We can now consider all 50 US states as potential destinations for our long-awaited dream weddings. There are places all over the world ready to help celebrate our love. But with little ones and family to consider, you might want to keep it closer to home.
While cities such as Boston, New York and LA are popular for urban ceremonies, the US can offer way more than just skyscrapers as a wedding backdrop. When the world returns to normality, here are some wonderful places you can tie the knot with your special someone.
- Natural and Historic: The Manor House at Richardson Park & Nature Preserve
- Contemporary and Creative: 21c Museum Hotels
- A Gem Hidden in Plain Sight: Central Park
- Quirky and Adventurous: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
- Rustic and Different: Dunton Hot Springs
Natural and Historic: The Manor House at Richardson Park & Nature Preserve
The Manor House (or the Carriage House) in Wilton Manors, Florida, is perfect for creating an exceptional experience for your special day, for both you and the loved ones you invite. The historic structures are nestled among cobblestone courtyards surrounded by the lush greenery of the nature park, helping create an aesthetic and photogenic backdrop to your declaration of love.
“We have couples—both gay and straight—pledging their love for each other right here in the heart of the city,” said Johnnie Goodnight, Wilton Manor’s Assistant City Manager.
Situated in Wilton Manors - home to some of the country’s first publicly gay elected city officials - it’s one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly small towns in America. You and your family can feel supported in this inclusive destination.
Contemporary and Creative: 21c Museum Hotels
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and restaurant modeled after their award-winning flagship in Louisville, Kentucky. Every hotel is recognizable and clearly belongs to the fabulous collection of 21c museum hotels, but each has its own charm.
In the heart of Cincinnati’s Backstage District, 21c renovated the 100-year-old Metropole Hotel building to restore it to its original function and added a contemporary art museum. There’s no reason to rush through your wedding photos. The stunning art-filled museum galleries will keep your guests occupied.
The Spa at 21c features three treatment rooms, including a couple’s spa suite with en-suite whirlpool tub, steam shower with skylight and heated floors. It also offers a range of treatments from facials and massages to pampering spa packages just for men. Leave your kids with a trusted family member and enjoy some totally tranquil wedding bliss before your debut down the aisle.
A Gem Hidden in Plain Sight: Central Park
Who knew one of the most filmed locations in the world and is actually one of the most romantic and inclusive wedding venues? Central Park offers many splendid locations to say ‘I do’ in front of your friends, family and children.
- Ladies Pavilion can host an intimate ceremony under a cast-iron pergola with a breathtaking skyline in the background.
- Wagner Cove is a secret hideaway wedding venue, perfect for a personal ceremony.
- Cop Cot is a romantic location situated under a rustic wooden gazebo and can accommodate a ceremony of up to 40 guests.
- Gapstow Bridge is one of Central Park’s dreamiest wedding venues. Covered in ivy, there are spectacular photo opportunities both on the bridge and across the pond to capture your big day.
If you’re after an elegant New York wedding, then Central Park’s Conservatory Garden is the spot for you. Made up of three separate gardens, you can exchange vows there or under the enchanting Wisteria Pergola.
John and Matthew, members of the expanding GWK community, shared their special NYC Central Park skyline wedding with us. You can experience the day their families united over on our YouTube channel.
Quirky and Adventurous: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Albuquerque in New Mexico offers gay, bi and trans travelers a range of wedding venues to choose from. Couples can hold an intimate ceremony high above the city in the magical Sandia Mountains via a hot air balloon. However, what’s really special is the more traditional, romantic ceremony you can have at the Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm.
Boasting its 25 acres of lavender and free-roaming peacocks, it’s a stunning location to become one. With a diverse and friendly LGBTQ+ community, your wedding guests will have no problem mingling with locals on the lively Central Avenue.
For couples looking to wed here but are restricted by the pandemic, they’re offering an intimate, elopement-style celebration for a small number of guests. This allows you to experience a special ceremony on the farm, followed by a memorable culinary experience with just you, your hubby-to-be and children.
Rustic and Different: Dunton Hot Springs
If you’re looking for a more remote venue, check out the Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado. Rustic charm adds to the natural beauty of the mineral hot springs. What’s really special is you can rent out the entire town of Dunton just for your wedding party.
Among the amenities are an open-air chapel, two spa treatment cabins and 12 hand-hewn luxury cabins. You can also get hitched at a nearby waterfall and meadows. But what brings this venue to life is the winter months.
There’s something magical about how the snow settles on this quaint town and provides a whimsical location to celebrate your love. Plus, between the ceremony and party, you can have a snowball fight with your kids!
This is just a taste of the spectacular gay friendly weddings available to you. For more wedding content, from tips to gay, bi and trans friendly vendors, head over to the blog. Alternatively, you can take a look at our YouTube channel where we regularly share other queer families’ special days and send over yours too.