facts about Jamican weddings

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.   What are the required documents for a Jamaica marriage license?

2.   Can I bring my own Minister to Jamaica to perform my ceremony?

3.   Are there Catholic priests to perform ceremonies?

4.   Can I make reservations for dining or on-site activities before I travel?

5.   How long do I need to be at the resort before my wedding?

6.   Can the resorts accommodate food allergies?

7.   Can we get married on the beach in the sand?

8.   What are the wedding sites at each resort?

9.   What is the best way to travel with a wedding dress?

10. There will only be the two of us at the ceremony, is this OK? Do we need witnesses?

11. Is there a limit on how many guests we can bring?

12. Does the resort offer a steaming or pressing service for the wedding dress?

13. When do we meet the on-site wedding coordinator?

14. What happens if it rains on my wedding day?

15. Can we bring our own wedding music?

16. Is a Jamaican marriage legal in the United States and what do I need to do in the U.S. after I return from Jamaica?

17. What are the transfer times from the Montego Bay airport to the resort?

18. What time zone is Jamaica and how does this effect traveling to Jamaica?

19. What legal documents do I need to be able to travel to Jamaica?

20. What times during the day can I be married in Jamaica?

22. How much cash should I carry?

23. How can I arrange tours outside the resort?

24. What days of the week and what hours are your offices opened?

 



1). What are the required documents for a Jamaica marriage license?

Notarized copy of a State Issued Birth Certificate

All Pages of Court Certified Divorce Decree

Notarized copy of Legal name changes or legal adoption papers if applicable

State issued death certificates with related marriage certificates

Residence requirement of 48 hours

All legal documents must be in English or legally translated into English.  All translated documents must be from a legal translator with letterhead, stamp and seal from the translator's office.  No documents will be return to couples and all documents should be mailed via a courier service so documents can be tracked.  Passports are NOT accepted. Please mail notarized copies of documents to the Resort at least 60 days prior to your arrival date at the resort. 

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2). Can I bring my own Minister to Jamaica to perform my ceremony?

The country of Jamaica requires for all legal weddings that a licensed minister, who has been licensed by the Jamaican government, perform the ceremony. If you wish to bring your own minister, your minister may assist the Jamaican licensed minister with your ceremony but the vows are required to be given by the licensed Jamaican Minister.

We do different types of ceremonies from religious to “civil” to encouraging each bridal couple to write their own vows. Please let us know which you would prefer!

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3). Are there Catholic priests to perform ceremonies?

There are Catholic priests, although, they will only perform weddings in the Catholic Church and will need to have all of the paperwork from your hometown priest before the ceremony will be approved to take place in Jamaica. If you wish to be married by a Catholic priest, this would eliminate all of our off-location weddings like beaches and gardens. Otherwise, we have a selection of handpicked Jamaican Ministers who perform a very nice Jamaican and English Christian ceremony.

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4). Can I make reservations for dining or on-site activities before I travel?

Reservations for the specialty restaurants at the resorts can only be made once you arrive at the resort.  If it has to do with the on-site activities, usually the resorts do not require reservations.

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5). How long do I need to be at the resort before my wedding?

The majority of all of the all-inclusive resorts require that you are at the resort (48) hours before your wedding date.  This does not include Sunday.  This is to allow your first day to be your arrival and settle in day and your second day to meet with the on-site coordinator for all finals.

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6). Can the resorts accommodate food allergies?

You can rest assured that the chef of your chosen resort will work very closely with you to ensure that the appropriate meals are available.  When making your reservation, please indicate what your food allergies are and what special care needs to be taken.

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7). Can we get married on the beach in the sand?

Of course!  Each resort offers several locations at the resort for your ceremony and the beach is always an option.  The Wedding Coordinator, at the resort, will give you a tour of the possible locations and help you select the perfect one.

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8). What are the wedding sites at each resort?

Most all of the resorts offer a beach, a garden and a gazebo location.  The location is the couple's choice.  It can be as private or public as they wish.

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9). What is the best way to travel with a wedding dress?

Any arrangement for transportation of a wedding dress should be discuss directly with the airline carrier.

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10). There will only be the two of us at the ceremony, is this OK? Do we need witnesses?

With regards to the ceremony with just the two of you, many of our wedding couples travel alone to Jamaica to avoid the hassles of planning a large wedding at home.  If you are not inviting guests, the resort will provide your (2) witnesses for you.

