For both OPPOSITE sex and SAME sex couples
Interfaith Ministers can hold legal wedding ceremony for you literally anywhere in Scotland - indoors, outdoors, on the beach, in a castle, in a hotel, in a private house or garden. Because of the freedom here in Scotland with where and how to have a ceremony, and no need for a period of residency, couples come from all over the world to marry here. All couples who wish to marry legally have to make an advance application via the local Registrar - we'd be happy to send some guidelines to give you an initial overview about what you need to do and when.
Three months prior to the date of the wedding you each need to apply to be married by filling in an M10 form and each providing supporting documents to send or show the Registrar in person (usually birth certificates, passports and a utility bill for proof of address) together with a payment to the local council for the administration of your application. This application can be done by post or in person but your travel plans must accommodate being able to attend the Registry Office in person on a week day during the 7 day period leading up to your wedding day.
To be legal a marriage ceremony must include the following which we will ensure we include
- a declaration by the parties, in the presence of each other, the celebrant and two witnesses, that they accept each other as husband and wife
- a declaration by the celebrant, after the foregoing declaration, that the parties are then husband and wife
- signatures from the parties, the celebrant and the two witnesses on the legal piece of paper - the Marriage Schedule
If you've been married or civilly partnered before and are divorced or widowed you’ll need to provide divorce or death certificates (for your most recent marriage or civil partnership if you’ve been married or civil partnered more than once before). If you do not hold a British passport, depending on where you currently live and how long you’ve lived there, you may need additional supporting paperwork from your country of nationality. Investigate your legal application and Visa and Entry Requirements by going online to the NRScotland.gov.uk website.