I think it's safe to say that the travel I've done this year has only resulted in developing a HUGE crush on destination weddings. After visiting Montego Bay, Jamaica this fall, I really fell in love with the idea. When you're surrounded by this tropical paradise, I imagine the typical wedding day stresses just fading away…
There are many reasons to consider Jamaica as a possible location for your destination wedding — from the various settings the island has to offer to the incredible food and culture to be experienced. Chances are, whatever you have in mind for your tropical destination wedding, Jamaica has it in spades!
When I visited Montego Bay, I had the opportunity to check out some great venues that cater to destination brides. The following properties are all-inclusive resorts – which means that the cost of food and beverage (and often other amenities) are included in the price of your stay. I really love all-inclusives because you don't have to worry about budgeting your funds for food and entertainment or keeping cash or credit cards on hand! Low stress, and often a really great deal, all-inclusive resorts also keep things simple for your guests who are traveling to join you for your wedding day.
Many all-inclusive resorts also have great options for families and children with on-site activities and childcare so the adults can relax and have some alone time. It's a definite plus for any of your guests who are traveling with kids! If you're looking for a more low-key kid-free experience — Jamaica also has a few fantastic adults only all-inclusives so you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay.
All-inclusive resorts also make great venues for destination weddings because they often offer promotions, freebies or discounts based on the size of your party or guest list. Since most of your wedding guests will likely stay on-site at the resort you choose to get married, you can get bonuses for meeting certain room booking requirements. These promos can vary from a free wedding cake to free room upgrades for the bride and groom! It's definitely worth inquiring about any specials a resort may offer prior to booking.
So are you excited to hear about the all-inclusive properties I had the chance to check out? Below you can read about these fabulous options for your destination wedding in Montego Bay:
The RIU Montego Bay offers a large all-inclusive resort experience at an affordable price point. This property is family friendly and is definitely a good choice if you'll be having guests who bring their kiddos. They've got a plethora of entertainment, large pools complete with swim-up bars and several dining options, too!
The wedding packages at RIU are incredibly affordable – starting at only $600 for the couple and up to 10 guests (minimum booking of 5 guest rooms for 3 nights.) This price includes a beach ceremony, semi-private reception, wedding cake and some champagne — talk about budget savvy! Check out the website for the RIU to learn more about their wedding offerings.
If you're looking for an elegant, adults-only experience for your destination wedding or honeymoon, you'll definitely want to check out the Sandals Royal Caribbean! Sandals is known around the world for its consistent quality and their weddings are no exception!
Even better, their wedding packages are super affordable (starting at just $500 for up to 8 people) with the possibility of a free wedding if a minimum booking is met! For those couples who want something truly intimate and elegant, Sandals is the way to go! Did I mention that this resort even has its own private island just five minutes offshore? It's totally available for weddings – talk about amazing! Learn more about Sandals Royal Caribbean by visiting their website.
Half Moon is an incredibly luxurious property for a wedding or honeymoon, but the value is unbeatable! Half Moon has all-inclusive packages available so you can relax and experience all this property has to offer. From the on-site spa experience to the private guest houses, Half Moon has alot to offer a couple for their wedding. Enjoy getting ready on your wedding day at the Half Moon Spa, or indulge in some couples massages during your honeymoon!
Half Moon has lots of options for weddings, starting with intimate packages for two all the way up to a large guest list. They also have proposal packages available to help plan the ultimate experience to pop the big question. If you're looking for something on the more luxurious side, Half Moon is a great option. Check out their website for more info about their property.
If you're on the lookout for a more upscale and customizable experience, consider the Grand Palladium for your destination wedding! The Grand Palladium has partnered with renowned wedding planner Karen Bussen to craft signature wedding looks specifically for this property that can be customized to a couple's needs and style. You basically get the design eye of a high-profile wedding planner but at a fraction of the cost!
The Grand Palladium also offers ten dining options and certain on-site restaurants can be reserved for a private wedding reception. There are buffet style and a la carte options and the cuisines are varied and delicious! Grand Palladium also is home to several different ceremony locations so whether you want to get married on the beach, under a gazebo, or in a garden you are sure to find the perfect option for your big day. The Grand Palladium's wedding packages begin at just over $1k for an impeccably designed, intimate wedding experience for the bride and groom. Learn more about Grand Palladium's wedding offerings on their website.
See something you like? Be sure to check individually with each resort to find out if there are specials available for minimum bookings and room blocks. If a destination wedding is what you're after, I highly recommend Jamaica for gorgeous and budget friendly options!
And if you're interested, I'm visiting Jamaica again this weekend to get the full WeddingMoons experience at Sandals Whitehouse, so feel free to follow my posts on Instagram for some gorgeous wedding and honeymoon inspiration!