Looking for LGBT wedding ideas with the wow factor? You can get officially married in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Portugal and Greece – but we can also arrange a wedding blessing for you in Mauritius, Thailand or Cyprus. A wedding blessing will appear exactly the same as a legal wedding – you just need to do the official paperwork in the UK before you travel. We take a look at the most extraordinary places for an LGBT wedding abroad.

Santo Winery in Santorini, Greece

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Your ceremony will take place outdoors on one of two terraces under a pretty white-veiled gazebo, contrasting against the brilliant blue Aegean Sea. This venue seats up to 120 guests but is perfect for a small party too – and they really pay attention to the little details here. You can tailor-make your wedding day to suit you both, such as adding saxophone and guitar players, or a post-vows cocktail party.

A wedding in Santorini at Santo Winery

Anassa, Cyprus

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This luxurious resort has been a celebrity retreat for years and if you’re looking for an opulent wedding with the wow factor, it should be high on your list of contenders. This world-renowned hotel is set on a picturesque peninsula and built in the style of a Cypriot village beside one of the best beaches on the island. The Roman-style spa is an award-winning haven of pre-wedding relaxation; and there is a charming little white wedding chapel in the grounds. Alternatively, choose the panoramic terrace with its ocean views or the glamourous ballroom. Follow your vows with a Champagne reception, sit-down meal or relaxed barbecue beach party.

Get married on the terrace at Anassa in Cyprus

Rocky’s Boutique Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand

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Petite, chic and perfect for a luxury wedding, Rocky’s is a boutique hideaway set over three small beaches that overlook the Gulf of Thailand. You’re made to feel like family here and the team has got weddings down to a fine art, with plenty of options to make it personal to you both. The resort can host up to 60 wedding guests and you can choose a western or Thai-style ceremony; add umbrella bearers or a long drum parade; and, if you’re looking for something a little different, you can even consider a ceremony conducted by Buddhist monks. Top it all off with a private dinner in the restaurant or a romantic beachfront sala.

A beautiful wedding in Thailand at Rocky’s Boutique
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Lake Louise wedding in the Rockies, Canada

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If you’re looking for fairy tale wedding in the Canadian Rockies, then opt for a ceremony by Lake Louise. Surrounded by snow-covered mountains and glistening glaciers, it’s one of the most photographed locations in Canada. You can exchange vows at the mesmerising Lake Louise Ice Castle – sculpted entirely out of ice; or have an enchanting lakeside ceremony. Follow your ceremony with a reception in a chic mountain lodge or luxury hotel, where dining can range from a chilled-out barbecue to formal fine dining.

Get married at Lake Louise in Canada

Central Park wedding in New York City, USA

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The most filmed location in the world and one of the most romantic wedding venues in New York City, Central Park offers many locations to say ‘I do’. Ladies Pavilion can host an intimate ceremony under a cast-iron pergola next to The Lake, with the New York skyline in the background. Wagner Cove is a secret hideaway wedding venue by a lake perfect for a really personal ceremony; and Cop Cot is a romantic location under a rustic wooded gazebo for a ceremony of up to 40 guests. Covered in ivy, Gapstow Bridge is one of Central Park’s dreamiest wedding venues, with spectacular photo opportunities both on the bridge and across the pond.

If you’re after an elegant New York wedding, then Central Park’s Conservatory Garden is the spot for you. Made up of three separate gardens, you can exchange vows in the Italian, English or French Garden or under the enchanting Wisteria Pergola. All are free from bicycles and runners and offer a tranquil and elegant setting for a luxurious garden wedding.

Hold your wedding at Gapstow Bridge in Central Park

Grand Canyon Helicopter wedding, USA

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Did you know you can get married inside the iconic Grand Canyon? You’ll be picked up by limousine and taken to your private helicopter to fly over Las Vegas, Lake Meade and the Hoover Dam. You’ll arrive in Arizona before descending 3500 feet to a beautiful bluff on the Grand Canyon floor. Exchange vows in a secluded location before enjoying cake and a Champagne reception. This is only suitable for just the two of you, or with two extra guests, and is one of the most astounding wedding locations on earth.

Get married inside the Grand Canyon

Agia Irini in Santorini, Greece

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Say your vows in a traditional Greek chapel on the island of Santorini. Agia Irini, which is also known as Santa Irini Chapel, is a whitewashed chapel overlooking the sparkling blue caldera, offering one of the most picture-perfect spots on the island. The venue can host up to 40 guests and you can say your vows at sunset for the most sensational backdrop.

