Our expert shares her top tips for planning perfect Jamaica weddings
Why pose for your wedding photos under an umbrella in Ireland when you can say “Cheese!” beneath swaying palm trees in Jamaica? Our fickle weather at home means weddings can be a washout, but in the Caribbean you can exchange your vows in guaranteed brilliant sunshine, all year round. Better still, a combined beach wedding and honeymoon package is surprisingly great value. Our Caribbean expert Orlagh gives us the run-down on Jamaica weddings and why an increasing number of couples are choosing to say “I do” overseas.
Wedded bliss begins on the beach when you get married in Montego Bay. Jamaica has 700 miles of sugar-soft sandy beaches, and every day they see loved-up couples tying the knot in a sensational tropical setting. Montego Bay is the undisputed top choice for an open-air, sun-kissed ceremony by the sea. Intimate yet informal, a wedding on the beach in Jamaica’s second-largest city is a memorable start to married life.
Relaxed Caribbean vibes
It’s sunset in the Caribbean, the happy couple have exchanged rings, the groom has kissed his beautiful bride – and now it’s time to celebrate in a truly tropical way. The steel band strikes up local hero Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ and suddenly everybody’s jamming! Sit-down meals are too stuffy an affair – a beach wedding means a beach barbecue and dancing on the sand until dawn. That’s part of the magic of getting married in Montego Bay.
Cash-conscious couples are copping on to the fact that they needn’t plunge themselves deep into debt to share the biggest day of their lives with family and friends. Getting married at home can cost from €20,000 to €30,000 – a formidable outlay when there’s a mortgage to pay as well. Choosing a beach wedding and honeymoon in Jamaica, especially with an all-inclusive hotel, cuts the cost and increases the enjoyment considerably. I’ve put together tailor-made wedding packages including flights, accommodation, ceremony and afters for as little as €2,500 – a significant saving.
Being a hopeless romantic, I just love it when couples come to me and ask about getting married on a tropical beach – I look on it as a perk of the job. I’ll put you in touch with an experienced and trusted professional wedding coordinator to ensure a carefree Caribbean wedding. The coordinator will deal with all the necessary legal paperwork and organise a photographer and minister/registrar, and I’ll organise the best budget-friendly travel arrangements and accommodation for you and your guests. I might not be at the wedding, but as the big day approaches I’ll be just as excited as you are!
One of these days I’ll get to a beach wedding in Jamaica, but until then it will be my pleasure to help make that dream come true for you. Just remember to pop in to Travelmood when you get back – I’ll be itching to see your photos.