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Choosing the perfect wedding destination is an essential part of planning your wedding. With so many breathtaking locations to choose from, it can feel overwhelming to make a decision. Whether you dream of a beachside ceremony or a romantic garden, the possibilities are endless. That’s why we have created the ultimate guide to help you navigate through the process of choosing your dream wedding destination, but a list that is truly all-inclusive for all couples from the queer community.

From budget considerations to logistical factors, this guide will provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice and create memories that will last a lifetime. So let’s turn your wedding dreams into a reality!

As we move into the future, LGBTQ+ couples worldwide are looking to find their ideal wedding destination. In Mexico and the Caribbean, all-inclusive resorts offer safe spaces, unique venues, and top-tier luxury for newlyweds looking to tie the knot oceanside.

Today we’ll explore two of the most popular wedding destinations: the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and both of these amazing all-inclusive wedding destinations are worthy of your special day! But first, we’ll go over budget, the types of wedding destinations, and more.

Considering the Budget and Guest List Size

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing your dream wedding destination is your budget and the size of your guest list. Setting a realistic budget will help determine what type of destination you can afford and how extravagant you can make your wedding. Consider whether you want an intimate wedding with a small number of guests or a larger celebration with all your family and friends in attendance.

Keep in mind that the cost of travel, accommodations, and venue fees may vary depending on the location you choose. By carefully evaluating your budget and guest list size, you can ensure that you select a destination that not only meets your dreams but also fits within your financial means. In the next section, we will delve deeper into the various factors to consider when planning for your wedding destination.

Exploring Different Types of Wedding Destinations

When it comes to choosing your dream wedding destination, there are a plethora of options to consider. From picturesque beach resorts to romantic vineyards, the choices are endless. In this section, we will explore some of the different types of wedding destinations you can consider for your special day.

1. Beach destinations: If you have always dreamt of exchanging your vows with sand between your toes and the sound of crashing waves in the background, a beach wedding might be the perfect choice for you. Beach destinations offer a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, making them ideal for intimate gatherings or larger ceremonies.

2. Historic venues: For those who love charm and elegance, consider a wedding at a historic venue. Such venues provide a unique backdrop for a fairy-tale wedding.

3. Natural settings: If you and your partner are nature enthusiasts, why not tie the knot in a stunning natural setting? National parks, resort gardens, and mountains offer breathtaking views and a sense of tranquility that can make your wedding truly unforgettable.

By exploring these different types of wedding destinations, you can narrow down your options and find the perfect location that aligns with your vision.

Researching and Comparing Our 2 Wedding Destinations

When it comes to choosing your dream wedding destination, it’s important to thoroughly research and compare our two locations: the Dominican Republic and Mexico. This will help you make an informed decision and ensure that your chosen destination aligns with your vision for your special day.

Start by creating a list of potential wedding destinations based on your preferences. Consider factors such as the climate, accessibility, and local wedding regulations. Once you have a shortlist, delve deeper into each location. Look for reviews, testimonials, and recommendations from other couples who have tied the knot there. This will give you insights into the quality of the venue, the level of service provided, and the overall experience.

Comparing potential locations side by side can also be helpful. Create a spreadsheet or a checklist to compare factors such as cost, amenities, services, and availability. This will enable you to weigh the pros and cons of each destination and make an informed decision.

In the next section, we will discuss how to plan and coordinate your dream wedding in your chosen destination. Stay tuned for valuable tips that will help you execute the perfect celebration in the location of your dreams.

Which of our wedding destinations legally recognizes LGBTQ+ weddings?

Grooms getting married

While we have seen a continuous shift in beliefs throughout the Caribbean Islands, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, unfortunately, don’t legally recognize gay marriage. As for Mexico, same-sex marriage is legally recognized in Mexico City, the state of Quintana Roo, the state of Chihuahua, and the state of Baja California.

Mexico and the Dominican Republic are still top locations for gay weddings and queer-friendly ceremonies, and our partnered resorts go out of their way to welcome the gay community. That’s because our all-inclusive resorts specialize in these ceremony types (for both gay and straight couples). So, you can get married at your local courthouse and host your fabulous destination wedding at the resort of your choice.


Getting married with the family

After signing a nationwide initiative to legalize gay marriage in 2016, the nation exemplifies the meaning of “progress”. With every Mexico wedding resort welcoming all LGBTQ+ couples, it’s safe to put this destination at the top of your planning list.

Fun fact! Quintana Roo was the first Mexican state to uphold gay marriage in 2012. Sound familiar? Quintana Roo is actually home to both Cancun and Riviera Maya; popular destinations filled with all-inclusive wedding resorts. Here are a few of our favorite Mexico properties that guarantee high-end amenities and LGBTQ+ ceremonies:

Dreams Tulum

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive property situated along the Caribbean Sea in Tulum, Mexico. This property offers an unbridled level of luxury to its guests, combining the beauty of the Caribbean with elegant services and amenities. The resort provides multiple offerings for a perfect gay-friendly wedding, honeymoon, spa vacation, family trip and so much more. Boasting an incredible beachfront location and a vibrantly green setting, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is perfect for relaxation and exploration alike.

Panama Jack Cancun

The Panama Jack Cancun Resort is located on Mexico’s Caribbean coast along the beautiful Cancun beaches. This resort offers a unique Mexican hospitality experience and an emphasis on comfort, relaxation, and value that will make any same-sex couple feel at home. The resort brings together a modern, lightweight design palette and a vibrant color scheme in which guests can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while enjoying some of the best beach views in all of the hotel zone.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a 5-star beachfront resort located in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. This 5-star resort offers guests a private oasis with its perfectly manicured beach and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. With easy access to Cancun’s best attractions and dining spots, this is the perfect destination for a luxurious getaway

Aerial view of the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Other top resorts include:

Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos

Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres

Dominican Republic

Just married at the Gazebo

Hop on a plane and fly out to our next tropical wedding destination: the Dominican Republic. While the country doesn’t legally recognize same-sex marriage, a wide variety of wedding resorts happily and comfortably host LGBTQ+ couples. Celebrate your love with world-class service, amongst jaw-dropping beachfront.

