I just got back from the DR. I will be writing up a full review of the Iberostar Grand and my experiences later this week but I wanted to warn everyone who plan to marry or visit the DR...
Do NOT let your birth certificate or passport out of your sight.
Our WC and judge said that it is customary to leave your original birth certificates with them - that is NOT true. I insisted that we keep the originals and that they can look at them and make copies - they agreed. Long story short, the WC fessed up late on our wedding night that she forgot and that the judge took them home with him. After much calling, demanding (we never get nasty nor yell), crying in the lobby, we got nowhere. We called the American Embassy and they confirmed that the judge does not need the birth certificates and that he essentially stole them. They recommended that we hire a local attorney (you can't call the local cops on the judge, right?). The Embassy said that it is not an uncommon problem because the birth certificates are used to get DR people into the United States. We made it clear to our WC that we weren't going to leave the country without the documents. We packed up for our regular departure time but was ready to extend our stay. However, the documents magically appeared exactly the same minute as our shuttle. WOW.
Now, a lot of other things made sense. I will be coming back with a lot more details and follow-up.