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General Wedding Policies

The couple and 80% of their guests must stay at the same resort where the wedding will be performed. Only 20% of the total group can stay at a sister property or other hotel chain.

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 pay 50 USD per person. *Prices subject to change without prior notice.


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 cancelled 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 Punta Cana: 120 persons.


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 $300.00 USD per person (except photographers that must cover a $500 USD fee). 

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 to be sent by e-mail to the Wedding Planner (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 Wedding Planner 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 required documentation. For more information, please contact your Sales Executive at weddings09.cun@riu.com so she can send you the paperwork you will need 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 Sales 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 Marriage Certificate will be issued in Spanish Language. Riu Hotels & Resorts is responsible to send it to your home address by Express Mail.
  • Important:

    We kindly ask you to verify the procedure that you will have to follow in order to legalize your marriage in your country, as sometimes an apostille is required. If you need to apostille your Marriage Certificate, please be advised that you will have to cover the amount of this service.

    Please bear in mind that the process to issue the wedding certificate will take from 6 to 8 months after your wedding date, this will be also be the time frame needed for you to receive the Civil/Legal Wedding Certificate at your home address.
    *Couples from Switzerland, Holland and Belgium will need to follow a different procedure. If this is your case, please contact your on site coordinator in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to get further information.

  • 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.
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Services

  • Room service 24 hours a day
  • "Don Manuel" restaurant (non-smoking) with terrace
  • "La Bodega" Brazilian restaurant (non-smoking)
  • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant (non-smoking)
  • "Yokohama" Japanese restaurant (non-smoking)
  • "Luigi" Italian restaurant (non-smoking)
  • "La Altagracia" poolside restaurant - grill and steakhouse
  • "Perico Chicote" lobby bar
  • "Los Rosario" lounge bar with terrace
  • "Saona" poolside bar with swim-up bar
  • "La Plaza" bar
  • Sports bar (open 24 hrs, All Inclusive service)
  • Swimming pool with adjoining whirlpool bath (919 m2)
  • Children's swimming pool (7 m2)
  • Free sun loungers, towels and parasols by pool area

  • Sun terrace
  • Miniclub
  • Children's playground
  • Free gym, sauna and whirlpool bath
  • 2 conference rooms, 2 meeting rooms
  • Kiosk / gifts, boutique
  • Use of computers with Internet access (additional charge)
  • Free WiFi throughout hotel
  • At Riu Palace Bavaro:
  • Free gym and steam bath
  • "Renova Spa" with a variety of treatments, beauty salon, hairdresser and massages (additional charge)
  • On Caribbean Street:
  • Gym, hairdresser, jeweller's, chemist's, photo studio and lab, a variety of shops, "Pacha" discotheque

Rooms
  • 612 guest rooms
  • All guest rooms have:
  • Turndown service
  • Bathroom with hydromassage bathtub and double wash basin
  • Hairdryer
  • 110 V
  • Telephone
  • Central air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Liquor dispenser
  • Coffee maker
  • Satellite TV (flat screen)
  • In-room safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Inter-connecting rooms available
  • Junior suites with:
  • Integrated lounge area with 2 steps between levels, with sofa or sofa bed
  • 2 beds (125 x 200 cm) or 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
  • Suites with:
  • Bathroom with hydromassage bathtub, shower cubicle, bidet and bathrobe
  • Integrated lounge area with sofa, with 2 steps between levels
  • 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
  • Dressing room
  • Suites equipped with whirlpool bath available
Gastronomy
  • All Inclusive 24 hours
  • All meals and snacks
  • Breakfast:
  • Full American breakfast buffet, live cooking stations, fruit, juices and Cava
  • Lunch:
  • 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)
  • 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, Riu Palace Bavaro and "Pacha" discotheque)
  • Minibar and regularly restocked liquor dispenser
  • Room service 24 hours a day
Sport
  • All Inclusive features
  • Sports and activities:
  • Table tennis, workout
  • Free gym and steam bath (at Riu Palace Bavaro)
  • In the Riu Resort: 4 tennis courts
  • 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:
  • Full American breakfast buffet, live cooking stations, fruit, juices and Cava
  • Lunch:
  • 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)
  • 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, Riu Palace Bavaro and "Pacha" discotheque)
  • Minibar and regularly restocked liquor dispenser
  • Room service 24 hours a day
  • In-room safe
  • Sports and activities:
  • Table tennis, workout
  • Free gym and steam bath (at Riu Palace Bavaro)
  • In the Riu Resort: 4 tennis courts
  • 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: (809) 687 42 42

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