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11). Is there a limit on how many guests we can bring?

There is no limit to the number of guests you can invite to your wedding.  Each resort sets their guideline as to the number of guests, who are covered in each wedding package and then will have an additional price per person.  Also, if there are guests attending the wedding, who are not staying at the resort where the wedding is being held, each resort does charge a "guest pass fee" to permit the guest to enter the resort for the time of the ceremony and reception.

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12). Does the resort offer a steaming or pressing service for the wedding dress?

There are off property services that will handle the seaming of the dress.  Prices are determined on the size, detail and material of the dress.  However, we have usually found that if the dress is taken out of the garment bag and hung up in the room over night, that all of the creases will come out naturally and it will not be necessary to press the dress.

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13). When do we meet the on-site wedding coordinator?

Upon arrival, wedding couples will receive a letter from the wedding coordinator (either from the front desk or in their room) with an appointment time and date to meet with the coordinator. 

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14). What happens if it rains on my wedding day?

At the resorts, the wedding department on-site always blocks an indoor function room as a back up for the outdoor sites.

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15). Can we bring our own wedding music?

Each resort provides a limited selection of music for the ceremony.  However, wedding couples are welcome to take their own wedding music CDs.

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16). Is a Jamaica Marriage License legal in the United States and what do I need to do in the United States after I return from Jamaica?

The Jamaica Marriage License is recognized throughout the world as a legal marriage license. When you receive your (2) certified copies of your marriage license (after your wedding) from either the Resort or from our offices, you may use this license to change your social security, bank accounts, wills and insurance policies, credit cards, driver licenses, automobile insurance, mortgages, Internal Revenue Service, passport and voter’s registration – just to name a few.

Once you have received your marriage certificate, you can register at your local courthouse (or take whatever steps are necessary to register the marriage in your home state)

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17). What are the transfer times from the Montego Bay airport to the resort?

If the Resort is in Montego Bay - 15-20 minutes

If the Resort is in Ocho Rios - 120 minutes

If the Resort is in Negril - 75 minutes

If the Resort is on the South Coast - 90 minutes

These transfer times are approximate and may vary with traffic/road conditions.


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18
). What time zone is Jamaica and how does this affect traveling to Jamaica?

Jamaica relates to our Eastern Standard Time but they do NOT change time during any time of the year. There will be times when flying to Jamaica, you will need to change your watches upon arrival but you will be informed of this upon arrival on the Island.

All times, which are quoted in our wedding packages are Jamaica times. All arrival times and departure times (on your travel documents) are Jamaica times.

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19
). What legal documents do I need to be able to travel to Jamaica?
Effective December 31, 2005, all persons traveling to the Caribbean will need a valid U.S. passport to re-enter the United States. No longer is an original birth certificate an accepted from of identification.

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20). What times during the day can I be married in Jamaica?
If you are being married at the resort where you are staying, your wedding coordinator will apply to the resort for you and will advise you of the time slots available for you to select from. If you are being married at one of the off-premise sites, we ask you for your “dream” time and then secure a confirmation of this time from the vendor site. Per Jamaica law, all marriages must be performed before 6:00 p.m.

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21). Should I get vaccinated before going?

Vaccinations are not necessary for Jamaica.  However, we suggest that you speak to your doctor for more information and recommendation.

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22). How much cash should I carry?

Since everything is included, you will not need cash while on the resort property.  The front desk at each resort will accept most major credit cards (MC, VISA and AMEX).  Many of them also accept traveler's checks.  Upon check in, all guests are usually asked to give a credit card to activate their room folio.  The purchase of optional services from the resort outlets will be done by signing all charges to your room folio.  Cash is not accepted at any of the in-house outlets.

However, if you are planning to go outside the resort for shopping and such, we recommend taking some cash along as some vendors do not accept credit cards or traveler's checks.  There are exchange bureaus at the local banks and at many resort front desk.  Jamaica does accept US dollars, but please note that you may receive change in the local currency.  Additionally, you may want to carry small bills to tip luggage attendants at the airport and airport transfer drivers outside of the resort

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23). How can I arrange tours outside the resort?

A variety of local tours are available at all of the all-inclusive resorts.  Reservations can be made at the resort's Tour Desk.  Please inquire about this when you arrive

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24). What are the days of the week and hours of the day, which your office is opened?

Our offices are located in Miami, Florida and we are opened Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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