Women In Love: Where Do Lesbians Get Married and go to on Honeymoon?

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As lesbians and gay men move to centre stage as attractive consumers to an increasing number of industries, new research reveals where lesbians go on honeymoon, and where they marry. Some of the results are quite surprising.

Lesbians are marrying in increasing numbers in the UK under the country's Civil Partnership laws, and new research reveals that these women are often being highly imaginative when deciding where to marry, and where to go to celebrate afterwards.

The research is the result of extensive market analysis by pogoplum, a gay weddings business established to provide services to lesbians and gay men entering the growing market for gay weddings and honeymoons.

Civil Partnerships became possible in the UK in December 2005. As more than 15,500 gay and lesbian couples entered into Civil Partnerships during the first nine months these new marriages were allowed, an increasing number of lesbians now choose to get married to celebrate their unions.

Lesbians have proved to be decidedly inventive when deciding where to tie the knot.

From deep underground at the Dudley Limestone Caverns, near Birmingham, to the world famous Blackpool Tower - lesbians seem to have reinvented the spectrum of places to get hitched.

One place proving popular with UK lesbians is Bristol Zoo, where the Garden Room near the lion's enclosure is seeing an increasing number of lesbian same-sex wedding ceremonies.

The Royal Society of Arts have even thrown open their subterranean catacombs known as 'The Vaults' for gay weddings, and lesbians have discovered the solemn peace and tranquility that envelops them when they say "I do" so far from the noise and distractions of London's streets.

According to the co-founder of pogoplum, Christina Harrison-Flynn, lesbians are embracing the planning stages of their weddings and honeymoons creatively in ways that often make them special and quite unique.

"Many of our lesbian clients have grown up not always feeling a part of the mainstream, so when it comes to celebrating their weddings and honeymoons they ask us to be fairly imaginative for them," said Harrison-Flynn. "Of course every couple wants their special day to be memorable but many lesbians in the UK are showing us that they really like to splash out with their ceremonies and honeymoons to make a totally individual statement. This new research reveals the spirit of adventure many lesbians have shown when they marry."

When it comes time for the honeymoon, several places are vying for top spot on the lesbian honeymoon hitlist.

One common theme in the top lesbian honeymoon destinations is the sun.

Los Almendros in Gran Canaria tops the list, followed closely by Provence in southern France.

Laguna Beach Island in the Maldives is a particularly romantic honeymoon setting being visited by UK lesbians to celebrate their marriage.

Lesbians are certainly not limited by geography when it comes to their honeymoon choices with Palm Springs, California and Durban, South Africa both making it onto the Top 5 list of honeymoon destinations.

Harrison-Flynn said that while many women are opting for exotic weddings and honeymoons, there are also women who prefer to go down the road of tradition: "Of course many women also like more traditional marriage ceremonies and honeymoons, and that is great too. We are just delighted at pogoplum to see so many women now taking advantage of the UK's new laws that allow them to celebrate their relationships together with family and friends."

The February 2007 issue of UK Diva magazine, Europe's leading lesbian publication carries a feature article about this new pogoplum research.

The UK is home to an estimated 1.5 million lesbians.

Top 5 Lesbian Places To Marry in 2007

1. Blackpool Tower

2. Limestone Caverns, Dudley

3. The Vaults @ The Royal Society of Arts

4. Bristol Zoo

5. Lost Village of Dode, Kent

Top 5 Lesbian Honeymoon Destinations for 2007

1. Los Alemendros, Gran Canaria

2. Provence region, France

3. Laguna Beach Island, Maldives

4. Palm Springs, California

5. Durban, South Africa

Information for editors:

pogoplum is a gay weddings business that provides lesbians and gay men with the information they need to enter into their Civil Partnerships. Providing a range of services and information - from practical matters to legal issues while also addressing the romantic and fun aspects of gay marriage - pogoplum has quickly established a reputation as a leading UK source of knowledge and assistance with Civil Partnerships for gays and lesbians.

6% of the UK adult population is estimated to be lesbian or gay. Source: Official Whitehall figure, Nov 2005

To view the Diva magazine article in its original form, visit http://www.pogoplum.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=199&Itemid=27

For further information, please contact:

Christina Harrison-Flynn, Managing Director


Telephone: +44-(0)7748 94 1111

Ian Johnson, Managing Director

Out Now Consulting

Telephone: +44-(0)20-8123 5288

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