There’s never been a more breathtaking place to say I Do than in Punta Cana. This resort town in the Dominican Republic provides a lush, scenic backdrop for saying your vows and starting a life together as one.
That said, destination weddings aren’t for everyone. It takes months of careful planning, coordinating, and researching, and even with the most diligent efforts, something surprising may still arise.
As a professional destination wedding planner in Punta Cana, I’ve seen the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the unexpected, and here are four things I want brides-to-be to know:
1 – It’s Not Just About Beach Weddings
The white sandy beaches in Punta Cana are alluring, but there aren’t your only options for ceremonies.
Our town doesn’t have a “wet” season to speak of, but we are in the Caribbean and have our share of storms. June 30 through November 30 tends to see more rainfall than the rest of the year.
It’s a good idea to explore the multitude of beautiful villas, restaurants, and beach clubs, especially if you’re worried the weather will interfere with your perfect day.
2 – Use Local Vendors
I’ve worked with some brides who have a hair person or photographer they really love and want to fly that person in with them for the big day.
If it’s in your budget, there’s nothing wrong with it, but you should at least consider the cost of doing so.
You’re paying for their services on top of airfare, lodging, food, and potentially other costs that eat into your wedding budget.
Local vendors in Punta Cana can offer much better price points, often at lower prices than what you’d pay if you were having a wedding in your hometown.
If you’re worried about not being able to meet with the vendor beforehand, I highly recommend sending pictures or videos of what you’re looking for so they can get a feel for your style and expectations.
3 – Work with a Travel Agent
Travel agents are invaluable resources for getting group discounts on transportation and reserving blocks of rooms at hotels.
You can usually get a cheaper group rate than having each person book separately, plus it ensures you all end up at the same resort.
4 – Partner with a Destination Wedding Planner
Destination wedding planners are a completely different breed. Because of distance limitations and the level of detail and coordination that goes into a destination wedding, it’s essential to work with someone who is skilled in this type of wedding.
Not all wedding planners are willing to go back and forth with pictures, price quotes, and essentially being your remote wedding concierge, but for a destination wedding planner, constant contact is just business as usual.
If you’re planning a destination wedding in Punta Cana, your first priority should be to partner with a destination wedding planner who can negotiate rates on your behalf and knows the area, seasons, trends, resorts, and all of the fine details that will turn your epic day into the most magical moments of your life.
Are you counting the days until you say I Do? Contact us today to see how we can help you turn your wedding dreams into a stress-free experience and get the happily ever after you deserve!