Getting married in Jamaica is simple – visitors can be married 24 hours after arriving provided all prior paperwork and applications have been approved.
Jamaica does not require any blood test, but the following documentation are required:
All documents that are not issued in English must be translated by an Official Translator and subsequently certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of residence and by the nearest Jamaican Mission or Honorary Consulate.
The processing fee for the Marriage License is Four Thousand Jamaican Dollars (approximately US$50.00). The marriage license is valid for 3 months and the application is a same day process.
We choose to work with resorts and venues who we are confident can host your wedding, after all, it is one of the most special days of your life!
The resorts and venues we work with offer great wedding packages, add on options and have create incredible events to make your wedding day the best day ever!
One important thing to know is the resorts and venues we choose to work with not only offer amazing wedding packages, décor, florals, food, entertainment, etc… but they also are prepared for back up options – while no one wants rain on their wedding day, some elements are simply out of our hands, but rest assured the venues we recommend offer beautiful back up locations just in case!
The island offers resorts to suit all needs – adults only, couples only, family friendly and anything in between. Most often wedding couples choose to stay at All Inclusive resorts, to make the vacation seamless and easy for their loved ones. These resorts are plentiful in Jamaica with a variety of price points and amenities.
We highly recommend and advise wedding couples to choose a resort that can accommodate their needs and wishes for their wedding events as not all resorts can, but don’t worry – we are here to guide you through that and help make selecting the right resort easy!
Apart from the resorts, the island always has something to do! Whether you want sun and sand or culture and history, Jamaica’s got it mon!
Ride a bobsled down the rainforest or hike in Fern Gully. Climb the famous Dunn’s River Waterfall or snorkel the reef in Ocho Rios.
Sit back with a Red Stripe and watch the cliff drivers jump from Rick’s Café in Negril while taking in one of the most stunning sunsets you’ll ever see or play a round of golf at Half Moon Golf Course – it’s internationally known for being challenging and breathtaking.
Still need more excursion ideas?
Take a bamboo raft down the Martha Brae River.
Bike through the famous Jamaican Blue Mountains.
Tour the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory where Blue Mountain Coffee is processed.
Stop at any roadside jerk hut for Jamaica’s own Jerk Chicken – be sure to try festival if they have it! Visit the White Witch at Rose Hall, who is said to still haunt the property.
Stop at Appleton Estate to learn the history and see how Jamaica’s famous rum is made from sugar cane.
The list goes on and on… there truly is something for everyone in Jamaica!
Jamaica is such a special island in the Caribbean. One of the most common thing people say if they’ve been to JamRock is how friendly and warm the people are. And they really are! The vibe on the island is laidback with people who are genuinely warm, hospitable and happy. You can walk through the market and hear folks humming Bob Marley or hear it at any bar.
What are you waiting for – let’s plan your Jamaican Wedding now!
Welcome to Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta
Located on the beautiful Banderas Bay with spectacular views of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta is an all-suite, AAA Four Diamond Resort for couples and families alike. This oceanfront resort treats couples and couples with children to a gorgeous beach, elegant pools, and exterior whirlpools on every terrace. With close proximity to Puerto Vallarta, local attractions include premier golfing, whale watching, shopping and nightlife. Go far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included.
Enjoy the many amenities of Unlimited-Luxury, where nearly everything is included!
Here at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, we go far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included. Enjoy spacious rooms and suites, graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped, reservation-free dining, the Explorer's Club for Kids and so much more. All the fun is wristband-free!
At Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, these amenities include:
Retreat to your room or suite with a private balcony, stunning views and more. Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta features 229 non-smoking guest rooms and suites, family-sized and filled with luxury amenities for your comfort and convenience.
Experience our highest level of luxury and personal service in the Preferred Club at Dreams Villamagna. Enjoy an upgraded suite, access to a private lounge and beach access, special concierge service and other enhanced amenities.
Preferred Club Privileges
Do as much or as little as you like at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta. After all, it’s your vacation.
YOUR DREAMS WEDDING
Stunning ceremony. Lively cocktail hour. Private dinner reception. Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta wedding packages provide all the elements of the picture perfect event along with special touches that will pamper you beyond the wedding day.
Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta avoids the cookie-cutter wedding. Our on-site coordinators encourage you to send images from wedding blogs, magazines, even your Pinterest board, and we'll help turn your vision into reality. Explore our wedding resources to help you plan your dream destination wedding.
Interested in Dreams Villamagna for your destination wedding? Let us help make your dream wedding come true!
