A destination wedding allows lovebirds to combine the magic of the wedding ceremony with the unmatched beauty of an international honeymoon oasis. With many of the most renowned luxury resorts in the world and pristine beaches that are the envy of even other Caribbean destinations, JAMAICA is heaven on earth for planning a destination wedding. It’s also perhaps the most flexible when it comes to budgeting, with everything from simple beach weddings (many resorts include a wedding ceremony when booking multiple nights) to the most extravagant, ultra high-luxury weddings imaginable for couples that want it all. If you can dream it, JAMAICA can make it happen.
Top Locations for a Dream Destination Wedding in Jamaica
Before we dive into the plethora of beautiful locations that JAMAICA affords, it’s worth noting that the country has a comprehensive network of wedding professionals to accommodate any need. Experienced makeup artists, skilled florists, experienced photographers, energetic DJs, and more are all available on the island, ensuring that the only thing that you have to bring is yourself…okay, and maybe your fiance and guests as well!
White Sand Beaches
Without a doubt, the most popular spot for a destination wedding in JAMAICA is along the white sand beaches that surround the island paradise. From Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals South Coast to Couples San Souci in Ocho Rios and Frenchman’s Cove Resort in Port Antonio, there are endless all-inclusive resorts that offer beach ceremonies with oceanfront gazebos. Plus, with wedding packages that can be customized to fulfill both your innermost fantasies and your party size, your destination wedding will be a direct reflection of you. Resorts like Sandals include a personal wedding planning team that will take care of everything, allowing you to focus on the customizable décor, unique location, dining options, and even specialty cocktails. And that’s not including the romantic turndown service with rose petals on your bed for your first evening as a married couple!
Lavish Castles and Luxury Resorts
Beyond the country’s many all-inclusive resorts, JAMAICA is overflowing with luxury properties for your special day. Trident Castle is perhaps Port Antonio’s most beautiful structure, with a historic courtyard and a beautiful pool area that are all incorporated into a tropical wedding that is the epitome of grandeur. For a luxury resort that can be customized to your liking, consider Half Moon or Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay. Teams of wedding professionals at the venues will help you pick the decor and setting to ensure the ceremony and reception of your fantasies. Looking to have the most glamorous, contemporary wedding any of your guests have ever seen? Done. Maybe a cultural ceremony with all of your favorite family traditions? No problem. A wedding in JAMAICA offers endless possibilities, and luxury properties are an essential choice for couples that dream big.
Over-The-Water Wedding Chapels
The traditional wedding chapel has been completely reinvented on the island. Resorts like Sandals in Ocho Rios and the South Coast offer couples the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an over-the-water wedding chapel service beautifully decorated based on your flower preference and selected decor. The cute chapels seat around 40-50 and are surrounded by shimmering turquoise waters. There are even glass-floor aisle panels built into the wooden deck for true 360 Caribbean views. When walking down the aisle, there’s simply no comparison to doing on a walking bridge to your own private chapel over the sea.
Caribbean Catamaran Weddings
If imagining the Caribbean as a backdrop to your idyllic wedding seems tantalizing, JAMAICA has you covered with plenty of options for getting married ON the ocean! Following a beach ceremony that you’ll never forget, newlyweds and their guests can enjoy a catamaran wedding in Montego Bay or Negril through companies like Dressel Divers and WeddingBelles. With catamarans that can accommodate as many as one hundred people, the pristine Jamaican coastline and gentle open waters are truly fantastic for a reception that guests will speak about for years to come.
The island’s vast assortment of rivers and waterfalls are cherished by locals and visitors alike, and a number of them are available to serve as your wedding ceremony background. The most popular and iconic of which is Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, which has been featured in a number of Hollywood films. The 180-foot high and 600-foot long waterfalls can be perfectly placed in the foreground of your wedding ceremony for a picturesque setting that is simply nature at its most stunning.
Historic Mansions & Estates
Jamaica’s history dates back thousands of years, but historic mansions from recent centuries are spectacular ways to incorporate historical architecture with modern amenities. One of the country’s favorite historic properties is the Firefly Estate, the former home of Sir Noël Coward and a staggeringly-beautiful property near Ocho Rios. Wedding ceremonies are held atop a cliff overlooking miles of untouched Caribbean waters, and the historic home and grounds offer the perfect setting for an opulent, private wedding. There are also magnificent Great Houses throughout the country that provide a blissful setting for tying the knot, from the fully-restored Rose Hall Great House that retains its 18th-century charms, to the Good Hope Great House, which is only about a half-an-hour from Montego Bay and its Sangster International Airport. Not only do the island’s mansions offer lush gardens, sweeping vistas, and the inimitable ambiance of a location steeped in history, but inclusive wedding packages take all the stresses out of the planning process. There’s no need to dream about what Rose Hall Great House’s historic arch will look like adorned with white fabric and your preferred wedding colors…you can have it!
If clean mountain air and 360-degree views of the unbelievable Jamaican landscape seems like another perfect location for a wedding, that’s because it is! The country’s Blue Mountains ascend to over 7000 feet at its peak, and luxury destinations like Strawberry Hill flawlessly capture the region’s magic. Just imagine saying “I do” amid endless miles of rolling mountains, lush greenery, and all of the wedding amenities that a resort affords. After the unforgettable ceremony and an exquisite dinner overlooking jungles and Kingston, guests can kick back around Strawberry Hill’s Infinity Pool as the setting sun gives way to the stunning city lights.