Where to Have a Gay Wedding in Italy -The Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 24th, 2018

Since our engagement in Cartagena in Colombia, we’ve been researching wedding venues and ideas for destinations for our own ceremony. We attended our friends’ gay wedding ceremony in Gallipoli in South Italy and completely fell in love, feeling totally inspired at the same time.

Gay Wedding in Italy

Although Italy remains one of Western Europe’s more conservative countries with regards to LGBTQ rights and still has a ban in place for same sex marriages, steps are slowly being taken in the right direction. In particular, civil unions for same sex couples (called “unioni Civili” in Italian) were introduced in June 2016. This has spiked interest in Italy as a destination wedding for LGBTQ couples.

Following on from our travels in Italy and researching the best places for our own wedding, we’ve put together our 5 best destinations for a gay wedding in Italy:

Gorgeous Gallipoli in Puglia
Gallipoli is the main gay hotspot in the Puglia region of Italy. Over the years it’s grown massively with gay tourists, due to its mix of gay friendly beaches and fun gay events. This has made it ideal for gay wedding destination in Italy.

We attended our friends’ Unioni Civili at Villa dei Fiori Eventi, located just outside of Gallipoli main town and absolutely loved it. The registrar from the town hall attended to officiate the ceremony, which was held outdoors. Everything was spot on, from the choice of music, decor, food and music. Definitely one to consider, especially as Puglia has so much to offer gay travellers for a honeymoon. Also check out our 5 best gay friendly hotels in Puglia for more inspiration.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Italy Gay Travel Resources

Win a Dream Gay Wedding in Seattle

Author: , August 6th, 2014

Seattle Space Needle ViewSeattle is proud to announce Marry Me in Seattle, a celebration of marriage equality that includes special year-round, customized hotel packages and offerings for gay and lesbian couples.

To kick it off, Seattle is giving away four First Wednensday Weddings to same-sex couples from out of state. From now until December. Weddings include air transportation, hotel, ceremonies, and receptions at iconic Seattle venues—with everything you need to start your happily ever after.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | Seattle Gay Travel Resources

Attend a Wedding Expo in Chicago, Win a Gay Wedding

Author: , March 11th, 2014

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Local Wedding Venue, Pine Manor and IL Wedding Officiant Rev Pamela in conjunction with Central Continental Bakery and Country Inn and Suites O’Hare Mt Prospect will be giving away a wedding and cake reception for one lucky couple who attend this years Gay Lesbian Wedding Expo.

The wedding would take place at Pine Manor in Mount Prospect. Chicago’s most Unique small wedding venue, and will include a digital wedding invitation, the venue for two hours, minister and officiation, flowers for both wedding partners, coffee and lemonade service, a garden wedding ceremony, weather permitting, wine toast, wedding cake, wedding decorations, photos with digital wedding gallery and a text message “just Married” photo of the couple, and overnight stay at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson O’Hare Mount Prospect.

Attend the 6th Annual Wedding Expo Event in Chicago for your chance to win! Promoted by the founders of Rainbow Wedding Network, this Gay Lesbian Wedding Expo is a diversity of gay-friendly businesses that will participate including ceremony & reception venues, event coordinators, cake decorators, musical entertainment, photographers, florists, travel planners & realtors.

See the Full Story at the Chicago Tribune

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Win a Big Gay Wedding in San Diego

Author: , November 21st, 2013

Wedding ContestIt’s about time! Truly, that is how so many of us San Diego wedding professionals felt on July 1st, when we could finally celebrate our LGBT couples FULLY! For years we had happily been celebrating the love and commitment and connection of all of our couples, but with our LGBT couples we could only do so 98% of the way – as I could never pronounce them legally married and could never sign a marriage license. Now all of our couples’ relationships can be treated as equal, and a group of us wanted to celebrate that is a large and fun way!

So, some of my favorite wedding pros and fellow marriage equality supporters and advocates (Courtney of After the Engagement, Betsy and Jeff of La Vida Creations, and Joe of Joe Park Films) and I got together to talk about what we wanted to do, and the Marriage Equality Wedding Giveaway was born!

Authored By Bethel Nathan – See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

Click here for gay travel resources in San Diego.

Win a Same Sex Wedding at Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Author: , November 6th, 2013

Visit SwedenTo celebrate the UK’s Marriage (Same-sex) Act finally coming into law in 2014, ICEHOTEL in partnership with Discover-the-World and VisitSweden UK are offering same-sex couples a once in a lifetime, truly intimate, personalised wedding at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden.

This fantastic giveaway coincides with the launch of VisitSweden’s LGBT tourism presence on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The pages aim to provide fans and followers with up to date information on what’s hot for LGBT tourists to Stockholm, Gothenburg, West Sweden, Malmo, Skane and Swedish Lapland.

The prize, sponsored by Swedish Lapland specialists Discover-the-World and ICEHOTEL includes charter-flights for 2, 3 complimentary nights at ICEHOTEL (including one night’s stay in a unique ice room), a personalised wedding consultation with ICEHOTEL’s wedding concierge and some amazing added extras to make your celebration truly special. Discover-the-World will arrange your flight on their special charter and can also help book in any guests that you want to share your special day with at preferential rates.

