LGBTQ+ weddings in paradise
Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular for LGBTQ+ couples looking to celebrate their love in a tropical oasis. To help you pick the perfect spot to say ‘I do’, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite LGBTQ+ wedding-friendly destinations and resort options where you and your other half can exchange vows in paradise!
As of May 2020, Costa Rica legalized same-sex marriage, making it the first country in Central America to do so. Home to remarkable natural beauty, from lush rainforests and volcanoes to waterfalls and world-class beaches, this tropical paradise is a beautiful spot for LGBTQ+ couples to host both a legal or symbolic destination wedding ceremony!
Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica is a top choice for a celeb-worthy destination wedding. Featuring A-list wedding venues, couples can host a ceremony on the Roof Top surrounded by majestic coastal views, mingle with guests during a chic cocktail hour on the Pool Terrace or plan a gorgeous reception on the beach. You can also choose from an array of décor package add-ons, such as The Classic package offering old Hollywood glam or the Star Struck package including a red-carpet arrival and more. During your stay, you can relax in glamorous suites, cool off in pristine pools and enjoy VIP treatment with a complimentary upgrade to the resort’s Star Class™.
Nestled between lush rolling hills, Riu Guanacaste offers unparalleled wedding backdrops. You can get married on the scenic shores of Mata Palo Beach and share your first married kiss in front of sparkling ocean vistas. Afterwards, you can host a lively reception at Santa Cruz Bar and spend the evening dancing to the sounds of a Latin fusion band. To help you make your tropical celebrations truly one-of-a-kind, this resort offers an array of customization options such as fireworks, beach lanterns or a dessert table full of decadent treats among other personal touches.
Another great option is Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica. This upscale resort boasts fifteen gorgeous venues including the Royal Palm Tree Terrace for dinner and cocktails, the Wedding Gazebo for a sunset ceremony with scenic views and the Ball Room for lavish celebrations. Plus, your wedding guests will love the elegant suites offering tropical or ocean views and swim-out options. Leading up to the big day, you can take advantage of the resort’s exquisite on-site spa and treat yourselves to luminous facials, relaxing massages or invigorating wraps.
Mexico is another popular wedding destination for LGBTQ+ couples. With plenty of dreamy destinations to choose from, each offering vibrant culture, stunning scenery and beautiful resorts.
Los Cabos offers a breathtaking backdrop with impressive mountains and endless sparkling seas. Located on the picturesque coast of the Baja California peninsula, Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas is a popular resort for weddings. Couples can start their forever on the expansive beach or in a decorative gazebo surrounded by panoramic coastal views.
Puerto Vallarta is home to golden-sand shores at the foothills of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta offers an array of elegant wedding packages to suit every couple’s style; from an intimate ceremony surrounded by loved ones to a luxurious event complete with a violinist, video service, stunning tropical floral arrangements and additional perks.
Outgoing couples looking to celebrate their nuptials in style will love Cancun’s incredible nightlife and weather. At Royalton Riviera Cancun, you can sip signature cocktails at a poolside terrace reception or on a renowned white-sand beach overlooking pristine turquoise seas. Take advantage of sunny afternoons with brunch service at Agave Restaurant, serving authentic Mexican cuisine on an expansive terrace, or host a semi-private dinner at the resort’s beachfront Caribbean Restaurant & Grill. For an idyllic ceremony surrounded by stunning ocean vistas, choose the glamorous Sky Wedding venue.
If you’re looking to have an island-inspired destination wedding, you could also host a symbolic ceremony in Aruba! With miles of soft white-sand beaches dotted along the coast, Aruba is the perfect spot to tie the knot by the ocean.
Couples looking to celebrate their love at an adults only oasis can choose Riu Palace Antillas. This resort features a selection of decorative gazebos and arches, perfect for hosting elegant beachfront ceremonies. Venue options for receptions include the pool deck and the resort’s glamorous ballroom. Wedding guests will love the lavish facilities including spacious suites, pristine pools and exquisite à la carte restaurants such as Malmok, serving authentic Aruban cuisine.