With 28 countries now legalising same-sex marriage, there has never been a better time to say your “I do’s” in a far-flung destination. From Luxembourg to Uruguay, the world is your oyster for you and your partner, and the best part is you can roll the honeymoon into this trip, making it a more cost-effective way of doing your wedding whilst enjoying some exotic delights.
The quaint yet bustling city of Reykjavik is nestled on the southwestern side of Iceland and offers the perfect balance of a city break and access to Iceland’s breath-taking natural beauty.
Iceland has gained a reputation globally for being one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly countries to visit. With Iceland’s then Prime Minister Jóhanna Siguroardóttir and her partner being one of the country’s first couples to marry under Iceland’s same-sex marriage law in 2010, it is safe to say that getting married here is a way of continuing Iceland’s legacy of acceptance and celebration.
With Iceland playing host to natural wonders such as the electric blue thermal lagoons, breath-taking waterfalls and the indescribable beauty of the northern lights that illuminates the night sky and many more, it is no wonder why it is the perfect destination for an adventure packed wedding.
QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
The resort town of Queenstown is situated in the Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island. It is built around a shoreline on Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush forests.
New Zealand legalised same-sex marriage in 2013 and with this brought a plethora of local and international couples coming to wed in New Zealand’s natural beauty. Also, Queenstown plays host to a plethora of LGBTQ+ friendly bars and establishments for you and your partner to enjoy on your visit.
With Queenstown being nestled beside a glassy lake and snow-capped mountains, the resort offers an incubus of daredevil sports for you and your partner to enjoy such as skydiving, bungy jumping, whitewater rafting and many more.
TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Tahiti is the largest of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. It is a mountainous island, surrounded by lush forests and coral reefs that are a bustling oasis for a wide range of exotic fish.
The country of “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” legalised same sex marriages in 2013. What makes this country even more special is that in Tahitian culture, trans women (known as rae-rae) are highly respected and integral to the country’s culture and economy.
Tahiti has a global reputation of providing travellers with breath-taking scenery that cannot be compared with any other country in the world. Lush coconut groves, cerulean lagoons and the chalk-white sand are just some of the things that you can expect to bask in on your visit to Tahiti.
CAMPILLO DE RANAS, SPAIN
Situated in the Guadalajara region of Spain, Campillo De Ranas is a small rustic village of around 180 inhabitants. It is the perfect option if you and your partner are opting for a countryside escape wedding.
The towns gay mayor, Fransisco Maroto was one of the first Spanish mayors to announce that he would marry gay couples and since 2005, it has become a gay wedding mecca for couples opting for a more rural wedding.
Campillo De Ranas is surrounded by lush fields, towering trees and the Ayllon mountains. Its unique black architecture is instantly mesmerising and blends in perfectly with the landscape.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires is located on the Western shore of the estuary of the Rio de la Plata. The city offers unparalleled beauty that is articulated through its bustling nightlife, colourful buildings and intoxicating aromas.
As it was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2010, it is known as South America’s ‘gay capital’. The city offers an wide range of LGBTQ+ activities for you and your partner to enjoy, such as the annual Queer Tango festival.
Bustling street markets and delectable restaurants are just a few things that showcase the incredible Argentinian delights of the city. Furthermore, the neighbourhood of La Boca offers an array of buildings painted in a mirage of colours which make a fantastic backdrop for your photos!