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Getting Married In Gibraltar

14 February 2024

Why Get Married In Gibraltar?

wedding onboard Lord Nelson’s schooner “Pickle” -gibraltarmarriage.com

Wedding onboard Lord Nelson’s schooner “Pickle”  arranged by GibraltarMarriage

With around 300 days of sunshine a year, mild winters and a privileged sub-tropical location on the southernmost isthmus of Europe, there are many reasons for getting married in Gibraltar, and not just the climate.

The Rock has a history of making marriage as simple as possible for residents and visitors alike, with a selection of Cathedrals, churches and official venues from a wide range of religions represented in Gibraltar as well as a host of alternative government approved venues, you’ll be surprisingly spoilt for choice for serene, historic and dramatic backdrops for your special day.

The Legal Bits:

The legalities for Gibraltar wedding certificate, valid worldwide, are a reasonably simple procedure too, and whilst there’s plenty of casual reading online which outlines the process, you’ll find the official up-to-date guidelines to getting married in Gibraltar readily available online from the Government website.

How Long Do You Need To Stay In Gibraltar To Get Married?

Hilary & Ross ImageApart from the usual paperwork and immigration requirements you’d expect for getting married in Gibraltar, you’ll need to supply proof of just one night’s stay in Gibraltar prior to the wedding itself. We have a thriving working relationship with the Registry Office, so when you book a Bentley Holiday Apartment, it means we can have everything in place to supply necessary paperwork within 24 hours of notification of your wedding. We also work closely with local wedding planners, photographers and other local suppliers who can help your day run as smoothly as possible.

Stunning Locations In Gibraltar

Sarah & David ImageGibraltar spoils you for choice with locations for getting married in Gibraltar and photo opportunities too. Off-season months often see empty beaches for romantic shots which are further enhanced by the crisp winter skies which often offer incredible sunrises and sunsets.

The old town and city walls with quirky nooks and shadows lend an air of nostalgia, whilst the charm of Queensway Quay Marina takes your imagery to a new level of luxury. You could head south to Europa Point with a backdrop of the lighthouse and the distant haze of Africa or straight up to the top of the Rock with incredible 360 degree views. For the more adventurous, the Skywalk with vertical cliffs below you or the Windsor Suspension Bridge with the town and bay in miniature below. For a more traditional feel, head down to the Alameda Botanic Gardens where the light filters through the overhead foliage alongside 17th century wall’s and decorative cannons.

Many of the above are not only photography locations though, but also approved venues for your ceremony. Tie the knot at the top of the Rock or in the floral surroundings of the Dell. St. Michael’s Cave offers an original venue inside the Rock with the added bonus of incredible lighting alongside stalactites and stalagmites.

Our Top Wedding Venue Picks For Getting Married In Gibraltar

There’s so many venues to explore for all tastes, but we’d like to highlight two top venues which show contrasting styles of incredible views and secluded gardens:

Mons Calpe Suite Image - getting married in Gibraltar

Top Of the Rock

The Mons Calpe Suite is located within the Cable Car top station with stunning views over the Bay, town of Gibraltar and vistas across to Africa and beyond to the Mediterranean. A spectacular venue for getting married on the Rock.  It is an approved venue where weddings and partnerships can be held outside the registry office. They offer a comprehensive range of wedding packages, including planning services, from small intimate affairs to larger tailor-made events.

Mons Calpe Suite (c) MH Bland
Botanic Gardens Hour Wedding Image - getting married in Gibraltar

The Alameda Botanical Gardens

The Alameda Botanic Gardens is an idyllic spot to get married in Gibraltar. The secluded sunken gardens of The Dell create an intimate, sub-tropical location designed by Guiseppe Codali towards the end of the 19th Century. His Italian influence can be seen in its beautiful layout. With a bougainvillea covered bridge across the centre with Golden Chalice Vine, The Dell will give you and your guests the cosy feeling of a secluded secret garden, offering privileged outdoor privacy from the outside world.

Flowers For Your Special Day

No wedding would be complete without the flowers. A bouquet for the bride, ribbons for the car & decorations for the ceremony and reception tables all go to create that magical atmosphere. Gibral-Flora are our go-to local company when it comes to beautiful arrangements.

