Getting Married in a Jamaican Villa

The romance of the tropics, privacy, the luxury of being cared for by an attentive staff ... Jamaica weddings have them all.

For years, Jamaican weddings have been high on the list of favorites for couples entering one of life's greatest adventures. Our villas make the most perfect locations for the great day thanks to the loving staff and the level of care that is an integral quality of every vacation we arrange.

We have a great deal of experience organizing accommodations for wedding parties, be it a secluded villa for just the couple, or a combination of neighboring properties for a large group of family and friends.

We offer guidance and contact numbers which you will find on this page so that you can make your own arrangements for a simple event. For anything larger we recommend you employ one of our locally-based wedding planners who are experienced in arranging Jamaica weddings.

We look forward to helping you plan the wedding of your dreams!

Minister/Marriage Officer

Pastors of most churches and all priests are licensed officers. Recommended ministers are:

  • Rev. Gordon, Church of God, 876-952-4616 (church) or 876-953-3376 (home + fax)
  • Rev. Alexander, Methodist, 876-952-1613 (church) or 876-952-2527 (home)
  • Rev. Evans, United Church of Jamaica, 876-952-2160 (church) or 876-952-6466 (home)

For a civil ceremony, contact nondenominational marriage officer: Rev. Garnett Neathly 952-6253 (phone) 605-9368 (fax) cell 876 990 9498 e-mail garnett@cwjamaica.com

If you need information for a Catholic ceremony, please call us.

Documents Required

The minister or marriage officer will need the following to make application for your marriage license:

  • Copy of birth certificates.
  • Certified divorce papers or certified death certificate if applicable (if not certified, must be notarized).
  • Notarized parental consent if under 21 years.
  • Fee of $250.00 for a blessing and $500 for the full ceremony with all documents and licensing.

Also include both applicants' full names and occupations, status (single/divorced/widowed), date and time of wedding, fathers' full names, name of villa where ceremony will take place, and proposed length of stay in Jamaica.

Applicants must be on the island 24 hours prior to wedding.

Apply for license at least 6 weeks before wedding date.

Minimum Rental

A one-week (7 nights) minimum rental at the full house rate is required for the villa where the wedding and any associated events are to take place. It is economic to house your additional wedding guests in one or more of our villas rather than a hotel. For "sister" villas where your additional guests are accommodated, there is a seven night minimum in High Season and a five night minimum in Low Season. Click here to see the sister houses.

When to Hold the Ceremony

We recommend scheduling the ceremony close to sundown with the reception starting under the beautiful Jamaican sunset and growing into a romantic candlelight evening. Winter months, sunset is around 5:30 PM, so schedule your ceremony for 5:00 PM. Summer months, sunset is around 6:30 but as Jamaican law requires that marriages take place before 6:00 PM, schedule your ceremony for no later than 5:30 PM!

Wedding Planning and Coordination

If you plan only a simple ceremony, you may not need a coordinator. If you plan a larger wedding a coordinator is indispensable. For example, if you want music from a DJ or a live calypso band, outside catering, a photographer/videographer or a rehearsal dinner and full reception, there is no alternative.

Please ask our agents for the telephone numbers of experienced wedding coordinators who reside in Jamaica. Each will quote you a fee and costs for all you request based on the details of your individual wedding.

Reception

Holding your wedding at a villa keeps reception costs down ~ whether you want a small wedding or a seated dinner or poolside buffet. Your wedding coordinator will suggest various options, from finger-food to an elaborate seated dinner. For large groups ... more than the maximum occupancy of the main villa ... we require that you employ an outside caterer for food and beverage.

The Wedding Cake

The traditional Jamaican Wedding Cake is dark and rich like a Christmas pudding, made with dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, dates, currants, cherries, etc. These fruits are finely chopped and marinated in wine and rum for weeks. This wonderful blend forms the base of your cake mixture. A crisp white frosting and fresh flowers complete the picture. Your cake can have one, two or three tiers. (Leftovers will last. Traditionally small pieces of the cake would be mailed in little boxes to friends and relatives who could not attend the wedding, and the top tier of the cake would be packed away and kept for use as the first child’s christening cake). The cost of the Jamaican Wedding Cake will depend on how many guests you wish to serve.

