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).
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.
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.
Live Aqua Urban Resort, Mexico City
JW Marriot Hotel Mexico City Santa Fe
Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center, Puerto Vallarta
Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta
Casa Velas Hotel Boutique
Riu Palace Pacifico All Inclusive, Riviera Nayarit
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
Hyatt Place La Paz, Los Cabos
Riu Palace Baja California Adults Only All Inclusive
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive
Excellence Playa Mujeres All Inclusive Adults Only, Cancun
Riu Palace Peninsula All Inclusive, Cancun
Beloved Playa Mujeres Couples Only by The Excellence Collection, Cancun
Riu Cancun All Inclusive
Finest Playa Mujeres by The Excellence Collection All Inclusive, Cancun
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.
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.
Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, Liberia
Dreams Las Mareas, Liberia
Secrets Papagayo, Liberia
Occidental Papagayo Adults Only All Inclusive, Liberia
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.
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.