Top 6 same-sex wed­ding des­ti­na­tions

Check out th­ese lo­ca­tions to cel­e­brate your mar­riage

GA Voice - - Wedding & Family - By GAYTRAVEL.COM For more than 15 years, www.gaytravel. com has com­piled the tastes of the LGBT com­mu­nity as re­source for travel needs.

1.) HAWAII

Hawaii has long been a top des­ti­na­tion for wed­dings and in De­cem­ber 2013 same-sex cou­ples gained the right to tie the knot in the aloha state. With some of the most gor­geous beaches, per­fect weather, par­adise am­biance, and strong gay scene, Hawaii is an ideal place for LGBT cou­ples to say their vows.

The des­ti­na­tion wed­ding serves as a per­fect hon­ey­moon! No need to hop on a plane af­ter the wed­ding night; you’re al­ready in par­adise. Newly mar­ried cou­ples can en­joy the abun­dance of wa­ter­falls, in­cred­i­ble hik­ing, he­li­copter rides, whale watch­ing, swim­ming, sun­bathing, snorkeling, and the end­less other ac­tiv­i­ties Hawaii has to of­fer.

On record, the state of Hawaii doc­u­mented a to­tal of 13,505 mar­riages from De­cem­ber 2, 2013 to June 20, 2014. Of those 13,505 mar­riages, 1,853 were same­sex cou­ples mean­ing the LGBT pop­u­la­tion con­trib­uted 14 per­cent of Hawaii’s wed­ding busi­ness within the first six months of its le­gal­iza­tion.

2.) SAN FRAN­CISCO

San Fran­cisco is one of the most gay-friendly places in Amer­ica and has been since the ’70s, and it is also one of the most beau­ti­ful places to get mar­ried.

With some of the most amaz­ing event spa­ces, ho­tels, and restau­rants on the West Coast, San Fran­cisco de­liv­ers some of the top wed­ding venues in Amer­ica.

What’s even bet­ter about San Fran­cisco is it’s close prox­im­ity to Napa and Sonoma Val­ley! Napa is in­cred­i­bly gay-friendly and with rolling hills of vine­yards and count­less winer­ies, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less!

3.) LAS VE­GAS

Las Ve­gas is known as the en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal of the world. With the re­cent le­gal­iza­tion of same-sex mar­riage in the state of Ne­vada, Las Ve­gas wel­comes same-sex mar­riage with open arms.

Look­ing for a quickie? Why not a drive thru wed­ding with Elvis, the king of Rock & Roll?

Las Ve­gas has made in­cred­i­ble strides in re­cent years in be­ing a LGBT-f riendly des­ti­na­tion. Many of the ma­jor re­sorts of­fer gay night­clubs, pool par­ties, and events. If a stop at the lit­tle white chapel isn’t your thing, Ve­gas has some of the worlds most amaz­ing event spa­ces and there are no lim­its to what you can do.

4.) BOS­TON

As the first state in Amer­ica to le­gal­ize same-sex mar­riage, Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts, has its wed­dings down. With its al­lur­ing old world charm and open-minded peo­ple, Bos­ton has a large, strong, and vi­brant gay com­mu­nity.

The main gay ar­eas of Bos­ton are cen­tered on the neigh­bor­hoods of the South End and Ja­maica Plains. Since the 1980s, LGBT peo­ple have been gen­tri­fy­ing th­ese ar­eas and open­ing up shops and restau­rants. You will find plenty of gay bars and clubs along Colum­bus Av­enue and Tre­mont Street.

Bos­ton’s pleas­ant to visit any time of the year, but win­ter is prob­a­bly not for the faint of heart. Sum­mer is gaytravel.com’s fa­vorite sea­son. Gay Bos­ton is ab­so­lutely drenched with his­tory, as many of early-Amer­ica’s im­por­tant events took place in and around the area in­clud­ing the Bos­ton Massacre, Bos­ton Tea Party, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Make time to check out 50-acre Bos­ton Com­mon—the coun­try’s old­est city park.

5.) AM­S­TER­DAM

The first coun­try in the world to le­gal­ize gay mar­riage in 2001, the Nether­lands has a bril­liant rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the most LGBT wel­com­ing place on earth. With that, Am­s­ter­dam is a ma­jor gay hub in the coun­try and thou­sands have cho­sen the city as their gay des­ti­na­tion wed­ding.

If you want it, Gay Am­s­ter­dam’s got it. From dozens of pic­turesque, his­toric canals to a host of first-class mu­se­ums to a thump­ing gay nightlife and a LGBT-friendly cul­ture, the Nether­lands’ cap­i­tal and Europe’s sixth-largest metropoli­tan area is a hot spot for the ul­ti­mate “gay­ca­tion.” Set­tled as a small fish­ing vil­lage in the late 12th cen­tury, Am­s­ter­dam de­vel­oped as a port city and has be­come an in­ter­na­tional hub for busi­ness and plea­sure. An es­ti­mated four to five mil­lion vis­i­tors trek to the city an­nu­ally.

6.) REYK­JAVIK, ICE­LAND

This cap­i­tal city has hit the radar as one of Europe’s new­est hotspots. Ice­land rec­og­nized same-sex mar­riage in June 2010. Ice­land’s Prime Min­is­ter was the world’s first openly les­bian head of state and mar­ried her long time part­ner soon af­ter the le­gal­iza­tion.

The city of Reyk­javik is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful with plenty to do and is rich in cul­ture. There are plenty of out­door spa­ces that are per­fect for wed­ding venues.

With nu­mer­ous dis­count air­lines and short flights from the Euro­pean con­ti­nent (only 2.5 hrs. from Oslo), it’s be­com­ing a main des­ti­na­tion for a week­end get­away of the young, party crowd look­ing for a rau­cous good time. This sur­pris­ingly hip city is brim­ming with friendly, beau­ti­ful peo­ple, trendy restau­rants serv­ing world class cui­sine, cool clubs, red-vel­vet roped hip­ster bars and late night revelry. Reyk­javik is not with­out it cul­tural side—with a brand new, ul­tra-mod­ern theater and opera house, nu­mer­ous art gal­leries, mod­ern na­tional mu­seum and thriv­ing mu­sic scene, it will sur­prise you with is wordily sen­si­bil­i­ties, foodie scene, fash­ion sense and so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

Hawaii has long been a top des­ti­na­tion for wed­dings and in De­cem­ber 2013 same-sex cou­ples gained the right to tie the knot in the aloha state. (Photo cour­tesy of gay­hawai­i­wed­ding.com)

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