A traditional American tiered wedding cake can be ordered from a bakery or you can submit your own design for our pastry chef to create. Price varies with design and the number of guests you want to serve. Another option is simply to ask your villa cook to prepare and decorate a sponge cake.

Flowers

For specific blossoms for corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets, decorations and centerpieces, we recommend that you ask your wedding coordinator to order these through a local florist.

Gratuities

Apart from the normal gratuity - 10% of the villa rental in High Season and 15% in Low Season - you may wish to show your staff additional consideration for the extra effort they will make for your wedding. Of course, if staff from other villas have been helping at any event, they too will appreciate recognition of their contribution when you are distributing gratuities. For a complete understanding of the budget, click here to learn about your budget.

References

Would you like to speak to one of the couples who cherish their special memories of weddings and honeymoons in our Jamaican villas? Just ask us and we'll put you in touch with some of our brides and grooms.

All rates quoted above are in US$.

Wedding Villas

In our experience, the following villas are the best for Weddings. If extra guests require accommodations, we recommend rental of neighboring "sister" villas.

The villa where the wedding takes place requires a minimum one-week rental at full house rate. For "sister" villas where additional guests are accommodated, there is a seven night minimum in High Season and a five night minimum in Low Season.

Maximum guest count for any event surrounding a wedding is indicated under each villa listed below.

In most villas, a $15 per person surcharge applies to outside guests (in excess of double occupancy per bedroom) who attend a rehearsal dinner, the wedding reception, brunch or any other hospitality event at the wedding villa.

Additional fees apply to only:

  • $2,000 damage deposit in Greatview and Sweet Spot.
  • $3,000 location fee in Silent Waters, waived for guests satisfying a minimum rental requirement (please inquire).
  • Reminder: In most villas, a $15 per person surcharge applies to reception guests in excess of double occupancy per bedroom.
  • Fortlands Point $15 per extra guest.
  • Whispering Waters and Keela Wee will allow up to 40 guests for a wedding at $15 per outside guest.
  • Sea Island will allow up to 50-60 guests for a wedding at $15 per outside guest.
  • Out of the Blue is available for weddings, $2,200 fee including security deposit + $15 per outside guest.

Villas that do not host weddings are:

Amanoka, Canoe Cove, Emerald Seas, Fairway Manor, Longview Manor, Makana, Noble House on the Beach, Sundown, Tranquillity on the Beach. All villas located in theTryall Club.

Photo Villa and Amenities Sister Villas
A Summer Place on the Beach A Summer Place on the Beach7 Bedrooms

Nestled on its own sandy beach by the blue waters of Discovery Bay, A Summer Place is a spacious and playful family home. The design is of typical Caribbean gingerbread style with hand-carved fretwork trimming the length of the house. Additional staff required (plus tables, chairs, etc.). $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 100

Allamanda Allamanda5 Bedrooms

ALLAMANDA is a brilliant contemporary private villa with large heated pool, an excellent staff including top-rated chef, and nearby membership at Round Hill. $15 surcharge applies. Maximum guests: 50

Almond Hill Almond Hill4 Bedrooms

Designed by Prince Kasimir Korybut in 1993 and brilliantly renovated in 2012, Almond Hill is a lovely private home located on a former 500-acre coconut plantation just 22 minutes west of Montego Bay and a two-minute drive from posh Round Hill where guests enjoy complimentary resort membership. Maximum guests: 20

Bambu Bambu6 Bedrooms

Nine miles west of Montego Bay is a large private site overlooking perhaps the most glorious view of sea and sky on Jamaica’s renowned north coast. Elegantly perched on eight and a half acres atop this hill is Bambu, a grand six-bedroom private villa distinguished by its classic architecture and appreciated by discerning vacationers. Maximum guests: 60-75

Blue Heaven Blue Heaven3 Bedrooms

The grounds are adorned by elegant palm trees, bougainvillea, hibiscus, ginger lilies, frangipani, bamboo, ferns, lavender and periwinkle. Velvety soft zoysia grass invites barefoot walks around the lawn. Maximum guests: 30

Bumper’s Nest at the Tryall Club Bumper’s Nest at the Tryall Club6 Bedrooms

On three acres of land with a commanding view of the Caribbean Sea, lush green mountains and golf course, Bumper's Nest was designed by distinguished architect Kasimir Korybut in 1995. A brilliant renovation completed in 2015 has recreated one of the most glamorous homes at the Tryall Club. Here is an extraordinary private home with simply the best of everything.

