10 Idyllic Destination Wedding Venues in Jamaica

Jamaica offers tropical romance in spades.

Sunset over an infinity pool at Sandals South Coast, a destination wedding venue in Jamaica

Courtesy of Sandals South Coast

Oh, destination weddings. A destination wedding is a ceremony and a honeymoon in one, a great way to vacation with your nearest and dearest, and absolutely perfect for travel-loving couples. The destination at the top of many a marrying couple’s list is Jamaica, and we understand why. The resplendent Caribbean island that gave us reggae music, Red Stripe beer, and jerk sauce is known as one of the happiest places in the Caribbean and is most certainly one of the prettiest places in the world to say "I do."

To help you plan the Jamaican wedding of your dreams, we talked to luxury travel expert Dr. Terika Haynes. Read about our top 10 recommended wedding venues below along with a few professional planning tips.

Meet the Expert

Dr. Terika Haynes has been in the travel industry for over 12 years. She is the owner of travel consultancy Dynamite Travel, which plans luxury destination weddings, honeymoon escapes, and LGBTQ+ getaways around the world.

Choosing Your Jamaican Wedding Venue

Paradise-loving couples won’t struggle to find a wedding location in Jamaica that wows. According to Haynes, couples should think about timing, costs, and even the type of photos they’d like, among other things. "How many guests would you like to have? Would you like to have your wedding on a resort property or at a local venue? Do you want to have an adults-only wedding or have it open to all ages?" she asks.

 Your budget will also certainly impact selecting your perfect location. Haynes notes that a modest-sized wedding in Jamaica costs between $10,000 to $15,000 but that some resorts do offer free wedding packages if the couple can meet their requirements. (This is usually a minimum stay or minimum guest requirement.) "Couples might also be able to obtain lower pricing if they choose an off or low season like fall," she says.

Now, read on for nine of the best locations for a Jamaica destination wedding.

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Strawberry Hill

The infinity pool with a palm tree overlooking the town below at Strawberry Hill in Jamaica, a romantic wedding destination.

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According to the property, Strawberry Hill was simply made for romance. Take one look at photos of this stunning hotel and you'll see why; nestled amongst Jamaica's verdant Blue Mountains and overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea, this property boasts total privacy (note the sweet cottages are nestled into the lush vegetation), incredible vistas, and a picture-perfect infinity pool. The hotel hosts weddings from three to 150 guests, with multiple exclusive wedding packages available and even the option to set up a honeymoon registry. Villas, courtyards, and private dining rooms surrounded by tropical flowers are the perfect places to exchange vows and dance the night away below a vast sky of stars as newlyweds, and for those planning a full wedding weekend, there is no shortage of things to do both on-site and in the nearby town of Kingston.

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Sandals South Coast

Beachside ceremony set-up with white chairs and florals at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica

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If a free wedding sounds appealing, have your ceremony at the sought-after all-inclusive Sandals South Coast. Three nights at this ravishing resort get you a complimentary wedding including floral arrangements, cakes, marriage document preparation, a personal wedding planning team, romantic turn-down services, and a luxurious oceanview venue.

 At Sandals, there are stunning wedding venues abound but the jewel in the hotel’s crown is the one-of-a-kind Over-the-Water Serenity Chapel. Any closer to the water and you’d be in it! Make the Caribbean Sea the backdrop of your dream day at this open-air, customizable site with see-through glass aisles and 360-degree panoramic views. Dr. Terika Haynes recommends this venue for couples with a small guest list that want a truly unique wedding experience.

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Couples Tower Isle

Wooden altar with brown chairs set up on a green lawn for a beachfront wedding at Couples Resorts in Jamaica

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This striking tropical location beckons lovebirds with the promise of your own private island to exchange vows. Just 100 yards off the shore, this seductively secluded space is a dream come true for those in search of ultimate privacy for exchanging vows. Couples Tower Isle is the resort’s flagship retreat where beachfront ceremonies and opulent oceanfront garden gazebo parties are also on the cards.

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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Open poolside resort with warm lighting at dusk at Secrets Resort and Spa in Jamaica

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Your wedding guests will be thoroughly entertained at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, which has a theater, shopping center, casino, spa, dive center, and an impressive eight bars serving top-shelf spirits. This AAA Four-Diamond all-inclusive resort has a delightful menu of romantic wedding packages, from the 10-guest Wedding in Paradise package to the Intimate Weddings Package and more.

