Why So Many Same-Sex Couples Say “I Do” on Maui

Author: , April 9th, 2014

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MauiDid you know that Hawaii was the first state in the USA to attempt to pass same-sex marriage laws all the way back in 1993? While it took 20 years to evolve into full marriage equality in the state, it is no coincidence that Hawaii led the country in defining commitments of love to one another regardless of sexual orientation.

Indeed, Hawaiians are one of the most peaceful and loving people in the entire world and hold no judgments on anyone. That is what makes marriages so special on Maui, the presence of spirituality and living in harmony with each other and with the universe is just so powerful here. The Hawaiian culture intertwines the beliefs with the physical sharing during these ceremonies, making them the most unique and memorable experiences.

maui3For example, I recently attended a most amazing wedding for three same-sex couples simultaneously performed on Maui’s ‘Secret Beach’. The kahuna (Hawaiian Priest), had each couple perform the act of physically exchanging ‘aloha’ with each other. In front of all those fortunate enough to be present on that beautiful tropical morning, each couple placed their foreheads together with locked eyes and just exchanged breath with each other for a minute.

While it was very symbolic of the couple showing they are now one in being together, it’s also a very powerful exchange of love and trust for each other that the couple will carry with them forever. Combined with our tradition of the ‘first kiss’, it provides another bond that seals the relationship forever.

MauiAnother very important belief is that the land and the water sustain our lives together and must play a prominent role in the marriage ceremony. Because of the consistently beautiful weather, most weddings on Maui are performed outdoors on a beach or in a beautiful garden with very comfortable attire. In the weddings referenced above, the brides and the grooms stood together barefoot in the sand with a circle of tropical flower petals around them, again demonstrating the union of two beautiful people that are connected with the land and its beauty. Hawaiians also believe that leis have very special life-giving powers, so the placing of the fragrant leis on each other is just as important as placing the ring on the finger in showing the union of two.

As the Hawaiian Islands are surrounded by thousands of miles of ocean as well as the tropical rains that fall on the mountains, life together is sustained by the many blessings water brings us. Similar to the holy water that is used in Christian services, the Hawaiian kahu or kahuna uses it to bless the couples and their rings when the water sharing ritual occurs in weddings.

maui-sunseekerUnderstanding the Hawaiian cultures and beliefs is key to performing amazingly beautiful wedding ceremonies. As the Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort and their wedding coordinators cater primarily to same-sex couples, the unique requirements and requests of each couple are melded into the Hawaiian practices and beliefs.

As Maui is a top destination for opposite-sex weddings, with last year’s upgrade to full equality, Maui is already proving to be a favorite for same-sex weddings as well.

To see a video that shows how wonderful same-sex weddings are on Maui, please visit www.mauisunseeker.com/weddings

Marriage Equality Will Boost Gay Tourism Worldwide

Author: , March 14th, 2014

Gay WeddingGrowing acceptance and legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States and around the globe will fuel the travel and hospitality industries and boost spending by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers, experts say.

Seventeen U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and a similar number of countries recognize gay unions. Last month Scotland legalized gay marriages, joining a list that includes the Netherlands, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa and others.

Although the LGBT community is a small segment of the U.S. population, Charlie Rounds, of the Florida-based International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Foundation, said the changes in marriage laws will have big implications for travel in the United States and abroad. “It is going to be an inordinate percentage of the wedding market in the next five to 10 years,” he said in an interview during a visit to New York.

Authored By Patricia Reaney – See the Full Story at Reuters

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B&B Owner in Illinois Won’t Allow Same Sex Weddings At Property

Author: , January 21st, 2014

Illinois B&B ComplaintThe owner of a bed and breakfast in Illinois is making headlines Tuesday after vowing he will not host same-sex weddings at his venue, Central Illinois’ The News-Gazette reports.

Jim Walder, who owns the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast near Paxton, Ill., (about 111 miles north east of Springifled, Ill.) told the newspaper he won’t allow LGBT couples to marry at his B&B, even though Illinois legalized same-sex marriage last June.

