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LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SCOTTISH WEDDINGS

Scotland does not have a residency law for couples who would like to marry here, which means that as long as all of your legal documents are in order you can be married in Scotland fairly soon after you arrive in the country.

Scotland is significantly more relaxed and flexible about where and how you can get married, making it an attractive location for Scots and non-Scots alike.

Legal requirements for Scottish Weddings: Foreign nationals may be married in Scotland so long as they are not subject to immigration control . If so, an entry visa may be required. If you live within the European Economic Area (EEA) the arrangements for marrying in Scotland will be the same as those for a couple living in the UK.

If you would like a religious ceremony, you are not limited to a church wedding. As long as you have agreement from a minister, a religious ceremony can be performed in any location for which either an address or a grid reference is available. Alternatively, a registrar can perform a civil ceremony, or you can opt for a humanist ceremony. In all cases, the bridal couple along with their two witnesses and the celebrant sign the Marriage Schedule. This document is legal anywhere in the world.

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DECIDE WHAT KIND OF CEREMONY YOU WILL HAVE

RELIGIOUS | Church of Scotland services can be held anywhere so long as your minister approves. Believers of other faiths are welcome too. Roman Catholic ceremonies are slightly different and must be held in a place of worship in regular use. Either you or your partner has to have been baptised in the Catholic faith.

If one of you isn’t Catholic you’ll require special dispensation from a local Catholic Bishop. You may also have to attend marriage preparation classes.

CIVIL | If you don’t want to incorporate any belief elements into your big day then a civil ceremony is perfect. This is conducted by a registrar and can take place in a register office or another approved place.

** Same-sex couples who formerly had a civil partnership can convert it to a marriage. You can either fill out and sign an application form in the presence of a registrar or hold a civil, religious or belief ceremony. Your marriage will then be legally recognised as having started on the date you registered your civil partnership.**

INTERFAITH | A lovely, personal option for couples of any faith, two different faiths, or none at all.

HUMANIST | This type of ceremony let couples say in their own words on why they are getting married. They can also marry couples anywhere in Scotland. So if you want to get married at the tops of a Monroe or on a remote beach, or in a magical castle or hotel, then you can!

For the most up to date information about the legal requirements for getting married in Scotland, please refer to the government website here: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/registration/getting-married-in-scotland.

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