The BEST wedding destinations for LGBTQ+ couples

28 Mar 2022

Based on a number of criteria, recent research has revealed the best places for LGBTQ+ couples to tie the knot

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London has been named the best wedding destination in the world for LGBTQ+ couples. Beating Paris as the City of Romance, the UK capital topped the charts for all the right reasons. 

The recent research, conducted by jewellerybox, analysed a number of factors including LGBTQ+ friendliness (danger, openness, years that same sex marriage has been legal), weather, Instagrammability, hotels, restaurants and accommodation.

Each city was given an overall score and ranked accordingly, as displayed in the list below. 

The best wedding destinations for LGBTQ+ couples

  1. London, UK
  2. Paris, France
  3. Madrid, Spain
  4. Barcelona, Spain
  5. Toronto, Canada
  6. Lisbon, Portugal
  7. Valencia, Spain 
  8. Amsterdam, Netherlands 
  9. Stockholm, Sweden
  10. New York City, USA

While London's Instagrammability and LGBTQ+ openness and safety pushed it to the top, Paris scored highly for the same reasons but offered a greater number of romantic hotels.

Same sex marriage is now legal in 29 countries worldwide, and the Netherlands is where it has been legalised the longest at almost 21 years. Interestingly, Spain, whose cities score highly in the study, legalised same sex marriage in 2005 and was the third country in the world to do so. Now, more than 10% of Spanish citizens living in the capital of Madrid identify as LGBTQ+.  

Read the full research here. 

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