The cost of getting married in the UK now averages £27,000. That’s why more and more happy couples are choosing to elope for their wedding.
However, an elopement can take away all of the stress and slash wedding costs, too. Whether you want a classic elopement with just the two of you, or a small destination wedding, getting married in Gibraltar is a perfect option.
Should we elope to Gibraltar?
Elopements are wonderfully romantic, and a great way to have a low-cost wedding.
Elope to Gibraltar to make the most of beautiful weather, stunning scenery, and simple legal requirements for marriage.
Why marry in Gibraltar?
It’s really easy to get married in Gibraltar!
If you want to elope, you’ll often find that other countries have residency requirements – of a week or more – before you can apply for your marriage licence. That makes the initial small cost of elopement quickly rocket!
However, a British citizen can easily get married in Gibraltar using the same rules as anywhere else in England and Wales. Citizens from other countries will find it easy to elope to Gibraltar too, with simple visa requirements for those outside the EEA region.
How to elope to Gibraltar
If you’re a British citizen, you don’t need a visa at all. There are also many other countries from which citizens won’t need a visa to travel to Gibraltar for an elopement. Search the government website for more details, or get in touch with a Gibraltar wedding planner if you’re not sure about your legal requirements.
You’ll need to stay in Gibraltar for 24 hours before or after your wedding, and show to the registrar that you’ve got evidence for this. Something like a hotel bill to confirm at least one night’s stay will do.
You’ll also need your passport and full birth certificate if you’ve never been married before. If you’ve been married before, you’ll need the decree absolute from your previous divorce, or a death certificate from your previous spouse.
These documents need to be presented, in person, at the Registry Office, no later than 10.30am on any working day before the date of the wedding, up to three months in advance.
The registry office in Gibraltar
You may book via us your marriage or civil ceremony in Gibraltar between 10am and 2pm on any weekday, unless it’s a public holiday or the pre-Christmas week should you wish to get married at the Registry Office.
If you’ve got more than 20 guests, they won’t all fit in the registry office – so make sure you have plans in place should you have a larger group of guests.
Even if you’re eloping, you’ll need two witnesses. These people must be over 18, but if you want a true elopement (without any friends or family), speak to a wedding planner in Gibraltar who can supply witnesses sometimes even free of charge.
Other wedding venues in Gibraltar for elopements
If you don’t want to get married in the registry office, there are several beautiful licensed venues for your elopement to Gibraltar. These are more suitable if you have a larger destination wedding planned, or if you want a ceremony away from the registry office.
Find a wedding planner in Gibraltar
When you’re ready to make your plans to elope to Gibraltar, get in touch with us. We will be able to help you make arrangements for your wedding in Gibraltar, making it as stress-free and romantic as possible.