My husband and I just got married at the registry office in Gib this week. Its a pretty intense thing getting married in a foreign country with so many variables so thought I would share our experience.
There are affidavits which need to be collected from the the registry office, completed, checked over by the registrar, signed by a notary and then returned to the registry office, all on the BUSINESS day before the ceremony or sooner. You're advised to be there by 10.30am. I would recommend being on the doorstep waiting when the doors open, as its a busy place with queues all the time. I requested a list of notaries from the registry office and contacted the nearest one ahead of time to confirm that they would be expecting us. We used Gomez & Co. The registrar mentioned they charge one of the highest fees at £20 per signature but they are just across the lane and a few doors down from the registry office.
I would also recommend double, triple and quadruple checking your date and time with the registry office. I found them difficult to communicate with by email, with slow or no responses, and various people becoming involved in the email chain. We were given conflicting info on the time for our ceremony, and I received no reply to my email requesting definitive confirmation before we left to travel to Gib. When we arrived at the office to complete our paperwork, we asked again about the the time and were told 11.30. On the morning of the wedding, we just had a bad feeling so my husband walked down to the office to check again. He was first told there were no ceremonies booked until 12, then was told we had to be there for 10.30, giving us both less than an hour to get ready, get down there and find witnesses. Just confirm everything and keep calling or emailing until you get a satisfactory response. They are actually nice people at the office..just busy I guess.
Witnesses weren't a problem, we asked a lovely Canadian couple who were arranging their own paperwork at the office who kindly agreed. This seems to be the way it's done. There are plenty of people milling around the office so just ask some who look nice! The photographer we used was Nicky Sanchez. Nicky was a lovely guy who luckily was very obliging with the time mix up. We felt very comfortable with Nicky and can highly recommend him.
The registrar was a lovely man who carefully explained the whole process before beginning to put us at ease. The ceremony was brief but lovely, just repeating after the registrar and following his direction. We stayed at the o'Callaghan Elliot Hotel which had lovely rooms and was handy to the office and the rest of the town centre.
We had no problems with getting over the border, but have heard stories of huge delays so I would recommend arriving in Gib ahead of time to reduce the risk. After a rocky start, we were really happy with our decision to get married in Gib.