Same-Sex Marriages Celebrated in Holland & Beyond

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Same-sex marriages and weddings are celebrated in Holland & beyond. And there are now 29 countries worldwide where a man can marry a man and a woman can marry a woman. So, where can you as a same-sex couple take pleasure in the contractual rights of marriage?

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) weddings are legal. Marriage equality has made a stand and is a defining moment for the world. Moreover, the legal status confirms the world’s acceptance and acknowledgement of same-sex couples need and right to celebrate love, inclusiveness & diversity.

Find out which of the countries below have said YES to (LGBT) weddings and man/man and woman/woman marriage celebrations. I’ve listed them numerically. And it begins with the most liberal city in the world to officiate a gay civil ceremony. Can you guess which country that is? Read on…

Same-Sex Marriages: The 29 Countries Where it’s Legal

Same-sex marriages | weddings –  UK

  1. England and Wales – 2013 Firstly, England and Wales celebrants support couples of all genders to create an alternative wedding ceremony. Additionally, you can have an official marriage or civil union/registered partnership, too.
  2. Scotland – 2014 Ultimately, Scottish wedding celebrants will be delighted to preside over your same sex nuptials on the beach, inside a cosy cottage or at a venue of your choice.
  3. Ireland – 2015  Same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland has been legal since 16 November 2015. Source:
  4. Jersey – 2018  In addition, it is lawful for same-sex couples to marry in Jersey. And gay and lesbian couples, who are currently in a civil partnership, may convert their civil partnership to a marriage..
  5. Northern Ireland – 2019

Same-sex marriages | weddings – Europe

  1. The Netherlands 2000   Tolerant Holland one of the most liberal places on earth led the first legalised same-sex marriage ceremony. It took place at the Amsterdam city hall,  Holland.
  2. Belgium 2003
  3. France – 2013 Unique Ceremonies in France states that, “same sex couples have had the possibility to tie the knot in France since 2013”. And more notably, the very first legal marriage ceremony took place in Montpelier.
  4. Spain – 2005
  5. Portugal – 2010 According to Same Vibes weddings you can plan an unforgettable wedding in Portugal.”Minimum of paperwork, prompt settlement and low administration fees. And you get quick issuance of the certificate which happens after the registration” Source:
  6. Luxembourg – 2014  So, Europe is a diverse continent and Luxembourg is a great place to tie the knot.
  7. Gibraltar – 2016
  8. Italy – 2016 And from May 2016 you can host a celebrant-led wedding in Italy. Have it performed at a venue of your choice.
  9. Germany – 2017 In addition, you can celebrate your union in Germany. Along with registered partnerships for same-sex couples it’s very popular.
  10. Malta – 2017 And let’s continue the excitement because gay marriage in Malta is an attractive, easy and accessible option. So, host your nuptials in Malta and enjoy the same-sex wedding you want.
  11. Poland – 2020?
  12. Hungry – 2020? Lastly,”It also plans to bring forward a legislative initiative to protect the rights of rainbow families so that their parenthood and same-sex partnership is recognised throughout the union.” Source:
  13. Switzerland – 2021 votes to make same-sex marriage legal by near two-thirds majority. Source: – swiss-vote-allowing-same-sex-marriage


Same-sex marriages | weddings –  Scandinavia

  1. Norway – 2009 In addition, Norway embraces marriage equality. And the country celebrates gay unity wedding ceremonies abroad. In fact, Norway held the first same-sex church wedding.
  2. Sweden – 2009
  3. Iceland – 2010
  4. Denmark – 2012 And there’s more fun news, at Magical Weddings they believe that love should be shared and celebrated, regardless of gender.
  5. Finland – 2015  Additionally, Finnish Parliament officially approved gay weddings in March 2017.  And confirms that the country is the last one of the Nordics to instate gay marriage in law. – Nordic Business
  6. Greenland – 2015  Another thing, a wedding in Greenland is not complicated, especially for bi-national couples, same sex couples and couples who simply want to marry fast.

Same-sex marriages | weddings – officiants Americas

  1. Mexico – 2015  Momentarily, not applicable in many of the Mexican jurisdictions. Mexico has not firmly established all parts of  it’s country to permit same-sex weddings.
  2. Canada – 2005 
  3. Brazil – 2013  Secondly, to get married in Brazil an application form, passport copies and original birth certificates are required. And you also need a declaration of civil status and single status form.
  4. United States of America – 2015 Engayed weddings are an on-line wedding directory that brings loving, committed same-sex couples together with top-notch wedding vendors who are thrilled to support you.
  5. Argentina – 2010 And there’s more about destination weddings in Argentina. Basically, Argentina was the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage.
  6. Uruguay – 2013
  7. Colombia – 2016 And have you considered celebrating your love in Colombia? Well, Colombia travel can help you plan the perfect same-sex marriage ceremony!
  8. Ecuador – 2019 Although, Goofy weddings based in the USA primarily service Michigan residents, the Ordained Ministers will travel to officiate your same-sex wedding.
  9. Costa Rica – 2020 Costa Rica legalized same-sex marriage. Where does the rest of Latin America stand on marriage equality? Source:

Same-sex marriages | weddings – officiants Africa

  1. South Africa – 2006

Same-sex marriages | weddings – officiants Asia

  1. Taiwan  – 2019 Two lesbian couples have become the first to take part in a mass military wedding in Taiwan, the only place in Asia to have legalised gay marriage. Source:

Same-sex marriages – officiants Australasia

  1. New Zealand – 2013 In addition, the wedding celebrant you chose is a professional with lots of local knowledge. And the marriage official will help you plan and advise you on all aspects of your special same-sex wedding service.
  2. Australia – 2017

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Same-sex marriages | weddings  – Andaz Prinsengracht Amsterdam Hotel

Which country is next to follow in the foot steps of the Netherlands? Where else in the world is ready to say YES to GAY/ LESBIAN / LHBTIQ weddings?

About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hot spots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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