If you have never considered a destination wedding, we’re really going to sway you in that direction today. And if you have, have you ever thought about choosing a location where you can have both a destination wedding AND honeymoon? Yep, it’s possible! And spoiler alert: it will make your life (and the entire wedding planning process) a whole lot easier. And where better to say “I Do” and celebrate as newlyweds than Jamaica? Did your ears just perk up? We’re here to share just why a Jamaica destination wedding and honeymoon should be on your radar, where to have it, and what you can expect…
Weddings are a celebration, and who doesn’t want to celebrate all week long on a tropical island? If you’re looking for an intimate wedding that allows quality time with your guests and a picturesque backdrop, think destination. It doesn’t have to be too far from home, but a destination wedding allows your guests to relax and enjoy – and gives them a good excuse to take a vacation! For East Coasters, and those in the middle of America, a trip to the Caribbean for a Jamaica destination wedding is no-brainer! Plus, you will get a jump start on your honeymoon and always have a special place to return to on your anniversary.
Where to Go
For a truly scenic, romantic, and remote location, we recommend Sandals South Coast for a Jamaica destination wedding. The property lies on the most beautiful two-mile stretch of beach, which cannot only be seen from every room, but also provides the perfect ceremony and reception backdrop. Speaking of ceremonies and receptions, Sandals South Coast offers a variety of locations fit for your dream day, from the garden, to the beach, to the over-water chapel.
Another huge draw of the Sandals resorts is their all-inclusive nature, which means, when your guests stay on property (why wouldn’t they?!) your personal wedding cost is much more affordable. And when you save all that $$$ on food & beverage, you can splurge a little on an upgraded room (more on that later) or an island excursion. And the more guests who join you, the more you get included in the wedding package – even a free honeymoon! You now see why a destination wedding and honeymoon – or should we say, weddingmoon – makes sense, don’t you?!
Plus, with plenty of restaurants, seven bars, and access to pools, beaches, water sports, and daily entertainment, there are countless activities for you and your guests to enjoy leading up to the big day. Our favorite activity? A catamaran cruise to kick off the celebrations!
How to Plan
This is the easy part! The team of wedding professionals at Sandals South Coast run a tight ship, so you don’t have to. After a brief consultation, you’ll have selected a style true to you and your fiancé, finalized the little details, and tasted the cake (champagne included). To coach you through the process of planning your Jamaica destination wedding, the weddings team provides numerous stunning examples of themes and color schemes that you can choose from or customize – and there is something for everyone. The team then executes your vision to perfection, so you can focus on your pre-wedding tan. Whether it’s an intimate party of 10 or a grand celebration of 200, from signature cocktail to music selection, you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Where to Stay
Why combine a Jamaica destination wedding and honeymoon? Because you won’t want to leave! We can’t recommend the brand new over-water bungalows at Sandals South Coast enough! Yes, you read that right! This Jamaica resort has 12 spectacular bungalows built for honeymooners. With a private deck, indoor/outdoor bathtubs and showers, lounge chairs and hammocks, and a personal butler, they welcome you to the life of luxury. Plus, the privacy of not only the bungalows, but of the resort in general, will make you feel like it’s just the two of you.
What to Do
With all the amenities of your over-the-water bungalow, you hardly have to leave your room! But there are a few reasons you should…
1. The restaurants at Sandals South Coast cover a variety of delicious cuisine from all over the world, so you can start your day with a true Jamaican breakfast or French Pastry, and finish it with Sushi on the sand or your favorite Italian dish. You will want to try them all.
2. Latitudes over-the-water bar: Every seat – or should we say, hammock – in the house of this picturesque bar offers a spectacular view. Not to mention tasty tropical cocktails, of course! Snag a spot and watch the sunset over the Atlantic. We promise, you won’t regret it.
3. From swimming with dolphins to bamboo river rafting and reggae cruises, Jamaica offers plenty of culture and adventure to enjoy. You will want to be sure and see some of the beautiful country during your stay. That is, if you can bear to be away from Sandals South Coast. 😉
If that isn’t enough, it’s hard to beat these sunsets! Where will you celebrate?