My fiancée and I are planning to get married in a civil ceremony at Riu Palace Bavaro Beach in mid-January 2015. We reserved the day/time back in late August and got a partial confirmation from Riu that the date was held but that it was all contingent on the judge’s schedule. The sales rep told us that theer is only one judge in the area and that it would take up to 20 days for him to confirm.
Fast forward to early November and Riu is still unable to provide final confirmation. All of my inquires keep getting polite but vague replies informing me that they are still waiting on the judge. Has anyone else run into this problem as well? Is this long of a wait normal?
Obviously we are getting worried as we cannot really plan the wedding, invite guests, etc until we get a confirmation of the date. As a fallback, we’ve started investigating the possibility of getting married at the Civil Office in Punta Cana and then have a symbolic ceremony at Riu. (I've rady elsewhere that this is possible.) Has anyone done this? Is it really possible? Any advice would be most welcome.