Oh, the destination wedding. It’s both a ceremony and a honeymoon, a great way to vacation with your loved ones and absolutely perfect for couples who love to travel. The top destination on the wish lists of many married couples is Jamaica. The resplendent Caribbean island that brought us reggae music, Red Stripe beer, jerk sauce, is known as one of the happiest places in the Caribbean and was crowned wedding destination by the World Travel Awards four times.
To help you plan the Jamaican wedding of your dreams, we spoke with luxury travel expert Dr Terika Haynes. Read our recommended wedding venues below along with some professional planning tips.
Meet the expert
Dr Terika Haynes has worked in the travel industry for over 12 years. She owns the travel consultancy firm Dynamite Travel, which arranges luxury weddings, honeymoon getaways and LGBTQ + getaways around the world.
Choosing your Jamaican wedding venue
Couples in love with paradise will have no trouble finding a Jamaica wedding location that impresses. According to luxury travel consultant Dr Terika Haynes, couples should think about the timing, costs and even what kind of photos they want. “How many guests would you like to have? Would you like to organize your wedding at a resort or local location? Do you want to host an adults-only wedding or open it to all ages? ” she asks.
Your budget will also certainly have an impact on choosing your ideal location. Haynes notes that a modest-sized wedding in Jamaica costs between $ 10,000 and $ 15,000, but some resorts offer free wedding packages if the couple can meet their needs. This is usually a minimum stay or a minimum guest requirement. “Couples could also get lower prices if they choose an off-peak or low season like fall,” she says.
Now read on for nine of the best locations for a destination wedding in Jamaica.
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