At first, we wanted anything but the Dominican Republic (!) and Cuba. We thought it wouldn’t be exotic enough since they’re the most common destinations.
So we explored and voted against many, finally deciding on the DR because they offered the most for our money and are very well organized – since a lot of weddings happen there, they know how not to mess it up!
Here were our 3 biggest runner-ups, and other options:
1) Belize: there are no “all inclusive” resorts in Belize. Since my parents never ever travelled before, we wanted to make it as easy as possible for them and needed an all inclusive.
2) Mexico: it is mandatory in Mexico to get blood tests done OVER THERE to proove that you’re not related, have no Save-The-Date Cards nor already pregnant. I would’ve taken the tests here and brought the results back, but there’s no way I will have needles put in my veins in another country than mine. I don’t know what the regulations are.
3) Costa Rica: while it’s a destination we would’ve loved, I read reviews that it often happens that you never get the marriage certificate back……….. total turnoff! And, the beaches are not as beautiful as in the Caribbean, and again, we wanted our guests who never travelled to be wowed.
WE also considered Spain, but voted against it because of the time difference – our guests being there just a week, it would’ve bee difficult for them.
Another option we really, really would’ve loved was one of the Caribbean French Island (Guadeloupe or Martinique). Apparently you have to be a France Citizen to get married there, these are the regulations we read.
We litterally had a chart, with criterias such as marriage regulations, beaches, temperature, all-inclusive resort options, activities to do at the destination, etc; and had a points system (OK we’re geeks, I KNOW!) and chose the Dominican Republic because even if we never thought we’d like it, it came up as the best option after lost and lots of research.
Let me tell you, it was well worth it.
Then we had the same process for choosing which actual resort…….. Good decision as well. So lots of options that we were really excited about were set aside, but we have no regrets at all. 🙂