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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)


Clients staying at other chain hotel and they wish to attend to the wedding, there will be a charge of a day pass cost established by the hotel. Customers staying at another Riu Hotel and wish to visit one of the Riu Palace property will need to acquire a wedding day pass for the ceremony and cover additional prices for the dinner-reception. 


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: 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 per person). 

*Prices subject to change without prior notice.

Documentation:

Civil Wedding:

  • 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

    *Riu Hotels & Resorts is not responsible of the information shown and offered by the above website.

    - 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 Wedding:

    We require specific documentation. For more information, please contact our 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, Catholic, ROV & Symbolic) are performed in Spanish language by the Judge, Priest or Minister; while he/she performs his/her speech the onsite wedding coordinator will translated it to English language.

  • 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:

    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:

    The Certificate will take about six (6) months to be delivered at your home address.

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

  • Important: A catholic wedding must be request at least but no later than six (6) months prior your wedding date.
  • Symbolic & 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
    • "Don Manuel" restaurant with terrace
    • "La Bodega" Brazilian restaurant
    • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant
    • "Yokohama" Japanese restaurant
    • "Luigi" Italian restaurant
    • "La Altagracia" poolside restaurant/ steakhouse
    • "Perico Chicote" lobby bar
    • "Los Rosario" lounge bar with terrace
    • "Saona" poolside bar with swim-up bar
    • "La Plaza" bar
    • Sports bar
    • 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
    • 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, 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
    • 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
    • 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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