If you’re planning to have a destination wedding then look no further than my beautiful Caribbean home. My island paradise is a gem of nature with scenic views from the mountainside to the sprawling white sand beaches. This list of wedding venues in Jamaica is only a handful of options but they are some of the best locations to create the most perfect lifelong memories.
I’ve chosen to focus on venues that aren’t all-inclusive resorts here to give the discerning visitor some options outside of the norm. It’s easy to select a wedding package from a large hotel chain and run with that but they can be so cookie-cutter and impersonal.
If you’re flying all the way to another country for your wedding, why not go all out and use a totally unique location that’s reflective of the country you’ve chosen instead of looking like any other beach resort anywhere else in the world. It may seem daunting but I suggest connecting with a local wedding planner to help you with the finer details. This way, your entire experience can be something out of a fairytale.
I’ve divided these venues by parish so no matter where you choose and what type of backdrop and ambience you’re looking for, you’ll find something here to satisfy every fantasy you’ve conjured in your heart.
The Top Wedding Venues in Jamaica by Parish
Portland – The Ultimate Tropical Paradise
I’m starting this list with Portland because ask any Jamaican what’s the most beautiful parish in Jamaica and they’ll respond – Portland. With lush vegetation, a myriad of waterfalls, rivers and beaches and a laidback cultural vibe, your wedding will be gorgeous at any Portland location you choose.
My choice – Frenchman’s Cove – with whispering white sands graced with both warm salt water from the Caribbean Sea and cooler refreshing waters from the river’s edge, this delightful property surrounded by lush botanical gardens boasts the best of several worlds. Whether you’ve always dreamed of a garden wedding surrounded by nature’s best, a beach wedding on calm, turquoise Caribbean waters or saying “I do” at a cliff’s edge, Frenchman’s Cove offers it all.
St. Mary borders St. Ann and the town of Ocho Ros which you’ve probably seen come up numerous times in your “wedding venues in Jamaica” search. It’s gorgeous coastline and high-rising hills will provide a contrasting backdrop for your dream wedding.
If you’re looking for a “royal wedding” Firefly is my choice in this parish. Imagine a place rich with pirate and celebrity history perched atop mountains overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Celebrated British playwright Noel Coward’s last home, Firefly is entrenched in such whimsical culture. Coward hosted many dignitaries at Firefly including, Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Sir Laurence Olivier, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Sophia Lauren, Alec Guinness. He also entertained his neighbours Ian Fleming, Errol Flynn and Ruth Bryan Owen. Now, you can host your friends and family here for your own wedding overlooking the Blue Harbour.
St. Ann offers up many options for the destination bride, from getting married atop horses riding through the crystal clear shores to the golden sands of its world-famous beaches to the backdrop of Dunn’s River Falls. Perhaps the most exhilarating is the wedding package at Mystic Mountain complete with vows 700ft above sea level on their Skylift ride and maybe the cutest on the list is to be found at Dolphin Cove where the adorable guests of honour play ring bearers. Be careful, they will steal your bride with a kiss!
If Ocho Rios is known for the golden sands then Trelawny is home of the silver. Crystal white sands sparkle in the sunlight with the clearest, bluest seas this side of town. Still serene and untouched, the Blue Waters Beach Club may offer what you’re looking for without the price tag of the all-inclusive resorts just next door. Gorgeous sunset romance on the seas served up here for a dream tropical wedding.
Like St. Ann, St. James offers many picturesque options for wedding locations from luxury all-inclusive hotels on sprawling white sand beaches to first class conference center grounds to cool and natural mountainside lodgings. The choices are many and if you’re gonna go with an all-inclusive then Secrets Resorts is divine.
Sticking with the theme of no resorts however, I offer up the grounds of the White Witch of Rose Hall for a beautiful stately backdrop and sprawling views of the deep blue sea.
Book a catamaran sunset cruise and sail off into the horizon with your guests as you say “I Do” to the backdrop of the island’s best sunset location. On the very most western end of the island, the sunsets here are unmatched and will envelop you and your guests.
Whether you say your wedding vows by the Kingston Harbour or simply visit the location to snap your wedding photographs, one thing’s for certain, the backdrop will be breathtaking. The 7th largest natural harbour in the world, the capital city’s shoreline is pristine with ongoing renovations and beautification projects all aimed at breathing new life into an old city dotted with the architecture of centuries gone by. The charming history lining these streets mixed with the modern skyscrapers all draped in a 180 view of the Caribbean Sea will make for the most amazing wedding sunset (or high noon) memories.
The Royal Botanical Hope Gardens sits on over 200 acres of beautifully manicured lawns and is home to many of Jamaica’s endemic birds and plants. Hold your ceremony by the Sunken Gardens and then venture out to capture memories by the lily pond. Take a walk down the bougainvillaea avenue with its explosion of tropical colours and snap photographs amidst some of our rarest and exotic tropical flora. Mosey on over to the Kingston Zoo which sits on the property that will be sure to add that wild safari adventure to your day. The grounds of this property are well-kept and available to you for your garden wedding.
St. Thomas is a parish not popular with tourists and it is for this reason that you’ll love it if you’re looking for quiet time mixed with a bit of adventure. Lush, pristine scenery, untouched and green, facing the South-Eastern edge of the island embraces you with the true charm of Jamaica’s warm beauty and culture. The Whispering Cove is a small bed and breakfast there that will help you to pull-off your secluded beachfront wedding wishes and then whisk you off to nearby popular destinations like surfing at Wicke Wackie and climbing the Reach Falls.
In our own Romeo and Juliet type story, legend has it that during the days of enslavement two young lovers used to meet secretly on Yardley Chase Plantation. The owner wanted the female for himself and arranged to have her lover sold. Not wanting to be separated, the two hand in hand plunged to their death off the 1700ft cliff of what is now called Lover’s Leap. The views are spectacularly breathtaking and the history of the location will add mystery and charm.
I’ll be back to update this list with my top picks for wedding venues in Manchester, Clarendon, St. Catherine and Hanover.
For now, let me know if you see a spot that tickles your fancy. What type of venue would you like to see added to this list?
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