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#1 Sunandsand

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    Posted 11 September 2009 - 10:48 AM

    Hey ladies,
    What were the legal requirements for marrying in DR?
    I know you need your documents - passports, marriage licence, etc. before you get there, but if you're having a legal ceremony there, what happens after the wedding?
    Is the document that your officiant signs the only legal document that you need?

    Also, I read somewhere that you have to be in DR for 4 days before getting married. Does anyone know if this is true?

    #2 Tam

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      Posted 11 September 2009 - 06:18 PM

      the 4 day rule is supposed to be abided by, but my fourth day is already booked with weddings so I get to get married the day before and we are doing a legal wedding.... makes me want to double check that again with the WC.

      Here are some links you may find helpful:

      Dominican Wedding - All Wedding Services in the Dominican Republic from Toronto, Canada.
      Dominican Republic Weddings Page 2 Debbie's Dominican Travel Page
      Dreams Punta Cana Resorts & Spas: Plan Your Wedding

      A friend of a friend got married at the same resort a couple of years ago and gave me these.
      Hope this helps... the first one should for sure

      #3 SSNM

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        Posted 11 September 2009 - 11:21 PM

        I don't believe the DR has a mandatory residency requirement. The 4 day rule (or in my case the 3 day rule) is only a resort policy and is not a requirement of the Dominican Republic law.

        #4 Riu Mambo Bride to be

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          Posted 21 September 2009 - 10:34 AM

          you don't need a marriage licence before you go!!!! I did all my documents through the canadian dominican embassy.. It was pretty easy, trustworthy and was only 360.00 american dollars which ended up being 390.00CAD
          RIU MAMBO BRIDE
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          #5 nsbride2010

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            Posted 21 September 2009 - 10:58 AM

            A TA that I spoke to told me that the three day rule is enforced more strictly when the bride and groom come alone, or with only another couple (for example), since it could be fradulent (I know, stupid, but it happens!) I am arriving on June 29th and getting married on July 2nd, and the WC didn't seem to think it would be a problem, she didn't express any concerns to us!

            RIUMambo- Is that based in Ottawa?
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            #6 Jenn K-W

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              Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:50 PM

              I heard that there was 48 hour rule! I'm confused!

              But regardless... I also heard that that was not really enforced. My origional plan was to arrive in the DR on Sunday afternoon and get married Tuesday afternoon and both my TA and coordinator at the Magestic said it would not be a problem. It DID make me a bit nervous though.
              Jenn
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              #7 MilitaryMrs.s-to be

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                Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:56 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Jenn K-W
                I heard that there was 48 hour rule! I'm confused!

                But regardless... I also heard that that was not really enforced. My origional plan was to arrive in the DR on Sunday afternoon and get married Tuesday afternoon and both my TA and coordinator at the Magestic said it would not be a problem. It DID make me a bit nervous though.
                I don't know how much they enforce the 3 day rule but we were going to be there 3 days and then they switched the day we leave so were getting there on sunday and I'm gettting married on Tuesday, the WC said there shouldn't be any problem....

                I'm nervous I must say but there's not alot I can do about it.

                #8 Tam

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                  Posted 21 September 2009 - 11:00 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Riu Mambo Bride to be
                  you don't need a marriage licence before you go!!!! I did all my documents through the canadian dominican embassy.. It was pretty easy, trustworthy and was only 360.00 american dollars which ended up being 390.00CAD
                  where was the embassy you went to? Did you go in person or over the phone/fax/email?

                  #9 SSNM

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                    Posted 21 September 2009 - 11:57 PM

                    Tam, there is the Dominican Consulate in Toronto where you can walk your paperwork right into and just pay the fees. Nice thing about that is you don't have to pay for notarization; just the legalization and the translation. If I can find the address, I will post it here; actually I think I posted it in a different thread on DR legal requirements; if I find it, I'll post it here.

                    #10 Tam

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                      Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:26 AM

                      Awesome, that would be great! I start to get so overwhelmed by all this legalization stuff... I love this site!




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