With many wedding plans shelved indefinitely due to the COVID-19 crisis, couples will be happy to hear that the Jamaica Tourist Board and DestinationWeddings.com will host a virtual, symbolic wedding ceremony on May 17.
The event, which aims to celebrate love in a time of crisis, will host up to 100 couples who have had to cancel or postpone either their domestic or international wedding as a result of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual celebration will take place at the world-famous Doctors Cave Beach in Montego Bay, with the backdrop of the azure Caribbean Sea as waves gently crash on shore. Couples and their guests will be able to join the celebration from the comfort and safety of their homes using Zoom.
“Jamaica specializes in turning big dreams into romantic realities,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica’s deputy director of tourism, sales. “This event is a new twist on this promise. We are excited to be hosting this symbolic virtual wedding and look forward to welcoming these couples when they visit us for their bona fide celebrations, when the time is right.”
“Our hearts break for those who’ve had to postpone or cancel their wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Jen Avey, VP of marketing for DestinationWeddings.com. “So, we wanted to do something special for these couples and give them an opportunity to experience a destination wedding, albeit virtual, at a time when they are unable to hold their own ceremony.”
With an eye on the future, DestinationWeddings.com, alongside select Jamaica resort partners, are offering each couple that participates a complimentary wedding package, which included three free nights in an upgraded hotel room category plus an additional exclusive amenity, complimentary arrival service (escort service through customs from the Jamaica Tourist Board with use of the Club MoBay arrival lounge) and departure service through Club MoBay when they book their celebration through DestinationWeddings.com. “This exclusive offer will make it easy and affordable for couples to get married in Jamaica once it is safe to travel again” says Avey.
Participating resorts in the romantic include: Azul Beach Resorts, Breathless Resorts & Spas, Couples Resorts, Excellence Resorts, Grand Lido Negril, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Jewel Resorts, Melia Hotels & Resorts, Ocean by H10 Hotels, Palace Resorts, Riu Hotels & Resorts, Royalton Luxury Resorts, Hideaway at Royalton Resorts and Secrets Resorts & Spas.