Below I will guide you through where to start with your destination wedding. I have broken down my weddings that I've booked from 2017, 2018 and 2019 so you can see how travel costs, wedding prices and promotions work. Here you can see proof of past, current and future weddings. I have included hotels in each destination so you know where to start looking.
Before you start looking up resorts all over Mexico and the Caribbean you need to narrow down 2 budgets. At the same time you need to consider your wedding date, does it fall over a holiday or peak time of year as you may have to increase the travel budget to accommodate or be flexible on the date/month.
1. You and your guests travel budget. 2. Your wedding budget.
Without having planned a wedding before you are asking the same questions... how to estimate travel budget? and wedding budget? without knowing where to start!?
I have calculated the nightly average price from 3 years of weddings that I have booked between Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica to give you an average cost that is accurate to present day.
The average nightly rate worked out to $185.50 per person per night x 2 adults in the room is = $371 per night. If you stayed for a week that is $1,298.50 per person for 7 nights.
Average wedding cost of $7,486 with an average of 42 guests for food, drinks, décor, DJ, dance floor with ceremony, 1 hour cocktail, 3 hour dinner reception.
Average free room or free guest promotion couple received $5,194.
How do free rooms work? One of best promotions that quite a few different brands of hotels are offering is every 6th room free (average is maximum of 3 free rooms). What that means is when final payment of your group is finished the hotel gives the wedding couple the monetary amount of the free room.
To keep it simple if the cost of the week is $2,597 and you have 12 rooms book that is $2,597 X 2 free rooms = $5,194. If you had 18 rooms that would be $7,791 that you would receive.
What most couples do is reduce their travel costs and then put the rest towards the wedding but you may do what you wish.
Total costs for hotel for 1 week =$2,597
Total wedding cost =$7,486
PROMO -$5,194 ($2,597 x 2 free rooms)
New Total = $4,889
What isn’t included is photography and flights to the destination.
Now that you know what an average wedding costs you can decide if you want go up or down in your travel budget and wedding budget.
Riviera Maya, Mexico – Dreams Riviera Cancun – April, May, October, November 2019
Riviera Maya, Mexico – Hard Rock Riviera Maya – September, October, November 2019
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Now Onyx Punta Cana – May, June, October November 2019
Montego Bay, Jamaica – Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall- September, October 2019
Liberia, Costa Rica – Secrets Papagayo- September, October 2019
What's better than getting married in the Caribbean.....
Getting married in the newly designed overwater chapel at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica!
With crystal clear Caribbean waters providing the perfect backdrop for your "I do" moment, the overwater chapel provides the ultimate wedding location! Offering panoramic views with the optional open-air venue, seating for loved ones, glass floors to see the blue waters below, and plenty of ways to transform the space to make it unique to your wedding theme!
The wide beach adjacent to the chapel is the perfect setting for dinner and end the evening by dancing under the stars!
"Sandals South Coast is also going to make it possible to tie the knot overwater with its new over-the-water wedding chapel, with a breathtaking 360-degree, panoramic water views and a glass floor aisle. Brides and grooms will have the option to make a grand entrance on their special day by arriving to the wedding chapel in style via boat, too." (source Sandals In The News)
Sandals Resorts recently announced the overwater chapel addition to Sandals South Coast, formally Sandals Whitehouse, located on the pristine shores of Jamaica's South Coast. The resort boasts all ocean front rooms, 3 luxury included villages, Butler service amenities, and newly opened Latitudes, Sandals first overwater bar -- drink your nightcap from a hammock suspended overtop of the Caribbean Sea, yes please!
Want to tie the knot here?!
This resort is one of our favorites, just ask how many times we've been here ;)
If you're looking for info, real experiences and making this location the place where your happily ever after begins, let's talk!
I recently returned from another trip to St Lucia. The island itself is stunning and lush and evokes a magical feel with it's rainforests and majestic famous peaks, the Pitons!
Since this was not my first time to this tropical island I was already aware of some of things that make St Lucia so inviting to visitors from around the world! However it was my sister's first trip here, so I was excited to share what I knew and already loved about this small Caribbean hot spot!
I always say "the further away the destination, the better it is" which is totally true in this case. From the interior of British Columbia, Canada, this island is a bit of a distance to travel to. St Lucia is located in the Eastern Caribbean, only 3 islands north of South America, boasting gorgeous weather, crystal clear waters and history dating back centuries.
This destination is ideal for couples wanting an exotic feel of a true tropical getaway with the comforts of well appointed accommodations and amenities! With day trips to the rainforest, waterfalls, mud baths, hot springs, deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, ziplining, snokeling, hiking, shopping, gambling, touring rum factories and banana plantations; there is endless possibility to keep busy. And if you prefer to relax and unwind there are countless beaches, spas, pools and ways to escape in St Lucia!
