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Getting Married in Gibraltar

About Getting Married in Gibraltar

Here are the 4 main reasons why weddings in Gibraltar are coming ever popular:
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Weddings in Gibraltar are
recognised worldwide.

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Unlike in Spain, there are no
residency restrictions, and you
can marry within 48 hours
under a special license.

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Strategically situated at the
entrance to the Mediterranean
yet only 2.5 hours from the
UK.

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English speaking with British
customs and laws and Sterling
currency (Gibraltarian law is
based on UK law).

Having a legal Civil wedding in Gibraltar is a straightforward process for overseas visitors, with a simple and easy to follow process for submitting documentation. The ceremony can be conducted in either English or Spanish.
Because of its proximity to Spain, which has many more strict regulations surrounding marriage of foreign nationals, Gibraltar is popular with couples who usually enjoy their honeymoon later in either Spain or Morocco.
Foreign nationals planning a wedding in Gibraltar must apply for a Special Marriage Licence. The application can be made any time between 3 months and 1 day prior to the wedding. We at Sweet Gibraltar Weddings are here to assist you with any licences or documents you may need.

Did you know?

Hollywood lovers, heartthrob Lawrence Harvey and Margaret Leighton were among the first high profile couples to say ‘I do’ in Gibraltar. In 1962 as the world became entranced by the numbers 007, screen hero Sean Connery married actress Diane Cilento. Sadly, this marriage was not to last but Connery’s affection for Gibraltar did as he returned in 1975 to marry his present wife Micheline Boglio Roquebrune. However, it is the marriage of Beatle John Lennon to Yoko Ono in 1969 that caused the biggest media sensation.

THE FOLLOWING LEGAL REQUIREMENTS ARE TO BE FULFILED WHEN PLANNING A WEDDING IN GIBRALTAR.

1. The Law

In Gibraltar, the marriage between a man and a woman is provided for under the Gibraltar Marriage Act. Under its provisions it is possible, by means of a Special Licence granted under Section 13 of the Act, for residents and non-residents alike to get married in Gibraltar. This act also enables a Marriage ceremony to be conducted at approved locations outside the Registry, outside working hours and at weekends.

If you are resident in Gibraltar and your intention is to get married in a place of worship or at the Marriage Registry without a Special Licence, you will need to give notice of your intended marriage either to a Minister registered under Section 5 of the Act or to the Marriage Registrar, whichever is applicable. You will need to give at least 21 day’s notice, in the case of a Registry wedding, or allow for the publication of the banns if you are to be married in a place of worship.

2. GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR MARRIAGE AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

GENERAL CONDITIONS

In order to get married at the Marriage Registry by means of a Special Licence, you must be able to satisfy the Registrar that you are free to marry by completing affidavits and signing them before a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public. We will of course assist you in this process.

Non-residents wishing to get married a Marriage in Gibraltar must provide the Registrar with documentary evidence that they will either be staying in Gibraltar at least one night immediately prior to or, immediately following the ceremony.

The Registrar will accept any of the evidence listed below;

  1. A hotel bill covering the night before the date of entering into the marriage;
  2. A hotel booking form confirming that the night of the date of entering into the marriage is paid for;
  3. A statement by a resident of Gibraltar, confirming that the parties spent the night before the date of entering into the Marriage or will spend the night of the date the Marriage is entered into as their guest at the relevant address (which must be specified);
  4. Another form of proof that the parties were or will be in Gibraltar on the night before or of the date they are entering the Marriage, alternatively, a similar statement confirming, to the satisfaction of the Registrar, that the parties to the proposed Marriage have spent or will spend at least one night in Gibraltar immediately prior to or immediately following the entering into the Marriage.
DOCUMENTS RELATED

All documents must be in the english language.

Documents that are not multi language certificates must be accompanied by an officially certified translation into the english language by one of the following:

  1. Locally approved translators in Gibraltar,
  2. British embassies, or
  3. Sworn translators approved and endorsed by british embassies.

In addition, persons wishing to get married will have to prove their identity by providing the Registrar with originals of the following:

(A) SINGLE PERSONS NEVER HAVING BEEN MARRIED OR NEVER HAVING ENTERED INTO A MARRIAGE
  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;
  • Full birth certificate.
(B) WIDOWS/ WIDOWERS/SURVIVING PARTNERS
  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;
  • Full birth certificate;
  • Previous Marriage certificate;
  • The death certificate of your late spouse.
(C) PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY MARRIED OR WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY ENTERED INTO A MARRIAGE
  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;
  • Full birth certificate;
  • Previous Marriage certificate (on Bride to be only);
  • Final and absolute divorce decree or certificate of annulment of your
(D) CHANGE OF NAME

If you have changed your name in any way, you should produce evidence of your change of name.

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