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Providing an LGBT-friendly travel service has always been at the heart of what we do at OutOfOffice.com. With the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage in more and more countries worldwide, we increasingly get asked where the best place to have a gay wedding is. An increase in the number of countries that have legalised same-sex marriage, it is now possible for couples to have a gay wedding abroad.
More couples are choosing to combine their gay wedding and honeymoon together. We have arranged ceremonies for a number of couples in exotic destinations, from South Africa to Bora Bora. We can help you with the arrangements for your perfect gay wedding and in lots of places, we can sort everything for you. From the wedding photographs to arranging the formal ceremony, we can help minimise your stress and let you enjoy the experience. A gay wedding abroad is perfect if you are looking for a more intimate experience, from a beach wedding in Riviera Maya to a traditional Polynesian wedding in Bora Bora, we can find something perfect.
With the law regarding gay marriage evolving all the time, it's important that you recognise where your marriage will be legal and where offers a symbolic ceremony. We can help advise you about this and ensure that you can have the gay wedding you've always dreamt of.
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If you are looking to plan a gay beach wedding then Riviera Maya is the perfect destination. The beautiful stretch of Caribbean coastline is blessed with impeccable white sandy beaches, tropical turquoise waters and incredible luxurious five-star hotels. Say your vows at sunset on the beach followed by a delicious gourmet meal. Spend the rest of your time exploring the Mayan Ruins, including one of the "˜new seven wonders of the world'. The area is also renowned for scuba diving, with plenty of coral reefs to explore. Many of the resorts we work with have qualifies PADI diving instructors on site as well. Elsewhere in Mexico one of our favourite destinations is Puerto Vallarta. On the west coast of Mexico, the beach destination is ideal for a gay wedding in Mexico.
Bora Bora is one of our standout gay wedding destinations. It is one of the few countries where you can have a legal ceremony and what's more, you are situated in a tropical haven. We can arrange an intimate ceremony on the beach, where you will have a traditional Polynesian ceremony along with all the extra arrangements you'd expect from a South Pacific wedding including flower lei garlands, a professional photographer and a hair and makeup artist. Experience your wedding and stay in an overwater villa and enjoy the sunsets each evening as a newlywed couple. The resorts in Bora Bora are one-of-a-kind, in keeping with traditional Polynesian decor and each is adorned fantastic facilities. For the actual legal ceremony you need to get married on the island's City Hall in a quick ceremony before heading to the beach for your symbolic nuptials.
One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Cape Town is the up-and-coming destination for gay weddings. With its pretty coastal location and vibrant atmosphere, Cape Town is perfect if you are looking for a city wedding. There is lots to do during your stay as well, from hiking up Table Mountain to exploring Boulders Penguin Colony. Cape Town's gay scene is big, with plenty of gay bars and clubs so there is plenty of evening activity to keep you entertained. If you are looking for a more intimate experience, then there are plenty of other locations on the Garden Route where you could have your ceremony. The Garden Route runs along the south coast of South Africa and makes the perfect location if you are looking for a gay beach wedding. Picture yourself saying your vows at sunset with the gentle sound of waves lapping upon the shore. If you want to go all out, then head to one of South Africa's many game reserves for your gay wedding.
Hawaii is a great gay wedding destination if you are looking for a tropical island setting. This archipelago is made up of eight main islands, all which are easy to travel between. We often suggest you visit a couple so you get to experience their unique charm and character. Honolulu is known for its cosmopolitan city vibes whereas Maui is fantastic if you are interested in nature as it is known for its stunning mountain ranges and breathtaking valleys. Visit Haleakala which forms more than 75% of the island. Head to Kauai, which is also known as the "Garden Island" due to its tropical climate, gorgeous waterfalls and exotic vegetation. If you choose to visit Kauai head to the Waimea Canyon and experience the vast openness.
Gay Wedding Destinations
If you are the couple who love the outdoors, then surround yourself with incredible scenery and head to New Zealand for your gay wedding. Whether your backdrop is a dramatic fjord or an enchanted moss covered forest, there is no doubt it will be beautiful. What's more, there is lots to discover during your stay from the energetic coastal vibes in Queenstown to the peaceful surroundings in Lake Taupo. Add some thrills to your holiday in Queenstown, where you can bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge! New Zealand is also known for producing some of the world's finest wines. Head to Christchurch and experience the natural beauty of the vineyards whilst sampling some of the delicious wines. So if you are looking for a gay wedding destination which has everything to offer, from stunning landscapes, energetic city vibes and adventure, then New Zealand will tick all the boxes.
