Guaranteed sunshine and a glamorous backdrop, what’s not to love about a wedding abroad? When you consider the fact that the average wedding back home costs over €21k, it makes even more sense to look at the options overseas.


There are an increasing number of countries where a legal gay marriage is possible. Same-sex marriages are legal across the entirety of the United States following a landmark ruling in June this year. Here are some of our favourite – and most unique – wedding destinations for gay couples wishing to wed in the U. S. of A:

1. South Beach, Miami

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Lummus Park in South Beach is on the Atlantic Ocean and is recognisable as the setting for many a television or movie scene. Wed with a backdrop of clear turquoise water and beautiful palm trees.

From €1,200, including civil beach wedding ceremony, assistance of wedding planner, button holes/bouquets and professional photographer.

2. Central Park, New York

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Choose from a variety of locations in iconic Central Park including Ladies Pavilion, the Pond and Cherry Hill. Narrow down your choice according to the number of guests attending.

From €1,740, including personalised wedding ceremony, services of wedding co-ordinator on the day, button holes/bouquets, witness (if required) Minister fee and permit fee.

3. Manhattan Skyline Rooftop Wedding

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Located at 71 W 35th Street, 18th Floor Penthouse is the ultimate wedding backdrop with views of Midtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building. An elegant venue for your ceremony, which can hold up to 100 guests.

From €4,580, including personalised wedding ceremony, services of wedding co-ordinator on the day, skyline rooftop rental, return limousine rental, button holes/bouquets and professional photographer.

4. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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Say ‘I do’ in front of one of the world’s most iconic backdrops, the Golden Gate Bridge. There is no minimum residency period in San Francisco, and your wedding can be just the way you like it – from small and intimate to show-stopping.

From €1,130, including wedding license and minister fees, services of wedding co-ordinator, button holes/bouquets


5. Orlando Eye, Florida

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How about a unique ceremony in your own private wedding capsule? Accommodating the happy couple plus up to six guests, one rotation of the wheel takes 20 minutes. Plenty of time to exchange those vows before the important business of celebrating begins!

From €1,180, including private capsule, on-site wedding planner, champagne toast for all and hand-tied carnations.


The wedding experts at American Sky can take care of every detail of your special day and make all the necessary travel plans on behalf of you and your guests.

For more information visit AmericanSky.ie 


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