Jamaica is a great destination to get married in. I do get brides who come into my office and ask, “What is the best resort to get married at in Jamaica”? That is a very broad question, because what you’re looking for might be different from what I like. That is why working with a travel agent can only benefit you. I will ask you questions that you may not have even thought of when considering when planning a destination wedding, and how you answer the questions will better help me qualify you for the best property.
One of the main things you have to decide is if you’re only inviting adults, or are you planning on having families with children attending. If you are only looking to invite adults, there are many great adult only properties for you to consider, in fact, Jamaica has claimed the first destination to offer an adults only luxury inclusive experience. If you will have families with children or multi-generational families, obviously an adult’s only property will not work, but there are a lot of other great properties you can consider.
Jamaica has four main tourist areas, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and Kingston. In my experience, most people tend to fly into Montego Bay and stay there, or travel to Negril or Ocho Rios when it comes to a destination wedding.
For people who are planning a short getaway or they don’t want to travel too far, Montego Bay is a great option. It’s close to the airport, and they there are quite a few great resort options to choose from. Montego Bay has some nice shopping spots and if you want nightlife, Montego Bay is home to the hip strip where there are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Negril is an amazing choice as well. It is about 1.5 hours from the Montego Airport, and it’s where the world famous Seven Mile Beach is, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In this destination you have amazing sunsets, which is a beautiful backdrop to any wedding ceremony. Negril will have more of a nice laid back, relaxed vibe.
If you are a person who likes to stay active, Ocho Rios is the place to be. It is within easy reach to quite a few different tourist sites in Jamaica. Ocho Rios is home to the famous Dunn’s River Fall, Dolphin Cove and Mystic Mountain. Ocho Rios is along the north coast of Jamaica, about 2 hours from the Montego Bay airport or 2 hours from the Kingston airport. Ocho Rios is very lush and mountainous, so this is another great spot to have a destination wedding.
Most areas of Mexico and the Caribbean have strict requirements when looking at booking a legal ceremony. Most US Citizens decide to have their legal wedding in the US, then do a symbolic ceremony at the resort. If you are not interested in doing a symbolic ceremony, and really want a legal ceremony, Jamaica has some of the most relaxed requirements in the Caribbean. Visitors to Jamaica can be married in just 24 hours after arriving, provided prior application has been made for a marriage license. Unlike many countries, Jamaica also does not require a blood test prior to getting married, but you will need to prove citizenship. The below documents will be required, and must be translated in English:
- Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name.
- Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age.
- Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce).
- Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower.
Jamaica does make things really easy for a bride and groom, so it’s a great place to have a destination wedding. As you can see the question of “What is the best resort to get married at in Jamaica”, does not an easy answer. It totally depends on the bride and groom. Contact me today, and I can help you plan your perfect destination wedding getaway, customized specifically with you in mind!