Gay Destination Weddings Spain

Gay Destination Weddings Spain

Spain

Food, art and fabled Mediterranean life await in stunning and sophisticated Spain

Explore the creativity and passion of Spain

El toro translated from Spanish means “the bull.” It’s indeed an appropriate mascot for this southern European country. Filled with passionate and fabled characters, the intensity and desire that Spaniards are known for is at once a generalization and also a profound truth. This spirit has given the world flamenco, Picasso masterpieces and three-hour tapas lunches. It’s created some of the world’s foremost artists, musicians, athletes and architects. In short, if you’re looking for a destination that displays its intense devotion to all of life’s artistic pleasures around every turn, look no further than Spain.

From the Canary Islands to the dreamy Mediterranean beaches and lush wine country, Spain is a stunning reminder of the beauty of the Iberian Peninsula. Though the countryside and beaches are a destination in their own right, Barcelona is a must-see as the region’s cultural hub. Thanks in large part to famed Spanish architect Gaudi, the city’s endless gardens, churches and museums are dreamy and almost fantastical. Though be sure to save up a little energy—Barcelona’s luxurious dinners and steamy, fabled nightlife will be hard to pass up.

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7 Wedding Trends to Watch

While some wedding trends turn into traditions others come and go as surely as runway fashion trends. We wanted to find out more what to expect from weddings this season, so we turned to two bona fide experts.

Kim Forrest is editor of WeddingWire and a 10-year veteran of the wedding industry, while Kathryn Hamm is publisher of GayWeddings.com and a much sought-after authority on LGBTQ marriage.

Here’s what they expect to see in weddings this year:

1. Mixed-Gender Wedding Parties

Same-sex couples have long embraced the idea of shaking up wedding traditions, and the wedding party is not excluded. Nearly every wedding we published last year on GayWeddings.com featured a mixture of men and women in the wedding party, and we certainly expect to see just as many this year. An interesting twist is the trend is now spilling over to opposite-sex couples, who’ve decided to take a page from your book and disregard antiquated gender rules for wedding parties.

2. Drones

When we read about Bobby and Cal’s wedding, which featured a videographer’s drone to capture the whole wedding because Cal’s mother could not attend, we were, understandably, awed. Now, Kim tells us drone photography and videography is an up-and-coming trend that more weddings will embrace in 2016.

3. Hashtag Central

With wedding photos flooding social media, is it any wonder creating a special wedding hashtag is now added to the big list of pre-wedding to-dos? Kim predicts an expanding social media presence will gain even more steam with the help of apps like Snapchat and Periscope. (Need help creating your wedding hashtag? We’ve got you.)

4. Eucalyptus

While this herb has mainly been associated with its medicinal properties, sparse, stylish sprigs of eucalyptus are popping up in wedding bouquets, centerpieces and on cakes everywhere.

5. Textured Buttercream Frosting

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Photo by Ryan Greenleaf Photography

Move over naked wedding cake, lots of frosting is in the cake-cast for 2016. Kim said couples will opt for classic white, but go for interest with textured buttercream designs.

6. L-O-V-E

We saw the rise of typography in weddings last year, with couples choosing bright, interesting signs and fonts, versus traditional scripts. This year, expect to see the word “love,” everywhere, as a very poignant reminder of the reason for the event.

7. Retro Menswear

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Photo by Eric Brushett Photography

Bow ties and suspenders aside, folks wearing menswear at weddings will delve even deeper into the retro well of inspiration. Our trend experts expect to see hues like burgundy and plum.

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What Marriage Equality Means to You

Just two months ago we came to you with a request:  Tell us what marriage equality means to you. And, you did! We received lots of beautiful video submissions from our GayWeddings and WeddingWire communities of engaged couples, recently married couples and LBGTQ-friendly wedding professionals.

As promised, we did compile your submissions into a celebratory video, which shows why marriage equality is so important for everyone.

But, we’re not done! As we move closer to the anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling recognizing marriage for all on June 26, we still want to see your #WeDoLove moments. Share photos, stories, videos—anything that shows why marriage equality is important to you.

