From boutique hotels with unreal, Instagram-ready beach backdrops to large resorts with multiple wedding packages, these are the 16 top destinations for a Jamaican-getaway wedding.
The Caves / Negril
This secluded resort's location is great for those looking to reserve an intimate, quiet space with breath taking views, but if you want to invite more than 26 people, expect to pay an additional fee per person. And at this adult-only resort, children are only permitted if you book all 12 guest rooms and the one villa (the entire hotel sleeps 34 people).
Round Hill Hotel & Villas / Montego BayRound Hill is one of the most beautiful properties in Jamaica, with a lot of options to choose from for your perfect day, meaning that a wedding here will be flawless and elegant – but not inexpensive.
Rockhouse Hotel / Negril
One of the most desirable destination wedding hotels in Jamaica, the Rockhouse goes to great lengths to create a memorable experience -- the food is excellent, the service attentive, and the setting exclusive, intimate, and beautiful. Word to the wise: Book early.
Sandals Royal Plantation / Ocho Rios
A big step up from the typical all-inclusive resort, the Royal Plantation is the only all butler service resort. Why not start the fairy tale off early and book yourself into this luxury resort for the perfect dream wedding from start to finish. Royal Plantation offers really good food, doting service, and a gorgeous beach that's largely cut off from strolling gawkers.
Jamaica Inn / Ocho Rios
This quaint, relaxed, and luxurious resort offers a personal touch and rich pedigree -- its roster of notable former guests includes Katherine Hepburn and Winston Churchill. This destination will offer a setting that will be reminiscent of a classic step back in time for your dream wedding on the north coast of Jamaica.
Couples Negril / Negril
The Couples Negril resort is a wedding hot spot; it often hosts more than two weddings per day. The popularity is understandable, as all-inclusive destination weddings do take a lot of hassle out of the process for the bride and groom (they don't have to worry about coordinating food and drink for their guests during the trip). The resort offers a number of packages that include a personal wedding planner, designer wedding cake, floral arrangements, and photographer, as well as practical elements such as a marriage certificate and officiant. The resort even provides U.S.-based planners.
The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa / Ocho Rios
The Jewel has an extensive list of packages for destination weddings. The best deal is the Precious Gem package, which, comes free with any seven-night stay. This package includes a personal wedding consultant, an officiant, witnesses, ceremony music, a bouquet and boutonniere, hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine (for the bride, groom, and up to four more guests), a single-tier wedding cake, a 5x7 photo, a wedding gift from the gift shop, a private dinner for the bride and groom, and a rose petal turndown service.
Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa / Treasure Beach
Jake's arid, otherworldly surroundings are without doubt some of the most beautiful anywhere in Jamaica, and when it comes to unique-looking photo ops, the property is a dream. Events here are more personalized, and far more private, than what you'll find at the mega-resorts. The only real downside: It's about a two- to three-hour bumpy and confusing drive from the airport.
Beaches Negril Resort & Spa / Negril
Weddings at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa are a bit cookie-cutter -- and they're performed every day on the hour, so it's hard to add a personal touch -- but this makes planning the big day easy, and this Sesame-Street-focused resort can be a great option for families. Just note that if any of your guests choose not to stay at the hotel -- or at the nearby Sandals Negril, an adult-only couples resort -- you'll have to pay an extra fee just so that they can access the property. Weddings can be held on the beach, on the lawn, in the garden, or under a gazebo. None of the options are very private and the ceremony will be in clear view of other resort guests. Wedding packages, fees, and add-ons can be confusing to navigate, so it's a good thing the resort has a personal wedding consultant.
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort / Ocho Rios
Weddings here can be very cookie cutter and affordable, or personalized and expensive with a mind-boggling list of add-ons from flowers to invitations to cake and more. Thankfully, the bride and groom have access to a free travel and wedding planner who will make sure the travel, accommodations, and big day go smoothly for the couple and their guests. Ceremonies can have up to 600 guests, and can be held throughout the resort, in a gazebo, on the beach, or in a garden. Note that the weddings aren't private and you may have an audience of bikini-clad onlookers who weren't invited. Also, given the hotel's couples-only policy, any stag wedding guests, or those with families, will have to stay at Sandals' family-friendly sister property, Beaches Ochos Rios Resort & Golf Club (wedding guests who stay elsewhere will have to pay an extra fee for a day pass to visit the Sandals property). Children need to be approved by the hotel in advance.
Tensing Pen / Negril
With exceptional, yet reasonably priced food and drinks, above-and-beyond service, and a gorgeous, intimate-feeling location, Tensing Pen is one of the best choices for small weddings.
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club / Ocho Rios
Planning a wedding in another country can be stressful, but many guests rave that the staff at Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club makes the process streamlined and relatively simple (depending on the size of your party and requirements). The wedding planner (whose services are provided for free) talks couples through all the details and logistics so everything from music to cake to photography is planned well in advance. The family oriented theme of the hotel makes it a fantastic choice for a destination wedding that will include little ones in the ceremony. Note that none of the ceremony sites are private so other resort guests might be watching your wedding.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall / Montego Bay
Along with its sister hotel -- the adjacent Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall -- the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is part of a large, two-resort beachfront complex. This hotel features an extensive list of amenities -- including a large, clean pool, eight restaurants, and a full-service spa with a steam room and sauna -- in a family-friendly, all-inclusive wedding package.
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites All-Inclusive / Montego Bay
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites offers plenty of options for small and large weddings. Enclaves throughout the resort offer private locales for intimate nuptials, and several meeting rooms are available for cocktail hours and receptions. The resort has an on-site wedding team that assists with details, such as the wedding cake, bouquet, music, photography, and catering.
Riu Palace Tropical Bay All Inclusive / Negril
This resort offers one of the better all-inclusive destination wedding packages to those who are booking in with their wedding party or as a group. If you book five or more rooms, the basic wedding package is free and includes a choice of ceremony decorations, the music for the ceremony, the wedding cake, wine for the toast, a bouquet for the bride, a boutonniere for the groom, a semi –private reception dinner and more just for the happy couple. For those on a budget this can be the ideal choice and Negril is made for romance.
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