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Guarantee your ‘something blue’ in Palm Springs

11th May 2010 Print

The question’s been popped, along with a dozen champagne corks; you’ve got the ring and now all thoughts turn to the venue. The last thing you want is for anything to rain on your parade and, ideally, the ‘something blue’ on your big day will be the sky.

So, why not follow in the footsteps of the Hollywood elite and say “I Do” in the glorious year-round sunshine of Palm Springs, the home of Ol’ Blue Skies?

Celebrate your nuptials in pure understated glamour: a wedding by the pool, a warm evening wedding reception against the backdrop of majestic golden mountains, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Perfectly situated between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Palm Springs provides a beautiful oasis for lovers to exchange their vows. This stunning desert hideaway has sunny days and starry nights that set the stage for an affair to remember. Whether planning a casual, exotic or elegant celebration, there are over 130 hotels and resorts available, including modest bungalows, historic bed and breakfasts, romantic boutique inns and secluded villas.

Those couples looking for something a little more extraordinary might want to consider tying the knot in a hot air balloon, getting hitched in a wilderness setting at 8,500 feet via the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway, or having an outdoor wedding at the beautiful Moorten Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, several museums also offer their facilities for private events, including the fascinating Palm Springs Air Museum and the world-renowned Palm Springs Art Museum.

For many years, Palm Springs has been a hot spot for gay and lesbian couples. Today, many are returning for commitment ceremonies* and to honeymoon and, with over 30 gay resorts and guesthouses and gay-friendly hotel properties, there is a myriad of choice in Palm Springs.

Forget ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’, Elvis & Priscilla Presley chose Palm Springs for their honeymoon retreat back in 1967 and it remains as timeless today, appealing to classic romantics and fun-loving newlyweds alike. For those seeking real star quality, glamorous celebrity rentals including the former homes of stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Bing Crosbie, Howard Hughes and Marilyn Monroe, are also available to stay in.

Where better to start married life than unwinding beside sparkling pools, being pampered in luxurious spas, strolling hand in hand along scenic mountain trails, through art & cultural museums, mid-century boutiques and one-of-a-kind galleries. Escape, relax and make an engagement with the inimitable and eternal Palm Springs.

Find out more about planning your special day by visiting the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism’s wedding website:

* Whilst gay marriage ceremonies are not legally recognised in the state of California, many venues are able to provide a commitment ceremony. Palm Springs welcomes couples of all orientations to celebrate and honeymoon in its gloriously vibrant surroundings.

Palm Springs is home to nearly 30 gay and lesbian specific resorts and guesthouses, plus an abundance of gay-owned businesses, clubs, restaurants and shops. Many of the 100 hotels and resorts in Palm Springs are also gay-friendly. Find your perfect place with your partner or friends at a mid-century modern retreat, historic bed and breakfast, vacation home rental, condo or luxury resort.

An Official Gay & Lesbian Visitors Guide and DVD is available online at