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Gay / LGBTQ Destination Wedding Travels

It’s an exciting time for same-sex destination weddings, as more countries, like Ireland, extend a hospitable welcome to LGBTQ couples around the world. In fact, destination weddings as a whole are on the rise and with that, comes a new wave of trends that are focusing on wedding day customization’s and the guest experience.

So what are the latest same-sex destination wedding trends we’re running across?

Location, Location, Location

More and more, couples are looking to resorts that are off the beaten path and offer a unique wedding experience. Have no fear- timeless favorites such as Cancun, Puerto Rico, and the Riviera Maya will never lose their signature “wedding-in-paradise” feel; but we’re seeing alternative spots like Capetown, Barcelona, Paris, and New Zealand joining the ranks as hot spots for tying the knot.

Honeymoon planning is also coming to the forefront, as more couples select wedding locations that allow them to get a “head start” on their post-I Do R&R.

Careful research into a destination’s culture can answer questions regarding the locality’s openness to LGBTQ couples. While there may be some considerations when planning a same-sex destination wedding, the growing number of countries welcoming LGBTQ couples guarantees that a perfect destination awaits.

An Emphasis on “Us”

Just because your wedding is a plane flight away doesn’t mean that it can’t be everything you and your partner dreamed of. Every pair has their own pathway to reach the aisle and it’s that very story that can bring a wedding to life. These days, more destination couples are cognizant of this and choose to break free from the standard packages in favor of taking details into their own hands, customizing their big day to capture their love story.

Whether it’s cultural attire, sentimental hand-written vows, custom favors or a menu of local foods, personalizing your wedding will surely make the memories last a lifetime. Each detail of a couple’s wedding day should be a thoughtful expression of their love for each other. Saying ‘I do’ among all the details that signify your relationship is a perfect way to begin your journey together.

Adventures with Family and Friends

Destination weddings bring together guests from all over the world, and couples are recognizing this unique opportunity by planning group excursions that offer incredible experiences.  LGBT families come in all shapes and sizes, so while “Adults only” packages are still popular, we’re seeing a continue increase in interest for family-friendly resorts which offers couples the opportunity to engage guests of all ages. This is particularly favored by couples that like to include their own children, or plan to invite guests and their children.

So whether it’s volleyball tournaments on the beach, a snorkeling adventure, zip lining, a catamaran cruise, parasailing, wine tasting or a tour of local historical sites, excursions are the perfect way to make the journey even more worthwhile for guests.  Planning ahead for these adventures by pre-booking is an advised (and cost effective!) strategy, so that availability can be assured. Wedding photographers are also joining in on the fun, as couples are now hiring professionals to capture every adventure as it unfolds.

Destination weddings don’t just offer a special day – they bring a fully customizable wedding and travel experience for the LGBT couple and guests alike. With the latest trends, couples now have the opportunity to spread their love across the world and celebrate their vows in a welcoming environment among family and friends.

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Under-the-Radar Honeymoon Spots for Same-Sex Couples

The number of destinations that now welcome same-sex couples on their honeymoons has so increased in recent years that it can be difficult to narrow the choices down to your top two or three, let alone decide on THE one! There are several fabulous spots that often stay under the radar. Our list reveals the benefits of traveling to some of these very special honeymoon destinations.

 

Private Asian Resort Spain   Looking for the perfect luxury spa resort set in the adventure capital of the world? Spain is happy to oblige providing opportunities for everything from parasailing to mountaineering, and even pure relaxation in luxury accommodations.

Mojacar Spain  Nothing says intimate like your own over-water bungalow, or exclusive infinity pool, found at a resort accessible only by boat. A true private getaway awaits in Mojacar.

Spain Villa Estate. A Barcelona-style villa with luxury accommodations, world-class cuisine, sweeping vistas, and a complete menu of outdoor recreation opportunities is the ideal escape for LGBT couples who love the good things in life. 

Keep an open mind when planning your same-sex honeymoon. Decide how you truly want to celebrate and follow your heart to your perfect spot.

