With same-sex marriage equality now recognized in more countries than ever before, there’s never been a better time for gay couples to organize their dream destination wedding! Whatever you have in mind, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. From romantic beaches, to cosmopolitan city celebrations, to stunning scenic settings. Our pick of the top 10 wedding destinations are guaranteed to have you swooning…
The first South American country to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2010, Argentina has a history of embracing diversity. Particularly in the cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, it is becoming common for gay couples from around the world to marry – there were over 3,000 same-sex marriages between 2010 and 2015 alone. The city is famously gay-friendly, but you may still want to use a travel agent who specializes in same-sex marriage to help you, especially with the legal formalities.
Renowned as the land of the warm welcome, Ireland has been inviting same-sex couples to say their vows in the country since 2015. A city such as Dublin provides the perfect place for couples to party with family and friends, with numerous venue options to suit different budgets and tastes. If you are looking for something a little grander, head out to the romantic countryside where the ancient castles and breathtaking scenery of the Emerald Isle await.
Dose up on sunshine and plan your destination wedding in one of Australia’s vibrant, diverse cities such as Melbourne or Sydney. After a public referendum, the country’s parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage in 2017, making it a relative newcomer to the gay wedding scene. But don’t let that put you off – the locals are notoriously hospitable. Just make sure you check out LGBTQ friendly venues and vendors using a resource such as the Sydney-based website EquallyWed.
For stunning scenery and a winter-wonderland vibe, why not carry out your nuptials in spectacular Iceland? The country’s prime minister was one of the first to marry her partner when same-sex marriage was legalized back in 2010, so you can be sure that you’ll receive a warm welcome, despite the chilly temperatures! LGBTQ-focused wedding planners Pink Iceland can help you organize every aspect of your day, from ceremony location, to officiant, to flowers, to food, and entertainment. They also help with the all-important paperwork that foreign couples will need in order to marry in the country. That way, you can be sure there are no unwanted surprises!
Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)
Although same-sex marriage is not yet legal throughout Mexico, there are several states where it is possible to say your ‘I dos’. One such state is Jalisco, where you will find stunning Puerto Vallarta just crying out to be the backdrop to the destination wedding of your dreams. As well as being totally gay-friendly, Puerto Vallarta offers striking beaches, luxurious resort hotels, and some of the best nightlife Mexico has to offer.
Same-sex marriage was legalized in France in 2013, making it the 13th country worldwide to recognize marriage equality. Wherever you decide to tie the knot, you can’t really go wrong. Paris, the city of love, may be the obvious choice, but don’t overlook the beautiful French countryside either. A romantic ceremony in the grounds of a historic chateau, surrounded by vineyards, will no doubt get your heart racing!
The country became the 5th to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2005. With unique scenery and a sunny climate year-round, it’s no wonder couples are flocking to South Africa to say their vows. Cape Town makes the perfect destination for same-sex couples thanks to its progressive attitudes and affordability. Plan an outdoor ceremony around sunset, with stunning Table Mountain as your backdrop, to truly take your guests’ breath away.
With so many enchanting locations to choose from, Spain remains a firm favorite for destination weddings. It was the 3rd country to legalize same-sex marriage way back in 2005, and many of its cities are renowned for being gay-friendly, hosting huge Pride events and cultural celebrations. Head to Madrid, one of Europe’s queer capitals according to WorldPride, for a stylish city celebration that is also full of traditional Spanish hospitality.
If an idyllic desert island setting, complete with blue skies and white sandy beaches, is your thing then look no further than Bora Bora. This dream wedding destination is part of French Polynesia and therefore falls under French same-sex marriage law. Go for a romantic ceremony right on the beach, then roll the celebrations straight into your honeymoon in paradise. Because why would you want to travel anywhere else?!
Canada recognized marriage equality back in 2005, making it one of the first few countries to legalize same-sex marriage. As a result, the LGBTQ wedding scene in the country is well-established, making planning a breeze. Head to picturesque New Brunswick for a classic Canadian seaside affair. The historic Algonquin Resort is completely gay-friendly and offers a range of stunning ceremony locations to choose from, including beautifully landscaped gardens for the warmer months.
Wherever you decide to hold your destination wedding, ZBest has your transportation covered. We have carefully vetted affiliates in locations worldwide, and we will work with them to plan every aspect of your transportation down to the finest detail.
You won’t have to rely on local taxi companies or deal with problematic language barriers – simply leave it to us. We’ll make sure you and your guests get wherever you need to be with the same exceptional level of service you expect from ZBest.
Now for the tricky part – deciding where to go!