Have you been thinking about getting married in Jamaica? In this post you’ll find our favorite beaches and resorts plus a list of requirements you’ll need to make your destination wedding in Jamaica legal and binding. No matter what your exotic destination wedding fantasy, you can find it in the Caribbean’s third largest island… From over seven miles of beaches in Negril, to diving reefs or waterfall climbs in Ocho Rios.
Getting married in Jamaica can be an amazing experience you and your guests will never forget. That’s because culture abounds in the birthplace of Bob Marley, reggae music, and Jamaican jerk chicken. With so much beauty and culture, you might not give it a second thought but there are some things to consider before you set a date. Avoid the months of June – November since that’s hurricane season in Jamaica.
Most large resorts have in-house coordinators who can help you plan every detail, but if you’re getting married in a Jamaica villa or a smaller resort, you should hire a local planner who knows the lay of the land and can help everything run smoothly. See my resource section below for a link to wedding planners in Jamaica.
We’ve got some favorite spots that may become yours too! Whether you want an intimate romantic ceremony or a lavish elegant celebration, here are some ideas to help get you started.
Great Beaches and Resorts for a Destination Wedding in Jamaica
If you have an eye for landscapes, you will love Montego Bay with its rim of mountains and turquoise ocean.
The Half Moon Resort has been lauded as one of the world’s best Caribbean resorts. Expect elegant and spacious accommodations beyond your imagination.
They have activities suited for all your guests, as the estate boasts a golf course, fitness center, tennis courts, and various waterfront activities.
Here are some other popular hotels where you can get married in style:
Ocho Rios is known as one of the most romantic spots for Jamaica weddings because of its couples-only resorts and private beaches.
The Couple Tower Isle is a great spot because of its intimate, romantic atmosphere. The resort offers a basic complimentary wedding package or you can design something more deluxe with the help of the on-site planner.
They even have a package called the “Tower Isle” which lets you exchange vows in a secluded private offshore island!
Jamaica Inn is another great option for getting married in Jamaica, especially if you’re looking for a small luxury hotel.
After tying the knot, be sure to explore what fabulous Ocho Rios has to offer beyond the hotel, including tours and excursions the unforgettable Dunn’s River Falls, lively Margaritaville, and the rock gorge of Fern Gully.
If you’re thinking of getting married in Jamaica, you’ll find that Negril is a great option. It is home to the famous seven mile coastline and there is no shortage of venues to host your destination wedding.
Villas Sur Mer is a boutique hotel with rental villas on the cliffs of Negril. Here are some images of a wedding in Villas Sur Mer, sent to us by Roan Robinson of Candid Expressions Photography. I was seriously blown away by this venue and wanted to just pack my bags and take the next flight out to Negril. Just the view of that crystal clear turquoise ocean from the top of that cliff is enough to take your breath away.
Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Jamaica
Getting married in Jamaica is surprisingly easy as long as you plan ahead. You should make sure you consult with your coordinator as early as possible to make sure everything runs smoothly. Here are the steps you’ll need to take before you can legally tie the knot:
- The great news is that unlike other countries, you do not need to take blood tests before getting married in Jamaica
- You will need to apply for a marriage license before you arrive (apply 2-3 months ahead of time to be safe). You can apply at the Ministry of Justice by calling 1-876-906-4923-31 or emailing at email@example.com. The cost of the license is approximately $60-65 US and you will need the following documents:
- Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate
- Parent’s written consent if you’re under the age of 18
- If you’re divorced, you’ll need to submit an original certificate of divorce as proof
- Widow(ers), need a certified copy of the deceased spouse’s death certificate
- If you’re a European national, additional requirements apply – go to VisitJamaica.com for details
- Make arrangements with a marriage official to perform your ceremony (go to visitJamaica.com for a list of officials). They can perform the ceremony anywhere you choose and they can even provide witnesses if needed.
- Once you have a license, you can be married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica
Important Note: The above requirements are meant as a guide to help give you a general idea of what you’ll need before getting married in Jamaica. This is not meant as legal advice and you should always confirm all requirements, timing and costs with the official tourism board or your local wedding coordinator.
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