Destination weddings offer this unique opportunity to gather everyone who matters most to you and spend quality time on a once in a lifetime vacation. Jamaica is a popular destination wedding spot because it offers a myriad of fun activities and unforgettable experiences. We tried to put together the top 10 list of things to do, but we struggled to even cull the list down from 20! So, we landed on 12!
There are just untold opportunities to learn about Jamaica’s rich and vibrant culture, and to meet some of the friendliest people in the world. So, if you’ve decided on Jamaica for your destination wedding, consider these memorable Destination wedding group adventures.
1. Tour the Luminous Lagoon: Located in Trelawny, Jamaica, the luminous lagoon is one of the most brilliant in the world, and home to millions of dinoflagellates. These microscopic organisms give an eerie glow at night, outlining objects in the water. Take your guests on the 45 minute tour, and let them jump out in the water and swim with their bodies surrounded by the luminous green glow. They will never forget it!
2. Hike the Blue Mountains: Observe nature at its finest, taste the world famous Blue Mountain Coffee, stop for lunch and enjoy breathtaking mountain views and magnificent waterfalls.
3. Explore the Green Grotto Caves: Explore the pristine waters flowing from depths of the Green Grotto Caves on the Northern Coast of Jamaica.
In 2017, according to the Knot, more than 45% of couples overspent their wedding budgets by an average of more than $7,300. In the Washington, DC metropolitan area the average cost for a traditional wedding that same year was more than $39,000. And New York? Foggeddaboudit! The average cost there was $76,944.
These costs for traditional weddings and the potential for savings with a destination wedding are part of the reason that destination weddings have become increasingly appealing. Mexico and the Caribbean are among the most sought after locations due to the prevalence of all-inclusive resorts in these areas. But Hawaii is also among the favorites.
Some of your savings come from combining the wedding and honeymoon, but you also save a great deal on decorations because nature does most of that work for you by providing amazing backdrops and scenery. It doesn't hurt either that many resorts have complimentary wedding packages and discounted or complimentary receptions depending on your group size and your travel agent's knowledge and negotiation abilities.
If you're considering a destination wedding, contact Enlighten Excursions' Certified Honeymoon and Destination Wedding specialists today!
My best advice is to plan ahead and take reasonable precautions wherever you choose to celebrate your honeymoon or nuptials.
That said, there are a number of beautiful and romantic US locales for that dream wedding or honeymoon. One of my favorite US wedding and honeymoon settings is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Your wedding should be done your way. If you want a destination wedding then that’s exactly what you should do. Destination weddings can be cost effective and stress free. They are especially perfect for second marriages. Whether it’s you and the whole gang, just the two of you, or a just a handful of close friends and family, you get to decide.
Worried about what others think or how they will feel about being excluded? Communication is the key. It’s important to have a plan before you announce your intentions. And, remember, when you return you can always have a party to celebrate with those special folks at home.
Many couples ask whether they have to pay for their guests to attend.