Top Same-Sex Wedding Destinations

8th of March 2023

We know that it can be difficult when deciding where to get married as a same-sex couple. The law varies from place to place, with many laws only changing in recent years. Some of the most beautiful wedding destinations in the world allow legal marriages for same-sex couples and here are our top picks.


Same-sex marriage had been on the political agenda for years before being legalised in 2017. As Australia has only legalised gay marriage in recent years, same-sex weddings are extremely prominent. Thousands of couples have tied the knot here in the last two years.

New South Wales is home to the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and so has seen the most same sex weddings since legalisation. This region is home to some stunning destination wedding venues like the One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa and the Park Hyatt Sydney, which offers a panoramic view of the Opera House.

San Francisco

In San Francisco, the LGBTQ+ community is more prominent than anywhere else in the US. The last fifty years have seen this area as the epicentre of American gay and lesbian culture. This has made San Francisco a popular choice for same-sex weddings.

The city is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay offering breathtaking views from many of the cities best hotels, like The St. Regis San Francisco. Following your celebration, spend a few days exploring the city and soaking up its foodie culture.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas, situated on the floor of the Mojave Desert, is home to a Chapel dedicated to same-sex weddings after being legalised in 2014. The city has a name for itself as a top elopement destination but luxury weddings here are indescribable. The venues are as grand as you would imagine, take a look at the Bellagio Hotel or the Four Seasons.

Much of the landscape is rocky and arid with desert vegetation and wildlife, surrounded by mountains. In contrast, the city offers bright lights and endless options day and night. A diverse destination for your destination wedding.

South Africa

Cape Town is home to a large LGBT community and legalised same-sex marriage in 2005. South Africa is currently the only African country that legally recognises same-sex marriage.

South Africa offers diverse scenery and activities for your destination wedding and honeymoon. We love the rugged mountains, lush landscapes, vineyards and safaris then this is the wedding destination for you.

If you are looking for an incredible venue for your destination wedding in Cape Town, explore the One&Only Cape Town or Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Alternatively, browse our entire hand-picked selection of venues in South Africa.

The expert team here at Beyond Weddings is here to help you find the perfect destination venue, planners and suppliers. Whether something you have read here has caught your eye or you’re still looking, get in touch. We will give you free personalised recommendations for your dream wedding.

Featured image credit Alexandria Hall Photography.

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