Jamaica is on a roll heading into high season. With the one millionth visitor received at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport, the sunny isle is poised for a high-octane holiday season. “We congratulate our lucky couple who visited Jamaica to celebrate their second anniversary as Jamaica remains a popular wedding and honeymoon destination,” said John Lynch, director of tourism.
The perennial favorites of lovebirds around the world, Jamaica is smitten with the romance crowd . “It’s a piece of cake to tie the knot in Jamaica, with just 24 hours needed for couples to receive a marriage license,” added John Lynch, director of tourism. “Whether couples prefer an all-inclusive hotel or a lush private villa, Jamaica has accommodations to fit every desire and budget.”
Secrets Ultimate Weddings at the adults-only Secrets St. James and adjacent Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay ooze grown-up sophistication from sunrise to sunset. Newlyweds toast their nuptials in Vera Wang-designed champagne flutes as a musical trio sets the mood and a photographer snaps souvenir memories of the special day. Check out Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay.
Honeymoons in paradise are de rigueur at Tensing Pen on the western tip of Negril. A quixotic collection of thatch and stone cottages, hammocks scattered along the cliffs and a cove bridge perfect for photographs are the stuff of storybook honeymoons. “Romance is big business for us,” smiles Joseph Smith, manager, “We do at least one a week with couples often staying for their honeymoon and then returning on their anniversary.” (Note to newlyweds – The Lodge has been refreshed with a new crown of thatch and a shiny new floor crafted from Jamaican Blue Mahoe, the national tree of the island). Check out Tensing Pen.
Whether lovebirds opt for barefoot on the beach, formal in an elegant ballroom or amidst bright blooms in one of the islands treasured gardens, fairy tale weddings do come true in Jamaica. “Destination weddings are the fastest growing segment of the travel and tourism business,” said Wayne Cummings, president, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, “Jamaica is proud of its history in that market ensuring that brides and grooms are totally satisfied with their choice of where to begin the formal part of the lives together. “
On Cornwall Beach fronting the Hip Strip in Montego Bay, weddings are a breeze in a seaside gazebo strung with colourful bouquets. A minister not only performs the ceremony but also offers counseling to warm up cold feet while the chef whips up a Jamaican feast fit for a Queen and King. “We can cater the event from two to two-hundred, “says Lorraine Chung, wedding organizer.” We can also do the rehearsal dinner if the couple is already booked to have a wedding in a traditional church or banquet setting.” Visit www.cornwallbeachja.com.
For eco-astute couples, Dolphin Cove is now open in Negril and is the largest dolphin attraction on the island. Eight dolphins have been trained to act as ‘wedding witnesses’ for couples who choose to tie the knot in the presence of the friendly mammals. Visit www.dolphincovejamaica.com.
Tying the Knot in Jamaica
In just twenty-four after arriving in Jamaica, couples can be legally married providing prior application has been made for a marriage license. Although many resorts offer assistance in obtaining a marriage license, couples wanting to do it themselves can contact Jamaica’s Ministry of Justice at 876 906-4923. In order for the ceremony to be legally recognized at home, proof of citizenship is required including certified copies of birth certificates, parental consent if the couple is under 18 years of age and the original divorce decree if this is a second marriage for one of the spouses.
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For more details on planning a wedding in Jamaica, click on the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).