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 non-residents to marry in Gibraltar without needing to comply with any statutory residential requirements. It also enables civil ceremonies 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 be married in a place of worship or in the Marriage Registry without a Special Licence, you will need to give notice of your intended marriage either to a Minister of the religious community to which you and your future spouse respectively belong or to the Marriage Registry, whichever is applicable.
A whole host of famous people have been married in Gibraltar with perhaps the most recorded being the ceremony between John & Yoko in 1969. However, the first celebrity wedding was Lawrence Harvey and Margaret Leighton. The Rock also has a strong 007 connections with Sean Connery being married in Gibraltar twice to Diane Cilento and later to Micheline Boglino Roquebrune.
If you would like to follow in their footsteps here is some information on getting married on the Rock but first a couple of points that need stressing.
- Firstly this is only an overview and you need to make your own enquiries to ensure your hopefully happy day goes well.
- Secondly the information relates to civil marriages for non-residents using the Governor’s Special Licence. Naturally if you wish to have a church wedding then you need to approach the minister to see what is and what isn’t possible.
- Thirdly and lastly, this is addressed to British and EU citizens, other nationals should enquire whether there are visa or other restrictions on their getting married in Gibraltar.
The Registry Office in Gibraltar is very simple.
You can in theory get married within 24 hours notice although in practice the registry office is very heavily booked so pre-planning is advisable. Also there are no residency requirements and you do not have to stay the night before the ceremony on the Rock.
- If you are unmarried you will require your birth certificate and in some circumstances a certificate to certify you haven’t been married before.
- If you are a widow or widower you must furnish a copy of your previous partner’s death certificate and your birth certificate.
- If your former spouse’s death certificate does not name you as the widow or widower of the deceased then a copy of your original marriage certificate is required.
- If you are divorced you must submit your birth certificate, your previous marriage certificate and your final and absolute divorce decree. In each case where documentation is required it must be the original and not photocopies.
Weddings outside of the registry office are usually held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10.00 and Noon. You need to book such a service at the Registry Office and clearly state that you want the service held at an approved venue. You will also be charged for the hire of a taxi to bring the Registrar to and from the venue. Again these details must be checked with the Registry Office.
How much will it all cost?
There is a £100 fee for performing the ceremony at a location other than the Registry Office. Taxi costs to and from the Ceremony if held at another location. Governor’s Special Licence £67.50. Ceremony £40. Certificates £3.50 each and a further charge of between £10 and £20 payable for the services of a Commissioner of Oaths.
The Gibraltar Registry Office
Joshua Hassan House
3 Secretary’s Lane
Tel: 00 350 – 72289 or 51725
Fax: 00 350 – 42706