A premier Caribbean island with endless opportunities for romance and adventure, JAMAICA is truly among the most desirable destinations for your honeymoon. But that’s not all, because it’s also a fantastic location for a dream destination wedding! Here are 22 reasons to embrace the beat, pulse, and energy of the one-of-a-kind island for your wedding day!
22 Reasons To Get Married In Jamaica
It's a wedding and honeymoon destination all in one
JAMAICA is a premier Caribbean destination for a reason, and after your stunning wedding ceremony, you’ll find yourself already in paradise to begin your honeymoon. The island has plenty of diversity in locations, too, so you could get married with friends and family in the lively Montego Bay and travel a short way to the South Coast for a laid-back honeymoon just for two.
The most beautiful beaches in the world await
The world-famous Seven Mile Beach in Negril is a sight to behold with its gentle turquoise waters and fine white sands…and that’s just one of dozens! The island is home to more than 550 miles of beaches, and with many of the best wedding venues and resorts located right on the coastline, your options for a Caribbean beach ceremony are limitless.
You can have an extravagant wedding or a charming one
The sheer variety of destinations and venues throughout the island means that a picturesque wedding can be planned on any budget and for any vibe. You can get married with all the frills on the pristine property of the luxurious Rose Hall Great House or opt for a small, beachfront ceremony at an over-the-water gazebo. The choice is yours.
It has one of the Caribbean's highest peaks
At 7400 feet, Blue Mountain Peak ranks among the highest summits in the Caribbean with stunning views of the island and surrounding waters. If you’re looking to have a mountain wedding, Strawberry Hill Hotel at 3100 feet offers an unbelievable backdrop and luxury amenities for both your wedding and a pampered honeymoon.
Warm temperatures throughout the year
Whether you’re planning a wedding in January or July, the average temperature on the island never falls below 73 degrees and never exceeds 89 degrees. Regardless of the season, an outdoor ceremony with a refreshing Caribbean breeze and warm temperatures is always available.
Your guests will love it
JAMAICA has enough tours, attractions, renowned restaurants, and one-of-a-kind destinations to last a lifetime, and your guests will be thrilled by all of the entertainment options. They’ll be looking forward to both your wedding and a relaxing or adventure-filled vacation that they’ll have you to thank for!
It's easy to travel to
Compared to some of the more remote Caribbean islands, JAMAICA is an absolute breeze to travel to. There are countless flights daily from Florida and throughout the United States and beyond, and the travel time from Miami is under 2 hours. It very well may be the most convenient destination wedding any of your guests have ever attended!
It's easy to assimilate into
You and your guests are welcome to enjoy a Jamaican Patois class while you’re on the island (and you definitely should!), but you’ll feel right at home speaking English with locals. The country is home to all of the amenities and conveniences you could ever want, so you can conceivably plan any wedding or trip that you can imagine.
Tying the knot is quick and easy
You can get married in JAMAICA just 24 hours after arriving thanks to a super-simple paperwork process. In fact, many resorts and wedding venues will assign you a personal wedding planner to take care of all of the details so that you can focus on having the ceremony of your dreams.
You can have a free wedding
You read that right. With some of the best luxury resorts in the world, including 6 Sandals all-inclusive resorts, you can take advantage of stellar deals that include a free wedding ceremony with a stay of only a few nights. A free wedding on white-sand beaches and a fantastic honeymoon afterward? Sign us up.
You'll enjoy a culinary adventure
Traditional Jamaican weddings nearly always include a delicious culinary spread complete with succulent curried goat. Whether you fully embrace the island’s favorite meat dishes or opt for a fresh, organic Rastafarian approach, you’re in for a flavorful experience.
It has the most churches in the world
1600 churches throughout the island make JAMAICA the world leader in ‘churches per square mile’. From Church of God and Baptist to Pentecostal and Seventh-day Adventist, holding a religious ceremony in the country simply comes down to choosing among the endless array of lovely churches.
Your wedding cake will be an event in itself
Brides are always thrilled to find out that Jamaicans take the wedding cake seriously. No, even more seriously than that. Not only is the cake traditionally covered in white lace before an epic reveal, but the mouthwatering Jamaican Black Rum Cake is a flavorful culinary adventure your guests will never stop raving about.
The island is an essential cruise destination
Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Falmouth are all popular cruise ports that are serviced by Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Marella Cruises. Taking a cruise to or from the island is a great way to spend a honeymoon or enhance your destination wedding by making travel easier and more enjoyable than ever.
You can have a lush garden wedding
Botanical gardens and rainforests filled with exotic flowers can both be utilized for an eco-themed wedding that embraces the natural splendor of the island. The seemingly-infinite opportunities for unique floral arrangements alone is a reason to choose JAMAICA.
It's an animal lovers' paradise
JAMAICA is home to many of the world’s most amazing animals, and couples can get up close with a unique animal-themed wedding at Hope Zoo in Kingston. You can say “I do” amid miniature horses at the zoo’s beautiful gazebo surrounded by palm trees.
Tun T'anks Sunday is perfect for destination weddings
It’s tradition in JAMAICA for the wedding to carry over into a second day for further celebration with more cocktails and cake. For friends and family that have traveled to celebrate your nuptials with you, Tun T’anks Sunday is a great way to spend quality time with them and continue the festivities.
The best wedding professionals are already on the island
Some destination wedding favorites have limited resources when it comes to professionals for the big day. Not JAMAICA. From expert wedding planners and caterers to talented florists and photographers, the island has everything you need. All you’ll need to bring is yourselves for an out-of-this-world destination wedding.
You can have a James Bond wedding
The former home of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, GoldenEye Resort, has been turned into an intimate luxury venue for weddings and honeymoons. Low Cay Beach and Fleming Villa are just a couple of spots where once could imagine Agent 007 himself spending time, and weddings can be fully customized to your liking.
You can get married ON the Caribbean
Private party cruises and catamarans can be booked for a Caribbean wedding ceremony that makes full use of the unbelievable beauty of JAMAICA’s coastline. Plus, at sunset, you and your guests will be able to celebrate with champagne and cocktails amid a paradisiacal scene that will take your breath away.
You can finish the ceremony with a zipling adventure
The national treasure that is Dunn’s River Falls is both a spectacular backdrop for romance and an adventure-packed destination with no equal. There’s nothing quite like exchanging vows right before speeding above forest canopies on a zipline at 600 feet!
There's no vibe like a Jamaican vibe
All you have to do is visit to “feel the vibe” of JAMAICA. The rich culture and heritage that the country is known for have a way of nestling into your heart and staying with you for a lifetime. Your destination wedding may be your first trip to JAMAICA, but it will undoubtedly be the first of many trips you and your partner take!