If you can picture your feet in the warm white sand while the waves splash onto the shore as you get married, then Jamaica is the place for you.
Here we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know to plan your dream destination wedding in Jamaica, from the legalities to the costs involved.
The best time to go: The cheapest time to get married in Jamaica is during the months of September, October, and November. During this time of the year, wedding packages are heavily discounted. The gamble is that the weather at some stage at this time of the year is poor (rainy). Expect many rainy days. When it comes to a wedding, weather plays a big role in video, pictures and the overall atmosphere. In July, August, and December are the most popular months for weddings in Jamaica because of the excellent weather, and the best time to invite the family for a wedding and vacation.
The flight: Both WestJet and Air Canada offer daily service from Toronto to Jamaica, and the flight time is roughly four hours.
The legal paperwork: Visitors can be married 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing prior application has been made for a marriage license to the Ministry of Justice. The application must be submitted to:
Unlike many countries, Jamaica does not require a blood test before getting married. However, the following documentation is required:
Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name.
Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age.
Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce).
Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower.
All documents that are not issued in English must be translated by an Official Translator and subsequently certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of residence and by the nearest Jamaican Mission or Honorary Consulate.
The budget: The cost for a destination celebration in Jamaica can cost as little as $3,000 (for an intimate daytime wedding) to $25,000 and up—it really depends on the size and scope of your celebration. Virtually all resorts offer destination wedding and honeymoon packages, which include on-site planners to help you execute each and every details of your day.
The venue: Everywhere in Jamaica is the ideal location to get married; it really depends on what you truly want. The resort areas of Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay are the trendiest locations to “tie the knot,” although in Jamaica it, depends on your desires. Kingston city is a great place to get married with ideal wedding locations such as Devon House and Botanical Hope Garden.
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