Post # 1
my fiancé and I love the idea of a destination. We would like to do it on a budget (somewhat), but with our closest friends and family involved. We would like to spend no more than 15k (Canadian) on everything including the whole trip. Through our perusing we have found this incredible castle in Jamaica for 1800 a night. The castle fits 20 people so if we all paid for our stay it would be totally doable. However, there are a few logistics issues. First, it is located 45 from Montegno airport, so that isn’t ideal, but minor. Secondly, the castle only fits 20 and we would like to have 50 at our wedding. There are other nice rental properties in the area, so another minor issue. What I could foresee as a major issue is the food and vendors. I have never been to Jamaica, but I’m not sure what local vendors would be like. Does anyone have any idea what the town of Negril has to offer? Is it doable to have my dream wedding in a castle there? Thank you for your help and I’ve left a link to the property below.
Post # 2
We rented a villa in Tobago and it came with a cook, do they not have that option? I also got married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica caters to many people but it’s also not highly recommended to travel around but I also don’t like to assume other counties are totally unsafe for travels. I would contact them and just check if they provide a cook/housekeeping for an additional fee
Post # 3
Bearing in mind PP comments Jamaica is fine if you land, get a transfer, and never leave the hotel But yeah, I know a few Caribbeans (Trinis) who won’t even travel there because of the dangers. I don’t know. I’ve not been.
Looking at the page it says they can provide a chef. I’m not sure what options you have if you want something specific. Looking at the set up they clearly cater for weddings!
Negril appears to have plenty of hotels so I am sure you can find extra accomodation.
It sounds amazing. Is $15k realistic for all this? Even if you don’t pay for guests transport and accomodation I’d suggest you pay for a shuttle for hotel based guests. I think you need to ask how much their chef is and cost pp. They obviously do weddings so that could bump the cost up.
Sorry to be a downer!
Post # 4
I notice the listing says no parties or events? but it does show weddings taking place there? Def something I would double check before booking, but it is incredibly gorgeous!!
Post # 5
I think you’d have to investigate more with this venue. It’s interesting because their listing shows photos that clearly appear to be weddings, yet they say in their listing no parties/events. Before you get too excited I’d reach out to them and see if it’s even possible (my guess is at a minimum there would be an additional charge. I think the one thing you’d have to keep in mind is that you’d likely have to bring everything in yourself – from chairs, tables, catering, etc. We’re doing a wedding in Puerto Rico at a beautiful venue where we have to bring everything in and it does start to add up. We’re also using a wedding planner because it makes things much easier for finding vendors, but definitely eats up a chunk of your budget. I’d prefer to do it all myself but at least in Puerto Rico it’s much easier with most vendors (with the exception of photographers who were much easier to get in contact with) if you have an in. Logistically this seems challenging. You’d need to find someone familiar with the property (or who can get access to it ahead of time) to think through logistics.
Post # 6
We honeymooned in Negril ( at Sandals…it was amazing ) and I remember seeing that place on a boat ride to Ricks Cafe. You should know that there is no beach. Not even a little sliver of sand. There are cliffs ( 15-20 ft ) and stairs leading down to the water. The water there was also quite rough although I couldn’t say if it was the day or the location that caused the roughness.
The travel advisory was in effect when we were there and there were no issues. We’re going back for our first anniversary in February and I cannot wait. I think it’s fine as long as you stay on the resort 😊
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2020 - Shirley Heights, Antigua
I’ve lived in the West Indies for quite some time but largely avoided Jamaica…. there are so many islands that don’t have the crime issues that Jamaica has… I would largely be worried about security issues. I think that staying out of all inclusive resorts is a wonderful thing, that way you get to know other charming parts of the island. I have to warn you that also, everything happens at a snails pace down there, and many times things are not available at the speed or quantity you will require… food, rental cars, etc. Have you looked into St Vincent? They might have something like this as well, but it’s much safer there.
Post # 8
gigibolero : jamaica is not the only country that has crime there are crimes all over the world so I dnt think that’s fair for you to say that.
Post # 9
I can’t comment on the crime rates, as I’ve never been there, but I do know those things tend to be played up and the situation on the ground can be quite different. The place you’re looking at is STUNNING! I’m jealous of your guests <3 My only thought is to reeeeallly be careful about renting someplace and just assuming people will chip in/pay you back. I’ve seen that idea crash and burn multiple times on this board; it can breed a ton of resentment. Just be cautious.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2020 - Shirley Heights, Antigua
shelly25 : I didn’t avoid Jamaica solely because of crime….. there was just no reason for me to spend money on flights there if I already spent my time between certain islands for work. Many islands have a perceived “crime” issue because they aren’t westernised…. and certainly aren’t as bad as rumoured to be. but if I’m being honest, Jamaica isn’t as conducive to tourism outside of big hotels as much as some other islands, that’s all. If you’re not part of a large resort, security is a very big issue no matter where you go, and you want your guests to be safe the entire time. I’m just rubbish at saying it discreetly because sadly, I’ve seen tragic crimes occur almost exclusively to people on holiday.