Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Top 10 Gay Wedding Destination Cities

Planning a same-sex destination wedding? There are plenty of LGBTQ friendly cities around the world that are perfect for gay weddings. Check out these top ten same-sex destination wedding cities to celebrate your special day.

Destination weddings are a popular trend right now, and there’s no better excuse to get out and enjoy a new city. Getting hitched and not sure where to hold your ceremony? Don’t be tied down by venues in your home town! All across the world, there are plenty of cities for holding beautiful marriage ceremonies and spending a memorable honeymoon afterwards. From Amsterdam to San Francisco, there’s a place to suit every taste, whether you like simple ceremonies or lavish events. Here are the top ten gay wedding destinations.

1    New York City

At the forefront of the LGBTQ movement, gay-friendly New York City is also a good place for gay and lesbian couples to get hitched. And honestly, who wouldn’t love to spend some time in New York City? There are plenty of beautiful places to enjoy, plus busy streets to get lost in and tons of gay-friendly bars, clubs, and more. Whatever you’re looking for, New York definitely has it, from upscale accommodations to bizarre tourist attractions.

New York City
2    Reykjavik

Iceland is a stunning place for a wedding. From glistening glaciers to volcanoes to the romantic brilliance of the Northern Lights, there’s no place with a more natural fairytale appeal. Of course, there’s no place better for a marriage ceremony than Reykjavik, the capitol city of beautiful Iceland. The downside to Iceland is that it can be pricey, but many couples find that the cost is more than worth it.

3    Oahu

Liberal Hawaii was one of the first states in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage, so it’s naturally one of the top destination wedding locations for gay couples. Of course, as anyone can tell you, it’s a wonderful place for a wedding no matter who you are. The awesome nightlife of Waikiki Beach contrasts with the misty majesty of the mountains, making Oahu a place like none other.

4    San Francisco

One of the most gay-friendly cities in the United States, San Francisco also makes for a great wedding destination. The buzz of the city and the natural beauty of the surrounding area coordinate perfectly to create an ideal place for both wedding and honeymoon. Who wouldn’t want to be in Cali? There are unending options for wedding styles and honeymoon activities.

San Francisco
5    Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capitol is also the best wedding destination for gay couples in South America. You can enjoy the charm of the historic downtown area, where the bright colors of the houses seem to reflect the many shades of the rainbow flag. Enjoy classic South American nightlife, Latin culture, music, romance, and the whole package in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires
6    Cape Town

South Africa’s political capital is also its gay capital. This is one of the few places in the world where you can get married in a place populated with penguins! Enjoy the beautiful city of Cape Town as well as the many excursions the area offers. A popular adventure is a wine tour of Cape Town’s nearby vineyards, and you can also enjoy the exciting nightlife in the area.

Cape Town
7    New Zealand

New Zealand is one of those places that you can hardly believe really exists. Aside from the hobbit holes, you can also find stunning ocean sunsets, adventures on the water, hikes, camping adventures, nightlife, cultural experiences, and more. This may be a tiny country, but it’s by no means a boring one! When it comes to wedding ideas, the options are endless.

New Zealand
8    Vancouver

Canada’s most popular city is also its most LGBTQ-friendly city. Known for its liberal mindset and gay-friendly atmosphere, this is the perfect place for hosting a gay or lesbian wedding. Whether you’re artsy, outdoorsy, or just love a good night out, you’ll be able to find something that reflects you and the things you love. Enjoy the diversity of this city and its thriving metro center when you stay and wed here.

9    Berlin

Berlin is a fascinating city, from its ages-old foundations to its progressive mindset. If you choose to have your wedding here, you can take advantage of everything Berlin has to offer. The beautiful countryside is the perfect place for an outdoor wedding, and the historic architecture is perfect for an indoor ceremony. You really can’t go wrong! With a great beer and wine culture, you can also be guaranteed to have plenty to drink at your open bar, and the charm of German culture is the perfect backdrop for a romantic day. Berlin is also a great city for honeymooning, as well—there’s so much to see!

10    Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always been one of the most liberal and open cities in the world. In fact, it was one of the first to accept the gay lifestyle. If you get married here, you won’t be disappointed. The Netherlands is a beautiful place, with a deep history, rich culture, and thriving modern society. You can get married against the dramatic backdrop of the canals and historic city, or find a charming old building for an intimate ceremony. When it’s time to play, the vibrant nightlife and romantic daytime are a wonderful way to while away your time.

Same-sex marriage has been legalized in much of the Western world (and a few other places as well), so beautiful destination weddings to celebrate gay couples’ special day are also on the rise. These great cities for same sex destination weddings offer gorgeous venues, romantic honeymoon options, and LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere.

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