How we picked the Dominican Republic

Hive, you may be asking yourself: “Why in the heck are you getting married in the Dominican Republic???”   (Or, the DR, as it shall be known henceforth)

Well, let me tell you…  Originally we were going to get married in Hawaii.  It was our “spot”.  We vacation there frequently and love it.  However, after 1 year into our engagement (and Mr. BC living there for a year), Mr. BC told me he didn’t want to get married in Hawaii anymore  (Apparently I guess living somewhere ISN’T the same as vacationing there.  heh).  So after Hawaii was out, I started looking around at beach-y, destination wedding spots.  I considered Mexico, Jamaica, Bahama’s, and all the usual DW locations.  And then I remembered that a friend had attended a wedding in the DR a few years ago and she RAVED about it.  I started doing some research and found out that the DR is 1. beautiful, 2. affordable, and 3. ALL INCLUSIVE!

I ran the idea past Mr. BC and he was IN.  It turns out that very recently a few people in his world had vacationed at the DR.  They all RAVED about their vacations and told him what fabulous times they’d had.  He was sold.  And so, our wedding destination had been chosen.

Are you wondering where the heck the DR is???  Well, I love you Hive, so here’s a lovely map for you:

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According to Wikipedia, the DR is: “A nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti,making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two countries. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba), with 48,445 square kilometres (18,705 sq mi) and an estimated 10 million people”

On the west coast, I don’t think the DR is a very well known destination.  I believe it’s more of an east coast vacation spot since it’s easier to get to from that side of the country.  Despite the fact that it’s a slightly longer trek, I love the idea that it’s an unusual destination wedding spot (at least for our west coast guests) and that most people have never been there.  I feel like we will truly be giving our guests a once-in-a-lifetime, very memorable experience.  Since we started booking and planning our wedding, I’ve decided that the DR is a “one degree of separation” (you know, instead of six degrees ah la Kevin Bacon) location… nobody I know has actually been there, but EVERYONE knows someone who’s been there.

So, since we  finally had a destination location, next came the hard part… deciding on a resort and booking the contracts.

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One thought on “How we picked the Dominican Republic

  1. Not that I like to be a downer, do look at the DR Embassy website regarding marriages and DIVORCES. If you get married in DR as a foreigner, it can be difficult to extract yourself from it later if need be. My advice, ceremony in DR, but legal parts wherever you are from.

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