Groom. Relatives can not be witnesses, sister, brothers, parents, etc.


    Divorce

    In the Dominican Republic, men can remarried a day after they receive the Divorce Certificate. Women need to wait 10 months after they received the Divorce Certificate.


    **CATHOLIC WEDDINGS:

    We require specific documentation. For more information, please contact your wedding reservation executive at weddings09.cun@riu.com so she can send you the paperwork you will need to provide in order to have a Catholic wedding at RIU Hotels in Punta Cana.


    IMPORTANT:

    If the bride or the groom own the Nationality of the country where the wedding will be performed, they need to notify this information in advance to the wedding reservation executive due that these type of marriages need to follow different legal requirements.


    IMPORTANT: Please take in consideration that all Ceremonies (Civil & Symbolic) are perform in Spanish language by the Judge / Minister; while he performs his/her speech the onsite wedding coordinator will translated it to English.

  • Spanish translation.: The required documents must be translated into Spanish by a certified translation office in your country. This process should be done prior your arrival at the hotel.
  • Apostille: It is a seal that authenticates the signature of an official public server who signed the document. An Apostille certificate confirms that the person signing the document has the authority to do so, and that the document will then be recognized as legal without having to request more evidence from another member state of the Hague Convention. The apostille must be filed in the state where the document was originally issued.
    Foreign offices of every state and country can provide the Apostille. In fact, all documents should be apostille before arrival at the Hotel.

Marriage certificate

  • Civil Weddings:

    The newlyweds will receive the Marriage Certificate within 4 to 5 months at their home as this is the time needed by the Government of Dominican Republic.

    Your Marriage certificate will be issued in Spanish as you are getting married in the Dominican Republic. When you receive these document you should translate it to English and go to your City Hall to legalize your marriage status.

    *Riu Hotels & Resorts is not responsible of this legal procedure or time established by the local government.

  • Important:

    Please verify the procedure that you'll have to follow, in order to legalize your marriage in your home country prior your trip, as sometimes an apostille is required. If you need to Apostille your Marriage Certificate, please be advised that you'll have to cover the amount of this service before you leave the country.

    *Riu Hotels & Resorts is not responsible of this legal procedure.

  • Catholic Weddings: The Certificate will take about 6 months to be delivered at your home address.
  • Symbolic Ceremonies & Renewal of Vows: The couple will receive a marriage certificate without legal bearing on the wedding day.

Original Documentation for Civil Ceremony

In Dominican Republic the Civil Registration Judge (City Hall) retain all the original documents such as birth Certificate, decree absolutes, previous marriage certificate, death certificate, divorce decree etc. as this is established by local laws in order for the Dominican Republic government have a record of the legal marriage taking place at this country.

We highly recommend you to obtain duplicate copies with your local city hall prior to travel due these documents will not be returned to your country of origin.
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    Services

    • Room service 24 hours a day
    • "Montecristo" main restaurant with terrace
    • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant
    • "Geisha" Japanese restaurant
    • "La Bámbola" Italian restaurant
    • "Kulinarium" restaurant
    • "Taíno" poolside restaurant/ steakhouse
    • "Daiquiri" lobby bar with "Capuchino" pâtisserie & ice cream parlor
    • "La Fiesta" lounge bar with terrace
    • 2 poolside bars
    • 2 swim-up bars
    • "La Plaza" bar
    • Four swimming pools (870/395/400/150 m²), two of them with swim-up bar and adjoining whirlpool bath
    • Children's swimming pool
    • Free sun loungers, towels and parasols by pool area
    • Sun terrace
    • Miniclub

    • "Renova Spa" with a variety of treatments, beauty salon, hairdresser and massages (additional charge)
    • Free gym and steam bath
    • 6 conference rooms
    • Kiosk / gifts, boutique
    • Use of computers with Internet access (additional charge)
    • Free WiFi throughout hotel
    • On Caribbean Street:
    • Gym, jeweller's, chemist's, photo studio and lab, a variety of shops, "Pacha" discotheque

    Rooms
    • 610 guest rooms
    • All guest rooms have:
    • Room service 24 hours a day
    • Turndown service
    • Integrated lounge area with sofa
    • Bathroom with hydromassage bathtub and shower cabin, double washbasin
    • Bathroom toiletries
    • Special make-up mirror
    • Hairdryer
    • 110 V
    • Telephone
    • Free WiFi
    • Central air conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • Minibar
    • Liquor dispenser
    • Coffee maker
    • Satellite TV
    • Electronic in-room safe
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Balcony or terrace
    • MAIN BUILDING
    • Junior suites with:
    • 2 beds (125 x 200 cm) or 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
    • Some with larger terrace
    • Garden or courtyard views
    • Whirlpool bath suites with:
    • 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
    • Whirlpool bath on balcony or terrace
    • VILLAS
    • Junior suites with:
    • Bathrobe
    • 2 beds (125 x 200 cm) or 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
    • Some with whirlpool bath on terrace
    • Whirlpool bath suites with:
    • Bathrobe
    • 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
    • Whirlpool bath on balcony or terrace
    Gastronomy
    • All Inclusive 24 hours
    • All meals and snacks
    • Breakfast:
    • Varied buffet, live cooking stations, fruit, juices and Cava
    • Lunch:
    • Hot and cold buffet and live cooking stations
    • Dinner (main restaurant):
    • Buffets and live cooking stations
    • Special evenings: themed buffet (three times a week)
    • Optional dining (à la carte, reservations required in advance):
    • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant
    • "Geisha" Japanese restaurant
    • Steakhouse
    • "La Bámbola" Italian restaurant (buffet starters)
    • "Kulinarium" restaurant
    • 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)
    • Beverages:
    • 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 and "Pacha" discotheque)
    • Minibar and regularly restocked liquor dispenser
    • Room service 24 hours a day
    Sport
    • All Inclusive features
    • Sports and activities:
    • In the Riu Resort: 4 tennis courts
    • Gym, steam bath
    • Windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling equipment
    • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
    • Entertainment:
    • 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 "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 Inclusive
    • All meals and snacks
    • Breakfast:
    • Varied, live cooking stations, fruit, juices and Cava
    • Lunch:
    • Hot and cold buffet and live cooking stations
    • Dinner (main restaurant):
    • Buffets and live cooking stations
    • Special evenings: themed buffet (three times a week)
    • Optional dining (à la carte, reservations required in advance):
    • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant
    • "Geisha" Japanese restaurant
    • Steakhouse
    • "La Bámbola" Italian restaurant (buffet starters)
    • "Kulinarium" restaurant
    • 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 (excl. Riu Palace Macao)
    • Beverages:
    • 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 and "Pacha" discotheque)
    • Minibar and regularly restocked liquor dispenser
    • Room service 24 hours a day
    • In-room safe
    • Sports and activities:
    • In the Riu Resort: 4 tennis courts
    • Gym, steam bath
    • Windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling equipment
    • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
    • Entertainment:
    • 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 "Pacha" discotheque (excluding special evenings); drinks not included
    • All accommodation, taxes and tips included
    • All hotel guests are required to wear an "All Inclusive" wristband for identification purposes
    Map and location
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    Playa de Arena Gorda
    Punta Cana - -
    Tel: 001 809 221 2290

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