Get married in Santorini at Agia Irini

Lady of the Rock, Portugal

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East of Lagoa in the beautiful Algarve, Lady of the Rock is set on a rock peninsula overlooking nothing but the open sea and sky. Your ceremony will take place on a terrace at the peninsula’s edge and is perfect for a small ceremony or large group of up to 120 guests. As one of the Algarve’s most picturesque wedding venues, make the most of the location and stay on after your ceremony to celebrate with Champagne and canapés. Following the ceremony, continue the day at a nearby restaurant or head back to your chosen hotel for the reception party.

The Lady of The Rock in Portugal makes a beautiful wedding location

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius

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If you’re looking for a luxury wedding in Mauritius – and a stay in a stunning villa – Maradiva is a peaceful resort with fantastic service and a real sense of privacy. The crescent-shaped beach overlooks the turquoise waters of Tamarin Bay and the magnificent villas each offer a private pool and big outdoor lounge that is lit with lanterns each evening. Getting married at Maradiva is great for a small ceremony or if you’re planning on just the two of you. The jetty provides a romantic aisle; or you could opt for a ‘secret garden’ ceremony or say your vows in the privacy of a luxury villa. Extra touches include a rose-strewn red carpet; and there’s a great choice of post-wedding experiences including a Rolls Royce Phantom that will take you around some beautiful locations for your wedding photos, horse riding on the beach or a sunset cruise.

Get married on a jetty at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

Pyrgos Restaurant in Santorini, Greece

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Pyrgos Restaurant is a stunning wedding venue, found in the medieval clifftop village of Pyrgos. The panoramic views are a winner here; and you can choose to marry on the terrace or in any of the restaurant’s five halls. If you’re planning a larger wedding, the garden can seat up to 150; whereas small parties could opt for the Panorama Hall with its private terrace and sweeping views. The restaurant also has a bridal room (or groom’s room) so that you can get ready before the ceremony.

A wedding reception at Pyrgos Restaurant in Santorini

Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand

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This Krabi resort is one of the best in the world and it’s perfect for a unique and special wedding. The national park status means you can’t have a wedding blessing on the beach – but you can say your vows in the amazing limestone cave, with the white sand and glistening waters as your backdrop.

Get married in a cave at Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand

Banff, Canada

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Banff is a mountain town inside Banff National Park surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks, enchanting castles and alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, making it a spectacular wedding backdrop. If you’re looking for a seriously luxurious wedding and have a large guest list, The Fairmont Banff Springs is the Grande Dame of the Canadian Rocky Mountains – a majestic castle with stunning views and a dreamy venues including a cathedral-style ballroom and a breathtaking outdoor terrace with sweeping views of Bow Valley.

Opt for a luxury wedding in Banff, Canada

Top of the Rock wedding in New York City, USA

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Located at the top of the Rockefeller Centre, the Top Of The Rock has one of the best 360-degree views in the city – which includes the Empire State Building and Central Park. Say ‘I do’ with the New York skyscrapers as your backdrop and celebrate your nuptials with a reception at the stylish Weather Room, the 620 Loft & Garden or the legendary Rainbow Room.

Get married at the Top of the Rock in New York and soak up the views of the Empire State Building

Santorini Gem, Greece

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Santorini Gem is set on one of the island’s highest points, with mesmerising views over the deep blue caldera, offset against the white chairs and flower-decorated pergola. The clifftop location is exclusive and private – and perfect for a sunset service. Your post-wedding celebration can include traditional Greek food, fantastic service and an outdoor bar. It can host up to 200 guests and there is a separate room to make final preparations before you walk down the aisle.

An LGBT wedding at Santorini Gem

Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Portugal

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Get married in the Portuguese countryside at this stunning clifftop resort, offering pretty landscapes gardens and spectacular ocean views. Venue choices are fantastic – from the lighthouse to the private lawn overlooking the sea – and you’ll have absolute exclusivity, as well as special features that include a one-hour welcome cocktail party and a wedding night spent in a suite with a sea view.

Get married at Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort

Restaurante Evaristo, Portugal

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This sophisticated Portugal wedding venue edges Praia de Evaristo beach and the glass-fronted restaurant drinks in the views over the golden sand and glistering ocean. You can have the ceremony and reception here; and it is perfect for big groups of over 60 people. You can marry on the oceanfront lawn before celebrating inside the stylish restaurant, feasting on delicious fresh seafood while the sun sets. You can keep the dancing and music going until late – and you can pair it with a stay at the nearby VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa.