Gibral-Flora are a household name in Gibraltar and specialise in indoor & outdoor plants and flowers for all occasions. From a simple bouquet through to the more extensive requirements of larger events and are on-hand to give a personalised service covering everything from the car to the reception tables.

Capture The Moment

Whether it’s a a quick private elopement or full blown family occasion, you’ll want to be sure you’re photography is covered by a professional and who also knows the best locations, lightings and times of day and year to make sure you immortalise your Gibraltar wedding in stunning style. Again, there are plenty to choose from, but Radka has to be one of our favourites:

Radka Horvath

Radka Portrait ImageRadka has been capturing local weddings for over 10 years. Her unobtrusive yet dedicated approach shows in her authentic, playful and fresh albums which mix the standard posed shots with the more spontaneous moments, capturing the real vibe to your day.

Experiences in small, private events as well as large gatherings of over 200 guests, her local knowledge of scenery, backdrops and light throughout the year give her the edge to memorise your day and the way you feel.

Wedding Planners In Gibraltar

It’s often fun to prepare everything yourself, but sometimes it makes sense to pass over the bulk of the work to specialists. Especially if you’re travelling to Gibraltar just for the wedding. Having someone on hand who can prepare everything in advance and give you peace of mind can make all the difference. As accommodation specialists, we work closely with different wedding planners with years of experience in the Business and on the Rock. Here are three of our go-to companies who won’t let you down:

gibraltarmarriage.com

With over 11 years experience in organising marriages in Gibraltar, gibraltarmarriage has helped couples tying the knot in different locations around the Rock. Most notably they arranged the first and only wedding to date aboard the Lord Nelson Schooner “Pickle” with a distinct 17th century theme.

Their main clientele are international couples looking for a simple, affordable, but still romantic ceremony where the legal side is taken care of smoothly in the background. Gibraltarmarriage pride themselves in the service they give with regards to document checking, certified translations, supplying witnesses and other paperwork which you really don’t want to be worrying about. They also provide photography, hair & makeup along with all other arrangements for a romantic ceremony and catering. Our WestOne apartments have been their preferred choice over the years for our proximity to the Registry Office and Town Hall as added bonuses to the facilities  and preferential rates for wedding couples.

Hour Weddings

When it comes to crafting unforgettable wedding experiences in the enchanting regions of Gibraltar, Hour Weddings & Events could be your premier choice and is led by the visionary Monica.

With nearly two decades of dedicated expertise in wedding planning, Monica and the Hour Wedding team are on a mission to create moments of pure joy for countless couples, guiding them on their most beautiful journey.

What sets Hour Weddings apart is their unwavering commitment to simplicity, elegance, and romance. They understand that every couple is unique, with their own dreams and visions for their special day.

If you dream of a wedding that is nothing short of extraordinary, Hour Weddings & Events is here to make that dream a reality. Monica’s dedication and expertise ensure that your wedding day will be a celebration of love and joy, infused with warmth and elegance.

Rock Occasions

Rock Occasions have worked with a selection of professionals in Gibraltar for a number of years, each an expert in their field, including photographers, florists, bakers, restaurants, musicians as well as hair & make-up artists.

Choosing a wedding planner is an important decision when arranging your wedding. We understand this needs to be someone whom you can trust to take over a great deal of tour responsibilities, helping you navigate the difficult aspects of wedding planning and most importantly, to allow you to relax and fully appreciate and enjoy the big day.

Rock Occasions pride themselves on delivering in all the essential areas including time-lines, scheduling and budgets. They also liaise directly with vendors to create the best package for you with well-reputed vendors, for example, Hector Gasquez who produced these stunning images for one of their clients. Bring your own ideas or tap into their experience to bring a fresh feel to your day. An most importantly, they’ll be with you throughout the big day from the legal paperwork to the first dance as newly-weds.

Wrap Up Your Wedding On The Rock

If you’ve made it to the end of this article, you’ll probably  be in no doubt that Gibraltar has much to offer for getting married, in fact, it has a whole macro-economy geared up just for you. Economical in comparison to other countries and a legal jurisdiction which requests a minimum stay and streamlined, clear paperwork requirements for couples of all nationalities. If you’re looking to escape for a quiet and private elopement or an exotic family event, the wide variety of  products, venues and scenery could make Gibraltar your dream venue.

Cover image courtesy Radka Horvath Photography