50+ Best Destinations for Gay & Lesbian Weddings

by Emese Graham
two brides embrace on their wedding day

Finding an LGBTQ+ wedding destination doesn’t have to be difficult. All you have to do is give the Group Travel Experts a call! We make it easy for gay, lesbian, and queer couples to plan their Big Day.

While we’re helping you navigate same-sex marriage legislation around the world and finding a venue that’ll impress your entire guest list, we’ll also make sure you can enjoy competitive rates and fabulous little perks.

Check out our Experts’ top list of LGBTQ+ friendly destination wedding venues.

First Things First: Where is Gay Marriage Legal?

While there are many countries around the world that recognize civil unions, common law marriage, or registered partnerships, the following destinations have legalized same-sex marriage and are your best options for planning a beautiful wedding (ie. without having to file for a Canadian marriage license when you get back home).

Argentina Australia Austria
Belgium Brazil Canada
Colombia Costa Rica Denmark
Ecuador Finland France
Germany Iceland Ireland
Luxembourg Malta (Parts of) Mexico
Netherlands New Zealand Norway
Portugal South Africa Spain
Sweden Taiwan United Kingdom
United States Uruguay

Expert Picks: Top 50 Hotels & Resorts for LGBTQ+ Destination Weddings

Trust an Expert with all the travel details between “Yes” and “I Do”. Looking after you and everyone on your guest list is our specialty. Looking for ideas? Start with our top recommendations for hotels and resorts to host your destination wedding- complete with dedicated planning services, vendor packages, and even some special promotions for your anniversary trips.

Mexico

pink umbrellas lean on the sand behind rows of blue and white chairs on the beach

It’s hard to beat Mexico for a stress-free, all-inclusive wedding package, so let’s start here! The legal status of LGBTQ+ marriage varies by state in Mexico. Gay-friendly wedding destinations include: Campecho, Colima, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Jalisco, Mexico City, Michoacan, Nayarit, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo.

  1. Live Aqua Urban Resort, Mexico City
  2. JW Marriot Hotel Mexico City Santa Fe
  3. Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center, Puerto Vallarta
  4. Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta
  5. Casa Velas Hotel Boutique
  6. Velas Vallarta
  7. Riu Palace Pacifico All Inclusive, Riviera Nayarit
  8. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
  9. Hyatt Place La Paz, Los Cabos
  10. Riu Palace Baja California Adults Only All Inclusive
  11. Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive
  12. Excellence Playa Mujeres All Inclusive Adults Only, Cancun
  13. Riu Palace Peninsula All Inclusive, Cancun
  14. Beloved Playa Mujeres Couples Only by The Excellence Collection, Cancun
  15. Riu Cancun All Inclusive
  16. Finest Playa Mujeres by The Excellence Collection All Inclusive, Cancun
  17. Riu Palace Las Americas All Inclusive Adults Only

Caribbean

a small boat floats beside a long boardwalk dock that leads to the shore

While the Caribbean certainly isn’t known for being LGBTQ+ friendly as a whole, there are a number of welcoming destinations in this part of the world, including three countries where same-sex couples can be legally married: Saint Martin, Martinique, and Bermuda.

  1. Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa
  2. Hotel Plein Soleil, Martinique
  3. Coco Reef Bermuda
  4. Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa
  5. Rosewood Bermuda
  6. Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa
  7. Elbow Beach Hotel

Costa Rica

a handful of people walk across a tile platform in front of a heritage building in costa rica

The country officially legalized gay marriage in 2018 and was one of the very first Latin American countries to do so. Manuel Antonio and San Jose represent the main LGBTQ+ communities in Costa Rica, and Liberia is also a very strong choice for a wedding venue.

  1. Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, Liberia
  2. Dreams Las Mareas, Liberia
  3. Secrets Papagayo, Liberia
  4. Occidental Papagayo Adults Only All Inclusive, Liberia
  5. Best Western Plus San Jose
  6. Best Western Irazu Hotel & Studios, San Jose

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United States

rainbow coloured lights light up an ornate building at dusk

LGBTQ+ couples have been able to get legally married across the country since 2015, but Canadian couples still have a few standout favourites for destination wedding locations: Palm Springs, San Francisco, and New York City.

  1. Avalon Hotel, Palm Springs
  2. Hotel Zoso, Palm Springs
  3. Hotel Whitcomb, San Francisco
  4. Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco
  5. Nomo Soho, NYC
  6. The James New York Nomad, NYC
  7. The Knickerbocker Hotel, NYC

Greece

a small bouquet of dried flowers is tied to the top of a blue door with a long white sash

Mykonos might be the country’s most famous gay-friendly travel destination, but there are so many wonderful wedding venues to choose from across the Greek islands.

  1. Villa Hurmuses, Mykonos
  2. Gt Suites Corfos Bay, Mykonos
  3. Boheme, Mykonos
  4. Harmony Boutique, Mykonos
  5. Ostraco Luxury Suites, Mykonos
  6. Palladium, Mykonos
  7. Petasos Town Hotel, Mykonos
  8. Pietra e Mare, Mykonos
  9. Porto Mykonos
  10. Andronis Boutiqe Hotel, Santorini
  11. Galaxy Hotel, Crete

Spain

purple and white chairs sit in rows on a beach

Spain is one of the most LGBTQ+ inclusive countries in the world, thanks to its anti-discrimination laws, legal gender changes, and same-sex marriages that have been legally recognized since 2005.  While the entire European country offers plenty of gorgeous wedding locations, most couples find the right venue in Sitges, Barcelona, or Gran Canaria.

  1. Hotel Port Sitges
  2. Avenida Palace Hotel, Barcelona
  3. H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel, Barcelona
  4. Bohemia Suites & Spa, Las Palmas

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Bonus: Get Married on a Cruise Ship!

Can’t pick just one place? Consider a cruise wedding! Many cruise lines offer legal ceremonies, on shore at select destinations, at sea, or even at your home port so non-sailing guests can be included too. Ask our Group Experts about planning a spectacular seaside ceremony with Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruises, or even Disney Cruise Line!

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