With same-sex marriages still illegal in many states in the U.S., perhaps you should consider traveling abroad for your gay wedding. Since 2011, ten countries have legalized gay marriages, and they just maybe the perfect location for your gay destination wedding!
1.) Amsterdam, Netherlands – This dutch country was the first in the world to legalize gay marriage in 2001. The capital city of Amsterdam is unique in that it has Pink Point, a special gay and lesbian information center and souvenir shop that is open all year long. Pink Point is located next to the world famous Homomonument, the world’s only permanent, gay-themed momument.
The city’s culture is rich in the performing arts with ballet, jazz and theater at the center. Museums are plentiful, as are cafes, bars or clubs located in Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, the main nightlife areas. Reguliersdwarsstraat and Amstel streets off Rembrandtplein are heavily concentrated with gay clubs. Kerkstraat is the oldest gay district in town, and boasts a few gay-only hotels, like Hotel the Golden Bear.
2.) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gay marriages have been recongized in this capital city since 2002 and country-wide last year. Located on the southeastern coast of South America, it is the largest city in Argentina. The first Saturday of November is Buenos Aires Gay Pride featuring a parade, festivals and parties. The gay-nightlife in Buenos Aires, like that in Palermo, has exciting clubs, restaurants, fashion boutiques where you and your partner can find something great to wear for your gay wedding!
3.) Toronto, Canada. Located just north of the U.S. border, Toronto is a great place for your gay wedding. In 2003, it was the first city in North America to legalize same-sex marriages, and country’s historic first same-sex wedding ceremony took place at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto.
Toronto is home to Canada’s largest gay community, The Village, located at the intersection of Church and Wellesley streets in the center of downtown. At the end of each June is the city’s Pride Week, and the nightlife is exciting all year round. Visit the official website of Toronto for all the information you’ll need to plan your gay destination wedding.
4.) Barcelona, Spain. Beautiful and exotic Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast, and is the second largest city in Spain. It is rich in medieval architecture and the arts. You can stay in the posh Axel Hotel, specially designed for the gay community. Axel even has party and event space for your ceremony and reception. The city boasts plenty of gay bars, beaches, restaurants and events highlighted on GayBarcelona4u, a user-friendly website containing endless information about about the city’s gay culture.
5.) Cape Town, South Africa. For a truly exotic destination wedding, you should consider heading to South Africa! Cape town is not just an adventurous honeymoon destination for same-sex couples, but a great place for marriage as well. With it’s mountains, water, and beaches, Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s strong gay-community includes various hotels, restaurants and clubs for you and your partner to enjoy.
Make your gay wedding an adventure by traveling to one of these beautiful locations. It’s sure to be exciting!
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