Planning an LGBT destination wedding doesn’t have to be terribly hard, but it does require some research. There are a few aspects you need to consider, however. Below, we’ll take a look at what to keep in mind as you search for the perfect spot. Then, we’ll go over some of the best places for LGBT friendly destination weddings.
LGBT Friendly Wedding Destinations: What You Need to Know
Before you choose a destination, book your venue, and pack your bags, take some time to get familiar with local laws and customs.
Right now, there are about 195 countries in the whole world, but not all of them are gay-friendly. In fact, quite a few of them outright ban homosexuality. In extreme cases, it’s even punishable by death. Obviously, these are not good places for your LGBT destination wedding! Unless you’re planning to marry at home and just have a small private “commitment ceremony” at your destination, it’s obviously best to choose a spot where same-sex marriages are legal.
Another thing to keep in mind- some countries (and even some US states) that allow same-sex marriages also allow vendors to discriminate against LGBT couples. So, before booking your wedding, double-check the local laws and talk to potential vendors to make sure you won’t spend your entire trip dealing with bakers and florists who refuse to serve you.
If you want to skip all the research and just get some ideas for places that welcome you and your same-sex partner, below are some wonderful LGBT-friendly destinations.
LGBT Friendly Wedding Destinations
San Francisco is, without a doubt, one of the most progressive cities in the United States. It has a rich gay history, and, by some, is considered the “gay capital of America.” Yes, it’s an amazing destination for any LGBT couple.
There is always something to do in San Francisco,both leading up to your big day and afterward as a honeymoon destination.
If your vacation takes place in June, then you have a very big chance of seeing San Francisco’s Pride Celebration Parade. It’s one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world.
While most of Mexico is very LGBT-friendly, Guadalajara has one of the largest concentration of gay citizens in the nation. With gay-owned restaurants and night clubs throughout, you’ll never run out of fun things to do. It’s also a brilliant spot for history lovers or architecture buffs. Don’t miss the Templo Expiatorio, it’s stunning!
St. Thomas, part of the US Virgin Islands, is a dream destination for everyone from beach goers to history lovers. Get married against the sparkling backdrop of crystal-clear blue water, then spend your honeymoon touring historical sites. Blackbeard’s Castle is always fun, and you can grab some authentic Caribbean rum for a steal throughout the city.
Europe is full of gay-friendly destinations, but nothing really compares to the German capital. The south-western part of the city, Schoenberg, is still considered the center of LGBT life and culture.
Berlin is truly a place for everyone. You can go ahead and explore every part of the city and you will definitely find something exceptional to do every single day of your trip.
Check out the amazing museums and vintage stores during the day, and at night, go and see how amazing Berlin’s nightlife really is. In the second half of July, you can attend the Berlin Pride. The event has been around since 1979.
Another great option for an LGBT destination wedding is Reykjavik. Iceland’s capital is one of the most relaxed and gay-friendly destinations around the world. It’s got incredible landscapes, and the people sometimes seem too friendly, but it’s just how they are.
There are many restaurants and bars you can check out, and a walk around the town will make you feel completely energized.
While in Reykjavik, make sure to check out the most famous gay bar, Kiki Queer Bar. It’s amazing, it’s flamboyant, and usually very busy, so make sure you get there on time.
The Reykjavik Pride is held in August, so if you want to attend it, plan accordingly.
Looking for an all-around sunny LGBT friendly destination? Palm Springs is the way to go. This Californian city is exactly what you’re looking for, especially if you enjoy high temperatures and fancy cocktails.
Throughout the years, the LGBT community made this place their second home. There are many things you can do in Palm Springs. If you’re an adventurer, you can go ahead and find yourself a great hiking experience, or maybe, just sit by the pool and enjoy the relaxation.
Kathmandu is any adventurer’s dream. Located South of the Himalayan mountains, it offers some of the most unique landscapes in the world.
Here, same-sex marriage is about to become legal, so you may be among the first to wed there. Nothing like making history on your big day! Nepal is also the 8th country to recognize a third gender.
There’s always something to do in Kathmandu, and it’s definitely an LGBT-friendly destination you and your partner need to check out.
Before you choose your LGBT wedding destination, make sure everything will be just as you like it. As mentioned, some countries are not legally against gay relationships, but it doesn’t mean they are real gay-friendly destinations.
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Barcelona and Sitges, in Spain should definitely be on this list! Barcelona is known as rhe San Francisco of Europe.