I am not in DOminican but I am sure it is the same as in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The civil ceremony is legally binding and has paperwork and bloodwork and actual official documents and a judge involved. The symbolic ceremony is offered by someone either you pay for at the hotel, the venue or your planner finds for you OR a friend you love and trust that could say a few words. A la Meet the parents with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson haha.
Basically you can go legal, symbolic and the other one is religious but that one could only be officially recognized by the churh if you are not catholic. Catholics do not allow marriage outside of the church. They will offer a Blessing however, so that is fine if you are not religious (catholic).
So, in conclusion, if you are not religious and do not care to be legally married in Dominicana then go with the symbolic ceremony and have a non-denominational spiritual "blessing" by the MC and say your vows Like I said, if you have a cool friend with style and grace and a powerful soothing voice then go with that
Well, I hope this helps. Most of my brides get married in a Justice of the peace for 25 dollars in the US or Canada and have a symbolic ceremony on the beach. A few have the church wedding...
Personally I did both a legal and a Blessing on the beach but I am Mexican so it was necessary and practical.
www.martoca.com for more information or visit https://www.facebook...ngs?ref=tn_tnmn if you like. I will give you tips if I can. I know it is not Dominicana but most Latin American countries are about the same