Many couples from various countries opt to honeymoon in Jamaica, and many of those also opt to actually get married there. Jamaica is a beautiful place for a wedding, and Jamaicans adore weddings as well!
First, to get married in Jamaica, there are two things that you absolutely must do. First, before you arrive, you should obtain your marriage license. You apply for this license through the Ministry of National Security and Justice, which is located in Kingston. You can call for instructions at (876)922-0080.
In order to obtain the marriage license, you must show proof of citizenship, parental permission form (if under 18), Proof of divorce, if applicable, and a copy of death certificate if you are a widow or widower.
Getting the marriage license is the hardest part, and it can take a while if you are trying to obtain it yourself. If you want to speed the process up, call the resort or villa where you will be staying, or where your wedding will be hosted, and ask them for help in acquiring the license. Many wedding packages include this service. www.travelrows.com
Once you have the license, you are ready to travel to Jamaica for your wedding. You and your potential spouse must be in the country for at least 24 hours before you can be married. Furthermore, the ceremony must be performed before 8:00 PM (Jamaican Time), and there must be two witnesses present. The witnesses must be present for the wedding and after the wedding when the marriage documents are signed.
From a legal standpoint, that is all that there is to it. The actual wedding, on the other hand, is a whole new ballgame. Again, do consider a wedding package that is offered by one of the resorts. They can make your wedding very detailed and special. You can actually ‘mix and match’ packages until everything is just as you want it to be.
Everything will be handled for you, and you will find that you probably spend less on your Jamaican wedding than you would on a traditional wedding in your own country.
If guest will be traveling to Jamaica for your wedding, it is ideal to reserve a block of rooms at the resort or hotel for them. You should check with the airlines and the hotel to find the best deals possible. Also, consider working with an experienced travel agency when arranging blocks of rooms, as they can usually get you the best deal.
While everything will be handled for you, your wedding attire must be supplied by you. Some packages will include the bouquet, but the dress and the groom’s tux are left to the couple.
Most packages will include the services of a wedding consultant, with whom you can work with over the phone or via email prior to your arrival. They will ensure that everything that is needed for your dream wedding is in place, without you having to worry and fret over the details. In Jamaica, your wedding can be as elegant or as relaxed as you want it to be. Get married in a gorgeous dress in a pristine chapel, or get married on the beach in your swim wear – anything you desire is possible!