Top tips for planning your same-sex wedding in Spain

Are you a same-sex couple thinking of getting married? How about Spain for your romantic destination wedding...

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Spanish Congress paved the way for same-sex marriages around the world when they passed a law in favor back in 2005. Since then, many gay and lesbian couples from around the world have decided to get married in Spain.  As you may already know last year was a milestone for same-sex marriages in the US with the Supreme Court rejecting parts of  the Defense of Marriage Act. There is still room for growth and acceptance in the US as same-sex marriage is not legal in all 50 states. Same-sex marriage is currently only legal in 35 states, but these strides towards change are great news for same-sex couples!

Destination weddings have been a big thing for a while now, with lots of couples taking a flight to get to their wedding venue. In Spain, destination weddings are an option for same-sex couples, but one half of the couple must either be Spanish or both non-Spanish members of the couple must be residents in Spain.

So, if you’re Spanish but living abroad and want to go back home to celebrate your big day, or if you’ve been living legally as foreigners in Spain, now’s the time to think about planning your Spanish wedding!

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Same-sex marriages are now a frequent celebration at Paradors in Spain. Image: Paradores

With a civil ceremony, you’ll be able to personalise the big day to your heart’s delight. Choosing the same venue for the ceremony and reception not only makes life easier, but also makes for a great experience for your guests.

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A civil ceremony at a Parador. Image: Paradores.

To make life easier for everyone, and an option that is especially suitable for a destination wedding where most, if not all of your guests will come from abroad, is to book out a Parador exclusively for you and your guests.

This historical hotel chain, which has all kinds of beautiful properties all over Spain – from castles and palaces to modern buildings – is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a romantic setting for your same-sex wedding in Spain.

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Left to right: Paradors in Tortosa, Chinchón, Guadalupe and Sigüenza – beautiful and romantic locations for your wedding. Image: Paradores.

Another thing to bear in mind when organizing your big day is that you remain in charge. Ultimately, this is your day and you can do whatever you like!

You will be able to work with Paradores’ wedding planning experts, who will help you realize your vision and help you create the wedding of your dreams. And of course, if you’re planning a destination wedding from the UK, it’s always handy to have someone on-site to answer your questions and solve any little issues that will inevitably arise.

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Whatever your style, the wedding experts at Paradores will work with you to create the perfect day. Image: Paradores.
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Amazing settings make for an unrivalled wedding venue. Image: Paradores

If your style is romantic fairy tale, there are plenty of beautiful historic buildings to choose from. Just take a look at these!

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Paradores in Olite, Cardona and Santo Estevo (below) – ideal for a fairy tale wedding. Images: Paradores.

Or perhaps you’re dreaming of a beach wedding? What about the Parador de Mazagón, with a bar on the beach itself, or the Parador de Aiguablava, where you can get married in a restaurant located on a small, secluded beach with steps going down to the sand!

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The Parador de Aiguablava is perfect for a wedding looking out onto the beach. Image: Paradores.

If you love natural settings, what about the magical landscape of the Canary Islands, with the Parador Cañadas del Teide in Tenerife as one option? Or if you love hiking, the mountain views from the Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga are just for you, as you’ll be surrounded by the famous Picos de Europa mountain range.

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An unbeatable setting from the Parador de El Hierro (Canary Islands). Image: Paradores.
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The Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga is perfect if you’re looking for a mountain setting. Image: Paradores.

If your partner has just popped the question and you’re starting to dream about your big day, look no further. Spain is a great option for its weather, food and the beautiful venues on offer. Why not check it out?


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