Massachusetts was the first state in the U.S. to legalize gay marriage so it’s only natural that Boston remains a top gay wedding tourist destination. And for good reason…it’s a small but cosmopolitan city with great dining and shopping and some beautiful venues (including some on the ocean or harbor) for your gay wedding. Our business was founded in Boston, we still work there regularly and it has a very special place in our heart.
Where to Stay: Our favorite hotels are Kimpton properties and the one in Boston with the best location, right on Boston Common, is Nine Zero. We also love XV Beacon on Beacon Hill and the Seaport Hotel down on the waterfront.
What to Do: Leave your car behind in Boston and don't rent one either. It's a great city for walking with beautiful brownstones like the ones above. Walk through the oldest public botanical garden in the country, the beautiful Boston Public Garden, en route to shopping on Newbury Street. If you want to avoid the tourists, walk down Tremont Street in the South End and take your pick of great restaurants and shops frequented by locals (and lots of gays!) Also, enjoy the waterfront! Take a tour of the Boston Harbor Islands, or spend a few hours out there on Spectacle or Georges Island.
How to Get Married: It’s tricky in Massachusetts since there is a three day waiting period. For example, if you apply for a marriage license at City Hall on a Tuesday, you can’t pick it up and get married until Friday. You can get a waiver of the three day wait by going to court. Marriage license fees vary by city or town. There are no blood tests or witnesses required. The marriage license is valid for 60 days. 14 Stories provides a service to get this waiting period waived quickly and easily.
Our Picks for an LGBT Florist: Daniel and Jeb from New Leaf Flores in Jamaica Plain are awesome!
Our Picks for an LGBT Officiant: Denise Simmons is an openly gay Justice of the Peace who also was the first out African-American lesbian Mayor of a U.S. city. She sits on the City Council of Cambridge, MA.
With some major exceptions, Boston wedding vendors are very welcoming of same-sex couples so you should have a great experience no matter who you choose. Don't forget about us at 14 Stories if you get stuck and need us to take great care of you!