Getting Married in Jamaica
If you’ve been dreaming about celebrating your love in a tropical paradise, a destination wedding in Jamaica will transform those dreams into an affordable and memorable reality. From turquoise waters off powder sand beaches to enchanting waterfalls, our island inspires romance. Jamaica also has the resources and expertise to make your ceremony an elegant, hassle-free affair.
The quickest and easiest way to plan a destination wedding is through a resort. In Jamaica, most resorts offer budget friendly wedding and honeymoon packages along with generous discounts for large groups. The basic package usually includes a venue, a wedding coordinator and a licensed marriage officer. Some resorts offer a complimentary ceremony for couples who plan to honeymoon on their property. Sunset cruises, couple’s massages, photographs and Champagne are some of the amenities often featured in budget-friendly resort wedding packages.
In addition to resort coordinators, there are several highly qualified wedding planners on the island. These planners have experience working with international brides and in planning events of various sizes. You can also employ the services of a coordinator in your area that specializes in destination weddings. However, we strongly advise that either you or your wedding coordinator collaborates with a professional on the ground in Jamaica.
Visitors can be married 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing prior application has been made for a marriage license. Jamaica does not require you to take a blood test before getting married. The cost of a marriage license is 4000 Jamaican dollars (approximately US$50). To apply for your marriage license, contact the Ministry of Justice, Jamaica
Ministry of Justice
2 Oxford Road
NCB Towers, 10th floor/South Tower
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Tel: 1 876 906 4923 -31
Fax: 1 876 906 1712 – 3
Unlike many countries, Jamaica does not expect you take a blood test before getting married. However, notarized copies of the following documents are required:
Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name.
Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age.
Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce).
Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower.
Italian nationals celebrating their wedding in Jamaica must notify their embassy and have a certified copy of their marriage certificate forwarded to their embassy to be legalized and translated.
French Canadians need a notarised translated copy of all documents and a photocopy of the original French documents.
Only a marriage officer licensed in Jamaica can legally marry a couple. An officiant of your choice may conduct the ceremony, but a local marriage officer must be present to sign the marriage form and make the official marriage pronouncement. Marriage officers can also provide witnesses for the ceremony.
The Vacation Hut makes every effort to keep the travel information up to date on this website, however, resorts, wedding packages and laws do change and so we cannot guarantee that all information regarding rules, regulations, and marriage requirements at particular sites are completely accurate at the time of viewing. Before making marriage decisions on a particular destination, we highly recommend you speak with your specialist or wedding coordinator to verify rules at a particular destination before finalizing your travel plans.