Of course another reason to come to the Caribbean is the cool beverages, mouth watering food and fresh fruits! I was beyond please to find local fruit vendors selling homegrown, handpicked local fruits from their kayaks each day on the beach! My kind of breakfast!
St Lucia offers a backdrop like none other to say "I do". View breathtaking views of the Piton mountains to turquoise blues of the Caribbean Sea and tropical palm tree beaches you can be married in your choice of local!
St Lucia now features the Caribbean's first and only overwater chapel located at Sandals Grande St Lucian. Set at the end of a pier providing stunning 360 degrees views of Rodney Bay, featuring a glass bottom floor and ample space for loved ones to celebrate your I do's. This is the crème de la crème of locations.
Ready to plan your destination wedding in St Lucia!? Let's get started!
Breathless Resorts are known for chic and contemporary style, lots of fun and activities, superb food and drinks and ideal for groups! This resort will be a top choice for destination weddings in Jamaica!
Opening December 15, 2016 – Luxe and ultra-modern, Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa has been re-imagined for sophisticated singles, couples and friends who want to live big, breath deep and experience life at its fullest. Located minutes away from the heart of downtown Montego Bay, the highly anticipated and stylish resort will offer guests a unique experience focused on exhilarating parties, weekly and monthly themed events and around the clock entertainment designed to entice and arouse your senses. The stunning 5-story adults-only resort will boast 150 ultra-chic and lavish suites with state-of-the-art technology, all carefully designed to exceed expectations with furnished private balconies and terraces, stunning mountain and bay views, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, gorgeous marble bathrooms and more.
A social atmosphere is infused into all aspects and areas of the resort, encouraging guests to mix and mingle while enjoying all of the benefits of an Unlimited-Luxury® experience, where everything is included. Limitless access to seven specialty-themed restaurants featuring communal tables and unique culinary experiences, five trendsetting bars and lounges serving top-shelf spirits and handcrafted cocktails, 24 hour room and concierge services, endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment; all without limits, reservations required or expected gratuities.
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa
We are super excited to visit this resort for it's opening! Having experienced all other Breathless Resorts we're sure it'll live up to it's expectations! Each resort is unique on it's own and still in keeping with the ultra chic and contemporary style that Breathless has become known for! Each Breathless Resort is ideal for wedding groups wanting a lively and fun resort to celebrate their wedding festivities. Perfect for groups of friends and family to come together and share in all the love and laughs during your wedding week!
We cannot wait for this resort to open! Ready to get started planning your big day!?
These days everyone is online -- my grandma uses an iPhone and my 2 year old nephew uses an iPad like no one's business! So, here are some 21 century tips on planning your destination wedding.
Wedding Butlers offers major advantages and cost saving perks like wedding websites and e-vites at no extra costs!
Our services include a wedding website that contains all the need to know info for your guests!
All of the must have details like celebration dates, location and of course, cost.
Plus some cool extras like a guest book so friends and family can write you a message. A photo gallery of the happy couple and beautiful tropical pics of the destination and resort!
We also include an advanced RSVP system that allows guests to accept or decline your invite which will then send them the instructions on how to complete their reservation.
Seamless, stress-free and simple! All at your fingertips!
These days it's essential to have a wedding website.
If you aren't following us on Pinterest, you should be! It's a necessary tool for finding wedding inspiration! Our boards and pins are specifically geared for the resorts and venues we work with so they're filled with what has been done, what can be done and some pretty awesome ideas that you will want to consider!
One of the challenging things of having a destination wedding is that you may not be aware of what your options are and some of the resources are limited. But, that's where we come in! We've been to these places! We've planned countless events here! We've had our own weddings on these same beaches and resorts! Not to mention the strong relationship we've built with our vendors and resorts. Wedding Butlers can make your Pinterest wedding a reality!
E-vites & Newsletters:
People are attached to their phones, emails, social networks... so put the information where the people are! While sending out paper invitations may be the formal and traditional way, it's not necessarily as practical when it comes to planning a destination wedding.
In most cases the quote you receive for your destination wedding is only valid for a certain length of time. In that time frame you and your guests will need to put down a deposit to confirm their reservation. Having a time constraint can make things tricky when waiting on Mr Postman. You will want to give everyone the info as soon as you can to allow them ample time to make their reservation. Plus the way we create your beautifully designed e-vite guests can click to get to your wedding website instantly!
