Unfortunately, weddings in the UK have become a nightmare for many during the lockdown as many couples have to cancel their big day or postpone it for months or even years.

Of course, this has created a backlog and many are now struggling to find their dream location for their wedding.

However, have you ever thought about going abroad?

Of course there are still travel restrictions for many destinations that mean that we cannot go there – but Gibraltar is not one of them.

Being on the green list means you can get there pretty easily. The flight is also relatively quick and as a UK overseas territory you don’t even have to change your money as you pay in British pounds.

In addition, according to The Hon Vijay Daryanani MP, Minister of Economy and Tourism for Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, there are no restrictions on wedding receptions.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the top five wedding locations in Gibraltar that you should consider before your big day.

1. Sunborn Yacht Hotel

Sunborn Gibraltar is located in one of the most exclusive places in Europe
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What better place to get married than a truly unique 5-star superyacht hotel?

Sunborn Gibraltar is located in one of the most exclusive locations in Europe and offers a bespoke wedding experience in a location like no other.

In addition, you can stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms, enjoy the pool and casino and have dinner in the stunning restaurant while you get married there.

The hotel can host wedding receptions of up to 300 people with prices starting at £ 800.

Speaking of the wedding at Suborn Gibraltar, Britta Weiser, Director of Sales and Marketing, told Daily Star: “Weddings at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel are very unique because you say ‘yes’ on the upper deck of the person you love, the only one floating 5-star yacht hotel worldwide with a rocky backdrop on one side and a view of the sea and Spain on the other.

“For your reception you can either dine under the starry sky with roof opening in the BARBARY restaurant or celebrate until the early hours in the glamorous ambience of the Aurora Ballroom.”

2. St. Michael’s Cave

St. Michael’s Cave is one of the most beautiful places to get married in Gibraltar
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St. Michael’s Cave is the name of a network of limestone caves located in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve of Gibraltar at an altitude of over 300 meters above sea level.

The unique venue is one of the most beautiful places to get married in Gibraltar.

The largest of the chambers, the Cathedral Cave, currently serves as a unique wedding reception area and provides a majestic backdrop for weddings. This is for couples who are looking for an exotic and unusual wedding.

The reception in St. Michael’s Cave seats 120 guests and the venue can host a blessing, civil ceremony, drinks, canapés and receptions, and wedding decorations.

Prices for St. Michael’s Cave are from £ 1250 and weddings cannot take place until 7pm.

3. Gibraltar Botanical Garden

Gibraltar Botanical Garden

The Gibraltar Botanical Garden is perfect for anyone wanting an intimate garden wedding
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The Gibraltar Botanical Garden is perfect for those who want an intimate garden wedding.

Within the gardens there are several areas perfect for a dream wedding scene, all of which are surrounded by tropical plants, flowers, trees, beautiful landscapes, ponds and fountains that will add a romantic touch to your big day.

The Gibraltar Botanical Garden offers a variety of areas to get married and party in.

Some of them only allow 16 guests, but the bandstand can accommodate up to 80 guests.

4. Mons Calpe Suite – Top of the Rock

Suite Mons Calpe - Top of the Rock

The Mons Calpe Suite is located on the Rock of Gibraltar itself
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The Mons Calpe Suite is one of the most impressive wedding locations in Gibraltar with a breathtaking view.

The venue is on the top of the Rock of Gibraltar itself so you can overlook the rest of Gibraltar on your big day.

It’s accessible by a scenic six-minute cable car ride or a 20-minute drive, and the venue features circular glass walls overlooking the blue expanse of the Bay of Gibraltar, Spain, and Africa.

Weddings take place at The Terrace in the Mons Calpe Suite, next to the suite’s restaurant.

The maximum number of guests in the suite during the ceremony is approximately 60.

5. The rock hotel

The Rock Hotel Gibraltar

The Rock Hotel offers couples a first class wedding experience
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The Rock Hotel offers couples a first class wedding experience.

The four-star hotel is enthroned on the famous rock itself and has an uninterrupted view of the marvelous seascape of Gibraltar.

A dedicated event team is ready to tailor your entire experience to your individual needs and to answer all questions about your special day.

They have a variety of Gibraltar wedding packages for those who want to keep things seamless and simple.

The hotel’s award-winning chef, Alfred Rodriguez, is also available with his extraordinary banquet brigade and brings a lot of experience, specialist knowledge and fine cuisine to every wedding.

The Rock Hotel Gibraltar

The hotel can accommodate up to 200 wedding guests
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They can offer advice and tastings as part of their inclusive and personalized pre-wedding service and are passionate about meeting all nutritional needs.

The hotel can host up to 200 wedding guests and offers both indoor and outdoor areas as well as excellent room rates – and in most cases free accommodation for the newlyweds.

The Rock Hotel is also a prestigious venue that has been honored with many world-class musicians, Hollywood stars, kings and world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Errol Flynn.

Advice on weddings in Gibraltar

Famous Rock of Gibraltar on British Overseas Territory, Gibraltar, Iberian Peninsula, Europe

Gibraltar is on the green travel list
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For wedding ceremonies in Gibraltar, guests and couples must continue to wear masks during the ceremony if it is held in an enclosed space. Regardless of whether the ceremony takes place outside, no one has to wear masks. There are no longer any restrictions for receptions, dinner and dance parties.

Despite being on the green travel list, unvaccinated air travelers will need a pre-flight Covid-19 test before traveling to Gibraltar. A Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test is required for those arriving by air from a Green List country and have not been to any other country 10 days before arriving in Gibraltar.

You must inform the authorities if you have traveled to any country or area on the yellow or red list in the 10 days prior to your arrival in Gibraltar. For the latest travel restrictions for Gibraltar Covid-19, please visit VisitGibraltar.

Under the Gibraltar Marriage Act, residents and non-residents with a special license granted under Section 13 of the Act can marry in Gibraltar without having to reside in Gibraltar for an extended period, but for administrative reasons a minimum of one working day’s notice is required. It also enables civil weddings to be held in approved locations outside the registry office outside working hours and on weekends.

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In order to get married at the registry office or with a special permit, you must be able to prove to the registrar that you can marry freely by filling out affidavits and presenting them in front of an oath commissioner or a notary of your choice in Gibraltar. A list of the registered agents for oaths or notaries is available from the office on request. Please remember, however, that the Oath and Notary Officer will charge you for their services.

Regarding weddings in Gibraltar, The Hon Vijay Daryanani MP, Minister of Economy and Tourism for Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar said: “Gibraltar is the ideal location for weddings with minimal formalities and no restrictions on current ceremonies.

“In addition, Gibraltar is still one of the few countries on the Green List for travelers from Great Britain.

“Our wedding locations are unique and are all located in one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the Mediterranean.

“Thanks to the support of the UK government, we also have a fully vaccinated population, which makes Gibraltar one of the safest travel destinations in Europe right now. With a wide variety of hotels and UK departure points to choose from, Gibraltar is also a great honeymoon location than ever before. “

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