Follow in the footsteps of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sir Sean Connery and get married on the Rock. Getting married in Gibraltar is easy and visitors can choose from a variety of locations.
Hollywood lovers, heart throb Lawrence Harvey and Margaret Leighton were one of 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.
Today hundreds of couples are travelling to Gibraltar to exchange vows and get married on the Rock. As Gibraltar is a popular location for getting married it is wise to plan well in advance. Local marriage law does not contain any residential requirements and so therefore it is a simple procedure, also a Gibraltar marriage is recognised worldwide.
Recent legislation permits the marriage registrar to marry couples outside the registry office, if requested. The following venues are approved to carry out civil weddings:
The Alameda Botanical Gardens were developed in 1816 for the purpose of providing civilians with an area of beauty for rest and relaxation. Today the gardens have developed into the Botanical Gardens. Wedding services are permitted in "the Dell", an Italian style garden laid out by a Genoese gardener in 1842.
The Mount, which was built in 1797, was formerly the official residence of the senior officer of the Royal Navy in Gibraltar. It is today an officially listed building, which boasts fascinating gardens.
The Mons Calpe Suite located within the Cable Car Top Station is not only one of the most unusual venues to choose to exchange vows, but also offers stunning panoramic views across the European coast and to Africa.
Four of Gibraltar’s hotels, the Caleta Hotel, the O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel, the Rock Hotel and the Sunborn Yacht Hotel are approved for civil marriages and offer teams of advisors to assist with every arrangement from paperwork, catering, photography, flowers and the bridal suite.
Enquiries, bookings and further information regarding getting married in Gibraltar may be addressed to the Civil Status and Registration Office or to a recognised travel agent or wedding planner. It is advisable to book a wedding well in advance of the chosen date to avoid disappointment.
Civil Status & Registration Office
Joshua Hassan House
Tel: (+350) 200 72289
Fax: (+350) 200 42706
A civil partnership is essentially the union of two people regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The Civil Partnership Act recognizes civil partnerships between two people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, ratified by a binding contract through the signing of an official register. This means that both same sex-couples and opposite sex couples have the option of entering into a civil partnership so long as they are eligible to do so.
Under its provisions it is possible, by means of a Special Licence granted under Section 12 of the Act, for residents and non-residents alike to enter into a civil partnership in Gibraltar. It also enables a civil partnership ceremony to be conducted at approved locations outside the Registry outside working hours and at weekends.Non residents wishing to enter into a civil partnership 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 Registry of Civil Partnerships,
Civil Status & Registration Office,
Joshua Hassan House,
Tel: +350 20072289 / +350
The DellAlameda Botanic Gardens, Red Sands Road(+350) 200 41235The MountThe Ministry of Culture, John Mackintosh Hall(+350) 200 75669The O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel2 Governor's Parade(+350) 200 70500The Rock Hotel3 Europa Road(+350) 200 73000