All of which came back to me today with the fifth anniversary of Ireland becoming the first country in the world to pass a referendum to legalise gay marriage.
So to celebrate the glorious day, here are five great destinations, Ireland included, to tie the knot.
The Power of love
Powerscourt Estate, Avoca,Co.Wicklow, Ireland (https://powerscourt.com and https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dubak-powerscourt-hotel-autograph-collection/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2): And my old stomping ground of Co. Wicklow, Ireland’s Garden County.
A plush ballroom where celebs including Chris De Burgh’s daughter, the former Miss World Rosanna Davison, got married to slot machine heir Wesley Quirke.
The gardens and estate are a favourite location for movie producers but the biggest star of all is Powerscourt’s redoubtable matriarch Sarah Slazenger.
Say it with flowers in Amsterdam
They’re everyone’s favourite celebrity couple so seeing that Celeb-catching belongs to the Gays.
Then where better to stay for your honeymoon than George and Amal’s Amsterdam hideaway.
They’ll put flowers in your bedroom, tulips of course and more on this king of flower in Pictures of Amsterdam.
And you’ll have a concierge to look after your every need and plan itineraries for you while there is also the invaluable city card http://www.iamsterdam.com.
As well, as of course, caviar in the Vinkeles restaurant. Well, it is your honeymoon.
Where all the men look like Zeus and I could easily have been turned.
If you want the Athens experience then you’ll want to take in the Athens Riviera http://www.athensattica.com where all the Beautiful People hang out.
While the Greek islands have always drawn us there.
With some even forgetting to go back like Dutch walking tour leader Frank and his partner who have settled down in Kythera.
And who can blame them? See http://www.visitkythera.com, https://www.pyrgoshouse.com/attraction/walk-with-frank/ and My Greek odyssey.
Let’s go cruising
Well, we had to didn’t we? Now cruises come in all shapes and sizes so there will be one to suit every one of you… 101 in our case.
Of course they can marry you on these cruises too which I found out on my first cruise Smooth sailing around the Western Med… no, not me.
If you want to go more upmarket still the gamechanger Celebrity Edge https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/cruise-ships/celebrity-edge I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out To Here will sail you around the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
With the best entertainment, a floating tender and Eden!
Brag about Prague
Yes, you can walk by the Seine or go down the Grand Canal in Venice.
But maybe you’re more party people and want to kick back.
Then there are few better places than Prague… https://www.prague.eu/en.
There is a real frisson about the Czech capital and you can’t help but feel infused by it.
As I was when I passed by a Stag party wearing T-shirts emblazoned with ‘I turned Philip Schofield’.
Have your nuptials in the Castle area and stay at the Golden Key Hotel https://goldenkey.astenhotels.com/en.
Where you’ll be enchanted by the wooden ceilings and dainty downstairs sauna.
And imbibe the best beer in the world at the Strahov Monastic Brewery https://www.klasterni-pivovar.cz.