Destination weddings are a chance to travel, keep your wedding intimate and do something new together with your love. When it comes to planning a destination wedding as an LGBTQ+ bride, groom or marrier, the first hurdle is finding a location that is not only beautiful and romantic, but also safe and affirming for queer spouses-to-be.

Regardless of where you obtain your marriage license, it is important to have your destination celebration in a place where you can find LGBTQ+ inclusive and affirming wedding vendors and be able to enjoy yourselves as you tie the knot. We rounded up a few of the best international locations for destination LGBTQ+ weddings and elopements.


Hot springs and geothermal pools and Pride, oh my! In addition to being one of the most progressive nations when it comes to marriage equality and queer rights, Iceland has some utterly stunning options for LGBTQ+ marriers looking to have a destination wedding or elopement. Say “I do” at a spa-side retreat, then spend your honeymoon relaxing in one of the many hot springs and atmospheric wonders that Iceland has to offer. Consider timing your trip to coincide with Reykjavik Pride in August, so you can experience one the world’s biggest LGBTQ+ festivals.


One of Europe’s most coveted destinations for LGBTQ+ globetrotters, Spain is home to a variety of options for queer weddings and elopements. From the bustling gay scenes in Mallorca and Ibiza to the sunny beaches and historic sights of Barcelona, Spain’s got something for everyone. For larger destination weddings, there are Spanish villas strewn throughout the countryside, perfect for a long weekend of lavish celebration. For micro weddings and elopements, the coasts are ideal for an intimate getaway.


As one of the top-rated safe destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers, Canada has a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing your wedding location. From ski lodges in Whistler and historic chateaus along Lake Louise to chic lofts in Montréal and the award-winning Fogo Island Inn, Canada is ideal for marriers looking to get away in cooler climates and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Enjoy mountain views and live your winter wedding fantasy in this easily accessible–and affordable–destination!


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A classic destination wedding location, Mexico’s beach resorts and metropolitan hubs have many LGBTQ+ inclusive options. If you are looking for warm weather and tropical vibes for your nuptials, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun are great places to consider. For adventure-loving marriers, experience the Aztec ruins or take a tour through Mexico City’s beloved queer district, the Zona Rosa. The Equally Wed heart is a trademark of Palladino Publishing, LLC.

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