Small but stunning weddings in Jamaica
The Caribbean island offers impressive destinations for couples seeking smaller and more intimate celebrations
Couples around the world are reinventing wedding plans in this new landscape and while they opt for smaller and more intimate ceremonies, their desire for a stunning and unforgettable place for the big day remains the same. With Jamaica's borders now open to international travelers and a full suite of health and safety protocols, travelers dreaming of an idyllic destination to get married need look no further than the island's pristine beaches, tropical waterfalls, accommodations. world class and renowned hospitality.
“As the premier wedding and honeymoon destination in the Caribbean, we are delighted to give couples a safe welcome to Jamaica to celebrate their big day,” said Donovan White, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. “In addition to our variety of natural settings for each type of ceremony, we have an impressive roster of island wedding and honeymoon experts available for our brides and grooms. With strict protocols in our accommodations and attractions, the destination continues to be one of the best options for couples from around the world. "
Below is a rundown of the latest wedding news and offers at some of Jamaica's most romantic properties:
Marsha-Ann Brown Donaldson, Director of Romance at Sandals Resorts recently shared that "Love is not canceled" with the staged reopening of her Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Negril & Beaches Negril properties. Since reopening in June, Sandals has hosted a total of 55 weddings across all of its properties, as couples seek more remote and intimate celebrations. At all properties, wedding guest capacity was reduced by 50% to ensure protection for all travelers. Various security protocols have been implemented to enhance the wedding experience during COVID-19, including: the implementation of 18 cleaning contact points at all properties, virtual pre-planning sessions to assist in coordinating the wedding, the change from buffets to a la carte menus and physical distancing during wedding ceremonies and pre-wedding activities. Couples can also look forward to the reopening of Sandals South Coast on October 1, 2020. The property underwent a multi-million dollar renovation including the addition of a new modern wedding venue in the Italian Village wing of the resort, 20 of the first suites Swim-up Rondoval ™ of the world and the renovated Dutch Village suites. The renovated suites are now accepting reservations for arrivals starting December 10, 2020.
A spectacular setting in Ocho Rios for a destination wedding or vow renewal, Jamaica Inn offers unparalleled views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea and the majestic mountains of Jamaica. Since the destination reopened, the classic property introduced a new level of safety and hygiene for couples, wedding guests and staff alike. The property requires a maximum capacity of 50 people for events, use of masks by staff and temperature controls, among other measures. Responding to traveler demands, the property offers even more tailored services for couples wanting a smaller, more personalized ceremony, with the help of an on-site wedding specialist. Jamaica Inn is now offering a 20% discount on wedding packages and a special rate for group accommodations available to wedding guests.
It has been the epitome of 1950s glamor since James Bond author Ian Fleming first built the sumptuous property in the town of Oracabessa on Jamaica's north coast. It is also a great option for small private wedding ceremonies that can accommodate up to 10 guests. Couples can also choose from a variety of other private options, including locations on the private Fleming Beach and the Sunken Garden, each area accommodating up to 30 guests. The protocols implemented on the property for wedding ceremonies include the installation of hand sanitizing stations around the property, mask requirements for all staff, and rigorous daily cleaning procedures for all areas, among other new policies.
In the heart of Jamaica's south coast, the Jakes Hotel at Treasure Beach is a chic and bohemian boutique hotel comprising colorful oceanfront cabins and bungalows. Jakes prides himself on being authentically Jamaican by hosting intimate couple wedding ceremonies on legendary Treasure Beach or in a gazebo overlooking the beach. Honeymoon stays are common additions to wedding packages at Jakes, and couples choose to extend their beachfront bungalow wedding getaway with massages at the Driftwood Spa. Since reopening in July, Jakes has implemented various health and safety protocols, including mask requirements for all staff, temperature controls for staff and guests, and hand sanitizing stations installed around the property.
From classic beachside getaways to ceremonies in front of lush and colorful rainforests, couples who choose Jamaica as their wedding destination will treasure unforgettable memories for years to come.