When you’re visiting Spain, you won’t be able to resist popping across for a visit to the UK colony of Gibraltar, particularly if you’re visiting areas near La Linea which is so close as to make it impossible to not want to see the place. Gibraltar has some sights of incredible beauty, and is among one of the more popular destination wedding sites in the world, primarily due to the symbolism attached to it…”Solid as the Rock of Gibraltar” etc. Getting married in Gibraltar can be as cheaply accomplished as you wish it to be, held on a garden where you select the theme, and provide most of the necessities, keeping your wedding costs incredibly low, or with all the pomp and circumstance that you’d like it to have in one of the larger churches, (suitably, of course, booked in advance to assure the availability of your chosen venue).
Gibraltar is quite happy to be British, with about 30 thousand living along the famous Rock that UK and US companies such as Prudential have made famous for its stability. In 2002, more than 95% of those who lived there voted to remain under Brit rule, and so it has remained. That means that if you are a UK resident, the ease with which you can be married in Gibraltar are self explanatory and the reasons to do so are many. Gibraltar is a small world in and of itself, and in fact the perfect place to hold a destination wedding. There are so many venues for getting married in Gibraltar that selecting one wont be difficult.
Multiple celebrities have chosen the Rock of Gibraltar for a wedding, drawn to the steadfastness of the rock itself and to the symbolic sturdiness that it seems to offer. Famous Hollywood couple Lawrence Harvey and Margaret Leighton were among the first celebrity I Do’s that took place in Gibraltar, with 007’s Sean Connery marrying there, not once, but twice. Among those who also held a destination wedding in Gibraltar were of course the ever popular Beatles, which wedding was chronicled for the ages in a song called the Ballad of John and Yoko, which tells us that they went over and were married there. (married in Gibraltar near Spain.) The locals say they spent no time in the area, leaving the same day they were married, which choice of course, given all there is to see and do in Gibraltar, isn’t necessarily the right one to make.
Today literally thousands of couples per year select to come to Gibraltar to get married. Amazingly enough, the UK sends only about a third of them, with the remainder coming from the United States, and multiple other countries all over the world. There are no restrictions of residency in Gibraltar, and the government web site offers the information that you can marry there with only 24 hours notice and in an amazing variety of venues. Getting married in Gibraltar is a very simple thing and it is recognised world-wide. From the Gibraltar Government Pages :”To get married at Gibraltar’s registry office you will need to present yourself at the registry at least 24 hours before you wish to get married. You will need your birth certificate, passport and if you’ve been married before, a copy of your divorce decree absolute and previous marriage certificate. The registrar will only accept originals, not photocopies.” New legislation allows that couples can be married outside the registry office if you so desire, which means your wedding venue can be an older historical building or even an outdoor setting including “The Mount” and The Alameda Gardens.
The economy of Gibraltar, which was once primarily military in nature, is now based more on the tourist trade and weddings in Gibraltar are a big part of that. The area will cater to your needs quite nicely and offer you a wedding to you that requires only 48 hours notice to accomplish. Being a British area, of course, your wedding is legally British. What about other countries? Well if you choose to come from another area to accomplish your marriage in Gibraltar, make sure that you’ve got the necessary knowledge and the needed documentation that you will need to be legally married in Gibraltar.
US, UK, and other citizens can marry quite easily in Gibraltar, with the proper documentation. You can find out what you will need to accomplish your wedding in Gibraltar by telephoning the:
Civil Status & Registration Office,
277 Main Street
Tel. 00 350 72289/78303
When you’re looking for a great place for a destination wedding, a unique spot to “tie the knot”, take a look at Gibraltar. The reasons to getting married in Gibraltar will become quickly apparent.
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