Side Street Style: The best destinations to get married this leap year

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31/01/2020

The best destinations to get married this leap year

leap year proposal

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As 2020 rolls on, it’s worth remembering that February will have an extra day, as we are in the midst of a leap year. Coming around every four years, leap years give us an extra day on the calendar – February 29th.

A mythical date – just what do you do if it’s your birthday?! – Feb 29 has been long associated with the Irish custom of Bachelor’s Day, which states women can ask men to marry them, although in modern times it's, of course, no matter what your sexual orientation, whether in a traditional relationship or a same-sex one, you can propose to your partner.

If you are thinking about proposing having a bit of a whirlwind ceremony, I thought I would share 5 beautiful destinations for the leap year that are also LGBTQ friendly


1. Cape Town

I may be a little biased as I grew up in South Africa's mother city but honestly, it's a fantastic place to get married with reliable sunny weather, white sand beaches and an array of private wine farms stretching for miles that make for a great wedding setting. It's also refreshingly affordable as overseas weddings go and being the fifth country to recognise same-sex marriage in 2005 it's progressive style is appealing. 


Camps Bay


2. Toronto

Canada has long been known for it's welcoming and accepting attitude to all religions and cultures and I can vouch for that having worked with many Canadians over the years that they are possibly the friendliest nation I know. Toronto is known for Casa Lomo, a gothic revival style mansion and garden right in the heart of midtown which has stunning landscaped gardens. Canada is also an exciting and vibrant foodie destination so you know your wedding reception would be on point. 

3. Stockholm

I knew I had to include Stockholm after reading about LesBeMums trip to the Swedish Capital. Not only is Sweden an interior design dream with it's chic and minimalist inspirations but it also adopted a gender-neutral marriage law in 2009 making it a welcoming destination for all. You won't be short on cool venue choices as Stockholm is packed with on-trend hotels and bars. 


Hot air balloon


4. Barcelona

For those arty creative couples who love a spot of street art, dancing until the sun rises and eating fresh delicious food in a youthful and laid back setting then Barcelona is a city to consider. Spain has long been a forward-thinking liberal European country having been the third nation to institute marriage equality in 2005. 

5. Iceland

While this destination is a bit on the pricey side it's also one of the most magical and dramatic in terms of land spaces and you can even get married in a quaint wooden church with waterfalls and glaciers nearby. Iceland also welcomes and celebrates acceptance especially after the Prime Minister 
J√≥hanna Siguroard√≥ttir and her partner were among the country’s first couples to marry under the new law.


Wild horses


No matter what your orientation, gender or religion wouldn't you rather get married in a country that supports equality for everyone? I know I would.
 
Getting everything right

Once you’ve proposed and picked out the perfect location, now you need the ring if you don't already have one so making sure you find out how you can get the right size for your beau’s ring, to ensure the big moment goes off without a problem.

So who has proposed during a leap year or had a destination wedding? I would love to hear your story in the comments.


LGBT safe

10 comments:

  1. I'd love to go to Iceland but I absolutely love Cape Town. I don't know what it is about South Africa but I really do love it there. A few years ago we went to Durban for a family holiday but I'd love to take the kids to Cape Town - and maybe do the Garden Route that I did over 20 years ago! And who knows...maybe I'll renew those vows with the love of my life...?! x

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    1. Cape Town is amazing, yes I'm biased as it's my home town and it's such a fantastic place

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  2. The Maldives gets my vote - I fell in love with the islands when I visited and can’t wait until I return

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    1. Such a good choice, perfect for a wedding or holiday destination for sure

      Laura x

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  3. I would love to get married in Iceland, we visited in October and I fell in love with the country

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    1. Your posts to Iceland have been amazing Kara and it's such a great place for a wedding destination

      Laura x

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  4. Would love to visit Iceland. I hear it is a lovely place. Barcelona is so perfect!

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    1. Oh yes Barcelona is great, spent two weeks there and loved it

      Laura x

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  5. I like the idea with Toronto, the Maldives is good too. If I were not married, I would choose Toronto or Iceland from this list.

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    1. Yes Toronto and Canada in general is such a friendly place with equality at it's heart

      Laura x

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