    Camelot at the Tryall Club ~ A Two-Bedroom Great House Villa Camelot at the Tryall Club ~ A Two-Bedroom Great House Villa2 Bedrooms

    Camelot is a staffed two-bedroom villa at the legendary Tryall Great House. The villa is distinguished by breathtaking views of sea, sky and mountain from its comfy furnished veranda and spacious interiors are smartly decorated. Its newest addition is a private plunge pool.

      Cliffside Cottage Cliffside Cottage5 Bedrooms

      Dramatically perched on a lush green hillside above the sea, Cliffside Cottage commands stunning views of the deep blue Caribbean Sea by day and romantic lights that glisten across Montego Bay after sunset. Sunrise and sunset vistas from this vantage point are mesmerizing. Maximum guests: 50

      Coach House at Good Hope Coach House at Good Hope7 Bedrooms

      The Coach House is a fantastic gathering place for families, retreats, and friends,- with space for togetherness, space for discovering nature, space for alone time. Like travelling through a time warp, to visit Jamaica's countryside is to experience another Jamaica of 30 years ago. The pace is slow, the lifestyle uncomplicated, the people are kind and calm and the service is family style.

        Coconut Cottage Coconut Cottage5 Bedrooms

        COCONUT is a very private 5-bedroom cottage nestled into an acre on a gentle hillside that was the original 500-acre plantation of Round Hill Estate. Set in a storybook wooded lot, the villa accommodates couples and families in three bedrooms in the Main House and two more bedrooms in the Cottage just a few yards away. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 25

        Coral Cove Villa on the Beach Coral Cove Villa on the Beach5 Bedrooms

        Located on the beach of Discovery Bay, Coral Cove Villa is a five bedroom, two story villa with a comfy put-your-feet-up signature feeling that allows an at-home, informal, relaxed lifestyle. Coral Cove villa must be rented along with Linga-Awile Cottage. 7 night minimum stay is required at both villas. $15 surcharge per person (outside villa guests only). Maximum guests: 50

        Drambuie Estate Drambuie Estate5 Bedrooms

        Built in the 1940‘s by the Duke of Marlborough, Drambuie Estate is a slice of old Jamaica when lively drawing room conversation and gracious service ruled the day in an extraordinary private setting. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 100

        Endless Summer Endless Summer7 Bedrooms

        One of the most glamorous villas in Jamaica, Endless Summer is a turreted mansion with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. From the porte-cochere, beveled glass doors open to a dramatic 80' columned space. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 75

        Flower Hill Flower Hill6 Bedrooms

        Flower Hill is one of the most luxurious villas in Montego Bay's, Spring Farm neighborhood. This Premier 19,000-sq-ft villa sits on 4 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking the Half Moon Beach Resort and Golf Club. Minimum night stay is required: 7 night minimum in High Season & 5 night minimum in Low Season. A $30 per person surcharge applies to outside guests who attend a rehearsal dinner, the wedding reception, brunch or any other hospitality event. An additional $1,000 non-refundable cleaning fee and $5,000 damage deposit apply as well. Maximum guests: 80

        Fortlands Point on the Beach Fortlands Point on the Beach7 Bedrooms

        On a stunning promontory, once the site of an old stone fort, sits a remarkable home named Fortlands Point. From its breathtaking location on the tip of the peninsula, the commanding view encompasses the turquoise water of Discovery Bay on one side and the deep blue Caribbean Sea on the other. $15 surcharge per person. $3000 damage deposit. Maximum guests: 100

        Frankfort on the Beach Frankfort on the Beach6 Bedrooms

        17th Century fortress restored as a remarkable private home on a perfect private Caribbean beach. 2 night minimum stay required. Weddings venue fee: $3,000. Maximum guests: 150