Our mailing system is pretty sophisticated. It allows us to see who has opened or not opened your e-vite! We use this same tool to send out some helpful reminders to your group like "your balance is due" or "packing tips for your big trip!" even "check out these local tours". Don't worry, we'll only send a few and at your permission -- we promise not to bug your guests!
Wedding Butlers' services are a major asset when planning your day in paradise! Looking to tie the knot somewhere tropical? We would love to help!
Deciding to have a destination wedding can be a tough choice. For some couples they know right away that a destination wedding is the route for them, but other couples may still be on the fence about a wedding away! Here's some reasons why a destination wedding is a great option for you!
A chance to be unique!
Having a destination wedding allows you to stand out and be different. When your friends and family choose to have a local wedding you won't be subject to using the same vendors and venues they go with, giving you a way to stand out from the crowd! Plus, yours will be talked about for years to come!
Everyone loves a tropical vaca!
Yes, your wedding is the highlight of the trip but having a getaway wedding also allows your loved ones to have a much needed escape from reality. Asking them to join you to celebrate your I do's in a tropical paradise is a perfect way for them to have some R&R too! Like most home town wedding celebrations time is limited and finding time to hang out and catch up (and thank!) your friends and family in a weekend or worse just one night is practically impossible. Why not head south for a week and really get to celebrate with your nearest and dearest!
Destination weddings are more affordable, and for a few reasons! A) in most cases you won't have a massive guest list of 150+ people like you would at home, so fewer mouths to feed. B) Resorts and hotel offer wedding packages including a variety of the necessities you need to host a gorgeous events rather then adding each item up separate the resort includes the big ticket items! C) Less is more! You actually don't need as much décor, flowers, lighting, etc. to create a stunning atmosphere; paradise is already beautiful!
Actually planning the big day!
Not everyone has the bride / groom gene! Did you know that planning a wedding is typically 200 + hours of work and time! While destination weddings do still need to be planned there is far less work to be done when you work with Wedding Butlers. We have built relationships with our vendors, resorts, travel partners and having been destination brides and grooms ourselves we know a thing or two about the process! We're experts and have a seamless system to create your dream day. Leave us to do the work while you relax and enjoy your engagement!
Considering a destination wedding? It’s becoming more and more popular among engaged couples for lots of reason; it’s affordable, convenient and less stressful! Here are a few more pros to jet off to a tropical local to say your “I do’s”!
You won’t need to break the bank on your décor budget! Since you are already in a gorgeous location with a tropical backdrop you won’t need to add as many décor pieces to make your wedding a beautiful atmosphere. Of course you can still add your own personality to it with flowers, candles, and unique pieces – there are plenty of options available to make it your own!
Guys get more involved… and like it:
Guys are more typically more excited about a destination wedding compared to local nuptials. Guys would rather plan fun excursions with friends like a fishing or ATV trip instead of picking out flower arrangements!
More quality time with your friends and family:
Most traditional weddings last only day and trying to visit with each guest is a hard task to complete with such limited time however choosing a destination wedding means you’ll have at least 3 days to spend real quality time with your loved ones!
Your wedding is the star of the trip but it’s also an added bonus for friends and family to have a vacation, relax, reconnect and celebrate! Plus, your honeymoon begins right after you say “I do”!
Tying the knot in paradise means that your wedding won’t be at the same old hometown locations that many of your friends have picked. There are plenty of destinations, resorts and locations to select from that will create a unique way to celebrate and stand out from the pack!
Planning is easier:
Planning any wedding means you will need to devote time and energy into making your day perfect. When planning a destination wedding many resorts offer planning services not to mention Wedding Butlers provides dedicated destination wedding planners to handle all components of your big day!
liable to make it your own!
Wedding Butlers offers full wedding planning from travel arrangements to choosing centerpieces! Our team is committed to creating your dream wedding. Ready to start planning your day in paradise? Contact us!
Once upon a time destination weddings were not that common. Couples basically eloped without much planning. Even as the trend of destination weddings grew, many resorts and hotels were not equipped with the materials, flowers and decor that a "at home" wedding would have. Resorts simply relied on their natural surroundings to create a beautiful backdrop and to some people, that's enough. The ocean, beach, palm trees, sunset are all beautiful and create a stunning destination wedding.
Now, as destination weddings are more popular than ever, resorts and hotels are creating exquisite one of a kind weddings. Gone are the days when there were only 2 flower choices, 2 colors of drapes, 1 type of chair and 2 options for dinner. Many resorts are able to customize your day and night and create your dream wedding completely personalized your favorite colors and flowers. Even adding completely specific items to match your ideal decor, resorts have endless choices! Wedding Butlers is happy to provide those exact resorts and hotels to our brides and grooms so you too can have your dream come true wedding!
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