As more countries now allow same-sex legal weddings there has been a significant increase in LGBT weddings abroad. It’s easy to see why when the average cost of a UK wedding is now in the region of £27,000; getting married abroad is often much more cost effective.

When planning your wedding it’s important to speak to a reputable company that has knowledge and experience in recommending LGBT-friendly wedding destinations. They can suggest suitable locations which welcome same-sex couples, and also advise which countries offer legal ceremonies. Alternatively, you can marry in the UK first and have a blessing abroad.

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LGBT Weddings Abroad Countries

Countries offering legal same-sex weddings include Malta, Portugal, the USA, Mexico and South Africa. The legal requirements vary for each destination so make sure you check at the beginning of the planning process.

Countries where same-sex marriage is performed and recognised by law (2018)…


  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

South America

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Uruguay

North America

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • United States of America


  • Australia
  • New Zealand


  • South Africa

It’s also possible to have a symbolic ceremony (blessing) in many destinations including Cyprus, Greece, Aruba, Ibiza and the Canary Islands.

LGBT Weddings in the Florida Keys and Key West

An increasingly popular destination for same-sex weddings abroadfr is the Florida Keys and Key West. Known for years as one of the top LGBTQ holiday destinations, it has always been one of the most accepting come-as-you-are places in the world. More than 280,000 LGBTQ holidaymakers travel to the Florida Keys and Key West each year, and for good reason – it has some of the best and most creative events.

It’s also extremely easy to marry in the Keys as the legalities are very straightforward. There’s no translation of documents or minimum residency period required.

Not only is the Florida Keys a very LGBT-friendly destination, it is also the perfect location for a beach wedding. It has a very relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, ideal if you are looking for an informal wedding with either just the two of you or surrounded by your closest family and friends.

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