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21 Ways to Incorporate Jamaican Culture into Your Destination Wedding

Jamaica is a premiere Caribbean hot spot to host your destination wedding, all you need is love and the beach. Every year tourists flock to soak in the tropical weather and warm sandy beaches, all the while enjoying the unmatched laid back atmosphere. Sit back and get inspired by all the ways to incorporate the best of Jamaican culture into your destination wedding, and bless up rasta!

1. Crank up the excitement by including a little Jamaican inspiration on your save-the-dates.


2. Include a useful favor inside the welcome bags for guests. Sunglasses that can be used throughout the whole trip make for an awesome group photo on the wedding day, too!


3. Kick off the week with a wedding group excursion! Get the true feeling of Jamaica by exploring the South Coast’s YS Falls and Black River Safari. While you’re down there, you can even add in a stop at the well-renowned Appleton Estate Rum Factory.


4. Who wouldn’t want a wedding cake filled with Jamaican rum and fruit? In Jamaica, the wedding cake is considered a very special part of the day. Grandmothers from both sides take different duties to create the cake together, starting from soaking the fruit in rum right after the engagement is announced to baking the cake one week before the wedding.


5. Crank up the reggae vibes with a steel drum band for your ceremony music instead of a standard sound system. It will add to the Caribbean island ambiance, and take your guests by surprise!


6. Place a small token of appreciation waiting for your guests in their hotel room upon arrival. Jamaica is known for delicious Blue Mountain Coffee for all the caffeine addicts of the world. Let your guests bring a taste of the island home with them as a special “thank you.”


7. Let your guests unwind and get to know each other at the start of the wedding week by hosting a casual welcome cocktail party. Infuse the flavors of Jamaica by having Caribbean inspired appetizers, and a rum tasting!


8. Ditch the traditional cake and go with these bright and Rastafarian inspired cupcakes.


9. Looking for a late night snack at the reception? Look no further than Jamaican patties, the Jamaican version of hot pockets (but even better). We love Juici Patties found right in Montego Bay!


10. For cocktail hour, choose a signature cocktail that would give Bob Marley all the feels.


 11. Include the traditional Jamaican wedding dinner menu of curried goat.


12. Capture only the best photos of your wedding dress hanging from a one love hanger, inspired by the one and only Bob Marley.


13. Create a DIY wedding favor by making our special Jamaican jerk seasoning that will surely impress.


14. Add Jamaican themed cake pops to your dessert table.


15. Take a day trip to Rick’s Cafe in Negril for some cliff diving.


16. Take the girls out for some shopping at Island Village, one of the main shopping centers in Ocho Rios (known for the home to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville).


17. Bring your bridal party out for lunch to Scotchie’s for authentic jerk chicken with a nice, cold Red Stripe.


18. Ask  your photographer to take this unforgettable photo that combines your wedding rings and Red Stripe caps.


19. Plan a first look with your hubby to be so that you have a few hours to get off site and take wedding day pictures around the island like Picture That Photography did with this couple.


20. Include Jamaica’s national flower, the Lignum Vitae, in your floral arrangements.


21. Use bottles of Red Stripe as a refreshing seating card for guests.




Ashley loves to combine her passion for planning dream weddings with her love of travel and adventure to give couples the experience of a lifetime. She quickly makes strong relationships with her couples, so much so, she frequently travels with her couples to destination to see the event through to execution. Ashley contributes to the blog with her first-hand travel experiences and best wedding planning tips and tricks of the trade.

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