I made my first trip to the Majestic Colonial Punta Cana back in 2011 when my wife and I said our I Dos in the Garden Gazebo. Since then, I've returned many times to photograph destination weddings for others as well as bringing our young family back to enjoy the Colonial lifestyle. The Majestic has become our family's home away from home.
With the unique advantage of being both a Majestic groom as well as photographer, I'm hoping my dual perspective will help with your destination wedding planning.
This 5-Star all-inclusive resort is right on Bavaro Beach with spectacular views of the setting Caribbean sun each night. The lush gardens, towering palm trees, white sand beaches and turquoise water are exactly what every destination wedding bride dreams of.
The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana specializes in destination weddings and their team of wedding coordinators are top notch as a result. They'll walk you through everything up front and then meet with you once you arrive to finalize all the fun details. A quick heads up though - they work as a team, so the coordinator you dealt with during planning may not be the one you have on your wedding day.
There are 3 main location options for your ceremony: The first is the Garden gazebo which is surrounded by lush gardens and a water moat.
The second is the Beach gazebo where you'll walk down the aisle with your feet in the warm white Caribbean sand.
Option three is the small Chapel, it's a less popular but very cute wedding chapel right next to the Majestic theatre.
Quick comparison between the Beach vs Garden Gazebo.
The two primary wedding reception locations at the Majestic Colonial are the Wet Bar and the Parrot Bar. The main differences between the two are A) Wet Bar is larger in terms of space, the Parrot Bar - while still a decent size - is more suitable for smaller wedding groups. Read my full Wet Bar vs Parrot Bar post.
Other reception options include the Presidential Suite (pictured here) which is a large roof-top terrace overlooking the ocean.
The Ballroom is large an indoor, air conditioned room offering a more tradition indoor reception vibe.
My advice is to do a symbolic ceremony at the Majestic and get married in your home country before you fly to the Dominican Republic.
Why? The volume of paperwork required to be legally married in the Dominican is overwhelming. And things like translation from Spanish to English as well as wait times (often months) for licenses are a real pain.
Getting married at home (even if it's a secret/private ceremony) and then having a symbolic ceremony at the Majestic is much, much easier.
At the time of writing this post, when you book 15 rooms or at least 7 nights or 105 room nights, you'll get your Majestic Colonial wedding package for free!
The first question I'm asked after "Are you available" is "How does your travel work?". I keep it simple and include my travel in my packages from January to April.
My Caribbean wedding photography packages are below.
Thinking about bringing a photographer to your Majestic wedding? Reach out and see if I have your date available.