In Scotland you can get married almost anywhere. In a church or registry office, in a castle or country house, on a beach or on a mountain top.
Who can be married in Scotland?
Any two persons, regardless of where they live, may marry in Scotland provided that:
- Both are at least 16 years of age on the day of their marriage.
- They are not related to one another in a way which would prevent their marrying.
- They are unmarried and not in a civil partnership (any person who has already been married or registered as a civil partner must produce documentary evidence that the previous marriage or civil partnership registration has been ended by death, divorce, annulment or dissolution).
- They are capable of understanding the nature of a marriage ceremony and of consenting to marrying.
- The marriage would be regarded as valid in any foreign country to which either party belongs.
Types of marriage
You can be married in Scotland either – by a religious ceremony, by a civil ceremony or by a humanist ceremony:
- A religious marriage, which may take place anywhere, may be solemnised only by a minister, clergyman, pastor, priest or other person entitled to do so under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977
- A civil marriage, which may take place in a registration office or at an approved place, may be solemnised only by a registrar who has been authorised by the Registrar General for that purpose. You can obtain a list of approved places for the area in which you wish to be married from the registrar of births etc. for that area.
- Humanist marriages can now also be carried out in Scotland. Humanist marriages performed by a Humanist Society Marriage Celebrant – authorised by the Registrar General for Scotland – are fully legal marriages.
For further information on Getting Married in Scotland.