12 Simple Ways to Have an Elegant Destination Wedding in the Dominican Republic

12 Simple Ways to Have an Elegant Destination Wedding in the Dominican Republic

When planning a wedding, many people do not consider a destination wedding because they think it is too pricey. However, having a trimmed down guest list will be just one of the ways you will save money. If a small elegant destination wedding is something you wish for, but the perceived cost makes you uncomfortable about your decision, here are some tips on how to organize a wedding on a cheap budget in the Dominican Republic:

Set your priorities

Take some time with your partner and discuss what will be the focal points of your wedding: a sophisticated dinner, entertainment, a big beautiful cake, or tropical flowers? Decide on what will be handled by professionals like food, décor, photography, and which is the most important. For instance, you may not want to go the inexpensive route when deciding on a photographer whose work will be yours to cherish for the rest of your life. They do not have to be the most expensive, but we do suggest finding an experienced professional. Check out Dominican Republic photographer prices for an idea of what to look for in that area.

Choose an off-season wedding date

Luckily, the low season in the Dominican Republic falls on wedding season: June to October. The weather is sunny all year round, so if you are okay with mild and hotter temperatures, higher chances of rainfall, and the slight possibility of hurricanes, go for it. Just be sure to have a plan B in case there is significant rainfall.


Hunt for cheap flights

When the dates are more or less decided, you can subscribe to flight alerts (Skyscanner, Expedia etc.) or your favorite airline newsletters to keep an eye out for the best travel deals. Be ready to buy cheap tickets immediately and find a way to inform your guests promptly of impending travel dates and flight changes as well.

Go the all-inclusive route

Sometimes all-inclusive packages are thought of in a negative light. They are viewed as a giant place with an impersonal attitude, poor quality food and drinks, etc. In the Dominican Republic, this is not the case. Tourists prefer all-inclusive hotels because they offer great packages, a high level of service, and it is much easier to predict your expenses. In addition, there are more personal options, like Zoetry Agua – Punta Cana’s thatch-roof cottages with gardens and tranquil beaches.

Make use of the location

In the Dominican Republic, you do not need to pay for a spectacular view or luxurious décor. In fact, gorgeous beaches and rich tropical nature are at your fingertips, free of charge. Also, there is no need to think about guest entertainment. Guests will be content to enjoy the beach or choose one of the many activities available (horseback riding, zip lining, hiking, snorkeling).


Do it yourself

Skip guest favors (thank you gifts) and get something local. Make your own wedding invitations. The guests will appreciate your creativity and the personal touch given to their appreciation gifts. Browse thousands of simple elegant wedding ideas on Pinterest, Instagram, etc. for inspiration. Save on make-up and hair by curling your own hair into beautiful beach waves using strong holding spray or sea salt spray for a natural look. A couple of light touches and your make up will be highlighted by the beautiful sunny weather paradise provides. YouTube make-up tutorials are a handy way to learn how to adapt intricate makeup looks into your own.

Rent your gown

Why spend thousands on an outfit to wear once when affordable designer options are available to rent? Once Wed, Recycled Bride, and Wore It Once are all useful websites when hunting down gowns to rent or gently used gowns available for purchase. Alternatively, buy a simple white dress without all of the bells and whistles and it will look fantastic in contrast to the azure ocean.

Simplify the meal

The hot weather and laid back atmosphere allow you to experiment with the wedding meal. Opt for a cocktail party with appetizers throughout the night or some of your favorite food, like seafood, with various sides instead of a formal dinner. Seafood can be a great option especially because it capitalizes on the surroundings and the local cuisine the destination will have to offer.


Get officially married at home

Consider getting married at home and celebrate the ceremony with your friends and family in paradise. It is attractive because there is no hassle with collecting documents or translation fees, etc.

Save on your honeymoon

If you stay in the Dominican Republic for your honeymoon, you don’t have to buy additional tickets and can negotiate complimentary extras like excursions or meals to add to your base costs. Destination weddings tend to be a win-win in that regard because no additional steps need to be taken in order to celebrate your honeymoon since your wedding takes place in paradise already.

Play your trump card

Everywhere in the world, hotels love tourist groups and are ready to offer good rates just to get them in. You are going to bring them a great deal of business so use your leverage, ask for package offers, and compare several hotel deals to make sure you are getting the best arrangements that the Dominican Republic has to offer.


Find a new place

New hotels are happy to offer good discounts for bringing in people and positive reviews on TripAdvisor or other review sites. They need to gain popularity and you want some free perks so it is a perfect combination for both of you.

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We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]


Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

Looking at images of loved ones

While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.


In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]



Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.


Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.


In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.


With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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[1] US National Library of Medicine: Social rejection shares somatosensory representations with physical pain
[2] Daily Mail: Nursing a broken heart? How taking a paracetamol could dull the pain of rejection
[3] Mother For Life: Oxytocin’s Role
[4] Psychology Today: Facebook and Your Brain
[5] Alex Korb: The Upward Spiral

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