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Destination weddings have become one of the hottest trends in the world of "I do". Each year, more and more couples are moving away from the traditional white wedding and are taking advantage of cheaper flights to overseas destinations for a combined wedding, honeymoon and well-earned vacation.
Jamaica has so much to offer undying romantics, from turquoise waters and beaches lined with stretches of white sand to lush, tropical forests and brilliantly colored sunsets. It's unsurprising that the island ranks as the number one choice in the Caribbean for destination weddings and honeymoons. Whether you're looking to elope, have an intimate wedding with only close friends and family tow or a huge blowout affair with parties lasting over along weekend, Jamaica is the perfect destination. Asides from the exquisite natural beauty, it's also an affordable and easy destination to plan a wedding in.
The island of Jamaica offers a range of dream wedding locations, such as an elegant Great House in Montego Bay, a hidden garden in Ocho Rios or you can say your vows on the dramatic cliffs at Negril at sundown. You can even spice things up with some local Jamaican flavor by sampling some local culinary delights, such as jerk chicken or grilled lobster, or why not tap into the rich musical heritage on offer with a steel drum band or a live reggae performance. You can make your Jamaica wedding as casual or as formal as you like, as under-stated or decadent as you wish. If you can imagine it then it's "no problem."
When it comes to accommodation, there's plenty to choose from, with all-inclusive resorts, hotels with an old-world charm, cozy inns and grand private villas catered to the needs and requirements of your wedding party. You can also find experienced wedding planners on the island, either independent or affiliated with a resort or hotel. This will take the headache out of the planning procedure, meaning you can just delight in the romantic moment of your wedding day. The best thing about marrying on Jamaica is that you've also got your honeymoon packaged and available at your doorstep.
Choosing a destination wedding in Jamaica gives you both the thrill of a tropical vacation and nuptial joy. The wedding is transformed into a multi-day event with lush backdrop for a truly unforgettable experience for you and your guests. For a list of local wedding contacts, visit our services directory.
Stretch that wedding budget
You'd be surprise just how affordable getting married in Jamaica can be when you compare it with the expense of a traditional wedding back home. The general costs for delicious catering, gorgeous flowers, white-glove service, lively entertainment and stunning locations, all contribute to the value you can find in Jamaica which is more than enough to offset the additional expenses of airfare and accommodations. There is a huge drop in prices outside of peak seasons and you can take advantage of and opting for wedding packages offered in a wide range of hotels and resorts will further the savings. Jamaica has the added advantage of most year-round reliable weather, so consider tying the knot in the Caribbean without breaking the bank.
If you have a valid license, couples only need to arrive on the island 24 hours before their wedding and get a local official to preside over the ceremony to legally marry- they are readily available for most religious affiliations. You won't need to take any blood tests, but you will need to provide a certified copy of your birth certificate, proof of divorce or a death certificate of a spouse wherever applicable, and written parental consent for minors.