For every Bride this has to be the most important in their life, a special day together with her new husband to share this important and moving occasion with family and friends. It is a day when just everything has to be right and can take months of planning to organise in seeking new and exciting places to be married, travelling to exciting and romantic islands or cities or theme parks which adds to this important day to remember.
For Myrea Pettit famous artist of fairies, flowers and butterflies it was no different but how did she make her choice. “Of course cost is very important so one has to know what budget is available before one can make any decision”, she said. “It was the one day I had always dreamed about but David insisted that that I tell him what my dream wedding might be. It had to be a place with nature all around particularly trees, for me, it is all in the trees,” she said, “hopefully somewhere unusual and warm and easily accessible, and knowing that I have always loved Beatles music David remembered that John Lennon famously married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
We researched this little corner of Britain on the southerly tip of Spain and discovered not only was 2007 the year of the tree but weddings can now take place in the Dell in the amazing Alameda Botanic Gardens on the side of the famous Rock close to all amenities with good hotels, restaurants and easy access to the airport with regular low budget flights, and as a bonus Gibraltar enjoys tax concessions. Alcohol, jewellery, tobacco are amazingly cheap and as a VAT free jurisdiction Gibraltar's popularity with visitors is enhanced by its value added shopping experience in the famous Main Street.
Alameda Botanic Gardens
The Perfect Day
Local marriage law does not contain any residential requirements and so therefore it is a simple procedure, also a Gibraltar marriage is recognised world-wide.
If this is sounds attractive for your own wedding considerations read here all about how to go about arranging your special day. Just one word of advice special places like the Dell in the Botanic Gardens are booked up for months so give yourself plenty of time and plan ahead. The Alameda is hoping to be able to use the open air theatre in the Botanic Gardens for larger weddings in the future, so it may be worth checking.
All the arrangements can be taken care of by specialised wedding planners but for our wedding it was fun and very easy to arrange ourselves with a very helpful Fabiola at the Botanic Garden advising contacts for catering, video, and wedding bouquets.
What is so convenient is that everything is within walking distance so one is able to book close accommodation, cars really are unnecessary but easy to arrange. One does have to arrange a car for the registrar to be collected and returned to their office.
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.
Recent legislation permits the marriage registrar to marry couples outside the registry office, if requested. Four of Gibraltar's hotels have been registered as places where marriages can be held. In addition, you are able to choose from an historical building or perhaps prefer natural settings, these include, "The Mount" and The Alameda Gardens.
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