        Goat Hill Goat Hill3 Bedrooms

        Goat Hill sits on a remarkable site, located specifically to benefit from the spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea and the most favorable trade winds day and night. The east view captures the sunrise, Montego Bay and the Great River ~ the west view is an equally lovely vista toward Round Hill, the Caribbean Sea and the sunset. $1,000 surcharge for first 40 guests. $15 per person surcharge for 41-80 guests. Maximum guests: 80

        GoldenEye Beach and Lagoon Villas GoldenEye Beach and Lagoon Villas2 Bedrooms

        Each of GoldenEye's stand-alone villas is its own private world, set in a verdant garden of native greenery and sitting directly on the beach or lagoon.

          GoldenEye Fleming Villa GoldenEye Fleming Villa5 Bedrooms

          FOR DECADES, The Fleming Villa has been legend for its illustrious past, its celebrity guests, and the lasting works of literature and film that were penned and shot here. Today, it is just as stunning as ever and still filled with the echoes of the literati, the rich, famous and infamous who gathered here for adventures romantic, intellectual and illicit.

            Great River House Great River House5 Bedrooms

            Classic Jamaican glamour meets luxurious modern conveniences! Set on five acres of gently sloping land with sea view and surrounded by manicured lawns. Maximum guests: 100 (plus rental of luxury portajohns is required)

            Greatview Greatview6 Bedrooms

            Greatview is one of the most glamorous private homes overlooking the Half Moon golf course and vast ocean vista. Three world-class golf courses (Cinnamon Hill, Half Moon and White Witch) are within a five-minute drive. The view is breathtaking ~ the deep blue sea to the north and magnificent mountains to the south. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 20 (includes 10 staying at villa)

            Hillside House on Round Hill Hillside House on Round Hill5 Bedrooms

            When Round Hill was only an undeveloped knob of lush green hillside rising over the sea, one man had the good fortune to have his choice of lots, and the wisdom to choose that piece of land most favored by the sun and prevailing tradewinds ... which also happened to have one of the most spectacular views in all the Caribbean. Today, an extensive renovation of the original house was just completed by the same family who captured the site 60 years ago and named their first house Hillside Cottage.

            Jamaican Dream Golf Villa in Rose Hall Jamaican Dream Golf Villa in Rose Hall4 Bedrooms

            JAMAICAN DREAM is an aptly-named private villa located in a gated residential area of upscale homes in the lush hills of Rose Hall. This well-located home sits between two renowned golf courses: the challenging White Witch and championship Cinnamon Hill course. Five minutes west is the famous Half Moon course. Small weddings only

            Jus' Paradise Golf Villa in Rose Hall Jus' Paradise Golf Villa in Rose Hall3 Bedrooms

            JUS' PARADISE is an aptly-named private villa located in a gated residential area of upscale homes in the lush hills of Rose Hall. This well-located home sits between two renowned golf courses: the challenging White Witch and championship Cinnamon Hill course. Five minutes west is the famous Half Moon course. Maximum guests: 30

            Keela Wee on the Beach Keela Wee on the Beach6 Bedrooms

            Located on a private coral cove, this pretty yellow stone villa overlooks one of Jamaica's loveliest bodies of water ~ Discovery Bay. Property will allow up to 40 guests for a wedding at $15 per outside guest

            Kenyan Sunset Golf Villa in Rose Hall Kenyan Sunset Golf Villa in Rose Hall5 Bedrooms

            In the Rose Hall residential expanse of fine homes, Kenyan Sunset Golf Villa is designed for families and golfers. It sits on two acres bordering the famous White Witch golf course and has direct walk-on access to the 4th tee, virtually in your own backyard. $15 surcharge per person. Additional staff required for party larger than 12. Additional tables, chairs, etc. required for parties larger than 32. Maximum guests: 80 on lawn/pool deck (max 40 guests on verandah only)

