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If you're looking for a European destination in which to get married that is full of charm and vibrancy, coupled with stunning scenery and warm, friendly people, then you might like to consider Spain. From the lush green fertile mountains of the North to the cosmopolitan capital of Madrid and down to the sun drenched Mediterranean beaches,of the south, Spain has something to appeal to everyone. With a stunning array of paradores, churches, hotel resorts or beaches at which to exchange your vows and a myriad of venues all with stunning scenic views in which to host a reception party, weddings abroad in Spain are very popular.
It can be quite complicated to get married in Spain. If you are Roman Catholic then you can have a full catholic wedding and your own priest should initiate the paperwork and liaise with the archbishop of the church in the area where you want to get married. If on of you is not Catholic you might have to ask your priest for dispensation. If you are a resident in Spain and have proof of residency you can apply to your local civil registry office, but it can take months to organise. The easiest course is to have a civil wedding in Gibraltar which is relatively easy to organise with limited paperwork being needed, followed by a blessing in the venue of your choice. The documents needed for this include valid passports and full birth certificates. For more information visit http://costablanca.angloinfo.com/countries/spain/marriage.asp
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