The RIU Montego Bay resort is one with nature, surrounded by 450,000 square feet of lush gardens and inspired by the island architecture of its Jamaican surroundings, perfect for a tropical destination wedding ceremony. You and your wedding guests will have quick access to downtown Montego Bay, that is if they can stand to leave the supremely large pool or pristine beachfront. A RIU Montego Bay wedding is perfect for those wanting a regal destination wedding in paradise, with touches of classical colonial decor throughout.
Hotel RIU Montego Bay will be undergoing complete renovations and when it reopens in 2020 it will feature contemporary new redesigns, new rooms, and be an adults-only all-inclusive resort.
This resort sits 10 minutes away from downtown Montego Bay, so you and your RIU Montego Bay wedding guests will have easy access to tourist attractions, excursions, and shopping.
There is a waterpark available for kids and a 24-hour sports bar for the adults. The beach is very expansive with calm water, so the kids can easily swim.
The decor throughout is inspired by Caribbean Victorian design, so it may not be the right fit if you want a more modern ceremony.
The RIU Montego Bay Free wedding package welcomes up to 10 guests, including the couple, and allows more at an additional cost. The free package is subject to mandatory payment of documentation, administrative fees, and taxes which are pre-established by local government; this payment will be made at the reception of the RIU Hotel. The Classic package allows up to 18 guests and begins at $1199. Symbolic and civil ceremonies are available with each package. Upgraded packages, additional guests, and add-ons are available for an additional cost.
$150 – $190 average price per person per night. Rooms include private balcony or terrace and, daily restocked minibar, and 24-hour room service. Children 2 and younger stay free.
Access to RIU Montego Bay wedding coordinator | Romantic massage for the RIU Montego Bay wedding couple | Sparkling wine for wedding toast | Late checkout upon availability | Special decoration in the room | 1 bouquet and 1 boutonniere | 10% spa discounts for entire wedding party | Wedding cake | Recorded music during the ceremony | Marriage certificate
There are 681 rooms with resort , partial ocean, and ocean views. Due to the large size of the grounds this resort is recommended for more active guests.
Gazebo – 100 guests max, Beach – 100 guests max
This hotel allows a maximum of 3 adults per room, or 2 adults and 2 children ages 12 and younger per room.
RIU Montego Bay is able to hold up to 3 weddings per day at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. These are the only times judges and ministers are able to perform daily.
The hotel’s busiest months are January, February, June, and July with the highest chances of a sell-out.
The RIU Montego Bay wedding coordinator typically responds in 48 hours.
The resort is located 2 miles from the MBJ airport.
Q: How long have you been a wedding coordinator?
A: 7 and a 1/2 years.
Q: What is your favorite part of a destination wedding?
A: Working with wedding couples who are laid back, interesting, exciting and a lot of fun.
Q: What compliments do brides typically give about the resort?
A: The location, the package inclusions, the spa services, the staff.
Q: What are the challenges brides face when planning their destination wedding?
A: I get asked quite often about the legality of marriages at destination weddings. Many couples are concerned, and rightly so, as there has been quite a lot of press over the years about couples getting married out of the country and then finding out later that their marriage is not legal. For most couples, cost is the biggest concern as they ponder the question, “What do we pay for?”, considering they have already booked an all inclusive holiday with food and drinks already included. Picking a destination can be overwhelming, since there are so many amazing places to choose from. It really comes down to budget, who’s in attendance (i.e. children, elderly guests), and the couple’s style.
Q: Is there anything else couples should know about the RIU Montego Bay resort?
A: Each resort is unique in their own way. Overall, destination weddings are designed to give the bride and groom everything they need to make their wedding day truly special. All that’s left to do is walk down the aisle and say, “I do”. At RIU Resorts, we do weddings like no one else. We are 6 beautiful resorts in Jamaica. Couples enjoy amazing group benefits, endless customizable possibilities, and a dedicated wedding planner ready to make wedding dreams come true.
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“I’ve been to this place twice. Once in 2017 and again during spring break in 2020. Each time was AMAZING! The rooms are a bit dated but I was told that they will be closing to renovate the property so I’ll return to see the updates. The staff is wonderful and offer impeccable service. They are super friendly and always strive to ensure the guests have a wonderful experience. I literally love this resort.” – Katrina D. 3/20
“Amazingly great. People are pleasant, funny, inquisitive about tour life. Food in abundance, plentiful conversation/activities, excursions etc. I wish I could name all the people that worked there they were extremely kind and remembered a small part of conversation that was had the previous day. Pool, ocean, everything great.” – Courtney B. 1/20
“The place is magical, super close to the city centre, lots of excavations to explore. Front side beach view. The staff was nice and professional, all inclusive options. If you travel to Jamaica, I would recommend staying here” – Serah T. 4/19
“Pool is size is epic, I lost site of my daughter and fell into a panic. This happen right after I got out of a fantastic workout in the cool comfy gym. The food was abundant! We ate around the clock. The entertainment was great a super production of the ” Lion King”. Only issue was our room was way to the back of the property which made it a long walk and then we had to trek a few flights of stairs. So you know we stay away from the room most of the day. We got to dine at a different restaurant each nigh and we got to play some tennis, swim from the pool to the beach. It was fantastic overall.” – Roxx L. 8/17
“The RIU was absolutely beautiful. They must hire The Best of the Best because the staff was awesome. Everyone greeted you with a smile and a pleasant disposition. The service was wonderful, the restaurants were awesome and the food & selections on the buffet were absolutely delicious. If there was a problem with anything it was handled immediately and graciously. The RIU was so clean and spotless that I felt as if I was entitled, like a movie star.” – Cynthia S. 7/17
“Staff was very friendly. Rooms are a bit dated, but they were large and clean. Each room has a balcony where you can sit and catch the island breeze. The pool area is huge and the atmosphere is a lot of fun. A staff member in the pool area walked around the pool and greeted everyone and the hostess at the steakhouse went well above and beyond the call of duty to serve us and make sure we enjoyed ourselves. The servers in the buffet, Asian and Italian restaurants, and the store were all very friendly. I really enjoyed staying here. It is only minutes from the airport and I would come back again.” – Jameeka F. 7/17