same sex destination weddings
I just received the August issue of Recommend, and read the “Agent Speak” letter from Jaime Wolf about same sex weddings. I confirmed a destination wedding for a heterosexual couple in Jamaica, and was told it was wonderful. The bride recommended her friends to me for a same sex destination wedding for May 2013. They were interested in Jamaica, Aruba and Punta Cana. After much research on the acceptance of same sex couples in various Caribbean islands, I found that Jamaica is very much against it, and advised the couple to stay away from Jamaica, finally confirming Punta Cana.
Every island has a website that details its “wedding” requirements, so I suggest condensing this list and including in future articles on this subject. Also, the big complaint I receive from my destination wedding couples is about the length of time it takes for them to receive their official marriage license (three-nine months after the wedding). This too should be added to an article.
Besides the Caribbean, what other destinations embrace same sex destination weddings? Will a cruise ship perform a same sex wedding? Do they work with agents to plan the event?
Debbie Gorman, President
Fun & Sun Travel Center
Pt. Pleasant, NJ
We reached out to travel agents specializing in cruise and LGBT travel and according to Michelle Fee, CEO & co-founder of Cruise Planners, American Express Travel, “Cruise lines do offer same sex commitment ceremonies on board their ships, which can be arranged through a travel agent. In addition to onboard ceremonies, couples are also choosing to book ceremonies in various ports of call as a way of enhancing their over-all experience and individualizing the ceremony a bit more.” Jeremy Bryant, CEO of QueerTrip.com, an LGBT travel agency, adds, “Besides the Caribbean, other destinations that embrace same sex destination weddings are the U.S. (parts), Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.”