Gibraltar Elopement Guide

If you are thinking of eloping in Gibraltar you are in the right place! In this guide you will find all the necessary information about how to elope stress free in Gibraltar!

Groom and bride smiling at monkey

Why is this Gibraltar so famous for elopements?

  1. Easy and Quick Marriage Process: Gibraltar has straightforward and efficient marriage procedures, the paperwork requirements are relatively minimal, making it accessible for couples from different countries.
  2. English Language: Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, and English is its official language. This appeals to couples who may not speak the local language:)
  3. Strategic Location: Gibraltar is located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, near Spain and Morocco. Its strategic location makes it a convenient choice for traveling from Europe or North Africa.
  4. Beautiful Scenery: Gibraltar boasts stunning landscapes, including the iconic Rock of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean Sea, and picturesque views, which make it an attractive location for couples seeking a memorable elopement setting.
  5. Privacy and Intimacy: Elopements are often chosen by couples who prefer a private and intimate wedding ceremony. Gibraltar offers a range of venues and options for couples to have a meaningful and secluded wedding experience.
  6. Legal Recognition: Marriages performed in Gibraltar are generally recognized internationally, making it a viable option for couples who want their union to be legally valid in their home countries.

Surely we can say that Gibraltar is a European Las Vegas when it comes to quick weddings!

Groom and bride climbing steps to Skywalk

What is an elopement?

Originally to elope meant "run away secretly in order to get married".

Well, not anymore!

Nowadays it can still be a secret but many times I find that couples tell their relatives they are going to get married but they still prefer an intimate celebration.

Not everyone is made for a huge wedding with people they saw last 20 years ago so I totally get that! Some couples prefer to have the celebration more low key and enjoy the moment with the partner rather than having to organise a huge party.

Groom and bride hugging

Why to elope in Gibraltar?

Elopements are particularily popular in Gibraltar so watch this space! It is very common for couples to "escape" to the very southern tip of Europe to say yes! Why? Because it is sooo romantic and cool :) Gibraltar is known to be the easiest place to get married in Europe!

Apart from the fact that it is very easy paperwork wise, Gibraltar has got a lot to offer: amazing views (spectacular location between Medditerean and Atlantic) plus an unbeatable fact: Spain is just across the border within a walking distance! That means after having eloped you can go for honeymoon to Spain or Portugal (that takes 4 hours very pleasant drive).

Newly weds looking at each other

What paperwork is needed to get married on the Rock?

Before I get into the details you need to absolutely know this: In order to get married on the Rock you must show up at there Registry Office one day before the wedding in order to show your documents in person!

Registry office in Gibraltar is Address: 3 Secretary's Lane, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar Phone: +350 200 72289

Requirements for getting married:

  • A Gibraltar hotel bill covering the night before or the night after the ceremony;
  • Passport, National Identity Card or other acceptable form of identity;
  • Original full Birth Certificate showing parents’ names (or Adoption Certificate).

Bride playing with her dress at Skywalk

How much does a wedding cost in this unique location?

If you're planning a small, intimate ceremony, you may be able to keep costs low by choosing a simple venue, opting for a registry office wedding, and keeping the guest list small.

Elopements here are inexpensive! If you decide to have a registry wedding it is only £40 for the ceremony and £67 for the licence (that fee applies in each case). It costs more if you pick a different location than the registry - on weekday the ceremony fee is £140 (vs £40) and on weekends £240.

It's also important to factor in other expenses such as transportation, accommodation, and any legal fees associated with getting married on the Rock. Additionally, if you're planning a destination wedding and inviting guests from abroad, you may also need to consider the cost of travel and accommodation for your guests.

Bide smiling at the camera

Best elopement location on the British Rock

This is a very subjective choice but for me the most beautiful location for elopement in Gibraltar is the Dell at Alameda Gardens. It is perfect for an intimate ceremony & small wedding (up to 10 people I would say it it perfect).

Groom and bride hugging at the entrance of Alameda Gardens

Best locations for elopement session

These are my top locations for pics in Gib:

Bride at sunset time looking to the camera

(My absolute number one) Top of the Rock: with incredible views and monkeys this place is unbeatable! You can go up with Cable Car which is a great photo opportunity too! (TIP: if you book a ceremony or lunch in Monse Calpe the ride up and back is free of charge). My favourite spots on top are Skywalk, Ohara Battery, Suspension Bridge and some other stops around Skywalk

Bride smiling at the camera whilst the husband is touching her neck

Camp & Rosia Bay: a place with history! it is the place where Lord Nelson was brought to after winning a battle back in 1805 (unfortunately he died). I use this area for the views and some rocks in the background

Bride and groom dancing at the Dell

Alameda Gardens: The most iconic botanical garden in Gibraltar, beautifully designed and thoroughly maintained! It doesn't matter which time of the year you go there it is always gorgeous!

Bride and groom walking in the area of the lighthouse with views over Marocco

Lighthouse area: I am not a huge fan of the Lighthouse itself to be honest, but I think the area itself is quite interesting for photos. Marocco views, sunset and some rocky background - that's how I would describe this place!

Bride smiling looking down whilst her husband is giving her a hug from the back

The Town area: The obvious choice for the couples who get married at the Registry Office - the Town area is just nearby! I love narrow streets, beautiful patios or super photogenic doors!

Bride and bride walking up towards the Cable Car

Best time of the year for an elopement in Gibraltar

I would say summer and autumn! Be aware summer is ultra hot and humid! Autumn is lovely, with amazing temperatures and everything blooming around.

Smiling bride and groom walking back from suspension bridge

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