Gay Destination Weddings: Top Ten Spots for Your Gay Wedding Ceremony

Just because gay marriage is only partially recognized in the U.S. doesn’t mean that you and your partner are not entitled to the wedding experience of a lifetime. The popular trend in weddings today is the destination wedding. Destination weddings allow you and your partner to celebrate your love in front of the people most important to you, while also giving your guests the chance to take a memorable vacation. While many people are concerned that some of their guests won’t have the means to go to a destination wedding, many people feel that by holding the wedding in a far-off locale, they are actually wedding their own guest list, ensuring that only the most important people show up. If you’re interested in traveling to unique destinations for your gay wedding, here are some of our top recommendations.

Grand Hotel, Florence, Italy.

If you want to impress your guests, this is probably the best destination to help you achieve that. Located in the central Florence along the Arno River, this 18th century palace which is converted into a luxury hotel is the perfect place for old world elegance and a touch of romance.

New Zealand.

Whether you’re a diehard Lord of the Rings fan or just a fan of the majestic beauty that nature has to offer, New Zealand is a great spot, offering stunning rugged landscapes with mountains, rivers, lakes and farm animals! To many people, simply visiting the country is a trip of a lifetime. Imagine a romantic wedding on top of a mountain, or a nice ceremony in a local church. You are sure to get an experience that no one will be likely to forget.


One of the most magical places on earth has announced not long ago that they will offer their different wedding amenities to heterosexuals and gays alike. Whether you want to be treated like a princess in Cinderella’s castle, or a Beauty and the Beast inspired ball, your Disney wedding dreams may just finally come true. And though Disney is not necessarily an exotic locale, there will be something for the whole family. Not to forget that you and your partner are going to support a company that has stood up for equal treatment of gays and lesbians over such a long period of time.

Scottish Castle Wedding.

You probably feel mistreated in the U.S. But there is no reason not to treat you like royalty. Celebrities like Madonna, Paul McCartney and Pierce Brosnan have all tied their knots in castles, and you can do the same too! Scotland has a lot of castles for you to choose from, and many of them are commercialize into luxury hotels as well. A quick search on Google should assist you find a couple of places that are ideal for hosting weddings. For example, Dalhousie Castle, a 13th century fortress is conveniently located just a few miles away from Edinburgh. The castle is exquisitely decorated and even has a dungeon restaurant where you and your guests can have your dinner.

Legion of Honor, San Francisco.

San Francisco may not scream destination wedding for you, but given that this city played a major role in the gay rights movement, it seems appropriate to include it. This historic Art Museum is located on a hill overlooking the spot where the Pacific Ocean meets San Francisco Bay. The view here is incredible, and not just makes for an unforgettable experience for your guests, but also provides an excellent backdrop for breathtaking wedding photos.

I hope this article has managed to inspire you and help you generate some ideas for your dream wedding destination.

Article by Erben Wright.

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