Three hot places for the coolest LGBT destination wedding ever!
Summer is here in most places in the continental US, and we’re hearing about lots of just-engaged gay couples starting the planning for their fabulous LGBT destination wedding days. For those looking at a winter wedding event, the team at Invitations by R Squared came up with their three best bets for not just a winter wedding, but an anytime of the year wedding.
If it is a winter destination wedding that is your dream, what could be better than a destination wedding on the beach? Think about it – consider running away – far, far away – to gloriously beautiful destinations where shorts and flip-flops are the norm, and you, your fiancé, and your wedding party can frolic about without fear of judgment or intolerance.
There are literally tons of fabulous places at which to wed. All three of these are gorgeous, affordable, and – ultimately – very gay-friendly.
Everything anyone has ever said about Hawaii is true – everywhere you go is a Kodak moment waiting to happen, the drinks are delicious AND strong, and the people, at least in Maui and based on our experience, are very friendly and accepting of gays and lesbians.
With all the stress that can come with planning a wedding, Maui completely counters that with a super chill and easygoing vibe. No need to plan every moment; you can easily fill your days relaxing on the beach and playing in the ocean, which is also pretty inexpensive.
One of the must-dos while in Maui is to attend a luau. Amazing food and entertainment that celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Hawaii, you would be amiss if you did not partake in one with your fiancé and wedding party. This is a great website to learn about the many luaus that the island offers.
Read more here to find a ton of information on all the islands that make up Hawaii. Search for “weddings” and you’ll find information related to locations, vendors, and planners.
San Diego is a city that has it all: beautiful beaches, tranquil oceanside towns, a diverse and bustling nightlife, and it’s super gay-friendly to boot. Flights, for the most part, are pretty affordable, and you can find flight and hotel packages that won’t make a huge dent in your bank account.
There are many resources available to help you plan your wedding. Paradise Point offers the whole shebang, especially if you plan to have friends and family join you on the most special day of your lives. The company takes care of the venue, rehearsal dinner, food, wedding planners, hotel, and more. Check it out, right here.
Interested in hitting up the gay nightlife to celebrate your big day? San Diego is chock full of gay bars to meet any need: Urban Mo’s provides a country western flair, Numbers and The Brass Rail can help you get your dance on, and Rich’s San Diego is the place to see and be seen.
What’s not to love about Florida, and Key West especially? The southernmost point in the continental United States also happens to be very gay-friendly. Many resorts and hotels are gay-friendly or gay-owned. Getting married on the beach is no problem, thanks to companies like Weddings to Go Key West. They offer complete wedding packages, including a ceremony officiant.
As with any local or destination wedding, it’s important to research the amount of time and money required to obtain the marriage license. It’s a good idea to call the local courthouse or visit the city or county website and make sure you have the proper paperwork completed before you travel.
The main goal, of course, is to have a stress-free wedding and kick-off your marriage in serene style. The beachy locale certainly helps forget those winter woes back home.
So settle into your planning, start looking at destination wedding stationery suites, and work on getting that first step completed – your Save the Date cards. And Invitations by R Squared is here to help you with these first steps! Get in touch with us, and let’s chat about your wedding paper! If you’re feeling the need for some inspiration, the team has worked hard to put together collections of images to help spark your creativity. Gather up your fiancé and get over to our inspiration boards here, at Pinterest.
We’re excited for you, and for the next chapter in your amazing journey together!