Scottish Wedding Venues
Where Can I Marry?
Remember that there is a 14-day waiting period after you give notice to
your parish about your plans to marry. These are called the marriage
Civil Ceremonies can take place in a Register Office during working
hours and, due to a recent change in the Scottish law, in any place that
is agreeable for both.
Religious Ceremonies may be held at any time or place agreeable to a
licensed celebrant. As long as the minister agrees that a venue is
suitable and is willing to conduct the service, all possibilities are
(The difference between Scotland and the rest of the U.K. is that, in
Scotland, it is the person who conducts the service and not the building
that is licensed to hold weddings).
What happens if I don’t live in Scotland?
There are no prior residency requirements for marriage in Scotland. It
is, however, necessary to observe the minimum fifteen days notice and
the Marriage Schedule has to be collected in person before a religious
When one party lives in Scotland and the other in England or Wales,
there is no need for the party living outside Scotland to travel to
Scotland prior to the marriage. It is possible for notice to be given to
the English or Welsh Superintendent Registrar of the district in which
they live. The notices issued in England and Wales are recognised in