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How Much is a Wedding in the Dominican Republic?

How Much is a Wedding in the Dominican Republic? Virgin Atlantic Holidays

Dreaming about saying I do on the idyllic white sands of the Caribbean but not sure if it’s within your budget? It’s easy to assume that getting married overseas will cost an arm and a leg, but it’s actually a lot cheaper than you might think.  Whether it’s the tropical weather, the crystal-clear turquoise waters or the charming stone streets, the Dominican Republic has many desirable features to host an exquisite wedding. Boasting an array of ideal venues and a great deal of choice when it comes to florists, photographers and salons, a wedding in the Dominican Republic can actually be cheaper than one in the UK according to The Cost Of A Wedding research that analysed 22 countries around the world.  See how a wedding in the Dominican Republic stacks up…

This Dominican Republic Wedding Guide Includes:

To help you decide on your perfect location, we’ve created a breakdown of what it would cost to get married in the Dominican Republic. This guide includes:

  • Dominican Republic Wedding Venue Costs
  • Dominican Republic Wedding Photographer/Videographer Costs
  • Dominican Republic Wedding DJ/Band Costs
  • Dominican Republic Wedding Officiant and Florist Costs
  • Dominican Republic Wedding Hair and Make Up Costs

Dominican Republic Wedding Venue Costs

The most important part of planning a wedding is without a doubt the venue. It’s the defining aspect of your special day as it shapes the atmosphere for you and your guests. The Dominican Republic is home to a range of incredible resorts and beaches for the ultimate Summer wedding, as well as stunning rustic restaurants in the centre if you’re looking for something a little more quirky.

As it turns out, an average venue in the Dominican Republic costs only £690 – that’s £4800 cheaper than the average cost of a venue in the UK at £5564. However, we work with many resorts that will provide this free of charge, whether that’s a beach wedding, a fairytale gazebo or garden wedding, there is plenty of choice.

 

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Dominican Republic Wedding Photographer Costs

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so it’s essential that you find a top photographer to capture those unforgettable moments. While many people who get married abroad opt to take along a UK based photographer, save yourself the additional costs and search for one of the Dominican Republic’s talented local photographers.  We will appoint you a wedding planner on location so they can make recommendations for you.

With not that much of a difference in price, the average cost of a photographer in the Dominican Republic is £1665. That’s only £115 cheaper than the average price of a photographer in the UK at £1780.

Dominican Republic Wedding Videographer Costs

Wedding videos capture all the raw emotions of your big day and give you many insights into what your day was like from different perspectives. You videographer may also capture special moments that are sometimes missed by the photographer. Hiring a local videographer has the benefits of them knowing the area for the best places to shoot remarkable footage.

The average price of a videographer in the Dominican Republic is £1593, over £900 cheaper than it would be to hire a videographer in the UK at an average of £2496.

Dominican Republic Wedding DJ/Band Costs

Let’s face it – a wedding is one big party, and what’s a party without an amazing soundtrack? If a Dominican Republic wedding is on the cards, why not indulge in the vibrant culture and opt for an authentic Caribbean DJ or band. If that’s not to your taste, the country has a range of wonderfully diverse music options for you and your partner to enjoy on your big day.

Save over £600 with the average cost of a wedding DJ/Band in the Dominican Republic being £538, compared with one in the UK averaging at £1161.

Dominican Republic Florist Costs

Flowers are an emblem of traditional weddings, adding character, style and even a touch of sass to your big day. Although it might be pricey, you might be able to find a florist that ships certain flowers over. To save you the hassle, the Dominican Republic grows a variety of beautifully bright flowers perfect for a wedding in any season.

Nearly £800 cheaper than the cost of a florist in the UK (£1397), the average cost of a florist in the Dominican Republic is £598. Our wedding packages usually include flowers, buttonholes and bouquets for the bridesmaids. You will be able to choose from a beautiful selection to match your colour scheme. This is likely to be included at no extra charge.

Dominican Republic Officiant Costs

To ensure the smooth running of your wedding, you’ll want to invest in a good officiant. Personality is everything and whether you’re looking for serious and heartfelt or just a good sense of humour, the Dominican Republic is filled with wonderful and interesting characters ready to declare you husband and wife.

The average cost of an officiant in the Dominican Republic is £415, which is over £500 cheaper than the cost of an officiant in the UK, averaging at £920. Many of our wedding packages will include an officiant so you can exclude this cost unless you have someone in particular in mind. If you prefer to have your own minister travel from the UK to marry you, we can arrange this for you.

Dominican Republic Make-Up Costs

Your wedding day is ought to be pretty emotional and I’m guessing you won’t want mascara running down your face, cue the importance of a good make-up artist. Obviously it’s the one day where you’ll want to look and feel your best – luckily the Dominican Republic is home to some of the best people for the job.

There’s hardly a difference in price when it comes to the average cost of a make-up artist in the Dominican Republic at £102, just £13 cheaper than the UK’s average cost of £115.

Dominican Republic Hair Costs

The last thing you want to be concerned with on your big day is hair. Relax with a glass of champagne (just the one!) and get a professionally styled elegant up-do to go with your dress. Your wedding planner can make local recommendations and often this is already included in your wedding package. Some of our brides take their own hairdresser so we can assist with this if that is what you require.

As you can see from the breakdown of cost, every single amenity of a Dominican wedding is cheaper than that of a wedding in the UK. The total average price of a wedding in the Dominican Republic is £5,740, nearly £8000 cheaper than the total cost of a wedding in the UK, averaging at £13,641.

Dominican Republic Wedding Costs

As you can see from the breakdown of cost, every single amenity of a Dominican wedding is cheaper than that of a wedding in the UK. The total average price of a wedding in the Dominican Republic is £5,740, nearly £8000 cheaper than the total cost of a wedding in the UK, averaging at £13,641.

Additional Costs and Extras

Obviously, we know that there’s a lot more that goes into a wedding than just the 8 costs that we’ve discussed. That’s why we’ve included an ‘Extras’ column which takes into account the fixed costs that you’d be purchasing in the UK, such as:

  • Wedding dress
  • Rings
  • Wedding cake
  • Groom’s suit
  • Stationery
  • Bridesmaids dresses
  • Groomsmen suits
The cost of wedding extras

Conclusion

In total, we’ve deduced that a Dominican Republic destination wedding costs £15,240, which is nearly £8000 cheaper than if you were to get married in the UK, averaging at £23,141. You could potentially be saving £7,901 if you opt for a Caribbean wedding opposed to one in the UK. This is based on a like for like to the UK but in reality our wedding packages usually include many of these costs so realistically this cost can still be dramatically reduced.

So there you have it – it’s cheaper to get married in the Dominican than in the UK. Besides, that extra £7901 you’d be saving could easily pay for flights, accommodation and your wedding package. It’s time to turn your dream of a sun-drenched setting to take your vows into reality…

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