Tucked-away destination weddings, glitzy cosmopolitan weddings or simple ceremonies; no matter what the dream is there's a location and venue for the perfect wedding day.
Fire Island, New York
This national park is a long-time favorite LGBT destination and a beautiful, intimate wedding venue. Locations like Fire Island Hotel or Fire Island Pines offer a beachside venue or couples can pledge themselves to each other under the Fire Island Lighthouse.
Palm Springs, California
As a favorite Hollywood playground and LGBT safe space, Palm Springs offers rainbow venues to fit the most conservative to the most colorful of weddings. Spots like the Saguaro Palm Springs hotel—clad in rainbow hues—and the Ace Hotel make beautiful backdrops for the big day.
Providence, Rhode Island
“Providence is a beautiful city nestled between Boston and NYC, without the prices,” said Richard Pezzillo. “For LGBT visitors, Rhode Island is progressive, accepting and affordable.”
Pezzillo and his partner Michael DeGrandpre were married in Provincetown in 2016. They organized a multistop tour of downtown Provincetown’s with local businesses offering their guests Champagne, ceramic hearts, wine tastings and other goodies.
“So many of our wedding guests said that the Providence community had a New Orleans vibe to it,” said Pezzillo. “You certainly can't find that anywhere else in New England.”
Insider Tip: Providence River Walk—with its colonial architecture and mixture of freshwater and saltwater canals—is one of the first places that Pezzillo takes friends visiting from out of town.
Wilton Manors, Florida
Wilton Manors—home to some of the country’s first publicly gay elected city officials—is one of the most LGBT-friendly small towns in America.
“We have couples—both gay and straight—pledging their love for each other right here in the heart of the city,” said Johnnie Goodnight, Wilton Manors assistant city manger. “It really does help further infuse that ‘Love Always Wins’ mentality into our community.”
Insider Tip: Goodnight says the best post-wedding boozy brunch is on Sundays at Rosie’s Bar & Grill where cocktails and pancakes are paired with Madonna hits.
With countless architectural gems, Chicago is a prime location for a fashionable city ceremony. Lakeview—known as Boystown—is Chicago’s historic gay neighborhood with chic restaurants, shopping and nightlife spots that can be transformed into haute couture reception venues.
Spots like Cantigny Park’s gardens and the McCormick Museum 30 miles west of Chicago also offer historic and luxurious wedding venues.
Equal parts historic LGBT forefront and chic metropolitan San Francisco is your design-minded cousin that every ones; creative, unfettered and cool.
The city has wedding venues in every corner of the city; parks, historic buildings, hotels and more open their doors to all couples looking to tie the knot.
Whether it’s an intimate affair with just the couple or a black-tie reception for 400, City Hall is a beautiful venue. The Beaux Arts space is timeless, offering a stunning setting for wedding photos.
This chic hipster city offers trendy accommodations and venues for destination weddings—the boutique Hotel Van Zandt is just one example—and also offers quiet escapes like the Zilker Botanical Gardens.
“Miami Beach and Greater Miami have been popular with the LGBT community for many decades,” said Steve Adkins, Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce president. “Progressive policies providing protections for gays and lesbians—and now the transgender community—[ensure] that South Florida is a welcoming and safe place for all visitors.”
With a slew of beautiful, boutique hotels Miami Beach is no stranger to picture-perfect weddings.
Take in the Atlantic Ocean from the rooftop of The Betsy Hotel in South Beach or host a glam soiree at any of Coral Gables’ dreamy hotels—like The Biltmore—complete with stunning architecture and lush gardens.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Hikers and outdoors enthusiasts can take to the Colorado mountains for their nuptials. Colorado Springs is armed with spots like the Garden of the Gods, a slew of national parks and trendy city spots for the couple that wants a wedding to showcase their nature-loving personality.