Looking for virtual or drive thru wedding chapels that are happy to host your gay wedding?
Thanks to coronavirus crashing weddings all over the place, a lot of couples are in the same boat.
Take a look at these options around the United States!
Intimate Wedding Chapels open to Same-Sex Couples
It has been just a little over three months since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first confirmed coronavirus case in the United States.
Since that time, everything has pretty much come to a standstill, including wedding venues.
So, what options do you have, you ask?
Consider wedding chapels since they are smaller and more intimate.
Most of the drive-thru wedding venues below offer live streaming options as well as intimate ceremonies that meet restrictions on gatherings.
Your dream wedding may no longer be guaranteed, but these wedding options can enable you to have a beautiful wedding
1. Albertson Wedding Chapel in Los Angeles, California
Established in 1974, the wedding chapel is currently owned by fashion designer, Daniel Franco, who appeared on seasons 1, 2 and 5 of Project Runway.
Currently, the chapel is accepting bookings for weddings, but for couples only (no guests).
These weddings, known as elopements, are live-streamed, via video, from their wedding chapel.
This will likely remain in effect until after May 19, 2020, which is when the LA County’s Safer At Home Order is in effect until.
2. Winter Park Wedding Chapel in Winter Park, Florida
According to their website, the wedding chapel thrives “as a spiritual place where couples spend one of the best days of their lives no matter their race, creed, or sexual orientation.”
They offer a range of wedding packages for all types of couples and budgets.
Their basic package, The Simple Chapel Rental ($700), includes a 2-hour chapel rental, as well as a basic set up with two columns with silk flowers and a white carpet aisle runner.
In addition, they offer 3 other wedding packages- Silver ($1,700), Gold ($2,200) and Platinum ($3,200).
3. A Perfect Wedding Chapel in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Regarding same-sex weddings, the chapel stated, “A Perfect Wedding Chapel of Georgia welcomes all couples who want to get married. Just call (404) 409-5338 and make your reservation on their website
Then bring your Georgia marriage license and a SMILE for an enjoyable wedding experience.”
Recently, they introduced their newest service, COVID-19 Curbside Weddings.
Available during the pandemic, the service is a convenient, fast and stress-free option for couples who don’t want to wait to get married yet they still want to comply with COVID-19 requirements.
Available during the pandemic, the service is a convenient, fast and stress-free option for couples who don’t want to wait to get married, yet they still want to comply with COVID-19 requirements.
4. Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada
Opened in 1942 and originally constructed to replicate a typical pioneer town church, this wedding chapel is the oldest building on the Las Vegas Strip.
They offer ceremony package options, such as chapel ceremonies and outdoor ceremonies, as well as themed wedding ceremony options, like Harley Davidson and Western themes.
5. ABQ Wedding Chapel in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The folksat believe (and they are right) that a couple needs 2 things in order to get married- an officiant and a venue. ABQ Wedding Chapel.
And they are happy and proud to be able to offer both. The staff at the wedding chapel understands these wedding ceremonies are not one size fits all deal, so their wedding ceremonies are customized to fit the needs and the budget of each couple.
6. The Courthouse Wedding Chapel in Houston, Texas
Wedding ceremony packages at this wedding chapel are ideal for couples who don’t want a big, fussy wedding. Include the Short Ceremony, which is 20 minutes long and has a maximum of 4 guests. The Simple Ceremony is 30 minutes long and allows up to 10 guests. Their wedding packages
And the Sweet Ceremony is 40 minutes long, allows for up to 10 guests and features a unity component.
7. Lucky Little Chapel in Las Vegas
Lucky Little Chapel in Las Vegas is a top-rated drive-thru wedding chapel that proudly hosts gay weddings. With a convenient location near the Las Vegas Strip, Lucky Little Chapel is the perfect place to get married in style.
The chapel offers several wedding packages to choose from, all of which include a professional photographer, flowers, and more. Plus, the chapel is fully licensed to perform gay weddings. So you can be sure that your ceremony will be officiated by knowledgeable and experienced staff.
