The RIU Ocho Rios wedding resort places you and your loved ones in the beautiful Mammee Bay, surrounded by Caribbean waters, tropical rainforests, and spectacular waterfalls. Your wedding ceremony can be set upon the white sandy Jamaican beaches as the ocean breeze rolls in. The huge resort often feels like its own living and breathing city, with vibrant colors splashed across the Victorian-like buildings and an endless amount of activities on offer, including numerous pools and an authentic jerk chicken shack.
Hotel RIU Ocho Rios reopened in September of 2019, fully remodeled and refurbished. Travelers can expect new pools, updated rooms, new event rooms, a new gourmet restaurant, upgraded teen and kids clubs, tennis clubs and a brand new RiuFit area.
For wedding guests that want to explore outside of the resort during your destination wedding at RIU Ocho Rios, nearby excursions include Dunn’s River Falls, Dolphin Cove, and Jamaican bobsledding.
The remote location offers seclusion stunning views for wedding ceremonies.
For adults looking to escape families and younger wedding guests, the Deluxe Wing features adult-centric fare, including an adults-only pool. Guests who book Junior Suites get access to additional restaurants and bars.
The RIU Ocho Rios 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 – $180 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 Ocho Rios wedding coordinator | Romantic massage for the 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 846 rooms with resort and ocean views. Due to the size of the resort, it is recommended for more active guests.
Lagoon Gazebo – 150 guests max, Beach Gazebo – 150 guests max
This hotel allows a maximum of 3 adults per room or 2 adults and 2 children 12 and younger per room.
RIU Ocho Rios 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 wedding coordinator typically responds in 48 hours.
The resort is located 65 miles from the MBJ airport.
Q: How long have you been a wedding coordinator and how many weddings have you coordinated?
A: I have been a coordinator for nearly 7 years. I have coordinated over 2000 weddings at the RIU Ocho Rios.
Q: What makes your resort a great place for a destination wedding?
A: We have two beautiful ceremony locations and five different locations for private dinner receptions. With over 800 rooms to accommodate all of their guests. Our staff is friendly and professional and we go the extra mile to make our guests happy. Additionally, we are very close to many attractions and tour excursions.
Q: What compliments do brides typically give about the resort?
A: The friendly staff, great food, and the entertainment.
Q: What are the challenges brides face when planning their destination wedding at RIU Ocho Rios resort?
A: Some brides ask for a later wedding time which we can’t do, or wait until the last minute to book their rooms.
Q: What is your favorite part of a destination wedding?
A: My favorite part about a destination wedding is getting to know the couple and confirming all the details. Putting it all together and when everything is over and everyone is happy. I love to see the happy ending.
Q: Can you tell us an anecdote about one of your brides when you saved the day?
A: I can still remember this one day as if it were yesterday, in August 2013. I had a couple who went out on a pre-wedding catamaran cruise to Dunns River Falls. The bride was having so much fun and was dancing and laughing with the locals. The groom was upset and decided that the wedding was off. On the day of the wedding the bride came to me dressed and ready with her two daughters (who were flower girls too), and advised me of the situation. She decided she was still going to the location to take some photos with her girls while I went to the groom’s room and had a little talk with him. He was upset, vented, cried, then gave me a big hug and I convinced him it was right to get married. I guess I saved the day…
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“This resort is fantastic, good balance with kids and adults. Food good. The kids entertainers are awesome. Most other staff friendly too. Garden view is really nice, no need for ocean view.” – Scott S. 3/19
“Service is excellent. The staff appear to enjoy working there as they’re always smiling. Quick to clear tables during meals. Place is spotless. My mother had trouble unlocking their room with their key, and the next morning a locksmith came to fix it.Did some excursions such as Snorkel, cruise, tubing and cliff jumping. At the resort, they offer a lot of free activities : stand up paddle board, kayak, and paddle boat.
The only downside, not the resorts fault, was the beach had rocks in the water. You’d have to wear your water shoes or risk stepping on rocks.” – Rosa L. 7/17
“The beach is excellent and the hotel is very nice. Rooms (the deluxe ones) are spacious. Service in the restaurants and the hotel in general is excellent. The staff was very helpful and happy. The only big negative is that food is not as good as it should be. Even though there is a lot of variety, the quality is just not there for a lot of the food items.” – Fadi S. 7/17