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Originally Posted by DRBride2009 View Post
Hi guys,

I noticed at the bottom of DRSI's website that it states that "WEDO" companies are not legal.
See link...
Dominican Wedding - All Wedding Services in the Dominican Republic from Toronto, Canada.
Thanks for noticing that and posting it. I have noticed other people mentioning the WEDO. Although I am doing the legal ceremony here first, it is still good to know.

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Originally Posted by DanielleNDerek View Post
Wedo is actually the company my wc suggested.
It does mention that some WC are refering couples to the WEDO. I would check into it. I think I would be more tempted to pay a bit more and know that it will all be legal in the end, and to save a bit and not be married. Yikes!

Here is the actual quote off the website:

PLEASE BEWARE:
Given that the Dominican Republic has become a popular destination for Canadians getting married, certain individuals and /or newly created companies in the Dominican Republic, US and Canada are offering so-called WEdding DOcuments legalizations, which in fact are not legal at all. Some of those companies even come referred by the wedding coordinators in the Dominican hotels.
Canadian Residents, please make sure that the company doing your wedding documents preparation is working exclusively with a DR consulates in Canada.
DRSI inc. is the only company in Canada providing reliable services in wedding documents preparation for Canadians getting married in the D.R. As established by Law No. 716, Chapter No. 1, Article 3 of the Legal Base of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic : legalizations for Canadians must be done exclusively in the country of residence of the bride and groom.

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I was reading more in the WEDO website and this is what they have to say....

 

"WEDDING DOCUMENTATION (WE DO), HAS HANDLED THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS FOR CANADIAN COUPLES WHO HAVE BEEN LEGALLY MARRIED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. AFTER BEING TRANSLATED, YOUR DOCUMENTS WILL BE DULY LEGALIZED BY THE CONSULATE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN CANADA, ACCORDING TO LAW NO. 716, CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 3, OF THE LEGAL BASE OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

 

PLEASE DON'T BE MISSLEAD BY COMPANIES DOING EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE TO DISCREDIT CERTIFIED COMPETITORS. THEY WILL ONLY CHARGE A LOT MORE FOR DOING THE SAME THING WITH AN INFERIOR QUALITY OF CUSTOMER SERVICE AND LACK OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS.

 

FEEL FREE TO INQUIRE ABOUT OUR SERVICE, WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN 12 YEARS WITH OFFICES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

 

UP TO THIS DATE, THOUSANDS OF COUPLES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY AND LEGALLY PREPARED THEIR WEDDING DOCUMENTS THROUGH US."

 

I'm not sure who to use now!! That comment that the DRSI made scared me about WEDO not being legal. Anyone with more information would be appreciated.

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What is the difference in price? I am thinking maybe getting in contact with the Dominican consulat of Canada and asking them who is suggested, or even if they are both qualified! Hmmm....glad we have choosen to do a symbolic ceremony down there instead.

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I was quoted $170 pp, but I'm based in the UK so that could be why.
Vale - who quoted you that? I'm in the uk too, our TA is saying £145 per document min of 2 documents per person

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Vale - who quoted you that? I'm in the uk too, our TA is saying £145 per document min of 2 documents per person
I e-mailed wedo some time ago and was qouted this.

Since then I have sent my docs to wedo (birth cert, passport, and single status declaration) and they have said it will be $375 in total (roughtly £190)

They have said they will send all the paperwork to the hotel on 1st July 08.

I haven't paid it yet, but will be doing so in the next couple of days and will let you know how it goes.

Valerie

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So I emailed the consulate in Toronto to find out what is going on. Here is the response that I got from them:

 

In order to avoid confusion of this kind, we advise you to go to the only official entities of the Dominican Republic Government with power to make official any document under the Dominican Laws and those entities are the General Consulates of the Dominican Republic here in Canada, base as well in Toronto and Montreal, and here the information:

 

 

Dominican Republic General consulate in TORONTO:

Mr. Guillermo Estrella, General Consul

2 Adelaide St W Suite 301

Toronto, ON Canada M5H 1L6

TEL 416-369-0403

 

 

Dominican Republic General Consulate in MONTREAL

Mrs. Raquel Jacobo, General Consul

1470 Peel St Suite 263

Montreal QC Canada H3A 1T1

TEL 514-284-5455

 

The other companies you mention are only legal brokers or facilitators, but without authority to legalize any document, who at the end must send all documents to the consulates for the proper legalization.

 

Hope this line can clear your confusions.

 

For further information feel free to contact us or the consulates anytime,

 

My best regards

 

Abdalah Castillo

Director

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Toronto ON, Canada M5EW 1S2

416-361-2126/27 Fax 416-361-2130

 

I received this email back while I was at work, so I just emailed them for prices. Once I have them I will post them. I am starting to think that the best idea is to go directly through the consulates, no matter what country you are in. It would probably be cheaper too!

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