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Dreamy Destination Weddings

Dreamy Destination Weddings

Get gay hitched at these haute boutique picks.

 Whether you?re dreaming of an intimate destination wedding for two, or a big knees-up with your whole crew, our friends at boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith can help you find a same-sex-lovin? party-perfect pad -- even if you?re going shotgun style in the next five months. Book a private villa in Greece or keep it clubby on the beach in Portugal; opt for elegant escapism in Amsterdam, plan fiesta in Mexico City, or take off for Thailand; these sexy stays all guarantee the most stylish "I do?s"?

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September: Villa Eurydice, Mykonos, Greece A spectacularly positioned Cycladic retreat, well-versed in hosting star-studded celebrations, Villa Eurydice is the perfect partner in a Greek-isles commitment ceremony. Take over the whole show-stopping villa: as celestial as it is stylish, this dreamy wedding-cake of a venue dazzles with lacquered alabaster surfaces, billowing snowy linens and pristine paintwork. The property not only has a charming little chapel of its own on the terraced grounds, it can also host up to 300 well-wishers, and (bonus!) all your photos will be backdropped with azure sea melting into bright-blue skies. The Villa Crew team is set up to host the most lavish of nuptials, with restaurant-quality catering from its South African chefs being just one of many feathers in its party cap.

Kanalia, Mykonos, Greece; May and October, $10,992 a week; June and September, $17,988 a week; July and August, $24,982 a week. Sleeps 10

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October: Farol Design Hotel, Cascais, Portugal Take over the beachfront nightclub with an intimate soirée for 30 or a blow-out bash for 500 at Farol Design Hotel, an old-meets-new escape in Cascais, not far from Lisbon. Perched on an outcrop of rock jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, this contemporary crib combines a traditional Portuguese villa with a modern wing encasing a slick restaurant and additional rooms: stark white and minimalist on the outside, wood-panelled and luxurious in. The design savvy extends to the grounds, which ooze Café del Mar cool from the white double loungers to the sea-view infinity pool. Jet here before the big day to get bronzed on yachts and motorboats, and be sure to make time for a romantic private dinner on the hotel jetty with your better half the night before your nuptials.

7 Avenida Rei Humberto II de Itàlia, Cascais; doubles from $178

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November: The Dylan, Amsterdam Make it official at a chic ceremony replete with Michelin-star cuisine at the canal-side Dylan Hotel in Amsterdam. This paean to good design principles is a boutique beauty set in a 17th-century theater, with ravishing antiques, minimalist detail and acres of luxury fabric. Book the Long Gallery, overlooking the courtyard garden, for an elegant affair for up to 100 guests, and spend your wedding night in the gorgeous Dylan Thomas Suite, with pretty garden views. Arrive at the hotel's private pier in style aboard a traditional canal boat, or host a once-in-a-lifetime post-wedding tasting dinner on Dylan's exclusive dining boat, the Muze: this floating chef's table for six is tended by Vinkeles' maître d'.

384 Keizersgracht, Amsterdam; doubles from $464

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December: Condesa DF, Mexico City City wedding or country? Quirky-cool or calm? Why choose. The surprisingly serene Condesa DF in the bustling metropolis of Mexico City is where it?s at, with bold and brilliant floral prints offsetting the ice-white modernism of its interiors. Whether it?s an intimate affair or a packed house of 300, the park views and city sights are sure to please. The hotel can help with booking a house-rocking DJ, wedding paparazzi and decorations -- although it will be hard to rival the twinkling skyline. Have your posse arrive a day or two before you take the plunge and indulge in the rooftop spa with hammam to help warm up any cold feet...

102 Avenida Veracruz, Colonia Condesa, Mexico City; Doubles from $185

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January: YL Residence No. 17, Koh Samui, Thailand Get hitched rock star-style by booking the gorgeous frangipani-scented sanctuary YL Residence No. 17 in its entirety. This exclusive Koh Samui resort comes with a staff of 25 and sleeps up to 20 (extra beds can be added to accommodate an additional 15 people), so you know you?ll be expertly cared for -- A-list extra like a private jet transfer? They got you. The Residence?s indoor-outdoor design, all-white palette and understated decor are effortlessly cool, with oodles of space and a secluded beach, so whether it's just you and your partner or your whole entourage who are bunking down, privacy is absolute. Plan a reception for up to 200: if guests want to kick on till dawn, they can. The acclaimed chefs can plan and execute any sort of menu, plus staff can help arrange all the details, from photographers to flowers. And if something?s not available on Koh Samui, rest assured: it will be flown in.

117 Moo 2, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui; Exclusive hire from $3,000

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