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Begin taking your next steps in life together with a beautiful and romantic wedding in Delaware. From a scenic ceremony on the beach to watching the sunset over the bay, or from a rustic vineyard to gorgeous DuPont estates and gardens, plan to say “I do” in Delaware. With affordable hotels and close proximity to New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Delaware is an ideal gay wedding destination!
Wedding locations and expert advice:
Plan the wedding of your dreams! Forget about the checklists and just enjoy this special time with your partner with help from Delaware’s three county visitor bureaus.
Beach resort area (Sussex County): Experience a romantic beach wedding in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island or the surrounding area. Or celebrate with friends at a local vineyard, State Park or scenic countryside venue. The Southern Delaware Tourism Office will assist you in planning a gay destination wedding at http://www.visitsoutherndelaware.com/meetings-retreats/weddings. Please note that the Sussex County Clerk of the Peace waives marriage license fees for active military and the license-waiting period is only 24-hours.
DuPont Mansions and the Brandywine Valley (New Castle County): Just 30 minutes away from Philadelphia, the picturesque Brandywine Valley is known for it’s gorgeous gardens and scenic vistas making this an ideal LGBT wedding destination. The Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to help provide you with venue and hotel suggestions at http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/meeting-and-event-planners/weddings.
Historic Charm and Four-Diamond Service (Kent County): Plan a classic or historic wedding in central Delaware. Dance the night away and enjoy award-winning cuisine with AAA Four-Diamond service at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Give your ceremony a unique twist when walking down at a countryside vineyard or make it a vintage ceremony with the historic First State Heritage Park as your backdrop. The Kent County and Greater Dover Convention and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you plan an LGBT wedding at http://www.visitdover.com/weddings.
How to get married: Beginning July 1, 2013 same sex couples can obtain marriage licenses from county offices in Delaware. Applicants can submit a form online for New Castle and Sussex County. Please click on the links for direct access to the licensing website: New Castle County (northern Delaware); Kent County (central Delaware – licenses issued during business hours) Sussex County (beach area).