Whistler has long been known for being a super welcoming city, welcoming to all flags of the world. And that includes the rainbow flag, flying high and proud. Once gay marriage was legalized in Canada in 2003, the inclusive vibe of Whistler made it one of the premiere go-to destinations for gay weddings. After all, the LGBTQ community is every bit as welcomed here as their straight brothers and sisters, you couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting, sports abound, there are food and drink opportunities at every turn, and…well, it’s Whistler. Gay-friendly Whistler.
Now, a Whistler same-sex wedding is a natch. Whether you’re looking to tie the knot at Winterpride Whistler, or during a more relaxed time of year, planning a gay elopement, or ceremony and reception that is designed with every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed, the lesbian and gay community is part of the fabric of Whistler, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Because, truth be told, Whistler is not just a gay ski resort, it is an everyone ski resort. Tall, short, old, young, every race, every size, and every colour. In world where everything hasn’t yet caught up to the standards we hold dear here in Canada, you can count on the attitude of acceptance that is abundant in Whistler, making it the perfect place for international travel, gay travel, and just travel period. And for those who may have faced less than welcoming behaviours in other times or places, being welcomed for a Whistler same-sex marriage feels like coming home. (Come home to gay Whistler!)
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Two Dears and a Queer
Whether you are thinking of a small intimate ceremony or a gala celebration call 2DQ for all you wedding needs. We specialize in making your experience “drama free”, exceeding your expectations, and having the memories of your marriage last a lifetime. Serving Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler since 2003.
Other stuff to consider when looking at Whistler for your same-sex wedding ceremony:
Is it a TAG Approved® Accommodation?
Summit Lodge & Spa is a TAG Approved® gay-friendly accommodation provider and welcomes the opportunity to serve the gay community.
In order to be TAG Approved®, properties enforce non-discriminatory policies including sexual orientation and treat heterosexual and domestic partners equally in personnel policies; they provide diversity and sensitivity training for employees and employ staff that reflect the diversity of the community, including gay and lesbian employees in all levels of employment. Customers and employees are empowered to be “watchdogs” of its gay and lesbian business practices. TAG (Travel Alternatives Group) is an initiative of Community Marketing in San Francisco, approving hotels based on recognized gay-friendly standards and criteria.
Everybody needs a marriage license when getting married, no matter their orientation, citizenship, or shoe size. Here’s where you go for more info on your marriage license process: www.vs.gov.bc.ca/marriage/howto.html
A marriage license can be purchased at the Resort Municipality of Whistler M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The non-refundable cost of a Marriage License is $100 Canadian, and payment is due at the time of application by cash, AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, or Interac. US funds are accepted at exchange rate set by Tourism Whistler.
The Marriage License is effective on the day of issue and is good for 90 days. There is no waiting period, and there are no blood tests required. Applications must be made in person, and the applicant must be the intended bride, groom or partner. Applicants must be 19 years of age or older. If either applicant is divorced, the divorce must have been final for 31 days, and divorce papers or Special Court Decree must be shown if less than 31 days.
BC residents with BC Health Care Card must provide card number to complete the application. Applicants will be asked to show picture identification such as passport, driver’s license, etc. The form can be faxed to the applicant ahead of time or downloaded from the website, but must be signed in the presence of the Marriage License Issuer.
Whistler Municipal Hall, 4325 Blackcomb Way (Corner of Village Gate Blvd. And Blackcomb Way, next to Police Station and Fire Hall)
So remember: whether you’re looking for gay wedding planners, locations, photographers, entertainment, or an inclusive setting for you and your loved ones to celebrate life’s most momentous occasion, do up your gay marriage Whistler style. There’s nothing on earth like it.
If you would like to book your Whistler wedding or for more information, please contact Emma, Groups and Catering Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.