Weed destination wedding in Jamaica
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator
The recent decriminalisation of cannabis has opened the doors for weed weddings in Jamaica, said renowned Canadian wedding planner Jennifer Borgh.
Certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, Borgh, whose work throughout the Caribbean qualifies her as an expert, brings that expertise to Jamaica, offering destination weddings at her new Borghinvilla on the border of Trelawny and St Ann.
"We plan to incorporate ganja into the weddings we do and we are keeping under the decriminalised limits," Borgh told Hospitality Jamaica, adding that she is inspired by the breathtaking cliffside views of the Caribbean Sea, the lush Jamaican flowers, and the sensational sunsets at Borghinvilla.
"Without compromising our aesthetic, our couples will be able to have an elegant destination wedding while enjoying the legal limits of marijuana in Jamaica. We are incorporating a few items such as a touch of marijuana in the bouquet, boutonniere, potted plants, cake, pipes and even a ganja, rolling station," said the wedding planner, who has been honoured by the Jamaica Tourist Board as one of Jamaica's best travel partners.
According to Borgh, the legal cannabis market is thriving, and she is even more encouraged by the recent cannabis conference held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The event opened up further conversations about a market that has the potential to change the tourism landscape.
Although weed weddings are on Borgh's mind, her real goal, she said, is to make Jamaica the world leader in destination weddings, a multi-million-dollar market that has brought significant revenue to many Caribbean islands.
"In keeping with this mission, we have made it our duty to exceed the current offerings by promoting and increasing the options for destination weddings in Jamaica. We are working with resorts in bringing destination wedding groups to this island," she said.
Before settling in Jamaica, Borgh searched long and hard to find the perfect location for couples. When she did, she selected Borghinvilla based on its uniqueness, privacy and the opportunity it offers for personalised weddings and events.
"This venue is available year round to host celebrations, vow renewals and other special events," she stated, noting that the property was seated on two acres of lush tropical oasis.
"Guests will love our mix of First World standards, mixed with the warm, friendly service of Jamaicans. Our goal is to wow wedding guests and make couples and their guests feel overwhelmed with joy on this day," is the promise Borgh is making.
A promise she plans to keep hosting no more than one wedding per day, "so it can be all about couples and their guests".
Borghinvilla is centrally located to many of the hotels and resorts in the Montego Bay, Trelawny, Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios areas. It is less than an hour from Kingston or Montego Bay.
Borghinvilla hosts any religious or non-religious denomination. Specialising in South Asian weddings, Borghinvilla is capable of accommodating both Sikh and Hindu ceremonies, Christian, Catholic, Jewish, etc.
The area where ceremonies take place has the capacity to accommodate 100 persons. However, Borgh said there are no limits because the property has enough land space. Some locations were identified, ranging from the cliffside gazebo, cliffside deck, tree area on beach, to a grassy or garden areas.
Bridal parties have the option of two air conditioned bridal suites with washrooms and a living room/dining room, with a fan. All the other areas are outdoors.
Borgh outlined the top 10 reasons Borghinvilla is the best wedding venue for persons getting married in Jamaica, whether locals or visitors:
1. We are located on two acres of lush tropical gardens, plus we have beach and cliff views of the endless Caribbean Sea.
2. You can bring your own vendors without additional fees
3. It's exclusive so you will not have uninvited guests at your wedding or in your photos
4. Ceremony start times are your choice as we aren't fitting you into a time slot
5. We host only one wedding per day so you won't cross paths with any other brides
6. Reception can end when you are ready to stop the party
7. Air conditioned, ocean view walk-out bridal suite so your hair and makeup can be as fresh as possible
8. Spectacular sunset year round
9. We reply to our emails promptly so you can plan your wedding at your convenience
10. We don't charge any additional fees for guests not staying at your hotel.
Borghinvilla is not the easiest venue to find, so Hospitality Jamaica encourages you to call Borgh at 876-425-8222 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org before going to check out the location.