It's true, the dress, the music, the food are all important for the big day but the venue, that's what sets the tone for your wedding. Location, location, location is key and that is probably why one of the first and most important tasks of a newly engaged couple is to find "the perfect wedding venue". Jamaica is the most beautiful destination wedding location in the Caribbean...in the World and we have numerous options from which to choose regardless of budget or style.
For those who love the scenic outdoor properties Jamaica has some of those. For those couples who like an intimate indoor or rustic setting, Jamaica has got a few of those as well and for others who want both an indoor and outdoor feel, cascading waterfalls with a enchanting gazebo or clubhouse Jamaica has those venues too!
There are 10 venues however that make me breathless, 10 venues that I get excited about. I consider these venues to be my top 10 wedding venues in Jamaica. What makes them top 10, well, taking budget out of the equation these venues have five key characteristics. Firstly, they each are unique in their own respect and each offer a stunning space that has the ability to be transformed but can also be utilized just as they are because of their exquisite nature. Second, these venues are popular. Popularity means that these sites have catered to several weddings, they have wedding packages and even wedding planners on staff. They know the special requirements of a wedding and can deliver which at the end of the day makes things easier for a couple. Third, these venues have the ability to serve as one location for both the ceremony and the reception. This facilitates a smooth transition from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. Yet another reason for their selection is the capacity to accommodate both small and large weddings. Last but not least most of these venues have lodging or onsite accommodation. This is added value for a couple, the wedding party or guests.
My top 10 wedding venues in Jamaica are.......#drumroll
Rose Hall, St James
Rose Hall is a majestic venue for your storybook wedding. This venue found in Montego Bay really has five separate spots and exhibits extraordinary beauty. There is the infamous Great house which is known its enthralling staircase and the tale of the White witch which adds an element of mystery to the site. The aqueduct, another favorite spot is an 18th century ruin which caters to a more rustic bride while the Oceans Edge calls the beach lovers with its tranquil private beach. The Cinnamon Hill Great House another special spot has sensuous landscapes and is also available for weddings.
Laughing Waters, St. Ann
Laughing waters has its home in St. Ann known as the garden parish. Laughing waters is what I call a triple threat, it has a beach, a garden and a waterfall. What more could you want in a venue? The gardens are lush with exotic and eclectic flowers and the beach and waterfalls are to die for. This venue is a divine setting which provides countless possibilities for transformation and photo opportunities. If you’re in love with nature this venue is sure to turn you on!
Strawberry Hill Hotel, St. Andrew
This hotel is located in Irish town and takes approximately 45 minutes from Kingston however is well worth the drive. An enchanting and somewhat secluded venue which boasts a fantabulous view of Kingston, the notorious infinity pool and the breath-taking Blue Mountains as a backdrop. This venue has a serene allure and is perfect for small personalized weddings or large extravagant weddings.
Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, Kingston
Terra Nova is a popular wedding venue in Kingston known for its exceptional food and well kept grounds. Colonial architecture with a modern flare gives this venue a thumbs up. The Pavillion, poolside and garden areas comfortably accommodates up to 200 guests.
Tryall Club, St. James
Tryall Club dubbed the Caribbean's finest country club definitely makes the list due to its luxurious nature. This resort has an array of private villas, golfing amenities, restaurants, a first class spa and a tantalizing beach which is bound to captivate not only the bride and groom but their guests as well. A picturesque venue for your wedding to say the least.
Hope Botanical Gardens, Kingston
Hope Botanical Gardens fondly called Hope Gardens. This venue is ideal for brides who love the outdoors, gardens, flowers, nature is her thing. Hope Gardens hosts several areas for a wedding, to name a few the Sunken Garden, the Pavilion Gazebo & Lawn and the Annuals Garden Gazebo. The size of the wedding matters not as Hope Gardens is bound to have a perfect spot for you.
Firefly, St. Mary
This property located east of Oracabessa was owned by the famous playwright Sir Noel Coward, was subsequently bought by Chris Blackwell and is currently listed as a National Heritage site. The venue is perched on a hill and offers a panoramic view of the north coast which will captivate guests and provide a sensational backdrop for any wedding. The property hosts a quaint house which still has Cowards furniture and fixtures. The rich historic flavour of Firefly coupled with its magnificent ambiance is definitely something to get excited about.
Couples Resorts Tower Isle, St. Ann
Now this venue right here, this venue is the bombdiggity.com. Couples, located in Ocho Rios has several options for wedding spots however their Tower Isle package reigns supreme, it is simply not the run of the mill venue. Having a private island for your wedding, is simply a heavenly idea. Imagine being surrounded by the Caribbean sea, with the sun setting and the flowers swaying in the breeze as you say your vows, it makes you want to overlook the limitations of the size.
Bellefield Great House & Gardens, St. James
Saying that this venue is spectacular is quite an understatement. Bellefield found in Montego Bay is exactly what the name says...GREAT! Every inch of this property is captivating and mind blowing, with such an enticing scenery it is marketed as a "5 Star Event Venue. It is a historic plantation displaying acres upon acres of Jamaica’s supreme landscape. There are three areas that you can choose from to have your wedding, the garden, the sugar mill or the Great House. Endless ideas pop into mind when I think of this place.
Round Hill, St. James
Round Hill, a former pineapple plantation situated on a peninsula provides a glamorous yet laid back setting. There are quite a few indoor and outdoor choices to host a wedding such as the Spa Lawn that stretches to the sea, the private beach, the infinity pool sun deck and the Hanover or Georgian rooms accommodating from 60 - 150 guests. This venue stands up well with plenty space and lots of activities for guests.