            Knockando on Round Hill Knockando on Round Hill5 Bedrooms

            More than 50 years ago, a visionary named John Pringle dreamed of turning a magical Jamaican hillside and waterfront into a luxurious retreat and he named it Round Hill. He sat upon the hill, gazed over the deep blue sea and selected the site for his own home, the genesis of what was to become a renowned resort for guests from around the world. Today, that home is Knockando, distinguished by one of the most breathtaking views in the Caribbean. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 50

            Linga-Awile Cottage on the Beach Linga-Awile Cottage on the Beach3 Bedrooms

            This 3-bedroom casual cottage shares a delightful waterfront site with its sister property, Coral Cove Villa, on the clear waters of Discovery Bay. Linga-Awile sits on a lovely, long, large lawn. Beyond the lawn and swimming pool is its sugary white sand beach with two thatched roof umbrellas for shade. Linga-Awile Cottage must be rented along with Coral Cove Villa. 7 night minimum stay is required at both villas. $15 surcharge per person (outside villa guests only). Maximum guests: 50

            Mirador at the Tryall Club ~ A Great House Villa Suite Mirador at the Tryall Club ~ A Great House Villa Suite1 Bedrooms

            Mirador is a stylish one-bedroom apartment at the posh Tryall Club. Its prize location provides both proximity to the elegant Tryall Club Great House and a breathtaking view over the deep blue Caribbean Sea and the manicured championship golf course.

            Nutmeg Nutmeg6 Bedrooms

            Nutmeg is a charming 6 bedroom villa in the upscale residential neighborhood of Spring Farm ~ just five minutes from three world-class golf courses, designer shops, bars, restaurants and beaches. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 50

            Pavilion Pavilion5 Bedrooms

            Pavilion is an exquisite villa privately located at the end of a cul-de-sac with magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea to the north and a tranquil 10-mile view of the mountains to the south. It is spacious, quiet, peaceful and beautiful. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 75

            Pimento Hill Pimento Hill6 Bedrooms

            Pimento Hill is a spacious private home with a legendary history. The villa overlooks the Caribbean Sea and is located just five minutes from chic Round Hill where guests enjoy complimentary membership. Maximum guests: 50

            Scotch on the Rocks Scotch on the Rocks5 Bedrooms

            SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS is a charming turquoise villa overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Full house rental and 7 night minimum stay required. Prepaid gratuity required. Wedding planner not required but recommended. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 35

              Sea Grapes on the Beach Sea Grapes on the Beach6 Bedrooms

              On its own sugary white sand beach lapped by the clear turquoise waters of Discovery Bay sits the charming home Sea Grapes. The translucent azure waters here are excellent for swimming and kayaking. Surrounding the swimming pool is a spacious grassy lawn, wonderful for children and games. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 50

              Sea Haven on Discovery Bay Sea Haven on Discovery Bay4 Bedrooms

              Located on a private waterfront acre, Sea Haven is a traditional West Indian cottage dressed in charming periwinkle blue. It sits directly on the edge of beautiful Discovery Bay. Maximum guests: 8 (only guests staying at villa)

              Sea Island Sea Island6 Bedrooms

              Drive through the impressive entrance gates with their tall stone columns to enter this unique and lovely home, beloved by the families who return year after year. Full house rental and 4 night minimum stay required. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 50-60

              Serenity on the Beach Serenity on the Beach4 Bedrooms

              SERENITY is one of the most beloved and often revisited villas on Jamaica's beautiful north coast. Its prize location is a waterfront acre 8 miles west of Montego Bay. Grounds include a tennis court, basketball hoop and heated pool. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 25

              Seven Seas on the Beach Seven Seas on the Beach4 Bedrooms

              The morning sun has turned the sea and the dew on the palm trees to silver. The non-stop trade winds waft through the rooms of the villa and the aroma of fresh-baked bread works its way from the kitchen to my bedroom window. 7 night minimum stay required. Weddings must be arranged with a wedding planner. Maximum guests: 35-40

