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The Ultimate Guide To LGBTQ+ Elopement

For LGBTQ+ couples, eloping is a chance to personalize wedding experiences & celebrate love meaningfully. Here's what you need to know!

Elopements have undergone a transformation in recent years, evolving from secretive ceremonies to intimate celebrations of love and commitment.

For LGBTQ+ couples, eloping offers a unique opportunity to personalize their wedding experience and celebrate their love in a meaningful way.

In this guide, we’ll walk through everything you’d need for LGBTQ+ elopement.
Ready? Let’s get going!

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What Is LGBTQ+ Elopement?

For LGBTQ+ couples, eloping offers a chance to celebrate their love authentically and on their own terms. It provides an opportunity to create a ceremony that reflects their unique relationship and identities without feeling constrained by societal norms or expectations. LGBTQ+ elopements can take place in a variety of locations, from picturesque beaches and mountaintops to vibrant cities and romantic countryside settings.

Here’s what we’ll be looking at in this guide to help you prep for the perfect elopement.

  • Who Should Consider Eloping
  • Planning The Elopement
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly Locations

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Who Should Consider LGBTQ+ Elopement?

LGBTQ+ elopement is a meaningful and empowering option for couples who want to celebrate their love in a way that is authentic, private, and reflective of their unique identities and experiences. Here are a few of the couples that could consider eloping.

  • Couples Looking For Authenticity – LGBTQ+ couples often face unique challenges and societal pressures when it comes to planning weddings. Elopement offers a chance to celebrate their love authentically, without having to conform to traditional wedding norms or expectations.
  • Privacy-Conscious Couples – LGBTQ+ individuals may face additional scrutiny or judgment from family members, friends, or communities. Elopement provides a private and intimate setting for couples to exchange vows without external interference or judgment.
  • Couples Dealing With Legal Barriers – In some regions or countries, LGBTQ+ couples may encounter legal barriers or restrictions when it comes to marriage. Elopement can be a practical solution for couples who want to formalize their commitment in a place where marriage equality is recognized.

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Planning The Elopement

Planning an elopement, especially for LGBTQ+ couples, involves careful consideration and attention to detail to ensure that the celebration reflects your unique relationship and identities.
Here’s what you need to consider.


Select a destination that holds special meaning for you both. Consider factors such as scenery, climate, and accessibility.

You should research local marriage laws and requirements for LGBTQ+ couples to ensure legal recognition of your union.


Determine your budget for the elopement, considering factors such as travel expenses, accommodations, ceremony services, and any additional costs.

It’s also a good idea to look for ways to save money without compromising on the quality and significance of your celebration.

Ceremony Details

Determine the style and tone of your ceremony, whether it’s formal, casual, traditional, or non-traditional.

You should also choose an officiant who is inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ+ unions, whether it’s a religious leader, a justice of the peace, or a friend ordained for the occasion.

Ceremony Services

Hire vendors such as photographers, videographers, florists, and musicians who understand and respect the diversity of LGBTQ+ relationships.

Ensure that your chosen vendors are inclusive and welcoming of all couples, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Necessary Documents

Obtain a marriage license in advance according to the laws of the jurisdiction where you plan to marry.

Do some research, and make sure that you’ve got any other necessary documents, IDs, or passports for travel and legal purposes.

Travel & Accommodations

Book travel arrangements and accommodations for you and your partner, as well as any guests or witnesses if applicable.

Consider logistics such as transportation to and from the ceremony location, as well as any additional activities or excursions you want to enjoy during your elopement.

Prepare For The Unexpected

Have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, travel delays, or other unforeseen circumstances that could affect your elopement.

Stay flexible and adaptable, and be prepared to make adjustments as needed to ensure that your celebration is meaningful and memorable.

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LGBTQ+ Friendly Locations

The unfortunate reality is that some places just aren’t accepting of LGBTQ+ couples. Luckily, there are tons of other stunning locations out there that are LGBTQ+ friendly.
Here’s a list of the top 10 locations.

1. Barcelona, Spain

Known for its stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and welcoming atmosphere, Barcelona offers a romantic and inclusive setting for LGBTQ+ couples to exchange vows.

2. Stockholm, Sweden

With its picturesque waterways, historic architecture, and progressive values, Stockholm offers a romantic and cosmopolitan setting for LGBTQ+ couples to exchange vows.

3. Montreal, Canada

With its charming cobblestone streets, historic landmarks, and diverse LGBTQ+ community, Montreal is a popular choice for couples seeking a romantic and cosmopolitan elopement destination.

4. Palm Springs, California, USA,

This desert oasis is known for its luxurious resorts, stunning landscapes, and LGBTQ+ friendly atmosphere, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking a glamorous elopement experience.

5. Santorini, Greece

Famous for its breathtaking sunsets and picturesque views, Santorini is a dream destination for couples seeking a romantic and unforgettable elopement in a stunning Mediterranean setting.

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands

With its progressive attitudes and legal recognition of same-sex marriage, Amsterdam is a welcoming destination for LGBTQ+ couples looking to elope in a charming and historic European city.

7. Sydney, Australia

From the iconic Sydney Opera House to the beautiful beaches of Bondi and Manly, Sydney offers countless stunning backdrops for elopements, along with a vibrant LGBTQ+ community and supportive legal framework.

8. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This coastal paradise offers beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and a thriving LGBTQ+ scene, making it a popular choice for couples seeking a romantic and inclusive elopement experience.

9. Reykjavic, Iceland

Known for its dramatic landscapes, geothermal spas, and progressive values, Reykjavik is an ideal destination for couples seeking a unique and adventurous elopement in a stunning Nordic setting.

10. Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa was the 5th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, and remains the only country in Africa where it’s legal. And, with its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and progressive attitudes, Cape Town offers a diverse and inclusive elopement experience for LGBTQ+ couples looking to celebrate their love in a breathtaking setting.

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Safe travels, and congratulations!

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Jenny Cohen Drefler

Jenny Cohen Derfler

Air Dr CEO & Co-Founder

Jenny is the CEO and one of the Co-Founders at Air Doctor. She spent more than 20 years at Intel, most recently as general manager of its manufacturing facility in Israel and before that in various engineering and manufacturing roles in Silicon Valley. Air Doctor is her second startup having previously founded electric vehicle company ElectRoad.