It was the first country in South America to legalise same-sex marriage, making it a perfect gay wedding destination. For the wine lovers, the hikers and pure adventure seekers, Argentina has all this to offer and more. The capital city Buenos Aires, is known for being one of the world's most gay-friendly cities. There are plenty of gay bars and clubs for evening entertainment. Get in with the locals and put your dancing skills to the test with a local Tango lesson or satisfy your stomach with a visit to one of the city's many steak houses. Argentina is blessed with incredible wildlife and heavenly scenery. Head to the Iguazu Falls and experience one of the world's most awe-inspiring waterfalls. The sounds, smells and visual display will awaken your senses. Head to Mendoza and visit some of the surrounding vineyards which produce world famous wines. Not only will you get to taste the wines, but the breathtaking landscape adds to the experience. Head south and visit Patagonia which is a whole different vibe. From the jagged mountain peaks to the pristine rivers, nature takes over and with it brings countless activity options.
Head to Brazil for your gay wedding and experience the energetic colourful atmosphere. Rio de Janeiro is known for being very gay friendly, making it the ideal setting for your same-sex wedding. There is so much to do and see whilst you are there, from relaxing on Copacabana Beach to hiking (or taking a cable car) up Sugarloaf mountain for the best skyline views of the city. It's a place where the nightlife is just as exciting as day time - if not more! Head to a local Samba bar and watch as the locals show off their moves. Take a trip to Christ the Redeemer and see the city's iconic symbol up close. Venture out of the city and head to the Iguazu Falls (which also borders Argentina). The sheer force of the water is magnificent to behold and definitely worth a visit as a way to top off your gay wedding abroad.
It is home to fascinating geological features including awesome waterfalls, marvellous geysirs and grandiose glaciers. Your time in Iceland will be jam packed as there is so much to do! Of course, there will be plenty of time to relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa or head to one of the many natural springs where the water is bath temperature. Iceland is known for its LGBT friendliness making it the perfect destination for your gay wedding.
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Symbolic Gay Weddings
In many countries where same-sex marriage isn't legal, you can still have a gay symbolic wedding. This means you would have a legal ceremony prior to departure and then you would have your symbolic ceremony abroad in whichever destination you decide on. The good thing about symbolic weddings is that it gives you a host of further destinations to choose from where you will still receive a warm welcome despite the lack of full equality.
If you are looking for a totally unique experience, then head to Japan and celebrate your love by having a Japan gay wedding. Even though same-sex marriage is not recognised in Japan, you can have a symbolic ceremony. It is the perfect destination if you are looking to get married in somewhere historic. Dress in traditional Kimono wedding attire and say your vows in a traditional Japanese temple. You will still have all the necessary preparations including a wedding fitting and styling. After your ceremony, enjoy a traditional Japanese wedding meal to round off the evening. Japan is a country filled with rich heritage and culture, there is plenty to do after your gay wedding.
The gorgeous Mediterranean sunsets, the traditional Greek cuisine and the beautiful hotels make Greece a wonderful destination if you are looking for a gay symbolic wedding. Same-sex marriage is not yet legal, however we can arrange for you to have a sunset symbolic wedding. The ceremony will usually take places in your hotel. We can arrange for you to have official wedding photos and a pre-wedding makeover. Enjoy a delicious wedding meal to celebrate with your loved one. After your ceremony spend some time exploring the islands. Our favourites are Mykonos, which is famous for its gay-friendly atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Santorini is another favourite and known for its boutique hotels and quaint towns. We recommend visiting a couple of the islands as they each have their own unique character.
Same-sex marriage has not been legalised yet, however you can still have a beautiful symbolic wedding. Picture yourself saying your vows at sunset on a gorgeous beach, the Caribbean is known for its romantic ambience and beautiful surroundings making it perfect for a gay symbolic wedding. Spend your days relaxing in your beautiful resort, snorkelling in the crystal clear sea and tucking into delicious traditional Caribbean cuisine. Take an evening stroll along the endless stretches of white sandy beaches, hand in hand with your newlywed. Have a break from the beach and head to the Arikok National Wildlife Park and jump off the rock edges into the warm waters.
