An Insider’s Guide to Getting Married in Jamaica
Jamaica is conveniently positioned south of the Florida Keys and to the north of South American countries like Colombia and Venezuela. Spanning 4,442 square miles, Jamaica considers itself a “big, little island”, however is credited with notable contributions to Caribbean culture. Wq“1qith a population in excess of 2 million people, local islanders can provide at least one reason for you to visit Jamaica. Aptly titled the island of “All Right”, whether you’re searching for the perfect spot to kick back and relax, get married, or conquer your next adventure, Jamaica has a myriad of options available for your enjoyment.
There are many things about Jamaica that make this Caribbean gem a favorite destination. It is the birthplace of Reggae music and home to icons such as Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff to name a few. Jamaica is known for its world-class accommodations, culinary masterpieces, pristine beaches, naturally occurring waterfalls, amazing music and nightlife.
Jamaica recently joined the ranks of some of the world’s most envied (and Instagrammable) honeymoon destinations, like the Maldives and French Polynesia. Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay introduced its spectacular over-the-water villas/bungalows, and they are exactly that. The first of its kind in the region, Jamaica has further solidified its position in the rankings as one of the favorite islands in the Caribbean for your destination wedding. Here are its few requirements to get married:
Marriage License Requirements
- Visitors can be married 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing prior application has been made for a marriage license to the Ministry of Justice. The application must be submitted to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice. The processing fee for the Marriage License is Four Thousand Jamaican Dollars (approximately US$50.00). The marriage license is valid for 3 months.
- Provide proof of citizenship, i.e. a certified copy of a birth certificate, which includes father’s name.
- Obtain parental written consent, if under 18 years of age.
- Provide proof of divorce, if applicable (original certificate of divorce).
- Obtain a certified copy of death certificate, if applicable, for widow or widower.
Jamaica’s most notable locations to host your wedding include Laughing Waters (see Gia + Tino’s Laughing Waters ceremony and reception here), Strawberry Hill and Half Moon Beach. Furthermore, in each of these locations, you can easily plan the wedding of your dreams or work with a wedding planner that can help you achieve your goal. When wedding planning is complete and your wedding day is done, you can easily transition from your wedding to honeymoon, all the while still enjoying Jamaica’s lush beauty and culture.