Punta Cana is a dream come true for couples looking to have their destination wedding in the Caribbean. From the beautiful beaches to the friendly people, and the stunning all-inclusive resorts, you really can’t go wrong! When it comes to choosing a resort for your wedding, Excellence El Carmen is an amazing choice! Let me tell you about this gorgeous place, and then I’ll show you Ashley and Joe’s Excellence El Carmen wedding trailer. You won’t want to miss it!


Excellence El Carmen

This beautiful all-inclusive resort is located about 40 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport in Uvero Alto. With the golden sand and turquoise blue water, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. Plus, it’s in a more quiet and secluded area compared to Bavaro Beach which means there will be fewer tourists swimming in the water or walking behind you as you’re saying your wedding vows.

When it comes to your wedding ceremony, the more privacy, the better!

To be honest:

There are so many great things that I love about this resort. The clean, modern spaces are amazing for wedding photos. Not to mention the decoration of the rooms, bars and restaurants, and of course the wonderful beach. 

For your wedding photos, the lighting at Excellence El Carmen is stunning! Not only are there plenty of palm trees and greenery to provide shade from the sun, but the sunsets are incredible. Now, the sun doesn’t set over the water on this side of the island, but the golden-hour lighting is what we’re really after here anyway.

Soft, romantic lighting is exactly what you want for your wedding photos. Check out The Best Time for Your Wedding Ceremony to ensure the best lighting for your Excellence El Carmen wedding trailer based on the time of year.


Excellence El Carmen for your Destination Wedding

If you’ve been dreaming of a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, then you need to check out this resort! Not only do they have a stunning beach (which makes it a perfect location for your wedding ceremony) but they also have awesome wedding planners to ensure your day runs seamlessly.

The nice thing about planning a resort wedding is that they connect you with all of the vendors you’ll need to make your day a dream come true. From elegant flowers and decor to the catering, DJ, and reception entertainment. They take care of it all! 

Now for some things, like photography and videography, you’ll want to bring in your own team. These are the memories that’ll last for a lifetime! So you want to choose a photographer in Punta Cana who you trust and who connects with your style and personality (not the resort photographers simply out of convenience).

I recommend hiring an off-site wedding officiant and hair and makeup artist as well to ensure the best service on your wedding day. 

Thankfully, Excellence El Carmen has a wide range of wedding packages so you can customize your experience. Whether you plan on having a small, intimate ceremony or a big, lavish event, they can help you make it happen. 


The Staff 

If you have ever organized a big event, then you know how important it is to have a supportive staff. In fact, having friendly staff members can make or break your resort experience! Thankfully, the staff throughout Excellence El Carmen are kind, helpful, and accommodating. And the bartenders and animation crew are entertaining, too. They really go above and beyond for their guests.

But let me warn you:

The wedding planners may not be as accommodating as you’re used to back in the US. You can expect communication with your wedding planner to be very slow leading up to the wedding day. This is common at most resorts in the area so it’s completely normal here, but I know how frustrating it can be when you want to start planning, you have tons of questions, and you’re not sure about certain details, but you can’t get ahold of anyone at the resort. Try to be patient and remember that everything will get resolved… it may just take longer than you’re used to.

If you want to avoid the communication barrier, and you’d rather have a wedding planner who takes care of all the little details for you, then I’d recommend that you stay at Excellence El Carmen for your wedding week, but book your wedding at a private venue like Kukua. Check out All-Inclusive Resorts vs. Private Venues to learn more.

I tell you all this not to scare you! Excellence El Carmen is a wonderful resort for a destination wedding, and I know you can have an amazing experience here! I just know from experience that it will be so much better if you know exactly what to expect. Nobody likes surprises when it comes to their wedding day.

Let’s check out Ashley and Joe’s highlight video so you can see the resort for yourself.


Excellence El Carmen Wedding Trailer

The time has finally come for you to watch a real wedding video! Ashley and Joe had a beautiful wedding ceremony in the Stone Gazebo at Excellence El Carmen. It was a rainy day, but you know what they say: that’s good luck! 

They kept their cool and celebrated their love alongside 15 of their closest family and friends. It was an amazing day!

Check out Ashley and Joe’s Excellence El Carmen wedding trailer here: