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Top 10 Places for a Same-Sex Destination Wedding

Embark on a romantic journey with this comprehensive guide to the top LGBTQ+-friendly destination wedding locations worldwide.

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Planning a same-sex destination wedding is an exciting and sexy journey, and choosing the perfect location is a crucial part of creating a memorable and meaningful experience. You want to be able to find a locale that celebrates you and your partner’s love and commitment to each other—while also ensuring your friends and family have a blast as they travel with you to share in this important milestone in your lives.

If you’re thinking of getting engaged soon, or are currently planning a queer wedding, read on for some of the top places to consider when tying the knot.

Best Spots for a Gay Wedding the World Over

New York City, USA

The city that never sleeps, New York, is not only a melting pot of cultures but also a pioneer in LGBTQ+ rights. Iconic landmarks like Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the skyline itself provide a breathtaking backdrop for a queer x wedding. From chic venues like the Modern Chelsea Recording Studio to Top of the Rock and One World Observatory, the Big Apple offers a diverse range of options to suit different tastes and varied budgets.

Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA

Nestled in Cape Cod, Provincetown has long been a sanctuary for the gay, queer, and trans communities. Its welcoming atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and historic charm make it an ideal spot for an intimate and romantic destination wedding.  Consider the Masthead Resort and Cottages, Strangers & Saints, and Gifford House.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

As the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, the Netherlands and its capital city, Amsterdam, exude an atmosphere of acceptance and celebration. Picturesque canals, historic architecture, and vibrant culture create a unique and romantic setting for LGBTQ+ couples seeking an inclusive spot to celebrate their devotion.  However, keep in mind that at least one person in your couple must be a Dutch national or have residency.

Barcelona, Spain

If you and your partner both legally reside in Spain or one of you is a Spanish citizen, then you cannot go wrong getting hitched in Barcelona. With its Gaudi architecture, lively streets and nightlife, and pristine beaches, Barcelona is a romantic destination that not only embraces diversity but has much to offer your guests. Spain has an incredibly progressive stance on LGBTQ+ rights, which adds to the allure as a backdrop for your celebration.

Cape Town, South Africa

Encompassing stunning landscapes, including Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town is a lavish and exotic spot for a queer destination wedding. Plus, South Africa doesn’t have any citizenship or residency requirements. Couples wishing to marry here simply must provide their birth certificates and obtain visitor permits. (If you had a previous marriage, you must also show your divorce decree or the death certificate of your spouse.)

Iceland

Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes, featuring waterfalls, glaciers, and geysers, make it an enchanting destination for an LGBTQ+ marriage ceremony. The country also has a deep commitment to inclusivity and equality, making it ideal for any loving couple. Some popular locations for a ceremony (and some amazing photographs) include Gullfoss, Skógafoss, and Seljalandsfoss.

Toronto, Canada

Canada is a country that has been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ rights, and Toronto, its largest city, is a cosmopolitan hub with a diverse cultural scene. The area offers some great venues to host a same-sex wedding, including the CN Tower, the Bellamy Loft, The Chef’s House, and the Toronto Islands.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Mexico, with its rich culture, sexy beaches, and warm hospitality, has become an increasingly popular destination for LGBTQ+ weddings. Puerto Vallarta, nestled on the Pacific Coast, has a bustling gay scene and is recognized as a dream venue for any couple. Some wedding rental spots to consider? Villa Bahia, Villa Estrella Mar, and Hacienda De Los Santos. All will let your guests kick back and relax while you and your partner celebrate your love for each other.

Mykonos, Greece

Known for its whitewashed buildings, crystal-clear waters, and lively nightlife, Mykonos is a dreamy and sexy destination to celebrate your union. Plus, Greece is a country that has been a land that has historically embraced all types of sexual orientation. Therefore, consider the 180 Mykonos Sunset Bar, Kensho, and Hippie Fish as potential wedding venues.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Any wedding destination list would be remiss not to mention fabulous Las Vegas. Anything goes in Vegas and it’s the perfect place for an epic same sex wedding celebration. No matter if you want an Elvis impersonator to marry you and your partner at The Graceland Wedding Chapel or want something a little more low-key at the Wynn’s Primrose Court… Sin City has something for everyone (and all levels of debauchery are welcomed).

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