Spanish Congress passed a law in favour of same-sex marriages back in 2005, and since then, many gay and lesbian couples have chosen Spain to tie the knot. In the UK, as you probably know, same-sex marriage (as opposed to a civil partnership, which has been legal since 2004) came into effect in 2015, which which we were really excited about here at Zankyou.
Destination weddings have been a big thing for a while now, with lots of couples taking a flight to get to their wedding venue! In Spain, destination weddings are an option for same-sex couples, but one half of the couple must either be Spanish or both non-Spanish members of the couple must be resident in Spain.
So, if you’re Spanish but living abroad and want to go back home to celebrate your big day, or if you’ve been living legally as foreigners in Spain, now’s the time to think about planning your same sex-wedding in Spain!
With a civil ceremony, you’ll be able to personalise the big day to your heart’s delight. Choosing the same venue for the ceremony and reception not only makes life easier, but also makes for a great experience for your guests.
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To make life easier for everyone, and an option that is especially suitable for a destination wedding where most, if not all of your guests will come from abroad, is to book out a Parador exclusively for you and your guests.
This historical hotel chain, which has all kinds of beautiful properties all over Spain – from castles and palaces to modern buildings – is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a romantic setting for your same-sex wedding in Spain.
Another thing to bear in mind when organising your wedding is that you remain in charge of your big day. Ultimately, it is your day and you can do whatever you like!
You will be able to work with Paradores’ wedding planning experts, who will help you bring your vision to life and create the wedding of your dreams. And of course, if you’re planning a destination wedding from the UK, it’s always handy to have someone on-site to answer your questions and solve all any little issues that will inevitably arise.
If your style is romantic fairy tale, there are plenty of beautiful historic buildings to choose from. Just take a look at these!
Perhaps you’re dreaming of a beach wedding? What about the Parador de Mazagón, with a bar on the beach itself, or the Parador de Aiguablava, where you can get married in the restaurant located on a small, secluded beach with steps going down to the sand!
If you love natural settings, what about the magical landscape of the Canary Islands, with the Parador Cañadas del Teide in Tenerife as an option? Or if you love hiking, the mountain views from the Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga are just for you, as you’ll be surrounded by the famous Picos de Europa mountain range.
If your partner has just popped the question and you’re starting to dream about your big day, then look no further. Spain is a great option for its weather, food and the beautiful venues on offer. Why not check it out?