California Gay & Lesbian Weddings
California is the 3rd largest state in the nation, and the Golden State has endless wedding options. Whether you are dreaming of a Napa vineyard wedding, a Carmel coastal beach venue, envisioning a chic downtown hotel, or an outdoor wedding with sweeping Mountain vistas, California has it all, including a temperate Mediterranean climate.
LGBT Equality Index of California
California is one of the most LGBT friendly states in our nation. Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, Riverside, Fresno, Stockton, Bakersfield and Oxnard all ranked in the top 35 cities in the U.S. as the most LGBT friendly cities in the U.S. by Vocativ. Los Angeles ranked #1 on the total number of same-sex couples, San Diego was #5. Los Angeles also ranked #1 for showing your pride. The Advocate ranked Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco, and Pasadena as the 2014 gayest cities in America.
Although California’s acceptance of gay marriage has had a notoriously rocky history, same sex marriage and domestic partnerships are now legal, and gay couples can both adopt and get IVF. Hate crimes and discrimination on the basis of gender identity were made illegal in 2004, and trans people can change their gender on their birth certificates without surgery. Needless to say, California is one of the most welcoming states to the LGBT community.
Planning Your Same-Sex Wedding in California
For more info on planning your Same Sex Wedding in California Lambda Legal has a FAQ page and Out Destinations has details on confidential marriage ceremonies when applying for your marriage certificate.
Find Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in California
Pridezillas wedding vendors all celebrate pride, love and equality. We only promote LGBT-friendly wedding vendors who support marriage equality. Mention Pridezillas when contacting the vendors below for potential and occasional discounts or offers for your wedding.