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Half Moon

A white building with two pillars, two benches in front, and greenery throughout.

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Celebrity following? Tick. Glittering restaurants and a bar with over 100 rum varieties? Why not. Swimming with horses? Affirmative. Falling for Half Moon’s charm is near-inevitable. You’ll be please to be tipped off about this idyllic Montego Bay hotel that’s set on two miles of crescent-shaped beach. Half Moon has created two wedding offerings: Just the Two of Us for elopements with up to four guests and One Love, which is ideal for micro-weddings including an officiant, wedding planner, one-tier cake, live music, photographer, and webcast of the ceremony.

The resort is partitioned into three distinct areas. Eclipse, Founders Cove, and Rose Hall Villas, which has 24-hour butler service, a chef, private pools, five to seven-bedroom accommodations and is great for bridal parties and groups to stay and play together.

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Couples Sans Souci

Beachside wedding ceremony with white chairs and floral altar overlooking the ocean in Jamaica

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All Couples Resorts wedding packages include a personal wedding planner to ensure a stress-free spree. Brides, grooms, and their guests can enjoy endless luxuries at this all-inclusive Ocho Rios destination including unlimited premium bar selections, unlimited water sports, and 24-hour dining.

For nuptials, this all-suite, all-inclusive dreamboat destination has storybook venues like cliff-side gazebos overlooking the turquoise-tinted Caribbean. Betrothed twosomes can opt for the complimentary One Love package that’s already included in the rate. With this, a professional photo shoot, marriage certificate, wedding officiant, sparkling wine for up to six people, and a wedding cake are all thrown in. Upgrading to the elopement-friendly Runaway Bride package means you’ll relish in a tender 25-minute massage for two after all is said and done. You can put your own spin on things, too, as all Couples Resorts wedding packages are customizable.

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Jamaica Inn

Evening wedding set-up with ocean in background and white tables set up on a brick landing.

Courtesy of Jamaica Inn

You’ve found someone that wants to love you and treat you right. Now take that special someone to Jamaica and tie the knot at one of the island’s most celebrated all-inclusive resorts: Jamaica Inn. Even Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller honeymooned here. Couples can take advantage of special packages including Wedding Bells for Two or wed at sunset with the Elope in Paradise package.

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Sandals Montego Bay

Waterfront ceremony in a white chapel at Sandals Resort in Jamaica

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Sandals Montego Bay is one of the six all-inclusive Sandals properties in Jamaica—all of which offer the aforementioned complimentary ceremonies with three-night stays. Staying longer opens up even more perks like room upgrades, photography and video credits, and discounted candlelight dinners under the stars. Weddings at this adults-only resort can take place in the Caribbean-caressing Over-the-Water Serenity Chapel, on the beach, in the garden gazebo, or at an oceanfront gazebo. Sandals Montego Bay was the first Sandals resort ever opened and it’s the only one with an on-site stained glass window chapel to exchange vows intimately.

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Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa

Lanscape shot of white brick resort at sunset on the coast of the ocean in Jamaica

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From the very first time you bless your eyes on Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa, you’ll be enamored. This five-star all-inclusive resort has beautifully landscaped grounds, the largest swimming pool in all of Jamaica, and perfect places for a reception to remember. Venue options for the ceremony include the dramatic Angels Atrium, which impresses with grand columns, marble tiles, sparkling pools, and gardens. Couples seeking that toes-in-the-sand experience should seek out the Beach Pergola while the Sunset Cove Gazebo is private and glamorous. All are wonderful locations for your once-in-a-lifetime event.  

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Secrets St. James Montego Bay

Oceanside pool surrounded by beach chairs, umbrellas, and small palm trees

Courtesy of Secrets Resorts and Spas

Right next door to sister property Secrets Wild Orchid, Secrets St. James Montego Bay has indoor and outdoor wedding venues including the St. James Ballroom that’s suitable for larger soirées. Couples can also say "I do" right on the seashore or in a magnificent wedding gazebo. You’ll have the support of a wedding coordinator throughout, dine on gourmet food and enjoy the best of the Caribbean under the stars. After your ceremony, you might just want to enjoy the 15,000-square-foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia for luxuriating too, because having a ball at your dream wedding can indeed be serious work.

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