Updated: May 10
It’s not every day you get to celebrate five years of marriage, so when it does happen, it’s a big deal! That’s why my husband and I decided to renew our vows at Excellence Oyster Bay in Jamaica this year to celebrate our fifth anniversary.
From our honeymoon in Italy exploring incredible cities like Venice, Rome, and Positano, to our recent travels in the Swiss Alps, these past five years have taken us on so many adventures. I now can say with confidence that the best marriage advice I've received is to marry your best friend. Marvin is the only person I want to spend every day with, and I can't wait to see where the next five years take us!
Without further ado, let's get in to everything you need to know about a destination vow renewal at Excellence Oyster Bay in Jamaica!
Jamaica is a country of breathtaking beauty, with a wide range of landscapes, from the tropical shores of the north coast to the mountainous interior. The island is home to some of the world's most spectacular beaches and resorts, as well as to a wide variety of wildlife. Sunny and warm all year round, Jamaica has everything you need for a fun-filled romantic retreat — from incredible golf courses to all-inclusive resorts with extra pampering activities like massages and beauty treatments. Plus, there are plenty of things to do off-property as well.
The biggest city in the country, Montego Bay, offers a world of exploration, from historic sites and museums to endless shopping opportunities at local markets. Enjoy delicious Jamaican cuisine or sip on some tropical cocktails while listening to live music. If you want some adventure, take a zip line tour through the rainforest canopy or take a hike to the famed Dunn's River Falls.
Overall, Jamaica is the perfect location for couples seeking a destination that offers a vibrant mix of culture and nature in the Caribbean.
When to Go
The best time to visit Jamaica is between December and April when the weather is at its finest. There are fewer rainy days during these months, and temperatures are cooler during the day.
Excellence Oyster Bay Overview
If you're looking for a fun and memorable way to renew your vows, look no further than Excellence Oyster Bay in Jamaica. Set amongst the unparalleled beauty of Montego Bay, this adults-only resort is the perfect slice of luxury paradise. With world-class accommodations, gourmet dining, and gorgeous surroundings, there is no better place to celebrate the love you share with your partner.
The Vow Renewal Package: What's Included
Price: $499 USD
On-site wedding coordinator service
Commemorative certificate (non-legal)
Symbolic ceremony by a non-denominational minister
Wedding cake for two
Sparkling wine toast after the ceremony
Special private beachfront dinner for two the evening of the ceremony
Small sound system and microphone during the ceremony
A basket of fresh fruits in your suite upon your arrival
A bottle of sparkling wine
A special romantic dinner at one of our restaurants
Special turndown service
Champagne breakfast in bed (once per stay)
15% discount on your photo package
15% discount on all spa treatments
This package is complimentary when you stay six nights or more in an Excellence Club suite category This package is only available for Excellence Resorts
We had an incredible time celebrating 5 years of marriage and renewing our commitment to each other at this beautiful location. For our vow renewal we chose Oyster Bay's simple vow renewal package which includes a ceremony, a candlelight dinner on the beach, and a wedding cake.
The team at Oyster Bay did an incredible job making our vow renewal special. Our wedding coordinator/planner was Kayan who communicated with us from the day we booked up until our vow renewal. She answered all questions we had prior, during, and after our trip as well as provided an itinerary for each day leading up to our vow renewal.
We loved that the wedding department at Oyster Bay sent us a wedding planning questionnaire when we initially booked in order to create a bespoke vow renewal experience. We were able to choose the music for our ceremony, select between the beach or the gazebo for our vow renewal, as well as dictate our choice of wedding cake. There were also additional options available for selection such as florals, photography or drone packages, and spa services such as hair and makeup.
The day of the ceremony, I used the salon for makeup services and absolutely loved my makeup artist. She asked how I wanted my make-up and if I had reference photos. I simply told her neutral colors with gold, and she did just that. My makeup was flawless and stayed on the entire time despite the rainy, humid weather. Brides at Oyster Bay also have the option to get ready in their room or utilize the bridal suite.
We were quite impressed with the photographer; I am super picky when it comes to photography and we LOVED our photos. The Jamaican sunsets created the perfect backdrop! We got so many photos; it was hard to choose from. They also offer a variety of packages to suit your needs and budget.
The service and attention to detail at Oyster Bay were impeccable. The wedding coordinator picked up and returned our wedding attire freshly steamed without even asking! Kayan also arranged an alternative venue when it started pouring down rain during our ceremony! Everything was moved inside the restaurant area next door where we had a lovely ocean view. The ceremony turned out beautifully, all thanks to the staff who was extremely accommodating. They kept everyone safe and dry while still getting amazing photographs of the experience.
After the ceremony, we ended the night with a beachside dinner (dinner held at the terrace of Zenith if raining). It was very romantic and the dinner was delicious! We were also able to arrange for our leftover cake and champagne to be delivered to our room.
Pick your date as soon as possible. Our wedding date was not available even booking six months prior. We had to do our vow renewal the day before our wedding date which worked out looking back because we’re able to relax on our wedding anniversary with breakfast in bed and a day at the spa!
When you book a vow renewal or destination wedding, you must be at the resort two days prior to give yourself time to go over the details of the ceremony as well as tour the site you picked for the big day.
Overall, we highly recommend the vow renewal experience at Excellence Oyster Bay. It was a beautiful experience and we couldn’t have asked for a better location to celebrate our 5th anniversary. If you’re looking for an intimate, romantic, and luxurious way to celebrate your love, this is the perfect option.
As certified Jamaica Travel Specialists, the experts at Travel Queen are ready to make your Jamaican dreams come true! We've always been passionate about Jamaica and we love to share our experience with our clients. We've been there, done that, and we know where to go, what to do, and how to do it! Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach holiday or an active adventure getaway - we can help create the perfect vacation for you. Contact us to plan your amazing Jamaican adventure!
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