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Testimonials

James & Jack

The wedding was brilliant, even better than we'd imagined, right down to the bits we couldn't control, like the weather which was perfect! We're so glad we got you lot to organise it, I now think it's a myth that planning a wedding is stressful - it was pretty easy really, but I bet I wouldn't be saying that if we hadn't had you doing all the hard work! Thanks again for everything - we're so happy!
5.0
2017-08-09T09:23:12+00:00
The wedding was brilliant, even better than we'd imagined, right down to the bits we couldn't control, like the weather which was perfect! We're so glad we got you lot to organise it, I now think it's a myth that planning a wedding is stressful - it was pretty easy really, but I bet I wouldn't be saying that if we hadn't had you doing all the hard work! Thanks again for everything - we're so happy!

Kevin & Ian

Well we are finally back in the UK and have 5 minutes to sit down and think about our big day, WOW what a great job you did for us, we really appreciated all your help and it could not have run so smoothly if you were not there to help. Every single person we spoke to has said that it was the best wedding that they have ever been to and the friends who live in Mojacar have said that it was the best night out they have ever had !!!! So you all deserve a well earned pat on the back and a big thank you again from us both. We would highly recommend Paradise Event Productions to anyone who is looking to get married and that we would like to thank you again for all your help and support.
5.0
2015-06-09T09:11:08+00:00
Well we are finally back in the UK and have 5 minutes to sit down and think about our big day, WOW what a great job you did for us, we really appreciated all your help and it could not have run so smoothly if you were not there to help. Every single person we spoke to has said that it was the best wedding that they have ever been to and the friends who live in Mojacar have said that it was the best night out they have ever had !!!! So you all deserve a well earned pat on the back and a big thank you again from us both. We would highly recommend Paradise Event Productions to anyone who is looking to get married and that we would like to thank you again for all your help and support.

Roy & Alex

Thank you so much to you and all the team for your help in celebrating the happiest day of our lives. It's been a whirlwind since the week before the wedding until now.

The wedding day was amazing, the food was out of this world (thank to your canape recommendations). the photography you provided was amazing and video, then the band was awesome and the DJ turned out to be a blast. The staff stayed well into the night so we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest 🙂
5.0
2017-08-09T10:37:53+00:00
Thank you so much to you and all the team for your help in celebrating the happiest day of our lives. It's been a whirlwind since the week before the wedding until now. The wedding day was amazing, the food was out of this world (thank to your canape recommendations). the photography you provided was amazing and video, then the band was awesome and the DJ turned out to be a blast. The staff stayed well into the night so we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest 🙂

Oliva & Alexandra

Thank you and all your team for helping make Alex and Oliver wedding day absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!

They had the best day ever and so did we, all the guests did too J

We will post a testimonial on your website but wanted to thank you ladies personally.

All the very best for the future and take care.
5.0
2016-11-01T11:51:25+00:00
Thank you and all your team for helping make Alex and Oliver wedding day absolutely PERFECT!!!!!! They had the best day ever and so did we, all the guests did too J We will post a testimonial on your website but wanted to thank you ladies personally. All the very best for the future and take care.

Lisa & Jenna

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Guys,

Hope ye are both well!!!
Just a quick note to say thanks sooooo much for all you're help over the past 2 years! ye were brilliant! Our wedding day went off without a hitch & we were very pleased with EVERYTHING on the day!!!
I can not believe its all over now & we are both back to work, back to normal life shall we say haha!!! Thanks a million again!!!!

Lots of Love XxXx
5.0
2013-02-09T11:55:57+00:00
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Guys, Hope ye are both well!!! Just a quick note to say thanks sooooo much for all you're help over the past 2 years! ye were brilliant! Our wedding day went off without a hitch & we were very pleased with EVERYTHING on the day!!! I can not believe its all over now & we are both back to work, back to normal life shall we say haha!!! Thanks a million again!!!! Lots of Love XxXx

Brad & John

I just wanted to thank you both again for such a fantastic, seamless, enjoyable day. Everyone had such a fantastic time - especially us. Though the lead-up to the wedding was a bit hectic, we'd happily do it all again - perhaps without moving house, job etc.
5.0
2015-05-09T11:34:42+00:00
I just wanted to thank you both again for such a fantastic, seamless, enjoyable day. Everyone had such a fantastic time - especially us. Though the lead-up to the wedding was a bit hectic, we'd happily do it all again - perhaps without moving house, job etc.

