In modern day we have slowly redefined what it means to be in love. Long gone are the heteronormative views of the past, as we move into an age of equality and acceptance. When planning a same-sex wedding, therefore, you may want to avoid anything that reinforces these outdated gender beliefs and stereotypes.
Although some couples may choose to loosely plan their day based on structures set by straight weddings, some may choose to create their own ceremonies and new traditions. It is completely up to you! We’ve put together this quick guide to help those who want to navigate the easiest way to throw a great destination same-sex wedding.
Where can I get married?
LGBT rights are changing for the better. However, there are still some countries where homosexuality is considered illegal, or where same-sex couples cannot be issued a marriage licence. Ensure that you double check which locations these are in order to avoid disappointment when planning a destination wedding. Here are a few locations that we’ve found, and absolutely fallen in love with…
1. Paris, France
When we think of Paris, we think of the city of love and romance. What better place to tie the knot? Check out this elegant, minimalist and classic shoot outside the Louvre Museum.
The Origami Jewellery collection is reminiscent of the Louvre’s architectural design, and depicts a similar minimalist and clean-cut style. The Sterling Silver and Pink Gold Plated Octagem Necklaces, for example, are androgynous pieces that feature a smooth, reflective surface. Consider wearing the same jewellery as your partner, and they can then be treasured for years to come.
2. Scotland, U.K.
Weddings are a celebration of the love that two people share for one another. This is clearly visible in this breathtaking photography from a wedding shoot in the Isle of Skye. Raw emotion and love are perfectly conveyed, with an element of Scottish heritage thrown in.
The Coalescence Dia Tri Gold Drop Earrings by Scotland-based designer Goldneilson would be a beautiful addition to this serene and beautiful wedding location. Inspired by the flowing of material and liquid, these contemporary earrings resonate with an outdoor style wedding.
Goldneilson | Coalescence Dia Tri Gold Drop Ear | £2,313.00
3. Santorini, Greece
This gorgeous wedding off the coast of Santorini, against the red cliffs of Oia, is a bohemian inspired event. The stark contrast between the white of the bridal dresses and the deep red of the cliffs is striking. This is definitely a picture that is ready to be framed and placed center-stage on your mantelpiece. It is worth noting that same sex unions are recognised in Greece, but marriage is not yet legal.
Inspired by this stunning location, the Plated Sterling Silver Omega Ring by Greek jewellery brand My Bling would be a fantastic alternative to traditional wedding jewellery. Its edgy and geometric design is heavily influenced by the Greek letter Omega, and requires an equally edgy wedding theme and location.
My Bling | Plated Sterling Silver Omega Ring | £61.00
4. Costa da Morte, Spain
This beautiful wedding was set in a rustic abandoned warehouse in Costa da Morte. Location really does have a strong influence on the overall theme of the day, and this couple embraced the rustic backdrop and introduced bold splashes of colour.
Break away from the norm, and consider wearing a signet ring in place of a traditional wedding band. Don't be afraid of embracing colours, especially when you're in a culturally warm and radiant location. The Saffioni Ring by Le Sibille is full of life. This is a mesmerising 18kt yellow gold ring with sky diamonds, sapphires and micro-mosaic.
Le Sibille | Saffioni Ring | £5,824.00
5. Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Another wedding location that isn't - but should be - an obvious choice, is Iceland. You can have a remote, romantic and private ceremony set against a picturesque backdrop, just like the happy couple below.
Don't worry, Iceland isn't always covered in ice. The Silver Plated Titanium Steel Slim Screw Cuff Bracelet by Opes Robur would be the prefect accessory for any terrain. It would be a great accompaniment to the sepia undertones of the drier grounds, but would also act as a reflective piece for the glowing hues of the lagoon and surrounding ice structures.This piece also has an engraving option, which would attach sentimental value to the jewellery, and act as a reminder of the big day.
Opes Robur | Silver Plated Titanium Steel Slim Screw Cuff Bracelet | £129.00
6. Queenstown, New Zealand
Finally, New Zealand is a popular destination for LGBT weddings. Has New Zealand been on your bucket list for some time? Why not tick it off the list? There is nothing more special than making memories with your other half. Ensure that your wedding is unforgettable by choosing this stunning location.
Image credit: Rich Bayley Photography
This striking setting requires an equally striking piece of jewellery. Often, wedding suits and tuxedos need a pair of cufflinks. Consider incorporating an edge to your style with these Sterling Silver Aries Ram Cufflinks by Saba Jewellery. Rams are native to New Zealand, so these cufflinks are the perfect fit within this landscape.
Saba Jewellery by Geraldine Murphy | Sterling Silver Aries Ram Cufflinks | £95.00