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LGBTQ+ Destination Weddings: Best Places to Host Your Nuptials

Written by Dave Odegard

This blog post was updated on June 10, 2022.


The month of June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the designated yearly period in America that celebrates the dignity and equality of the LGBTQ+ community. June was picked because that was the month when the 1969 Stonewall Riots took place. The Stonewall Riots are considered a seminal moment that launched the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.

June is also a special month for the LGBTQ+ community because June 26th marks the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision for Obergefell v. Hodges, the case in which state-level bans on same-sex marriages were ruled unconstitutional, effectively legalizing gay marriage across the country.

So, to honor this month’s commemoration of such a momentous milestone, here are four fantastic destinations you can book cheap flights to for the perfect LGBTQ+ destination wedding.

1. Maui, Hawaii

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Although Massachusetts has the distinction of being the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003, Hawaii was an important battleground for marriage equality for over 20 years, starting with its first legal challenge in the courts in 1991 and leading to state leaders legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013. So, an LGBTQ+ wedding in Hawaii is a great way to honor that history.

Oh, and it’s also Hawaii! Hello!

The island of Maui, with its gorgeous beaches and acclaimed hotels, is probably the state’s most popular choice for destination weddings. Marriage licenses in Hawaii don’t require any wait time or blood tests (although proof of age and single status are needed) and cost $65.

2. Montreal, Canada

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In 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world, and the first outside Europe, to enact marriage equality. Two years before that, several different provinces had already approved same-sex marriage. So in the years before the marriage equality movement caught on in the U.S., thousands of couples flocked north of the border to get hitched. Sure, the marriages weren’t recognized in their home states, but it meant a lot to these couples.

So, a Canadian wedding can have plenty of significance, and there’s no better place in Canada to host a wedding than Montreal. The city’s international feel, with culinary offerings of pretty much every kind, a renowned arts and culture scene, and breathtaking scenery make it a perfect place to say, “I do.” Just be forewarned that marriages in Quebec, the province where Montreal is located, require a notice be posted 20 days before the wedding at the location the ceremony is set to take place AND at the local courthouse. 

3. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Considered by some to be the “gay capital of South America,” Buenos Aires and Argentina have a long history of tolerance and equality. It’s also an awesome place to visit, where the currency exchange rate means a U.S. tourist can go a long way on a small budget, including paying for a wedding. Visitors wanting to tie the knot need to register between 29 and 14 working days before the day of the ceremony, bring two city residents as witnesses (along with other important documents), hire a translator (if they don’t speak Spanish), and take a blood test.

And, hey, if you’re going to be headed south to tie the knot, why not treat yourself and your spouse-to-be to some business class fares while you’re at it!

4. San Francisco, California

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A city synonymous with LGBTQ+ rights and culture, San Francisco is a perfect destination for an LGBTQ+ wedding. It’s also probably the priciest place to host a wedding, but with plenty of catering options, venues, hotels, and entertainment to choose from–if you’re willing to pay for them–you can rest assured of an awesome wedding in the Golden Gate city. U.S. citizenship or city residency are not required and marriage licenses, which run about $105, are good for 90 days after being issued. Couples will also need a person authorized by the state to perform the ceremony.

RELATED: While you’re in San Francisco, don’t forget to check out these important places from the life of gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

Think we missed a prime destination for an LGBTQ+ wedding? Let us know in the comments section below!   

About the author

Dave Odegard

Dave Odegard is an ex-army brat turned internet word person, whose work has been published on Maxim Online, USAToday, Buzzfeed, and more. He is currently the Senior Content Writer at Fareportal (CheapOair's parent company) and spends his free time exploring the wilds of Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Sweden.

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