Planning a destination wedding can be hard work. Even if you have a wedding planner, one of the most time-consuming things can be selecting a destination. Once that is determined, you’ll then need to pick a wedding venue from the numerous options in your destination of choice.
A popular wedding and honeymoon destination in the Caribbean is Jamaica. It is regarded as one of the most romantic places in the world, with areas like Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril leading the charge in that regard. In each of these areas of Jamaica, there are many venue options you can consider if you’re looking for a wedding with true tropical flair. Some of these include beach, garden, chapel, and other options.
If you’re having a hard time deciding on a venue and are planning on tying the knot in Jamaica, read on as we explore some of the options, and why you may just fall in love with them!
Picture: The oceanfront gazebo at Beaches Negril near the famous Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica.
There are quite a few options to consider venue-wise when tying the knot in Jamaica. Exchanging vows in an oceanfront gazebo is one of those. Just imagine a dreamy ceremony with a sparkling turquoise ocean in the backdrop, the warm rays of the sun pelting down while you and your wedding party are cooled simultaneously by cool breezes, bringing your Caribbean wedding aspirations to life. As you stand next to your love, about to say those words that will propel you both on an unforgettable life journey together, you’ll thank your lucky stars that you both were blessed enough to have such an amazing experience in paradise!
Expert tip: Having kids over to attend your wedding in Jamaica? Get the best of both worlds! Host your wedding with the family at family-friendly Beaches Resorts and afterwards take a "Honeymoon Hop" by booking a spectacular honeymoon suite at a nearby couples-only Sandals Resort for an intimate Caribbean honeymoon without distractions. Find Sandals Negril on walking distance from Beaches Negril Find the intimate Sandals Royal Plantation and bubbly Sandals Ochi on a 15-minute drive from Beaches Ocho Rios. Call the Beaches Wedding Team on 1-8777-2322437 to see how they can best accommodate you.
Picture: Sandals Over-The-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel at flagship resort Sandals Montego Bay.
Want to have the feel of a traditional wedding with an exciting seaside twist? A wedding at Sandals’ over-the-water wedding chapel in Jamaica may be just your fit. The truly unique Over-The-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel offers 360-degree panoramic water views and awe-worthy glass floor aisles. Whether it’s just you and the love of your life as part of a destination wedding getaway, or a small party of loved ones included, this is a sure way to start your union in grand style!
Over-The-Water Wedding Chapels are available in Jamaica at:
The lure of the Caribbean is its beautiful beaches, and their serenity can be enjoyed for much more than beach bronzing sessions. Picture you and your love sinking your toes into soft white sand, as your airy gown flows with the wind, cool breezes calming the warm rays of the sun. You’ll be able to play up your ceremony as much as you like with tropical or earthy décor, or pretty much anything that matches the theme you’ve always envisioned. You can also tone things down and keep it simple, emphasizing only the natural backdrop, which is stunning in itself. Sandals and Beaches both have lots of exquisite beachside properties, which can take your beach wedding to the next level. A beach wedding in Jamaica will be as easy as saying “I do”, to the one who makes your heart skip a beat!
If you’re at the stage in your wedding planning journey where you’re comparing venues, then likely you’re a little bit stressed. If you were to just close your eyes and pick a venue, a European Garden Wedding wouldn’t be a bad option. It definitely comes with anxiety beating views, which are likely to have you in a feel-good mood throughout your outdoor ceremony. As the cool breezes help shake off your nerves, you’ll be able to truly sink into the moment in this amazingly beautiful setting which includes immaculately manicured lawns and serene pools. You can tone things down at this elegant location, or you can pull out all the stops – either way, this venue is as beautiful and magical as a dream wedding venue in Jamaica should be.
European Garden Weddings in Jamaica are available at:
Sandals Ochi in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Sandals Over-The-Water Gazebos are among the new additions to Sandals offerings, an all-inclusive resort for couples where love is truly all you need. The lure includes the fact that the ambiance and intimacy of regular gazebos is intensified over the water, and you can’t help but feel the serenity of the ocean and its magnitude and endlessness, shine through in a good way as you look to the future with the only person you could ever truly imagine spending the rest of your life with. As you take in the spectacular views of the ocean, and of course, of your spouse to be and exchange vows, it’ll be hard not to notice how much from this vantage, it feels as though things have finally fallen into place, as they should. Over-the-water gazebo venues are ideal whether it's just you two, or inclusive of family and friends. The key benefit here will be the amazing photos you’ll acquire with a truly impressive backdrop!
Over-The-Water Gazebos in Jamaica are available at:
Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Picture: The tropical garden gazebo at Beaches Negril.
There’s something about being close to nature that just seems to set things into perspective. This will be a good thing for your union, and for your wedding as you both will likely find the peace of mind to remember and to celebrate all the things you love about each other, and the reasons you’re together in the first place. Let your love blossom and lead the way to a breezy garden gazebo wedding in Jamaica, where everything around you will also be in full bloom, and seemingly celebrating right alongside you!
You simply can’t go wrong with a traditional chapel wedding. It’s you, your love, maybe some family and friends, joining in holy matrimony the way that it is celebrated in many places and spaces. Some brides love the fact that chapel weddings leave room for them to be more formal, and even a little over the top, as opposed to other types of weddings that may come across as more low key.
The pros of having a chapel wedding is that there’s likely to be enough seating even for bigger groups, you don’t have to worry about the weather as it’s an indoor venue, and you’ll get to experience marriage in a more traditional form.
At Sandals Montego Bay’s on-property resort chapel, you’ll be more than happy with what you find including the scenery to get to the chapel itself which includes fountain pools and lots of greenery. Inside, the charming wooden pews and elevated wedding altar will certainly add some flair to your photos, and to the ceremony itself!
The most important thing to remember as you choose your wedding venue in Jamaica is to stay true to what you really think you’re going to enjoy. It’s easy to be swayed by the preferences of other people that you may or may not have let into the planning, but the final decision rests on your shoulders. Ultimately, whether a beachside, garden, or chapel location, you’re going to want to select a venue that will leave you swooning as you step into your happily-ever-after.