By: Kara Franker
With gorgeous wedding venues and year-round perfect weather, Miami is a premier destination for same-sex couples to tie the knot.
Whether on the beach, in a church or at a luxury hotel, there are a myriad of locations to host a wedding ceremony in the Miami area.
Many hotels like The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, The Biltmore, Marriott Stanton South Beach, Epic Hotel, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Hotel Gaythering, and The Standard offer specialized wedding packages. Other unique venue options include Vizcaya Museum, Venetian Pool and Gay Miami Yacht Charters.
When you're ready to make decisions about all the special details for your big day -- invitations, wedding cake, photographer, music, flowers and attire -- the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables is a great place to start. There are nearly three dozen specialty boutiques on infamous Bridal Row.
Registering For a Marriage License in Miami-Dade County
In Miami and across the country, LGBT couples have the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples. Steven Adkins, President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, tied the knot with his long-term partner and applauds the Supreme Court for taking a huge step towards equality for all couples.
"For the community, this was a huge win for all Miamians who believe in justice and equality. South Florida has moved quite emphatically in recent years to put in place policies which support a level playing field for all in our community,” says Adkins. “The recent ruling should go a long way in affirming that our leaders were correct in their vision when there were many voices who would have denied us our place."
If you're planning on getting married in Miami, in order for it to be legally recognized by the courts, you'll need to both apply for a marriage license in person. You don't have to be a resident of Florida to apply, but Florida residents are either required to take a four-hour premarital course or wait three days for the license to be effective.
Did you know that February is Miami Romance Month? For a plethora of wedding, honeymoon and romance-themed special offers from hotels, restaurants and other venues in Miami, visit MiamiRomanceMonth.com.
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Check out this great wedding video filmed at the historical Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.