Are you looking for a gorgeous location for your wedding in the Dominican Republic? Perhaps you want somewhere beautiful and romantic, but you want to make it a bit more unique than getting married on the beach. Well, having a wedding at Altos de Chavon is a great alternative! This place will blow you away!
Below I’ll tell you a little bit more about the location and why it’s an amazing venue, and then I’ll show you a real-life wedding there. (Hint: Marianne and Matthew’s wedding at Altos de Chavon was gorgeous, so you won’t want to miss it!)
What is Altos de Chavon?
Well, basically, it’s a 16th-century Mediterranean-style village that is one of the most romantic places on the island.
There is a ton to see and do at Altos de Chavon! There are boutique shops, restaurants, and bars inside as well as a beautiful plaza and water fountain, all modeled in the most impressive stone architecture.
You can check out art galleries from local artists, visit the archeological museum, attend a weekend mass, or even catch a performance at the 5,000-seat Roman-style amphitheater. Oh, and it’s also an amazing wedding venue! But we’ll get to that in a minute.
Where is Altos de Chavon?
You’ll find this beautiful location overlooking the Chavon River in La Romana, Dominican Republic. It’s within the exclusive property of Casa de Campo Resort and Villas. (Casa de Campo is famous for hosting celebrities like the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and Michael Jordan, just to name a few.)
It’s about a one-hour drive from Punta Cana and two hours from Santo Domingo. But trust me when I tell you… the drive is totally worth it!
You could also fly directly into La Romana International Airport, and you wouldn’t have to worry about any driving at all. Casa de Campo and Altos de Chavon are only ten minutes away!
Weddings in Altos de Chavon
Most people expect destination weddings in the Dominican Republic to be on the beach with the white sand and blue skies, but yours doesn’t have to be. You can have a beautiful wedding that may be even more special because it’s in a unique location like Altos de Chavon.
The weddings at Altos de Chavon are simply spectacular!
First of all, you’ll be surrounded by the most amazing views throughout your wedding day. Maybe you want to look out over the Chavon River or one of the perfectly groomed golf courses as you say I Do. Otherwise, if you’re looking to have a Catholic ceremony, you can get married inside the St. Stanislaus church. It’s one of the prettiest churches around.
Amazing views mean you’ll have the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. And there are so many fantastic places to take photos around Altos de Chavon. You’ll get beautiful, timeless images no matter which location you choose.
Altos de Chavon also offers wonderful service, beautiful wedding decor, and amazing food. They have everything you could ever want for your wedding day. But it does come with a hefty price tag. Altos de Chavon is one of the more expensive venues in the Dominican Republic, so keep that in mind when planning your destination wedding.
They also don’t have a bridal suite or groom’s room so you’ll need to rent a suite or villa in Casa de Campo to get ready for the day if you’re not already staying at this property. Again, it’s all worth it, because this place is wonderful, but it’s definitely worth mentioning.
St. Stanislaus Church
This church is the heart of Altos de Chavon and is located right in the center of the village. Its architecture is stunning with beautiful stonework and high vaulted ceilings which makes it a popular site for destination weddings.
It’s a pretty small church so you’ll get that quaint, intimate feel on your wedding day. And you may also feel like you’ve been transported back in time with the cobblestone flooring and 16th-century details.
If you want to go the traditional route by holding a religious wedding ceremony, why not marry in the beautiful stone chapel at Altos de Chavon?
Note: There are typically more requirements for a religious ceremony compared to a symbolic ceremony in the Dominican Republic so be sure to check all the details before your wedding day.
Fun fact: The church was consecrated in 1979 when Pope John Paul II sent St. Stanislaus’ ashes and a hand-carved statue from Poland to commemorate the church’s inauguration. Now, locals and tourists alike can attend Catholic mass at St. Stanislaus church on Saturdays and Sundays.
Marianne & Matthew’s Wedding at Altos de Chavon
This wedding was beautiful! You’re about to see more photos from their wedding gallery so I’ll let you be the judge, but how could you not love Altos de Chavon? This place is magical!
The bride and groom got dressed and did their getting ready photos at Villa Colinas 19 in Casa de Campo. They each popped a bottle of champagne with their wedding crew and cheers’d to the amazing day still to come. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in elegant emerald green bridesmaids’ dresses. And the groomsmen went formal with their all-black suits and candlelight-orange ties, alongside the groom in all-white. Finally, it was time for the wedding ceremony!
Marianne and Matthew got married inside the St. Stanislaus Church. After the wedding ceremony and photo sessions, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the Dye Fore Terrace for the wedding reception.
They did their grand entrances and then went straight into the first dances before dinner and speeches began. If you need some help planning your wedding reception, be sure to our planning guide here Otherwise, check out Marianne and Matthew’s wedding photos down below:
So what do you think? Did you fall in love with the venue? Are you swooning over Marianne and Matthew’s wedding at Altos de Chavon? I knew you would!
If you loved their wedding photos and would like us to be there to capture the memories from your wedding day, feel free to contact us here. We’d love to be there for you!