If you’re engaged and thinking of having a destination wedding, chances are Jamaica has landed somewhere on your list of locations. After all, who could say no to an island full of picture-perfect beaches, unforgettable sunsets, and beautiful Black people?
The problem is, planning a wedding on a tropical island thousands of miles away is no easy feat. When you don’t have a lay of the land, and don’t live close enough to visit actual vendors in person, it can be tricky to know who to hire and where to stay to make your dream wedding become a reality.
The great news is you’ll have absolutely no problem making a destination wedding work on this beautiful island. How do I know? Well, thanks to the Jamaica Tourist Board, I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend at the Jamaica Bridal Expo in Montego Bay. The multi-day event brings the best Jamaican wedding professionals all under one roof. I got to learn, from the folks who to it best, all about what makes Jamaica the ideal place to say “I do.” Speaking with Jo-Anne Paxton, member of the expo’s executive team, I learned the country boasts some of the most hardworking vendors in the industry. “As you can see from the expo, anything you want is here,” she says. “I don’t think there’s anything a bride would want that is not available here.”
Couples who are planning a wedding in Jamaica sometimes don’t know what to expect, or feel overwhelmed trying to plan a wedding while living thousands of miles away. Fear not! I’ve rounded up the answers to some commonly asked questions from JA’s best wedding professionals.