Oh, the destination wedding. It’s a ceremony and honeymoon rolled into one, a great way to vacation with loved ones and absolutely perfect for couples who love to travel. The destination at the top of many married couples lust lists is Jamaica. The glorious Caribbean island that brought us reggae music, Red Stripe beer and jerk sauce is known as one of the happiest places in the Caribbean and has been named the leading wedding destination by the World Travel Awards four times.
To help you plan the Jamaican wedding of your dreams, we spoke to luxury travel expert Dr. Terika Haynes spoken. Read our recommended wedding locations below along with some professional planning tips.
Meet the expert
Dr. Terika Haynes has been in the travel industry for over 12 years. She owns the travel consultancy Dynamite Travel, which plans luxury weddings, honeymoon trips and LGBTQ + getaways around the world.
Choose your Jamaican wedding location
Paradise-loving couples won’t find it difficult to find a wedding location in Jamaica that inspires. According to luxury travel advisor Dr. Terika Haynes should make couples think about timing, cost, and even the type of photos they would like. “How many guests would you like? Do you want to host your wedding on resort property or at a local venue? Do you want an adult-only or all ages wedding?” She asks.
Your budget will surely also affect choosing your perfect location. Haynes notes that a modest wedding in Jamaica costs anywhere from $ 10,000 to $ 15,000, but that some resorts offer free wedding packages if the couple can meet their needs. This is usually a minimum stay or guest requirement. “Couples can also get lower prices by opting for a low or low season like fall,” she says.
Now read on to nine of the best places for a wedding in Jamaica.
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