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How Much is a Wedding in Jamaica? (Expert Guide)

How Much is a Wedding in Jamaica? Virgin Atlantic Holidays

With over 700 miles of golden coastline, a laid back spirit and lush green landscapes, a destination wedding in Jamaica offers a romantic, adventurous and playful setting to start your journey as husband and wife.  But if this your first time planning a wedding abroad, or you’re just intrigued by the idea of sealing your vows on a stunning tropical Jamaican beach, then you’re no doubt wondering – “How much will this all cost?”  We analysed 22 countries in this Cost Of A Wedding Report, here is how a wedding in Jamaica compares to the UK…

About This Jamaica Wedding Guide

To help you decide whether this unique island is right for you, we’ve created a breakdown of the average costs of a wedding in Jamaica. This guide includes:

  • Jamaica Wedding Venue Costs
  • Jamaica Wedding Photographer/Videographer Costs
  • Jamaica Wedding DJ/Band Costs
  • Jamaica Wedding Officiant and Florist Costs
  • Jamaica Wedding Hair and Make-Up Costs

Jamaica Wedding Venue Costs

The venue is often one of the most substantial expenditures when planning a wedding – if you are getting married in the UK. Fortunately for you, getting married in Jamaica could help you cut that cost in half. Costing you an average of £5,563 in the UK, a wedding venue in Jamaica offers serious savings, costing on average £1,417 for your big day. That’s a potential saving of over £4000! Booking a wedding package in Jamaica will save you even more and will likely include the venue free of charge…. A sunny beach wedding, a sunset wedding or a fairytale garden gazebo are all popular choices.

Recommended Wedding Venues in Jamaica

Jamaica Wedding Photographer Costs

It’s easy for details such as wedding photography to become eclipsed by the venue, transport or even food when planning a wedding abroad. However, prioritising photography is an essential part of your destination wedding planning. Photography will be the keepsake you remember forever, and photographs of your resort wedding will take you back on the emotional journey over and over again in the years to come.  Thankfully, you will be delighted to know that Jamaica is home to some of the most talented photographers in the Caribbean. The even better news is that they are on average far cheaper than in the UK. Costing on average £1325 for the day, that’s £400 cheaper than the UK (£1780).

The best news of all? Don’t worry about researching or speaking to photographers before flying out. If you book a wedding package through SN Travel, we will appoint you a wedding planner on location who can make recommendations for you – many wedding packages also include a photographer that is most recommended.

Jamaica Wedding Videographer Costs

A wedding videographer will capture all the special moments of your wedding day from many different perspectives. Your big day will go so quickly, a videographer will make sure you won’t miss a thing!  You’ll be glad to know that hiring a videographer in Jamaica is far cheaper than in the UK. Our study found that,on average, a videographer in Jamaica costs £1856, while in the UK, you’re looking at nearly £2496 for the day.

Jamaica Wedding DJ/Band Cost

Let’s face it – a wedding is one big party, and what’s a party without an amazing soundtrack? If a Jamaican wedding is on the cards, you’ll be delighted to know that Jamaica is home to some of the most talented musicians on earth. While you might struggle to book a Bob Marley or Sean Paul, Jamaica has a wonderfully diverse range of DJs and bands ready to bring your wedding to life. The even better news? A Jamaican DJ costs roughly half the price of a DJ back in the UK. Our study found that the cost of DJ in Jamaica was approximately £538, while in the UK, you’re looking at spending £1,161 for the evening.

While the savings may not be quite as significant as the other categories we studied, you can still save a considerable amount of money hiring a Jamaican florist. Costing on average £1,184, you can save just over £200 compared to the UK at £1,397.   Don’t forget – our wedding packages usually include flowers, buttonholes and bouquets for the bridesmaids. You will be able to choose from a beautiful selection to match your colour scheme. This is likely to be included at no extra charge.

Jamaica Florist Cost

Flowers are a key component of a wedding, adding colour, texture and theme to your day. If you want to ensure your wedding event theme matches the glorious tropical backdrop, then we suggest hiring a local florist. Offering beautifully bright flowers, perfect for a wedding in any season, a local florist also has the advantage of providing native blooms like the wild orchid.

While the savings may not be quite as significant as the other categories we studied, you can still save a considerable amount of money hiring a Jamaican florist. Costing on average £1,184, you can save just over £200 compared to the UK at £1,397.    Don’t forget – our wedding packages usually include flowers, buttonholes and bouquets for the bridesmaids. You will be able to choose from a beautiful selection to match your colour scheme. This is likely to be included at no extra charge.

Jamaica Officiant Cost

Jamaica is filled with an interesting variety of interesting characters ready to declare you as husband and wife. Thankfully, you will be delighted to know that Jamaica is home to some of the cheapest officiants in the world. Costing on average £187 per ceremony, that’s nearly £800 cheaper than the UK at £920 per ceremony. Many of our brides take their own minister from the UK, so we can also arrange this for you if that’s what you want to do.

Jamaica Wedding Make-Up Costs

If you’re worried about finding a wedding artist on the island of Jamaica – don’t be. You’ll be spoilt for choice with professionally trained artists available at all major inclusive resorts. A makeup artist is a key part of your big day to ensure you look and feel amazing. A professional makeup artist knows everything that needs to be done to ensure that you will be the glowing bride you deserve to be.

The savings here may not be quite as significant as the other categories we studied, but you can still save a substantial amount of money hiring a Jamaican makeup artist. Costing on average £74, you can save just over £40 compared to the UK at £115.   Our wedding packages often include this as part of the service, however if you have other ideas in mind your wedding planner will be able to recommend a selection of highly skilled makeup artists – ensuring you will look and feel beautiful.

Jamaica Wedding Hair Costs

The hair stylist is just as important as the make-up artist and the great news is, while you’re getting an expert stylist, you’re paying bargain prices. On average, our study found that a Jamaican hairstylist cost £138. Compared to the UK’s average of £208, that’s a saving of nearly £80 (but this is often included in your wedding package so you will likely get this for free).

Jamaica Wedding Costs

As you can see from the breakdown below, every aspect of a Jamaican wedding is cheaper than a wedding in the UK. The total average price of a wedding in Jamaica is 50% cheaper than a wedding in the UK and will cost you, on average £6718, nearly £7000 less expensive than the total cost of a wedding in the UK which averages at £13,641. The added benefit of a destination wedding is that you don’t have to fork out for a honeymoon – and let’s face it, your guests will love a holiday in Jamaica!

Additional Costs and Extras

We know that there’s a lot more that goes into a wedding than just the eight costs that we’ve discussed. That’s why we’ve included an ‘Extras’ column which takes into account the fixed costs that you’d be purchasing in the UK, such as:

  • Wedding dress
  • Rings
  • Wedding cake
  • Groom’s suit
  • Stationery
  • Bridesmaids dresses
  • Groomsmen suits

It’s also nice to plan a day out for the whole wedding party so you can create memories that you will treasure forever – it’s not everyday that you are on holiday with everyone one that is important to you! Jamaica has so much to see and so, see the most popular attractions in Jamaica.

The cost of wedding extras

Conclusion

In total, we’ve deduced that a Jamaican destination wedding costs on average £16,218 compared to the UK average at £23,141.  Getting married in Jamaica will reduce the cost of your wedding by about 30% according to our research – keep in mind this is comparing costs like for like. In actual fact you will save much more as many aspects covered above will be included in a destination wedding package so will likely be free of charge or significantly cheaper that the costs mentioned above. In addition, Jamaica is our top holiday destination so  we can ensure we get you favourable rates.

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