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Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 20:49
Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun

Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:15
Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit

The 10th Circuit is hearing arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:09
Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men

Guys, it's not all about the tux. Wow your man with some fun unmentionables!

Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.

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Want to incorporate your love of travel into your destination wedding? Forget the beach and the all-inclusive Mexican and island resorts that offer wedding packages—that's old news. Instead, consider Madrid, a city whose beauty, history and elegance are only matched by its plethora of things for you and your guests to do on your visit.

Before we get into the wedding venues, activities and honeymoon excursions, we should mention that a wedding in Madrid does come with a few strings attached. Specifically, civil or religious weddings are only permitted among couples where one has lived in Spain for a minimum of two years prior.

However, symbolic ceremonies and religious blessings, which is still an attractive wedding option, is open to anyone.

The Venues

Madrid offers no shortage of destination wedding venues. Here's a look at a few:

  • Buen Retiro Park: this is the most popular park in Madrid. The weekends can get crowded when many street musicians, sidewalk painters, fortune tellers and street performers animate the crowds. 
  • Hotel Ritz: If you don't want you and your guests to brave the outdoor conditions, consider a more traditional venue, such as Hotel Ritz. It's a beautiful, elegant hotel surrounded by gardens for photos and guest mingling. It has romantic written all over it.

Activities

Madrid offers no shortage of attractions and things for you and your guests to do while you're out there for the big wedding. Take a stroll for instance down the Avenue of Art and stop into one of the several museums and art galleries along the way to get in touch with the history and significance that art plays in Madrid's past. The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen are all must-see museums. Also, don't miss a visit to the Plaza de Oriente, which offers breathtaking looks at the Royal Palace. At night, head down to Madrid's entertainment district for dancing, drinks and fun. Madrid is one of the best musical cities in the world and guests can hear anything from classical to hard rock music live just about any night of the week in one of the many entertainment venues.

And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the stores and shops that the city has to offer, perfect for picking out wedding guest dresses. And don't think that your guests have to stay in a hotel—serviced apartments are also an ideal option.

Honeymoons

Spain offers a bit of everything for just married couples in terms of a honeymoon. If you want to sight see and get in touch with the Spanish culture, consider sticking around in Madrid for a few days and checking the sights that you haven't yet. For instance, Madrid's Museo del Prado features a wide collection of European art. Nearby Barcelona also offers a lot of art and history on showcase.

But a honeymoon isn't complete without a little R&R as the newlyweds wind down from the hectic planning. For this, we'd recommend a trip to the white beaches of Costa del Sol, which is to the east of Gibraltar. Beach resorts are plentiful along this portion of the Mediterranean Sea for you to stay. Get your tan, swim on and partake in water activities during the day. —Melissa Bell

Photo by Mike Licht via Flickr

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Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

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Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.