Numerous wedding venues welcome LGBTQ couples, but some are clearly better suited to same-sex romance than others. Searching for the perfect locale for your destination wedding? Keep these excellent options in mind!
1. Riu Palace Antillas — Aruba
Looking for a ceremony on the beach? Riu Palace Antillas performs symbolic same-sex weddings right in Aruba! This Caribbean island boasts a thriving LGBTQ community, largely led by the influential organization ALFA. It’s all worth it for a memorable beach wedding with a magnificent backdrop.
Tranquil and undeniably romantic, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica welcomes a diverse array of couples with open arms. LGBTQ wedding packages include floral centerpieces and live local music. LGBTQ tourism in Costa Rica is robust, and visitors of all sexual orientations are treated with respect.
Same-sex couples at Dreams Delight Playa Bonita enjoy symbolic ceremonies with every detail perfected. The accompanying newlywed package includes sparkling wine and breakfast in bed with mimosas. Many public figures in Panama have voiced their support of same-sex marriage in recent years, so you can feel totally at home while tying the knot in paradise.
Paradisus Palma Real offers intimate symbolic weddings for a diverse array of couples. Same-sex couples are invited to partake in the destination resort’s wedding package, which includes couples massages and a private sunrise yoga. Punta Cana has a vibrant LGBTQ community, complete with gay-friendly bars and other attractions.
The staff at El Dorado Royale are truly welcoming. Say “I do” with a beachfront backdrop and the luxury of El Dorado Royale’s Memorable Moments Signature Wedding Collection. Be loud and proud here, because many of Mexico’s indigenous groups (including those near Riviera Maya) are in support of different sexual orientations.
Experience the rock star lifestyle at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. Style buffs absolutely adore this gay-friendly wedding destination, thanks in part to the efforts of celebrity designer Colin Cowie. Jalisco (the state in which Puerto Vallarta is located) performs same-sex marriages and welcomes LGBTQ visitors.
The highly personalized wedding ceremonies and receptions at Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos are ideal for LGBTQ couples, who enjoy the gay-friendly aspects of Mexican culture outlined above. Sandos Hotels & Resorts have won WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award on multiple occasions – the perfect ceremony in paradise awaits!
Beachy ceremonies at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa are absolutely unforgettable. Polynesia’s notoriously gay-friendly culture values visitors of all types, regardless of sexual orientation. After the ceremony and reception, enjoy the ultimate in privacy while staying in a unique overwater bungalow.
Beachfront weddings are amazing, but if you and your intended desire a truly unique same-sex wedding experience, book a trip to Ashford Castle. The magical venue has hosted both royalty and celebrities, and its staff will make you feel like royalty as well. Ireland has recently become a very welcoming place for LGBTQ couples, having approved same-sex marriage via popular vote.
Cape Town’s One & Only offers a wedding package specifically designed for same-sex couples. There, gender and sexual orientation don’t matter — as one of the first nations to legalize gay marriage, South Africa is uniquely suited to LGBTQ destination weddings. Prepare for stunning views and impeccable service.
Whether your dream wedding involves an Irish castle or the feeling of sand beneath your feet, your chosen resort should fulfill your every desire. This is your special day, so don’t settle for anything less than a stunning backdrop and complete pampering.