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Canadians getting married in the Dominican Republic

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#1 DreamsBride09

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    Posted 13 April 2009 - 06:06 PM

    We have recently changed my mind about getting married in Canada before we go to Punta Cana, so we are now having a judge perform the ceremony to make it legal there.
    I know about getting all documents translated and legalized by the Dominican Consulate through WE DO.
    My question is, how do we make our wedding legal here in Canada once we receive our Marriage Certificate from the hotel?
    There are so many rumors I've heard that the Canadian government does not recognize weddings performed in the Caribbean.
    Can someone please clarify this for me??

    Thanks sooooo much!

    #2 jennierin

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      Posted 14 April 2009 - 10:50 AM

      Hmmm...as far as I know (and I am far from being an expert on this) that once you receive your marriage certificate from the DR then you have to have it translated to English in order for it to be recognized in Canada.

      I have thought about changing my mind and actually having the legal ceremony in DR...let me know how it works out and how long the process is! Congrats!
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      #3 Dmitri_Markine

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        Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:33 PM

        I have a couple for next year who will just sign the documents in Canada 2 weeks prior and then have the ceremony and everything in Dominican. I don't know too many details,but they said it was much easier,cheaper,less headache and no worries about being scammed(in 2007-2008 there were a number of marriage license scams in Dominican)

        #4 Thomasjsgirl

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          Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:42 PM

          I heard that you can just bring your marriage certificate to the Ministry of Transportation and get your licence changed over. From there, you can use your new licence to change your other forms ID. I've also heard that you have to have your marriage licence translated into English first. Has anyone from Ontario tried the first option yet? The only thing I changed so far was a bank account, and they didn't even ask to see my certificate.
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          #5 xxashleyxx007

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            Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:56 PM

            It's nice to see fellow Canadian's on forums like this! Have you checked WEDO .:: Taking care of your legal documentation for your Dominican weddings

            #6 DreamsBride09

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              Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:49 PM

              Thanks ladies! We are actually in the process of sending everything to WeDo to have it all translated. There is a company here in Toronto, however their translation fees/ everything else seems so rediciously expensive. We are sending it down to Texas to WeDo. I'll let you know how it all goes! Crossing my fingers!!

              #7 DRB

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                Posted 02 May 2009 - 01:25 PM

                I'm not sure if this is right or not but check out this Weddingbells thread:

                WEDDINGBELLS Message Board Community: WEDO translated documents NOT accepted in ON!

                They are saying that WEDO documents are not accepted in Ontario. I'm not sure if it's true or not (we're getting ours done through our TA who is certified) but you might want to look into it.

                #8 BachataBride

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                  Posted 04 May 2009 - 10:05 AM

                  I was wondering this too! We have had our MC for almost 2 months now & we're still not sure what we have to do with it!!! I know it has to be translated - but some places say it needs to be legalized as well (stamped by the consulate). Also, do we need to register it anywhere?? With the gov't for example??
                  Can any previous DR brides help us confused Canadians out!!??

                  #9 CherJer

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                    Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:59 AM

                    I got married in DR and came back to Ontario to register at City Hall and they said that we didn't have to register because it is done automatically from Dominican.  As far as name change that is my next step and not sure if our marriage certificate needs to be translated and notorized, but I will find out soon!

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