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The Destination Wedding Mini-Guide: The Beautiful Island of Jamaica

Oh Jamaica, the beautiful yet rhythmic paradise of the Caribbean, known for Reggae sounds and relaxed vibes. It’s no wonder that Jamaica is the most popular Caribbean destination for US couples tying the knot. Surrounded by the crystal Caribbean Sea, with reefy snorkelling spots, you can never be bored by the beauty or activities in Jamaica. Discover natural gems like the cascading Dunn’s River, the Green Grotto Caves and the The Blue and John Crow National Park, and of course, unparalleled coastlines such as Montego Bay. You’ll fall in love with the tasty cuisine, glorious beaches, and the mountainous landscape on offer.

Planning a destination wedding is generally easier than planning one at home. But each location is different. That’s why we’ve compiled a mini-guide, complete with our favorite resorts, planners and vendors, to make sure that you’re totally in the know when it comes to planning your dreamy vows in Jamaica.

Dean Clarke Wedding Photography | Jamaica
Lucky Photographer | Jamaica Island, Montego Bay:

1. Legal Requirements

Being only a 1 hour and 20 minute flight from Miami, Florida, Jamaica really is easy a quick and easy flight. Unlike many countries, you won’t need a blood test before marrying in Jamaica, however, you will need to plan ahead. Make sure you have all the documents necessary to avoid any obstacles on your special day in paradise.

You can be married after just 24 hours once you have arrived in the country, as long as you have applied for a marriage license prior to your travel. Your application should be submitted to the Ministry of Justice. Then, simply bring with you your proof of citizenship, a proof of divorce (if applicable), your passports, and you’re ready to tie the knot! For more details, we advise you visit  visitjamaica.com 

2. Venues and Hotels

After making such an excellent decision to get married in Jamaica, it’s likely that you’re feeling overwhelmed by the incredible variety of venues and luxury wedding resorts on offer. Well we’ve got you sorted with a few of our favorites.

Introducing the fabulous Weddingmoon idea by Sandals! Sandals is a series of luxury resorts in the Caribbean that focus on combining your special wedding with the honeymoon of a lifetime. With 7 fantastic resorts in Jamaica alone, it can be hard to pick just one. But we recommend Sandals Montego Bay.

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Sandals Montego Bay

Montego Bay is known in Jamaica and around the world for its beaches, so you can be sure that the Sandals Flagship Resort in Jamaica, will be nothing short of stunning.  With a personal, professional wedding planner at Sandals, you will enjoy a relaxing service with delicate attention to detail. Who said wedding planning should be stressful?

The Sandals wedding package is exquisite and all-inclusive. Choose from a variety of wedding design and color scheme options with your personal wedding resort planner and team, have personal suites and bridal manicures, drink sparkling wine, take in the picturesque views, and for your honeymoon expect breakfast in bed and a romantic dinner. You can then customize your package depending on how many guests you will be bringing, you can include cocktails, catamaran cruises and a 2-hour wedding dinner reception!

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Sandals Resort | Montego Bay

For a variety of gorgeous ceremony and reception spaces, Round Hill Hotel and Villas is also situated in the beautiful Montego Bay area, and here you can have any style of wedding that you fancy. From an intimate ceremony, to a reception of up to 200 people, you can choose between the lush green Spa Lawn that provides panoramic ocean views, the decadent Hanover Room with french windows and creamy walls, the elevated Hanover Terrace with fairy lights and rain forest surroundings, the authentic Georgian Room, an infinity pool sun-deck, or the very beautiful Round Hill Beach.

Round Hill, Jamaica
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Round Hill, Jamaica

From a casual barefoot Jamaican ceremony to a sophisticated and elegant banquet, the dedicated team at Round Hill will work with you to achieve the wedding of your dreams. Complete with mind-blowing cuisine and luxury villas and suites, you really can’t go wrong.

Round Hill, Jamaica

3. Photographer

Photography is one of the most important aspects of a wedding day. You have planned the event tirelessly, you have traveled all the way to Jamaica for unparalleled surrounding, so you need the beauty to be captured. It’s the best way to remember your perfect day for decades to come.

We recommend Dean Clarke, a talented international wedding photographer based in Jamaica. He understands that the best photos are taken in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, so will be dedicated to getting to know your style and making his photography feel as natural as possible on the day. Weddings are about celebrating love and having fun at the same time, so have Dean Clarke capture these moments and preserve them in time for you!

Dean Clarke Wedding Photography
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Dean Clarke Wedding Photography

4. Planning

With destination weddings, it’s always advisable to rely on a wedding planner who knows your location inside and out. Jamaica’s chilled vibes are not suitable for unnecessary stress! So we have some great suggestions for you.

Tropical Weddings Jamaica are specialized planners for destination wedding couples, boasting over 10 years experience in tourism, customer service and wedding planning.  Their desirable reputation is enough to have you feeling a little more relaxed, with services such as a pre-wedding planner, decor designer and onsite management. With Tropical Weddings Jamaica, you’ll have no problem achieving the day of your dreams and making fond memories to last a lifetime.

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Tropical Weddings Jamaica

Also available to ensure your wedding in Jamaica is totally flawless, is Windsor Ridge, a boutique event management and planning service. They’ll carefully craft your event to suit your needs, with excellent professionalism. You can opt for a partial planning service, full planning, or a “Distinctly You” package, which produces an experiential wedding day themed upon your love story as a couple.

5. Catering

When you think of Jamaica, you most likely think of its deliciously exotic Caribbean food. So, if a package in an all-inclusive hotel isn’t quite for you, and you would like to choose a separate venue, then you’ll need some advice on the best caterers in the area. Well, we have a delicious treat for you.

Great House Caterers, located in Kingston but operating island-wide, provides a tasty blend of French, Italian and Caribbean flavors in their professional catering service. You can opt for interactive food stations, live cooking stations, bar services, carvings and personal chef services. They can cater for any dietary requirement or theme!

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Great House Caterers

6. Music

Reggae typically defines the rhythm of Jamaica, but whatever your preferred style or musical tastes, you’ll still want to celebrate your love with an amazing party.

Well have no fear, Jamaica’s number one wedding DJ is only a phone call or an email away. Big J Entertainment is a DJ company known for an excellent party service, having won 5-star reviews and Couples Choice Awards for both 2016 and 2017. Their service doesn’t only include playing the perfect tracks to get you up on the dance floor, but also the actual dance floor and spectacular lighting itself!

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Big J Entertainment, Jamaica

What we love about Jamaica, is that you can go glam with a classy beach club and all-white theme, or opt for a bohemian style, with rustic cliff landscapes and a chilled beach ceremony. Here, the possibilities are endless. So, choose your style before picking your venue, and then, it will all be simple with this comprehensive guide!

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