• Genna Marie Davis

Planning an LGBT Gay & Lesbian Wedding in Costa Rica



​Costa Rica is quickly becoming an irresistible destination wedding and honeymoon hot spot for gay/lesbian couples. Whether you’re both looking for adventure, relaxation or romantic getaways, resorts and businesses are catering to LGBT couples.

Traveling with the person you love is one of the most intimate of experiences. It’s only the two of you, hands clasped, leaving the routine of home behind to jet-set across the globe together. Get lost in the magic and mystery of Costa Rica’s sprawling rain forest, climb volcanoes or take a dip at one of many waterfalls and beaches. Kick-start the wedding and honeymoon planning with these helpful tips.


Tip #1: Pick an LGBT Friendly Town

Although same-sex marriage is not legally recognized, you’ll discover Costa Rica is one of the more open-minded and accepting countries in Central America. Tourism plays a crucial role in the country’s economy, with friendliness and respect shown to all visitors from abroad. Popular areas for gay/lesbian tourists and expats include Tamarindo, Manuel Antonio, Quepos/Dominical and San Jose.

Tip #2: Use Social Media To Plan

At ground zero when it comes to wedding planning? There's nothing like good 'ole social media to get those inspirational juices flowing. Pinterest comes to the rescue as it always does in time of need, with a treasure trove of creative same-sex wedding ideas, from real time photos and invitations to make up, wedding favors and dreamy decorations.


Tip #3: Vet Vendors Online

There is nothing worse than signing up for a service or tour, only to arrive and find that the tour guide is a bigot or nutcase. Read online reviews and testimonials for each vendor your considering using, and suss out whether or not they are gay-friendly. Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and in this electronic age it's easier than ever to do this kind of research right from your laptop or smartphone.


Tip #4: Hire an LGBT-friendly photographer

Professional wedding or honeymoon pictures are an absolute must, right? You won’t find a more naturally beautiful setting than Costa Rica. Head to Tamarindo and unwind together on a soft-sand beach with flaming sunsets that will make your photos pop. You'll want to work with a photographer who will make you and your partner feel comfortable. Tamarindo Family Photos is proud to support same-sex marriage and equality, and has glowing reviews and testimonials from past gay/lesbian clients.

Tip #5: Be Upfront From the Get-Go

Be upfront and clear from your very first call or email that your partner is same-sex. That way, you'll know right away if the company or vendor you are considering is run by bigots – and if so, you won't waste any of your time on them. Next please!


Follow these tips and you'll be sure to plan the wedding of your dreams. Then all you have to do is look into the eyes of the most important person in your life and say “I do” as turquoise waves gently kiss the sand and coconut palms sway from high above.

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