Gavin & Roy

Thank you again!

We really did have a perfect wedding. We are so happy with how it went and friends and family are still texting and emailing saying what a great time they had.

Back at work since yesterday which is tough but going to plan a honeymoon for later in the year so that will keep us going.
5.0
2014-09-09T10:50:54+00:00
Thank you again! We really did have a perfect wedding. We are so happy with how it went and friends and family are still texting and emailing saying what a great time they had. Back at work since yesterday which is tough but going to plan a honeymoon for later in the year so that will keep us going.

Keith & Cody

The whole event was amazing. Everyone had a wonderful
time and we could not have done it without your help.

Thanks again.
5.0
2016-05-09T10:50:27+00:00
The whole event was amazing. Everyone had a wonderful time and we could not have done it without your help. Thanks again.

Stephan & Mattias

Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to your coordinator and staff. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Stephan & Mattias
5.0
2013-08-10T06:54:01+00:00
Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to your coordinator and staff. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Stephan & Mattias

Bart & Frank

Thank you so so much for such a fantastic wedding. Our guests say it was one if not the best they were ever at. I really really want to thank you. I can't help talking about you, and your incredible cars. You are excellent at your jobs and we would have no hesitation in recommending you. Every thing we needed wanted and enquired about you went above and beyond to help us. Our wedding was a massive success thank you.
As for keeping in touch of course. We will miss your emails and the buzz attached when receiving them.  https://youtu.be/BKG7_dfpX08
5.0
2017-06-09T10:32:11+00:00
Thank you so so much for such a fantastic wedding. Our guests say it was one if not the best they were ever at. I really really want to thank you. I can't help talking about you, and your incredible cars. You are excellent at your jobs and we would have no hesitation in recommending you. Every thing we needed wanted and enquired about you went above and beyond to help us. Our wedding was a massive success thank you. As for keeping in touch of course. We will miss your emails and the buzz attached when receiving them.  https://youtu.be/BKG7_dfpX08

Paula & Alison

Thank you for everything!! We couldn’t have done it without the help from you. We have only got compliments from our guests about their whole experience in Mojacar so sending a huge thanks to you all. Maybe some day they will get married in Spain too & will highly recommend you guys!!

Thanks again & Take Care,
5.0
2017-05-09T10:27:08+00:00
Thank you for everything!! We couldn’t have done it without the help from you. We have only got compliments from our guests about their whole experience in Mojacar so sending a huge thanks to you all. Maybe some day they will get married in Spain too & will highly recommend you guys!! Thanks again & Take Care,

Family of Ricardo

We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Event Productions, both Rob, Swen and team helped along every step of the planning process and their support on the wedding day itself was second to none. We would strongly recommend them as they made the whole day run smoothly and this meant we could enjoy every minute without the stress of worrying about the little things. Thank you so much to all at Paradise Event Productions for helping make our day so so special.
5.0
2016-10-09T10:33:38+00:00
We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Event Productions, both Rob, Swen and team helped along every step of the planning process and their support on the wedding day itself was second to none. We would strongly recommend them as they made the whole day run smoothly and this meant we could enjoy every minute without the stress of worrying about the little things. Thank you so much to all at Paradise Event Productions for helping make our day so so special.

Ellen & Kathy

So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 
5.0
2017-08-09T10:39:10+00:00
So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 

Michelle & Claire

I just wanted to thank you both for all you help and support planning the wedding, you did an amazing job and the wedding day was everything I wanted and more. All the guests commented at how smoothly every stage of the day went and that the day flowed perfectly so thank you so much, it really was the best day! I want to do it all over again now!! Thanks so much.
5.0
2016-09-09T09:25:47+00:00
I just wanted to thank you both for all you help and support planning the wedding, you did an amazing job and the wedding day was everything I wanted and more. All the guests commented at how smoothly every stage of the day went and that the day flowed perfectly so thank you so much, it really was the best day! I want to do it all over again now!! Thanks so much.
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