Getting Married in Gibraltar
Located on Spain’s South-coast Gibraltar might only consist of 2.6 square miles but this hidden gem makes the perfect destination wedding for UK couples. Dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar you will be spoilt with panoramic coastal views along with it’s British Heritage.
Getting Married in Gibraltar
Steeped in history Gibraltar is a destination with exploration in mind, with its beautiful gardens, cheeky wild monkeys and lively harbour. Offering you and your wedding guests a trip to remember.
When is the best time to get married in Gibraltar?
Gibraltar’s seasons mirror that of the UK’s however it offers a glorious Mediterranean climate with dry summers alongside lots of sunshine. You can expect July and August to hit 28 degrees, during these months you may need to hold your outdoor ceremony later in the day when the sun begins to fall. Winters are mild but rainy in Gibraltar, for an outdoor wedding here June to September would be ideal.
Can UK couples legally get married in Gibraltar?
Gibraltar is British overseas Territory and UK citizen couples can legally marry here. There are no residency or faith restrictions but you must apply for a special marriage licence.
Your marriage licence application can be made from 3 months up to 1 day prior to your wedding day. This entails you signing affidavits stating you are free to marry in front of a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public. You will also need to provide the registrar with evidence that you will both be staying in Gibraltar the night prior to or after your wedding day.
Do I need to visit Gibraltar prior to getting married?
Visiting your destination wedding location is always useful, whether the aim is to choose your venue or finalise details such as menu options at your chosen venue.
If you plan on visiting within 3 months prior to your wedding it is advisable that you apply for your special marriage licence so you don’t have to rush around and do this a couple of days before the wedding.
Places to get Married in Gibraltar
Marriage ceremonies can take place outside Gibraltar’s registry office and there are many approved locations with spectacular offerings. Our top picks include;
The spectacular 5 star super yacht is moored in Gibraltar’s exclusive harbour. The impressive Aurora ballroom can seat up to 290 for an indulgent banquet or the Atlas rooms offer a more relaxed intimate space.
The Yachts show stopper has to be the Wheel House Terrace situated on top deck with views across the Mediterranean sea. The most idyllic setting and romantically secluded spot to say your wedding vows. Sumptuous honeymoon suites and the Infinity spa are also situated onboard.
At the foot of the Rock within walking distance of the town centre Gibraltar’s Botanic gardens sit, featuring plants from across the globe. Nestled in the gardens is the private sub-tropical Italian influenced Dell. With its very own fish pond and ivy bridge, they provide a perfect backdrop for a magically intimate wedding.
With jaw dropping views from the top of the rock, you can say your vows with the mesmerising Mediterranean sea in the background. Impress your guests with an adventurous cable car ride where you will see the most fabulous views across Gibraltar on the way up to the Mons Calpe Suite.
What is the cost of getting married in Gibraltar?
The great thing about getting married in Gibraltar is the options available. As with getting married anywhere whether abroad or in the UK it depends what you would like your day to consist of. Your budget will stretch further in Gibraltar compared to the UK especially where food is concerned.
Ceremonies in Gibraltar’s stunning botanic gardens start at just £250 allowing for a beautifully intimate affair with a lean budget in mind whereas you could invite up to 300 friends and family for a luxurious celebration on the Sunborn Yacht.
With any destination wedding considerations need to be made for accommodation and travel. Gibraltar offers a selection of hotels and its very own airport which extends out over the sea (a great landing experience for you and your guests!).
Gibraltar’s airport only has flights to and from the UK, at present flights are available from EasyJet and British Airways. Daily flights are limited so forward planning is essential. Spain’s, Malaga airport is located only a couple hours drive away offering another option for your guests.
Travelling within Gibraltar itself is pretty easy, a hire car is not required or recommended. With the peninsula itself being only 2.6 square miles walking is the best option to take in the sights although the local bus service is handy.
You will find wedding car hire available and your chosen venue should have information if you require.
Why choose Gibraltar as your destination wedding?
Gibraltar is a little bit of the UK in a much more complimentary climate with stunning views across the Mediterranean sea.
There are no language barriers here, the high street includes shops you will know well such as Marks and Spencers and you can use UK currency, pound sterling here so you don’t need to worry about exchange rates.