If you’re looking for a top-notch drive-thru wedding chapel in Las Vegas that can accommodate your gay wedding, look no further than Lucky Little Chapel. You won’t be disappointed!
8. Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known as a place where people come to get married – and Chapel of the Flowers is one of the most famous chapels in the city. Chapel of the Flowers has been hosting gay weddings since 2013. And they are proud to offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all couples.
Chapel of the Flowers offers wedding packages to suit all budgets and styles. Also, their professional wedding planners are on hand to help you every step of the way. So whether you want a traditional wedding or something unique, they can help you create the perfect ceremony.
If you’re looking for a chapel that will celebrate your love, whatever your orientation, then Chapel of the Flowers is the perfect place.
9. Guadalupe Wedding Chapel, Ontario
Guadalupe Wedding Chapel Ontario is one of the best places to have a gay wedding. The chapel is located in the heart of Ontario, Canada, and is known for its beautiful architecture and stunning views. The chapel has been hosting gay weddings for years now, becoming a popular choice for couples getting married in Ontario.
The chapel is located in a beautiful setting, with an outdoor patio and gardens that provide a perfect backdrop for photos. And there are many reasons why Guadalupe Wedding Chapel Ontario is a fantastic place to have a gay wedding.
For one, the chapel is highly welcoming and inclusive. The staff is amiable and accommodating and happy to help couples plan their dream wedding. Also, the chapel is very affordable, starting at just $375 for a ceremony.
And lastly, the chapel offers some of the most beautiful views in all of Ontario. So, if you are looking for a drive-thru chapel to create unforgettable memories on your wedding day, this is the place for you.
Other drive-thru wedding ideas
While some of the chapels above do offer drive-thru weddings, these below have special days set aside just for them.
1. Alachua County Clerk of Court- Gainesville, Florida
Because courthouses across the country are closed to the public, due to COVID-19, Alachua County has decided to offer couples the opportunity to still have their wedding through drive-thru wedding ceremonies.
Ceremonies will be held, starting at 5:00PM, on April 30th and May 14th, on the southern side of the Family & Civil Courthouse.
A $30 ceremony fee is payable by exact cash or by credit card. The details, extra charge, and other requirements can be found here.
2. Victorian Veranda Country Inn- Lawrence, Kansas
While this rural inn does a good deal of business with their inn guests, the majority of their business is done via weddings.
The owner of the inn, Robert Phillips, who has officiated hundreds of weddings in thepast, decided to start offering drive-thru wedding services at the inn, totally free of charge.
The couple would need to have a marriage license and it must be from the state of Kansas.
Explaining the concept of a drive-through wedding, Phillips told KCTV, “The concept of the drive-through wedding is simple. The happy couple would just pull up under the portico and remain in their car the entire time.”
3. Vegas Weddings- Las Vegas, Nevada
Vegas Weddings has performed more than 100,000 weddings in the 20 years that they have been in business.
They offer 4 drive-thru wedding packages, for every type of budget.
These packages include Fastest ($79), Faster ($129), Fast ($319) and The King’s Cadillac, allowing you to take your wedding drive-thru in Elvis’s famous pink Cadillac.
4. Wedding Bell Chapel- Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
This chapel offers a drive-thru wedding ceremony option that they call “Drive Thru I Do’s.”
There are 4 different packages to choose from- Let’s Just Do It costs $99, Baby Bear is $109, Mama Bear is $114 and Papa Bear, although with a similar price, has an additional cost of $119.
The Wedding Bell Chapel also offers several packages for their wedding chapel, as well as all-inclusive wedding packages, which includes a 3-Day/2-Night honeymoon stay, in a log cabin, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.
Regardless of which one you use, make sure you call ahead to confirm the dates and times that they’re offering drive-thru weddings.
If you do opt to have a full wedding after the crisis passes, definitely keep them in mind for that, too!
Do you know of any other drive-thru wedding chapels that are proud to host gay weddings? Share below!
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