This week in the gay wedding travel guide, it's Provincetown, Massachusetts (aka P-town), the tiny town on the tip of Cape Cod and a hugely popular LGBT tourist destination in the U.S.
For a tiny town, P-town offers world class dining, great shops and beautiful beaches. It’s a great place to plan your gay wedding but has very few wedding venues and is most suitable for smaller weddings. Also, July and August are tough times for weddings in P-town because it's high tourist season and many inns require 5 night stays.
Where to Stay: Gabriel’s is our pick for women with a great location near the center of town. The rooms are beautiful with great amenities, including an outdoor hot tub! For guys and mixed groups, we also love the Carriage House (also with an outdoor hot tub!) and the White Porch Inn. There are many, many inns in Ptown so you'll easily find a great spot.
What to Do: Stroll the many boutiques and galleries of Commercial Street. Check out the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in the East End. Explore the Pilgrim Monument museum to see what P-town was like when the Pilgrims landed (it’s where the Mayflower Compact was signed). Hit the beaches by bike, car, cab or bus. Herring Cove is a more accessible and family-friendly bay beach. Race Point is a more adult beach on the ocean side. You can rent bikes and ride the paved trails through the dunes. Enjoy cabaret and drag shows at night or hit one of the town’s nightclubs.
How to Get Married: You can apply for your marriage license at Provincetown City Hall for $35 but keep in mind that, in Massachusetts, there’s a 3 day waiting period. If you are in a rush, you can have that waived by a court order if you drive to Orleans, Massachusetts. We suggest, however, applying for and picking up your license in Boston instead since the courthouse and City Hall are near each other. We can help with this process through our Vows package.
Our Picks for LGBT-owned Florists: Wildflower of Provincetown is our pick especially for more contemporary designs!
Our Picks for LGBT Officiants: Rev. James Mack can officiate your religious or non-religious ceremony.
P-town’s 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 if you get stuck and are looking for a hand with all of your gay wedding plans in Provincetown.