Church of Scotland Weddings
The Church of Scotland permits marriages to take place anywhere so long as the minister agrees, the location has a proper address and the couple give notice in the venue's district.
There are no residency requirements; couples may marry in any church or register office that they choose.
A religious ceremony must be solemnised by a person authorised to perform marriages under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977.
- Notice forms must be submitted to the registrar in the district in which the marriage is to take place.
- Notice must be given up to three months in advance of the wedding and at least 15 days before the wedding
- The couple must supply relevant personal documentation to the registrar, including birth certificates, decree of divorce etc. The registrar will advise on what is required.
- The registrar will then draw up a Marriage Schedule - no marriage can happen without this document.
- Straight after the ceremony, the Marriage Schedule is signed, in black ink, by the newly-weds, the person conducting the wedding and two witnesses.
- The registrar then registers the marriage and marriage certificates are issued.
- Specific information should be sought for other jurisdictions, as there will be local variations.