Places to Elope – Complimentary Weddings in Aruba or the Dominican Republic

This is the second installment in our series on how to receive a free or complimentary wedding with the purchase of a honeymoon package. In our previous article, we discussed free weddings in the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica, Bahamas, Saint Lucia, and Antigua.

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort: The Holiday Inn Sunspree resort in Aruba is one of the cheapest of all the resorts we surveyed. Your free wedding package includes a professional planner, island-themed decorations, and a small one-tier wedding cake. You’ll also receive a bouquet of flowers, a buttonhole, and a candlelit dinner for two. Sunspree Resort provides a nondenominational pastor to serve as officiant, marriage certificate, and some legal fees are also included. There is a minimum stay of seven nights in their “superior room” which has a frontal ocean view. Rates started at approximately $290 per night.

Excellence Resort Punta Cana: The Excellence Resort and Spa in Punta Cana Dominican Republic is simply impressive. The beach pain is beautiful and the water is a sight to see. Excellence is an all-inclusive luxury resort, with a picturesque colonial style. A minimum stay of seven nights in a junior suite or ocean view room is required to receive your free wedding ceremony. Room rates start at $475 per night. With the Complimentary Wedding Package, Excellence Resort will provide the officiant, wedding coordinator, wedding dress and tuxedo preparation (meaning any ironing or ironing) and your choice of a gazebo or beach location to your royal ceremony. There’s also the complimentary inclusion of floral pieces, wedding cake, a horse-drawn carriage, and late checkout for the bride and groom. As with most other resorts, you’ll need to pay extra for photography and video services, as well as legal fees and for your marriage license.

Occidental Resorts in the Dominican Republic or Aruba: Occidental has several resorts in the Dominican Republic, Aruba and Mexico. The Occidental Grand has a complimentary wedding package available when you book a minimum stay of seven nights in a Royal Club Master Suite. Its price starts at $730 and is at the top of the list in terms of price of all the resorts we have examined. Your package includes the normal on-site wedding consultant, fresh flower arrangements, officiant (judge), and document services, as well as cake and breakfast in bed the next morning. Photography and video services are, of course, additional.

If we had to recommend one of the three it would definitely be Excellence Resorts, their price is quite reasonable and the grounds are simply stunning.

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