Marriage in Scotland is recognised in the form of both civil and religious unions between individuals. Historically, the law of marriage has developed differently in Scotland to other jurisdictions in the United Kingdom. These differences led to a tradition of couples from England and Wales eloping to Scotland where the legal minimum age to enter into a marriage in Scotland is sixteen years and does not require parental consent at any age.
We are delighted to provide you with information and advice on getting married in Scotland.
Whether you are planning your civil ceremony to take place in a registrar’s office or at a venue of your choice, you may choose to personalise your civil ceremony. You may incorporate readings, poetry, music or indeed your own personal vows to one another, in addition to the legal declarations you must make.
The registrar can provide you with samples of appropriate readings and is happy to discuss any additional requirements to the ceremony with you. Couples may be permitted to have religious readings or hymns forming part of their marriage proceedings. Any content of that nature would not be carried out by the registrar. Usually couples prefer family members or friends to do this. Registrars will be happy to assist in the planning of your civil ceremony, whether you choose to have a simple, quiet ceremony, or a large grander event. However, there are certain statutory aspects which must be included in all legal marriage ceremonies.
Since the changes made in Scottish law, it is no longer necessary to apply for a seperate license to have your civil ceremony at a location of your choice. To give you an idea of some of the venues in our registration district, please look under Venues
It is always advisable to let the registrar know your wishes for your ceremony well in advance of the date of your marriage.
We can help to make your wedding day as memorable and special as possible. When arranging your marriage, we will pay attention to the smallest detail in order to make the ceremony more personal to you.
See also: Same Sex Marriage
Religious or belief marriage ceremonies vary greatly, depending on the religion or belief involved. They include marriages by celebrants of many Christian denominations, and celebrants from other religions such as Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus. They also include celebrants from other belief systems.
The legal preliminaries to marriage in Scotland are the same whether it be a religious or civil ceremony and are fully explained in a leaflet called ‘Marriage in Scotland’ (RM1 – Information Leaflet).
A marriage notice form (Form M10) must be submitted by each party in the three month period prior to the date of your marriage and not later than 29 days before that date.
The information leaflet, marriage notice forms, witness and contact details form, and a fees leaflet can be downloaded here or are available from any registrar in Scotland.
For more information about getting married in Stirling, please call the registrar for an informal chat to discuss your requirements.