Love is love. It makes me so happy that more and more countries are recognizing and embracing LGBTQ couples. Love truly wins! And if you’ve found the love of your life, what better way to celebrate than with a destination wedding?
So, where should you get married if you’re a same-sex couple? Marriage equality is all over the globe, but here are some of my favorite gay friendly wedding destinations. And if you’re not having a same sex wedding, these wedding destinations are still pretty darn awesome and worth considering.
8 Gay Friendly Wedding Destinations
#1 – Hawaii
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Hawaii is home for me and it has a special place in my heart. It also has a big open heart. Hawaii has beautiful beaches, warmth and that unbeatable tropical vibe. But, it also has what I think is the best part of Hawaii, the people.
The people in Hawaii are so friendly, nice and open. When people talk about Hawaii, they talk about the aloha spirit, and it’s all true. And I mean come on, this is the home of the rainbows!
And let’s not forget that by having a destination wedding in Hawaii, your honeymoon is built right in as well. You can easily head to another island or explore another side of the island. There are a lots of options in this paradise.
#2 – San Francisco
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If Hawaii is home for me, San Francisco is my playground. It’s where I like to play and live and be free. It’s a place where you can be yourself in whatever way that means (even being naked). And it’s easily the one of the most gay friendly wedding destinations in the US.
The city itself has so much to offer from museums and iconic landmarks to amazing food and drinks. And let’s not forget the Castro is the center of LGBTQ culture and pride.
But if that isn’t enough, wine country and the Monterey peninsula are just a short drive away.
#3 – Canada
Canada isn’t as flashy or attention grabbing as the US, but if you’re looking for diversity and friendliness, this country is it. Every experience I’ve had from Vancouver to Toronto has been so easy and welcoming. And getting married here is no different.
One of the many beautiful things about Canada is the natural diversity. You can find everything from snowy mountains to serene lakes, lush forests and sandy beaches. And their cities are amazingly diverse as well. It’s not hard to find a place that fits your dream wedding.
#4 – Iceland
The best way I can describe Iceland is otherworldly. It’s a place you’ve never seen or experienced. Like something straight out of a movie. And yet, somehow it’s real. Just like finding your partner.
And the people in Iceland? They are so open and friendly. Soon after Iceland legalized same-sex marriage, the prime minister (the world’s first openly lesbian head of state) married her partner.
If you’re searching for wedding destination that’s intimate, you can find your little section of heaven almost anywhere. Take your pick of breathtaking landscapes to marry the one you love.
#5 – France
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What can I say about France? This is a country for lovers. And it’s romantic as hell. It’s also where I got married!
It’s hard not to love France. You’ve got everything from the French Rivera to countryside chateaus and Paris. Oh Paris… While the locals aren’t always the friendliest, the culture is. It does have the nickname, ‘Gay Paree’ after all.
And this goes without saying, but the epicurean adventures you’ll experience here are divine.
#6 – Spain
Spain is like a colorful dream. The art, the architecture, the food! It’s so vibrant and one of the most gay friendly wedding destinations in the world.
One of my favorite things about Spain is the slower pace. Its culture of siestas, savoring good company and good food is addicting. But, the other draw? Having both city and sea close at hand which gives you the best of both worlds.
You can have your destination wedding along a small coastal town like Stiges, on an island like Mallorca or right in the heart of Barcelona.
#7 – Bora Bora
If you’re looking for your wedding to effortlessly turn into your honeymoon, Bora Bora is the place. A Polynesian dream, it’s peaceful, serene and oh so beautiful.
Known for their overwater bungalows and friendly service, it’s perfect for a relaxed resort wedding. You’ll meet rae-rae (transsexual or transgender), who are not only highly respected in the hotel and service industries, but the culture as well.
And after your destination wedding you can sit back, relax and do nothing at all.
#8 – Ireland
Having just come back from Ireland, I have to say, I’m kind of in love. I wasn’t sure what to expect and found an artistic hub with friendly and passionate people. Ireland was the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote which speaks to their welcoming nature.
Dublin is a fun city with so many things to see and places to get married. But what’s great about Ireland is when you head outside the cities you’re struck with vast landscapes, cliffs and castles which provide both beauty and privacy.
It’s so important to have your destination wedding in a place you feel comfortable and accepted. These are some of my favorite gay friendly wedding destinations. Choose the one (or more than one) that fits what you’re looking for. Just make sure to do your homework and check the current marriage requirements as some do require things like residency.
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