“As long as I own TimberCreek, there will never be a gay marriage at this wedding venue,” Walder, who said he is a Christian, told the paper.

Authored By Jason St. Amand – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Will Gay Honeymoons Goose the Global Travel Market?

Author: , July 5th, 2013

gaywedding-01Now that gays and lesbians can marry again in California, and can get full federal benefits by marrying in any of the other 12 states and DC that recognize full marriage equality, is a gay travel boom just around the corner? Canoe Travel thinks so:

It’s a highly coveted market. Recently published figures out of a US survey by Community Marketing Inc. found that gay and lesbian travellers spend an average of nearly 60% more on their travels than their straight counterparts. Part of the reasons offered by the market research group include the “plain” fact that gay men and lesbians travel more, own more homes and cars, spend more on electronics and have the largest amount of disposable income of any niche market. Luxury travel company ChicGayHoneymoons.com also reports an ‘overnight surge’ in demand following a US Supreme Court decision to strike down Proposition 8 after finding it unconstitutional. Prop 8 would have banned gay marriage in the state of California.

See the Full Story at Canoe Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bearfoot Inn, Palm Springs, California

Author: , March 28th, 2013

Bearfoot Inn, Palm Springs, CaliforniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Downtown Palm Springs Newest Bear Resort: Located in the flourishing Uptown Design District, Bearfoot Inn is your oasis in the desert and home away from home. Casual and elegant, yet masculine, this mid-century inn has been faithfully restored and upgraded so you can relax and be yourself. We are the only gay resort in the historic Movie Colony, located within walking distance to great restaurants

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: The Quintessa on Whidbey Island, Whidbey Island, Washington

Author: , January 19th, 2013

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

The Quintessa on Whidbey Island, Whidbey Island, WashingtonWelcome to The Quintessa on Whidbey Island, a Puget Sound vacation rental home that’s ideal for your family reunion, garden wedding, romantic island getaway or corporate retreat!

Our Whidbey Island vacation rental offers room for up to 32 guests, with nine 9 bedrooms and a separate garden cottage.

We’re just thirty five miles from the Seattle Space Needle and eight minutes from the Clinton ferry.

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Ten Great Gay Wedding Destinations

Author: , June 3rd, 2012

The steadily increasing stream of states and countries legalizing gay marriage has dramatically changed the lives of LGBT people and their loved ones in recent years. In honour of the growing number of places to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender nuptials, online travel adviser Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) has come up with its top 10 list of gay wedding destinations. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Washington, D.C. USA: Although gay marriage was only first legalized in D.C. on December 18, 2009, America’s capital has long possessed a large LGBT population. As such, America’s capital has no dearth of gay-friendly neighborhoods and hotels for your wedding festivities. Imagine a rooftop reception with panoramic views of the city – you and your beloved a part of the history of America beginning to make good on its promise of “equality and justice for all.”

2. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Since Paris has yet to legalize gay marriage, Montreal is the next best thing. With beautiful parks, fantastic cuisine, a raucous nightlife and an unrivaled atmosphere of convivialite, Montreal is a perfect place to say, “I do.” In fact, it’s so charming you might even want to stay on for your honeymoon. Plus, the city’s close proximity to Mont Tremblant is an added bonus if you’d like to get away for skiing in the winter or exploring of the great outdoors in summer months.

Full Story from Reuters.com

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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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Cancun Hotels Preparing for Legal Gay Weddings

Author: , January 3rd, 2012

Cancun and other resorts on the Mexican Caribbean are starting to realize the joys of lesbian and gay tourism, and now they want couples from the United States, Canada and Europe to come there to legalize their unions.

The reason that it is possible for lesbians and gays to get married in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo is that the local laws state that marriage is between people who are interested in getting married. Simply put, the local laws do not specify a gender when it comes to marriage.

According to the spokesperson for Colectivo Diversidad “This market niche … is very attractive for European, Canadian and American (homosexual) couples.” Activist Patricia Novelo stated that this upcoming January, the first same-sex group wedding will be held in the resort area. Eight of the couples that have confirmed their desire to marry are from Mexico.

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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