You want to get married in Scotland. That’s great news!
I’ll admit it, I’m biased – but Scotland is truly one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. The historic cities and stunning landscapes ensure that there’s no shortage of places and venues to hold the perfect wedding celebration.
So, whether your from Scotland, or want to travel from far and wide to tie the knot, here’s some info that I think you’ll find helpful. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but it will give you a bit of a start. Good luck!
Here’s a little guidance
You can pick pretty much any kind of wedding ceremony you want. This applies to same-sex couples, too. This includes ‘belief’ marriage ceremonies, ‘civil’ marriage ceremonies, religious, and humanist ceremonies. You can learn more here.
Key things to think about: date, place, time, venue, type of ceremony, legal requirements, catering, photography, guests, transport, accommodation.
Do you require a marriage visa?
This applies to registering a civil partnership, too.
You will probably need entry clearance via a marriage visa if you are a national from a country outside of the EEA (European Economic Area). These include: USA, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland and Canada. Find out here.
Resources for the legalities of getting married in Scotland
Your first point of call is the National Records of Scotland
For civil partnerships and gay marriage, check out the Equality Network – Marriage and Civil Partnerships Scotland
Which language do you want the service conducted in?
As long as all parties, including the celebrant, can understand the chosen language, any language can be used to conduct the ceremony. You might even want to consider Gaelic or Scots. Don’t worry: interpreters are permitted, if necessary.
Choose wedding venue
You have a lot of freedom to choose where you want your wedding held. They can take place almost anywhere. That means you can let your imagination run a bit wild. Remember the beautiful landscapes, lochs and historic buildings.
Book the celebrant
Check out the different kinds of celebrants and speak to one that appeals to you.
Fees and paperwork
You’ll have to serve notice to the registrar in the district where the marriage will take place. This must be three months (but no longer than 29 days) before the date of the wedding.
Be sure to research thoroughly which documents you will need. Find out here.
For religious or belief ceremonies, the registrar will provide your marriage schedule to you seven days before the actual wedding date. It must be collected in person by either party of the marriage.
Once you’ve had the ceremony, the signed schedule must be returned back to the registrar within three days so that the registering of the marriage can take place.
For civil marriages, the registrar will directly bring the schedule to the ceremony for your signature, and will then go on to register the marriage.
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