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My DestinationWedding Flashback

Flashback To My Destination Wedding at RIU Bavaro Palace Punta Cana in 2013!


As a wedding planner, I've had the privilege of helping countless couples from all walks of life plan their dream weddings. But it all started with my own wedding June 15,2013.  I began the initial research and planning early 2012. When it came time for me to plan my own wedding, I knew I wanted something truly special and meaningful for my husband and I. Since we both love to travel to new places, it was easy for us to decide that we wanted a destination wedding. I will say that you must be prepared if all of your guests can not attend your wedding. That was ok with us, because we truly leaned into what we wanted as a couple, and we were not focused on pleasing others on our wedding day (hint, hint,lol).


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We gave our guests 9 months to make their travel plans and we were given a group discount on the rooms. At the time, we were able to take advantage of RIU's free wedding ceremony offer since we booked at least 5 rooms for a minimum of 3 nights. RIU still offers free wedding ceremonies for up to 30 guests, however the requirements have changed a bit. This major perk allowed us to splurge on activities and other details of the celebration that mattered most to us. With the amenities, amazing beach and perks, it was easy to choose to get married at the RIU Bavaro Palace in the Dominican Republic. 



How much will a Destination Wedding in Punta Cana ,Dominican Republic cost?

Our overall wedding budget was $15,000 , and keep in mind this was 11 years ago! Our grand wedding total was just under $13,000 with 40 guests. This price included my Allure bridal gown which was $1,100 and my groom's linen suit which was $75 at the time. A free wedding cake and reception were also included in our deal. There are a variety of wedding packages and many upgrades that RIU offers to maximize your wedding celebration as well . For 2024-2025 wedding season, a budget of about $20,000-$25,000 for 40 guests , would be ideal for any couple interested in a wedding at RIU Bavaro Palace. Flights to Punta Cana currently range from $500-$750 depending on your departure city.

Some ways we saved money include:

  • Designing and printing my own stationery via Office Depot! Yes, this service still works perfectly if you have a template or design your own

  • Making my bridesmaid’s bouquets-we had a wine and bouquet crafting party to make it fun!

  • Choosing the right resort with amenities and perks for wedding groups including a free welcome dinner, DJ and officiant

  • Opting for local florals in season

  • Bringing disposable vases for local flowers to make centerpieces



The RIU Bavaro Palace is a stunning all-inclusive resort that offers everything you could possibly want for a destination wedding. The resort is located on a beautiful stretch of white-sand beach, and it features luxurious accommodations, world-class dining, and a variety of activities and amenities.


Here are just a few of the benefits of getting married at the RIU Bavaro Palace:

  • Stunning Location: The RIU Bavaro Palace is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. The resort's tropical setting provides a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception.

  • Luxurious Accommodations: The RIU Bavaro Palace offers a variety of luxurious accommodations, including spacious suites and villas. All of the rooms are equipped with modern amenities and stunning views of the ocean or the resort's lush gardens.

  • World-Class Dining: The RIU Bavaro Palace features a variety of world-class restaurants, serving everything from Italian to Japanese cuisine. You and your guests will enjoy delicious food and impeccable service at your wedding reception.

  • Variety of Activities and Amenities: The RIU Bavaro Palace offers a variety of activities and amenities to keep you and your guests entertained. There are two swimming pools, a lazy river, a water park, a spa, a fitness center, and a variety of bars and lounges.

  • Wedding Planning Services: The RIU Bavaro Palace offers a dedicated on site- wedding planning team that we will work with to help you plan every detail of your wedding. From choosing the perfect ceremony location to selecting the menu for your reception, DCE and the RIU wedding planning team will ensure that your wedding is everything you've ever dreamed of.




If you're looking for a truly special destination for your wedding, I highly recommend the RIU Bavaro Palace Punta Cana. With its stunning location, luxurious accommodations, world-class dining, and variety of activities and amenities, the RIU Bavaro Palace is the perfect place to say "I do." We would love to elevate your wedding planning journey and remove the stress!  To brainstorm ideas for your Punta Cana destination wedding, schedule a free 20 minute consultation Zoom here. We can’t wait to hear from you!



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