Getting married in Jamaica

Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

Tie the knot in this Caribbean paradise rich in history and folklore, and pulsating with great music

Why get married in Jamaica?

Jamaica, home to reggae, rum and rastas and the third largest of the Caribbean island group, is an inspiring land of contrast and variety with lush mountains and rainforests, tumbling waterfalls and spectacular beaches. Underwater Jamaica has colourful sea‐life and excellent snorkelling and diving whilst on the surface, all kinds of water sports are available.

What kind of wedding ceremony can I have in Jamaica?

You can choose to have your ceremony wherever you want ‐‐ perhaps on the beach or in the gardens of your hotel. Clear the location with your registrar when you apply for your licence.

There are non‐denominational Marriage Officers who can officiate either at their offices, in their homes or at a place chosen by the couple, and are able to provide witnesses.

Is it wedding weather?

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temp (°F)* 86 86 86 97 87 89 90 90 89 88 87 87
Snshine hours* 8 8 9 7 7 7 8 8 7 6 6 8
Rainfall (inches)* 1 1 1 1 4 3 1 4 4 7 3 1
*Average daily max temp (°F)
*Average daily sunshine hours
*Average monthly rainfall (inches)

What’s the flight time?

10 hours

What’s the time difference?

GMT ‐5

Do I need a visa to enter the country?

No.

What’s the wedding paperwork?

  • Residency Visitors can be married just 24 hour after arriving in Jamaica providing prior application has been made for a marriage licence.
  • Proof of ID You need your passports and birth certificates showing the names of both parents.
  • Divorced If either of you is divorced, you must bring along the original Decree Absolute.
  • Widowed If either of you is widowed, you must show the original marriage certificate, and the death certificate of your former spouse
  • Age restrictions You must both be over 18.

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