See the Full Story at Gay Web Source

Click here for gay travel resources in Sweden.

Get Married in Baltimore

Author: , May 15th, 2013

Maryland mapNow that Maryland recognizes full marriage equality, why not get married in Baltimore? Passport Magazine has the details:

Since Maryland became one of the latest states to legalize same-sex weddings, Baltimore’s wedding business has been booming, and visitors to Charm City can enjoy a wedding with all the quirky style that is the city’s hallmark. Best of all, you don’t have to be a Maryland resident to marry here, though a 48-hour period in the city is required. You’ll find all the details at www.baltimore.org/lgbt-weddings, Visit Baltimore’s website, that also features a GLBT guide. For Baltimoreans, the new law is a revelation, as you can imagine. Wayne Gooch, who married his longtime partner at Gertrude’s on January 13 says the true moment of “wow this is really happening” came a few weeks later when he received a jury duty summons in the mail. “When I came to the marital status question, I checked married.’ When it asked for the spouse’s name, I filled in ‘Russell Keys.’ And I burst into tears that I could actually DO that.”

He’s not alone in his celebration of the new law. The city’s merchants have already sprung into action. Shortly after the law took effect, Baltimore hosted a major gay marriage expo with a wide variety of vendors proudly displaying their wares. Same-sex marriage is an idea that’s just been waiting to happen here, and it’s being welcomed by longtime gay-friendly establishments as well as potential brides and grooms. As Joey, the manager of Pazo Restaurant (a fabulous wedding venue) puts it, “Many of our most regular and loyal customers would have loved to get married here. And now we’re very excited that they can!”

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Maryland.

Wedding Planning is officially my thing…

Author: , May 13th, 2012

Wedding Planning is officially my thing…  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  As from last night, I am officially a Wedding Planner, such an amazing and rewarding experience. Thank you Alex Greenwich and Victor Hoeld for letting me be part of your LOVE STORY. Here is a brief Photo Album of your journey here in Buenos Aires with all my love and respect. What an inspirational couple and an amazing family indeed. As Alex’s brother said last night at Estancia Villa María during his speech to the Groom+Groom… Marriage equality is more than bringing two people together… It is about bringing two families together…. Que VIVAN los novios. (Special thanks to the staff of Estancia Villa Maria, Design CE Hotel and ROJO Tango for all their help and support.)
Planning to SAY I DO…. do not hesitate to contact me, I can assist you and your Groom plan one of the most special days of your life. Argentina, Canada, Thailand, United States, …. you name it, I am there.  CM

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Estancia Villa Maria the perfect venue for a Gay Wedding

Author: , January 6th, 2012

Estancia Villa Maria the perfect venue for a Gay Wedding  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Selected as one of the prime states in South America, conveniently located only one hour away from the city of Buenos Aires, in the district of Maximiliano Paz you find this stunning old British-style manor house built in 1924 by Alejandro Bustillo, renown Argentinean architect. Estancia Villa Maria represents with excellence the concept of a a true Argentinean Estancia of the Belle Epoque. Turn nowadays into a small countryside hotel, and event venue surrounded by 74 hectares of incredible parklands including an outdoor pool, a private pond and Polo fields. In 2010 this estancia was chosen by famous Canadian singer Michael Buble for his wedding  which took place en Argentina. Now I happy to announce that will bring my first big project as a Gay Wedding Planner, to Estancia Villa Maria.  This was my second visit to the Estancia and I always want to come back for more. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Hackett Groom & Groom Package by Mandarin Oriental

Author: , October 7th, 2011

Hackett Groom & Groom Package by Mandarin Oriental
 |  London. UK  |  Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is offering a new Groom & Groom Package in collaboration with Hackett London, renown British men’s clothing with worldwide reputation for quality and luxury. The ultimate ‘Groom Service’ to couples getting married in the magnificent ballroom in 2012. And I got to experience the full service today at their store over Sloane Street. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Green Oasis, Palm Springs

Author: , May 26th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Riverside County Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Green Oasis, Palm SpringsWelcome to Green Oasis, our beautiful, pristine, three bed and bath solar-powered desert home. Located in desirable, wind-free South Palm Springs, the Green Oasis is only minutes from Downtown Palm Springs and the Spa Resort Casino, and is just north of the Smoke Tree Shopping Center.

For golfers, we are right around the corner from the Mesquite Country Club which is open to the public as well as the public Bel-Air Greens course.

The Green Oasis is spacious at 2,200 square feet. The expansive great room has a cathedral ceiling, piano, gas fireplace, original art and African wood sculptures.

The master bedroom features an en suite bath and walls adorned by Shag (Josh Aigle) prints. Relax in the California King bed while watching a 37″ HD t.v. with DVD player and cable. The second bedroom is ideal for kids with a t.v. with DVD player and twin beds that can be pushed together as a single.

See the Green Oasis Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here