                Silent Waters Silent Waters8 Bedrooms

                Silent Waters is one of the most glamorous private homes in the Caribbean. It is distinguished by world-class architecture and design, breathtaking location, and exquisite accommodations and service. All 5 main villa suites and the owner's villa will accommodate 18-20 guests. A 2-night minimum reservation is accepted in low season and the weekly rate will be prorated accordingly. All special events held at Silent Waters Villa are subject to a US$3,000 facility rental fee (plus 10% GCT). This fee will be waived for guests satisfying a minimum rental requirement of US$16,240 (plus 10% GCT) in low season (5 suites) and US$21,910 (plus 10% GCT) in high season (5 suites). 20 guests are allowed for plated sit-down dinners, 54 guests are allowed for buffet sit-down dinners and 150 guests are allowed for cocktail parties. (Note: All rates and fees listed for Silent Waters are subject to 10% Government Consumption Tax).

                Sugar Bay on the Beach Sugar Bay on the Beach5 Bedrooms

                On its own sugary white sand beach lapped by the turquoise waters of Discovery Bay sits the exquisite home Sugar Bay. Interiors are distinguished by elegant custom-designed furniture, color-washed walls, gleaming breadnut floors, and fascinating objets d`art from around the world. 7 night minimum stay is required. $15 surcharge per person. $2000 damage deposit. Maximum guests: 50

                Sugar Hill at the Tryall Club Sugar Hill at the Tryall Club8 Bedrooms

                Sugar Hill is a luxurious eight-bedroom villa perched atop a lush three-acre property with breathtaking views over the Tryall Club to the Caribbean Sea and horizon. This glamorous home is ideal for golf and tennis buffs, couples, large groups and families. Children welcome!

                  Summerland on Round Hill Summerland on Round Hill4 Bedrooms

                  Perched atop glamorous, private Round Hill, Summerland is a fully staffed private home sited for its dramatic view over the sea. The view is simply mesmerizing day and night.

                  Summertime Summertime7 Bedrooms

                  6,000-square-foot private villa on 5 acres with magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea. After sunset, the view transforms from brilliant blue water to the mesmerizing beauty of the sea at night, glimmering with reflections of cruise ships and the romantic night lights of Montego Bay nine miles away. $350 event fee plus $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 40

                  Sweet Spot on the Beach Sweet Spot on the Beach6 Bedrooms

                  Located on a wide sandy beach, Sweet Spot is like a pretty jewel box next to the sea. Its remarkable location is the best of all worlds ... a 6,000-square-foot private home with a huge lawn and beach ~ just yards from the Jewel Runaway Bay golf pro shop which offers discounted greens fees to Sweet Spot guests. $15 surcharge per person. Maximum guests: 30 (outside catering required for guests; $2,000 damage deposit for events).

                    Whispering Waters on the Beach Whispering Waters on the Beach7 Bedrooms

                    From the homeowner who created the wonderful villa Keela Wee comes its new sister house, Whispering Waters. Located immediately next door to Keela Wee, this brand new villa offers seven bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. Whispering Waters overlooks one of Jamaica’s loveliest crystal clear bodies of water, Discovery Bay. On its own private coral cove, this newest property can be rented alone ~ or in combination with any other neighboring villa. Property will allow up to 40 guests for a wedding at $15 per outside guest

                    Wild Orchid Wild Orchid5 Bedrooms

                    Wild Orchid is a private Jamaican hideaway located on part of a former banana and coconut plantation stretching from mountain to sea. Event fees based on 5-night minimum stays: $1,000 for 1-50 guests, $1,500 for 51-75 guests, $2,000 for 76-100 guests, $2,500 for 101-200 guests and $3,000 for 201-300 guests. Please request a quote for more than 300 guests. One-day event fees during Low Season: US$1,875 for 1-50 guests, US$3,125 for 51-75 guests and US$3,750 for 76-100 guests. Please request a quote for more than 100 guests. One-day events during High Season attract an additional 20% Surcharge.

                    Windsong Windsong4 Bedrooms

                    Windsong is an exquisite and very private home just minutes from Round Hill. Designed by noted architect Kasimir Coribut, the site benefits from spectacular views day and night and the most favorable tradewinds. The east view captures the sunrise and Montego Bay ... the west view is an equally lovely vista of Round Hill, the sea and the sunset. Max 50 guests. *$15 surcharge applies