Our recommendation? Select a resort that is situated on private property which will grant access to all wedding venues for LGBTQ+ weddings. Then, tie the knot in the Dominican Republic with affordable and all-inclusive wedding benefits at the tip of your fingertips. Here are our top choices to consider:

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana in Punta Cana is an all-inclusive 5-star resort that caters to families, gay couples, and larger groups alike. Set on nine acres of beachfront property, this luxurious resort offers all the amenities that you would expect from a destination such as Punta Cana. It has an adults-only area, children’s facilities, a 23,000-square-foot spa, three swimming pools, five restaurants and bars, and an activity center all to boot.

Dreams Macao Beach

Dreams Macao Beach in Punta Cana is an all-inclusive resort that promises to offer a memorable experience for every wedding guest. The beautiful LGBT-friendly wedding destination overlooks the stunning white sand of Macao Beach, which provides a wonderful backdrop for games, zip lining, horseback riding, and other activities offered on-site. The luxurious suites offer comfortable surroundings and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Other amenities include a full-service spa, a fitness center, and an entertainment center with a variety of activities.

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Resort is a beautiful all-inclusive beachfront resort in the Dominican Republic. Located right on the beautiful seashores of Playa Bávaro, Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Resort offers guests a truly tropical experience. The resort features 594 luxurious suites, each with a terrace and beautiful sea views, and guests can choose from 7 different world-class restaurants, along with numerous wedding venues to exchange vows.

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

Other top resorts to consider:

Secrets Cap Cana

Hard Rock Punta Cana

Royalton Bavaro

Happily married grooms

LGBT couples looking for a wedding destination that allows for romance, adventure, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience should consider Punta Cana and Mexico as top locations. Both countries offer unique experiences not found in typical wedding destinations.

In Punta Cana, couples can say their vows on the beach with the Caribbean Sea as their backdrop and enjoy a host of activities: swimming, snorkeling, diving, horseback riding, and exploring the lush forests and lagoons.

Meanwhile, in Mexico, couples can enjoy stunning views and a variety of activities ranging from swimming with dolphins to ATV excursions. Mexico has world-renowned resorts with exceptional service and also provides a welcoming, accepting atmosphere for LGBT individuals.

Whatever you and your partner envision, Punta Cana and Mexico have all the ingredients for the perfect destination wedding.

Tips for Successful Destination Wedding Planning

Planning a destination wedding can be an exciting yet challenging task. To ensure that your dream wedding becomes a reality, here are some essential tips to consider:

1. Start Early: Begin your planning process at least a year in advance to secure your desired dates, vendors, and accommodations. This will also give your guests sufficient time to make necessary travel arrangements.

2. Research, Research, Research: Thoroughly research your chosen destination, including local laws and customs, to understand the legal requirements for getting married there. It’s also important to consider factors such as weather patterns, peak tourist seasons, and local attractions.

3. Budget Wisely: Set a realistic budget and allocate funds for various aspects, such as venue, accommodations, meals, travel, and entertainment. Consider all expenses, including any additional fees for destination wedding services or permits.

4. Guest Communication: Keep your guests informed throughout the planning process. Create a wedding website or a dedicated communication platform to provide them with all the necessary information regarding travel arrangements, accommodations, and local attractions.

5. Choose a Reliable Planner: If you decide to hire a wedding planner, ensure that they have extensive experience in destination weddings. Our partnered resorts handle this service for you, which is a huge win in our books.

6. Plan a Pre-Wedding Visit: Whenever possible, visit the destination ahead of time to meet with vendors, tour venues, and finalize arrangements. This will give you peace of mind and a better understanding of what to expect on your big day.

7. Pack Smart: Consider the logistics of transporting your wedding attire and decorations to your destination. Opt for portable, lightweight items that won’t take up much space and won’t be easily damaged during transit.

8. Plan for Contingencies: No matter how meticulously you plan, unforeseen circumstances can arise. Have backup options for outdoor ceremonies, transportation delays, and vendor cancellations. Purchase travel insurance to protect against unexpected events.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-equipped to plan your dream destination wedding and create memories that will last a lifetime. In the next section, we will discuss some popular wedding destinations and their unique offerings. Stay tuned for more inspiration!

Conclusion and Making the Dream Destination A Reality

Choosing your dream wedding destination is no small task, but with careful planning and consideration, you can make it a reality. By following the essential tips provided earlier, you have laid a solid foundation for your destination wedding. Now it’s time to dive deeper and explore some popular wedding destinations to help you make the final decision.

Each wedding destination has its own unique offerings, whether it’s the stunning beaches of the Caribbean, the historic charm of Puerto Vallarta. Consider your personal preferences, budget, and the desired atmosphere for your wedding day. Research the local wedding venues, accommodations, and nearby attractions to ensure that everything aligns with your vision.

Remember, your wedding day is a celebration of love and the start of a new chapter in your life. Choosing the right destination will set the stage for the magical moments that you and your loved ones will cherish forever. Stay tuned for the upcoming section where we will delve into some popular wedding destinations and their captivating features.

Want to learn more about progressive terminology that’ll make your wedding more gender-inclusive? Follow the link below to read our latest Pride Series blog, Gender Neutral Wedding Terms You Should Know:

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