Get married at Restaurante Evaristo in Portugal

Elysium Hotel, Cyprus

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You can hold your wedding blessing in an amphitheatre at this fantastic hotel close to Old Paphos. Your ceremony or blessing will take place in the Orpheus Amphitheatre, an open-air venue that has spectacular garden and ocean views. Embellished with a black-and-white tiled floor, this gorgeous setting can be decorated just how you want it; and the service will take place beneath a white gazebo while your friends and family watch from the surrounding tiers. It’s really unique and appealing if you want to have a wedding abroad, but keep it a little closer to home.

A wedding in an amphitheatre in Cyprus

Sugar Beach Resort, Mauritius

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Your entrance at Sugar Beach Resort is one to remember. You can walk down the grand staircase from the Manor House and towards the spectacular lawn edging the dazzling white sand. After the vows, small wedding parties can enjoy a night on the beach with a bonfire; or groups of 10 or more can enjoy a barbecue at Citronella's Cafe restaurant. The after party really gets going at Tides on the beachfront, which is open until 2am and home to live music, a dancefloor and resident DJ on the decks.

Get married in Mauritius at Sugar Beach Resort

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, Thailand

LGBT wedding blessing abroad

There’s a blend of traditional Thai style and contemporary design at this peaceful resort on Koh Phi Phi, and it’s a beautiful spot for a luxury wedding on velvety white sands. Whether you want a western or Thai-style wedding, to exchange vows in the beautiful gardens, or to have a ceremony on the sands of Loh Ba Gao Bay, attention to detail is key here. For the ultimate in breathtaking settings, choose the unique floating stage at the centre of the spectacular swimming pool, decorated with flowers.

A beautiful beach wedding location on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand

Red Rock Canyon wedding, USA

LGBT wedding abroad

Just 15 miles west of the bright lights of Las Vegas, you’ll find the spectacular Red Rock Canyon. With dramatic fiery red cliffs, amazing wildlife and dazzling waterfalls, this backdrop offers a wonderful setting for your wedding ceremony. You’ll be chauffeured here by stretch limousine and exchange vows in this historic national park; and is a great option if it’s just the two of you or a small party.

Red Rock Canyon is a spectacular wedding backdrop for your big day

Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas, USA

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If you’re a fan of Elvis, you can get ‘him’ to walk you down the aisle of the Graceland Chapel, give you away and provide musical entertainment during your Las Vegas wedding. You’ll get photos and three songs sung by Elvis before, during and after the ceremony – we can also get you to the chapel in one of Elvis Presley’s favourite cars, a pink Cadillac Brougha.

Get married by Elvis at the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas

Hawaii wedding, USA

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Boasting over 80 of the most breathtaking beaches in Hawaii, the island of Maui has the wow factor when it comes to beach weddings. We can arrange an intimate ceremony on White Rock Beach, Paipu Beach and Makena Beach; and extras such as island musicians and tiki torches to make the ceremony really special. We can also organise a ceremony in Oahu on famous beaches such as Waikiki, or more secretive stretches of sand in Kualoa Reserve surrounded by mountains and valleys. Top with a Hawaiian lei ceremony and a spectacular sunset and it will be a wedding you’ll both always remember.

Makena State Park in Maui

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, South Africa

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A luxurious hideaway in the Cape Floral Region, this peaceful mountainside retreat has fantastic wedding venues. One of our highlights is the private Fynbos Garden, where you can say your vows in front of a jaw-dropping backdrop overlooking the ocean and Table Mountain. A beautiful reception can follow in the Atlantic Terrace Marquee, while the ultimate after-party can finish in the Lion’s Head Room, which has its own private bar.

Get married with the ocean and Table Mountain as your backdrop

Beach Elopement, Portugal

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If you want to keep it really simple, low-key and fuss-free, choose our beach elopement ceremony for your Portugal wedding. You’ll find some of Europe’s best beaches in the Algarve and you can focus on just the two of you with a decorated arch and ceremony table on a stunning stretch of sand. A maximum of 10 guests can come and join you and it will be a stress-free celebration, topped off with a romantic dinner at your hotel and a Champagne breakfast the next morning.

A simple wedding on the beach in Portugal

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This feature was published on 1 July 2019. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. Feature by Laura May.

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