For one of the most romantic destinations in the world and a perfect spot for your symbolic gay wedding, head to Italy and experience its beautiful cities. The country recently allowed civil partnerships, but not full marriage. Have your ceremony in Venice, a city known for its romantic ambience and architecture. Picture yourself in the canal lined cobbled streets, or take a charming ride in a gondola. Head to Florence and experience the abundance of Renaissance architecture on every corner. Known for being a laid back city, it is the perfect place to unwind and relax as a newlywed couple. Finish off in Rome, the city of love, this place is famous for its abundance of famous sites, including the Colosseum, Vatican City and the Trevi Fountain. Spend your days eating gelato and wandering the quaint cobbled streets. A perfect end to a romantic adventure.
Planning a wedding abroad is arguably more stressful than one at home. Depending on how far you intend to travel, you will likely not have seen the venue before you arrive and there can always be a difference between what you pictured to the reality. It's important to establish what you want from your wedding. Do you want your marriage to be recognised back home or would you rather get married in the UK before you travel and then have a symbolic beach wedding abroad? There are a lot of questions to answer and when planning a gay wedding it's important to ensure you are aware of the laws involved too. We've planned a number of same-sex weddings to destinations worldwide and are expanding our portfolio all the time. Submit an enquiry and one of our expert team will give you a call for an initial consultation to start the ball rolling.
Gay minimoons are great if, for whatever reason, you are unable to travel to your honeymoon destination. It may be the wrong season for that particular country or you might not be able to get a lot of time off work. A minimoon is a fantastic solution if you still want to have a break with your new partner straight after your wedding.
Whether it's a weekend away to the Lapland Igloo hotel, or a city break to Rome, there are endless potentials and you can make it as fancy as you like. The good thing is once your mini moon is over, you still have your honeymoon to look forward to!
Gay Wedding Destinations
Even though we endeavour to provide you with up to date information, laws are constantly changing which is why if you are seeking advice about a particular destination, please give us a call on +44 (0)20 7157 1570 or visit gov.co.uk and check the current laws.
In Mexico, there are different laws for different states, therefore we advise checking with your travel concierge for further information. If you wish to have a legal ceremony in Mexico, then Puerto Vallarta is the perfect destination. Located on the coast, you can have a sunset beach ceremony followed by a delicious celebratory meal.
Bora Bora is one of French Polynesia's most famous islands and rightly so. Home to beautiful overwater villas, exotic lagoons and elegant beaches it's the perfect place for your same-sex wedding. You will have the legal ceremony in the city hall which is usually given by the mayor followed by a traditional Polynesian symbolic ceremony at sunset on the beach. You will need to make sure you have completed a marriage application, copies of your passports, certified birth certificates, and single-status forms.
Same-sex marriage in South Africa was officially legalised in 2013. For couples wishing to have a gay wedding in South Africa, you will need to make sure you have your birth certificates and a valid visitors permit. Divorce and death decrees may also be required, please call us and check if you are unsure or visit the gov.co.uk website for further information.
There are 8 islands where you can have a legal same-sex wedding. The law is the same on each island. If you want to have a legal gay wedding in Hawaii you will need to have with you photo IDs (passports) and a completed marriage license application. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable, please contact us for further information.
For couples wishing to have a gay or lesbian wedding in New Zealand, you must complete a notice of Intended Marriage at least three days prior to the ceremony. Birth certificates may be required as well. Whether you have your gay wedding in Auckland, Queenstown or elsewhere, make sure you check the current laws and processes before departure.
For same-sex couples looking to have a gay wedding in Argentina, they must visit the civil registry's office ten business days before the intended date for the official ceremony. Passports and blood tests at a local hospital are required. Divorce and death decrees may also be required as well.
If you are looking to have a gay wedding in Brazil you can have a legal ceremony. You will need to make sure you have completed an application form and that you also have copies of your passports, original birth certificates and a declaration of civil status and single status forms. A marriage must also publish it in the local paper 15 days prior to the marriage.
In Iceland you can have a legal same-sex wedding ceremony. You will need to make sure you have your birth certificates, valid passport and a certificate of marital status (which must be issued 8 weeks prior to the wedding ceremony). You must also submit an application form from the office of the District Magistrate of Reykjavik and two witnesses must also write their names on the form to certify the ability of marriage. Divorce and death decrees are required (if applicable).
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