The recent progress that has been made to same-sex marriage laws worldwide has meant there are a number of new destinations that LGBT couples can tie the knot.
Iceland is famed as a country for its outstanding beauty and wonderful mountainous terrain. The incredible scenery makes Iceland the perfect gay wedding destination and since 2010 it has been the go to destination for those couples wanting ot get married an incredible outdoor setting. Choose the right time of year to experience the northern lights"¦ just prepare for cold weather!
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Brazil is one of the most diverse countries in the world. With outstanding beauty covering a huge area of land Brazil is a seriously beautiful gay wedding destination with an awful lot to see and do. Since 2013 same-sex marriage has been legal in Brazil. Whether you choose to get married in the wonderful bustling city of Rio de Janeiro with the Christ the Redeemer statue as a backdrop or opt to tie the knot in a more remote location, a gay wedding in Brazil is sure to make for a memorable setting.
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United States of America
Although there was a great deal of back and forth with the legislation on gay marriage in the United States, it is now legal to get married no matter who you love. Being such a diverse country there are so many places and ways you can get married in the US. Whether you choose the picturesque hills of California or under the bright lights of New York City, America has something for you. Maybe getting married in an Elvis Las Vegas gay wedding tickles your fancy? In America you could get married in a perfect setting and then immediately be on your honeymoon, killing two birds with one stone!
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Gay marriage in Spain has been recognised since 2005. Spain is a beautiful country with a lot of history and there are some stunning settings for your nuptials. Whether you choose the capital city Madrid, the Gaudi inspired Catalan city of Barcelona or the beautiful Basque Country in Bilbao it would undoubtedly make a for wonderful destination for a wedding. The warm weather of Spain already tempts thousands to holiday out there, so why not combine the two and get married on your holiday!
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Since May 2013 same-sex marriage has been legal in France. It was the thirteenth country worldwide to allow couples to marry. France is a fascinating country with a large culture and heritage and it is easy to say that getting married in France would be a joy to behold. There are many ideal places to get married in France such as the southern regions of Cannes, Nice and Saint Tropez all providing idyllic spots to tie the knot. However there are also some beautiful spots further north, especially in the capital, Paris. Many would have loved the chance to marry abroad so why not make that leap and make them proud in France?
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South Africa is the only African country to have legalised same-sex marriage. Cape Town is well known as Africa's most cosmopolitan city and it is also one of the most beautiful. Boasting some of the world's best wines, beautiful flat-topped mountains, sculpture-lined parks and golden beaches the spectacles on offer in Cape Town are second to none. With its so called 'gayborhoods' such as De Waterkant, Cape Town is very welcoming to the gay community. It's certainly safe to say that not many other gay wedding destinations boast penguin-spotting tours and shark-cage diving. After the ceremony is over and the guests have departed, stay for a honeymoon anyone would be jealous of, a wonderful safari and a trip along the world famous Garden Route.
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Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, a country which boats some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Since 2013 same-sex marriage has been legal in French Polynesia. With its coconut groves, blue green lagoons and chalk white sand, French Polynesia is one of the most idyllic places on earth. Most of the hotels in this region are geared up to perform weddings and they don't get any nicer than at Le Meridien on nearby island Bora Bora. Imagine your own thatched-roof bungalow with a glass floor looking down onto the fish swimming in the clear blue ocean. Paradise?
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Brazil - the heart of South America - and this itinerary covers the best parts. Starting in Rio De Janeiro you'll find a vibrant city of colour. You'll visit the beautiful Iguazu Falls as well as fun São Paulo. Add nature, culture, a great arts and party scene to gorgeous beaches and you will ask yourself: why have I never been?