Getting married is possibly the most important and exciting occasion in any couple’s life – however, it can also be the most stressful time for all those involved.

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We hope the information provided on our weddings site can help to make life a little easier with:

  • how to book a civil marriage ceremony
  • venues where you can be married
  • registration offices
  • galleries
  • your frequently asked questions

If you have any enquiries regarding your wedding day please feel free to contact us.

The minimum notice period has been extended from 14 clear days to 28 clear days. Anyone lodging marriage or civil partnerships notice from then on will have to allow for a 28 clear days notice period.

The legal preliminaries to marriage in Scotland are fully explained in a separate leaflet called Marriage in Scotland.

There is no residential qualification required for marriage in Scotland.

Both parties to the marriage have to fill in and sign a Marriage Notice Form. The forms need to be returned to the Registrar where the marriage is to take place, within three months, but at least 28 clear days prior to the marriage. Ideally, we would recommend that marriage notice forms are submitted to the Registrar ten to twelve weeks before the date of the marriage.

The appropriate fees and both birth certificates should accompany the completed marriage notice forms.  Additional documents will be required to accompany the forms if either party has been previously married or in a civil partnership. The Registrar will be able to help you with this.

If a person is subject to immigration controls, they will need to satisfy certain immigration eligibility requirements before notice can be accepted. In particular, you will need to provide a Declaration of Immigration Status form. This form can be also be obtained from the Registrar’s office or on the NRS (National Records of Scotland) website. Evidence to support the statement you make on the Declaration of Immigration Status form will also be required. If you are in any doubt about what is required, or if you need further information, you should consult the Registrar or contact NRS.  If you are a foreign national, it is advisable to allow sufficient time for submitting marriage notice forms where additional documentation is required.

You will need to arrange for two people to be present to act as witnesses to your marriage (usually best man and bridesmaid).  The two witnesses must be aged 16 or over and be capable of fully understanding the proceedings.  The Registrar must be notified of the full names and addresses of both witnesses. Please also complete a Witness and Celebrant form and return with your paperwork.

If either party to the marriage or either of the two witnesses to the marriage are unable to understand or converse fluently in English, an interpreter will have to be present at the marriage.  Please consult the Registrar for advice.

If you are unable to download the marriage notice forms and the Marriage in Scotland leaflet, these documents are available from any Registrar in Scotland.

Please note that all documentation submitted to the Registrar must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted.

The Registrar will advise you on the current statutory fees and any additional fees.

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Although a civil partnership is not a marriage, it is a union of two people. The Civil Partnership Act allows same-sex couples to make a formal, legal commitment to each other by entering into a civil partnership through a statutory civil registration procedure. Through confirming a civil partnership, couples can gain important rights and responsibilities.

A Civil Partnership Notice Form (CP10) must be submitted by each party in the three month period prior to the date of your partnership and not later than 29 days before that date. Please also download or complete a Witness and Celebrant Form.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which applies throughout the UK, came into force on 5th December 2005. The process brings a range of new rights and responsibilities to those involved.

Stirling Council Registration Service gives you the option to choose to either have a Civil Partnership ceremony or a Civil Partnership registration.

Registration can be as simple as appearing at a Registrar’s office with two witnesses and signing the official documentation. Registration can take place at any of our Registration offices.

A Civil Partnership ceremony can take place at any of our Registration offices or at a venue of your choice. If you decide to have a ceremony, you can include the exchanging of rings/gifts, readings, music etc.

As soon as you have decided on your preferred date and venue, please contact the Registrar to book your ceremony or registration.

What you will need

The appropriate fees and both birth certificates should accompany the completed civil partnership notice (CP10) forms. Additional documents will be required to accompany the forms if either party has been previously married or in a civil partnership.  The Registrar will be able to help you with this.

If a person is subject to immigration controls, they will need to satisfy certain immigration eligibility requirements before notice can be accepted. In particular, you will need to provide a Declaration of Immigration Status form which can be obtained from the Registrar or on the NRS (National Records of Scotland) website. Evidence to support the statement you make on the Declaration of Immigration Status form will also be required. If you are in any doubt about what is required, or if you need further information, you should consult the Registrar or contact NRS.  If you are a foreign national, it is advisable to allow sufficient time for submitting civil partnership notice forms where additional documentation is required.

You will need to arrange for two people to be present to act as witnesses to your civil partnership.  The two witnesses must be aged 16 or over and be capable of fully understanding the proceedings.  The Registrar must be notified of the full names and addresses of both witnesses. Please also complete a Witness and Celebrant and return with your paperwork.

If either party to the marriage or either of the two witnesses to the marriage are unable to understand or converse fluently in English, an interpreter will have to be present at the marriage.  Please consult the Registrar for advice.

If you are unable to download the civil partnership notice forms and the Registering a Civil Partnership in Scotland leaflet, these documents are available from any Registrar in Scotland.

Please note that all documentation submitted to the Registrar must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted.

The Registrar will advise you on the current statutory fees and any additional fees.

Converting a civil partnership to marriage

As of 16 December 2014, couples in a civil partnership that was registered in Scotland are able to convert their civil partnership to a marriage in Scotland if they wish.

Many couples will want to be married, while many others prefer a civil partnership.

You can keep your civil partnership if you prefer, and new civil partnerships will continue to be available as an alternative to marriage in Scotland.

How to convert a civil partnership to a marriage

If you do decide to convert your civil partnership to a marriage, there are two ways you can do this:

  1. By ceremony – Download Form M10 You can convert your civil partnership to marriage by marrying in the usual way, with a civil, religious or belief ceremony. You may decide that you prefer this option if you want to have a ceremony.
  2. By the administrative route – Download Application Form Alternatively, you can make an appointment with your local registrar, show up with photo ID (e.g. passport, driving licence, etc), and get a marriage certificate there and then without a ceremony.

In either case, legally your marriage will be treated as having started on the date you registered your civil partnership, and the marriage certificate you get will state that your marriage is treated as having started on that earlier date.

You can arrange a Registrar to conduct a renewal of vows ceremony at any of our registration offices or approved venues.

A reaffirmation of vows ceremony may be used as a focus for celebrating a special anniversary such as a silver wedding.

It can also provide an opportunity to renew your commitment to one another following times of difficulty, such as overcoming a serious illness.
 
A fee of £119.00 includes

  • pre-ceremony consultation,
  • ceremony and certificate.

Additional fees may also be payable depending on where and when you wish the ceremony to take place. The Registrar will advise you on this.

Cheques / postal orders should be made payable to "Stirling Council", most offices can also accept payment by Debit and Credit cards. 

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Renewal of Vows

  • Do you have a special anniversary coming up?
  • Perhaps you had a quiet ceremony abroad and would now like a ceremony here with family and friends.
  • Have you been through a period of difficulty in your relationship?
  • Or do you simply wish to reaffirm your commitment to each other in a formal and meaningful way?
  • Whatever your reasons, we can provide a personal and professional non-religious ceremony for any couple wishing to renew their vows.

Regardless of whether you want a private ceremony or a ceremony to include family and friends, our friendly and dedicated staff will assist you in arranging this special day and will deliver a personal ceremony tailor-made to your needs.

Your ceremony can include speeches, readings, music and the acknowledgement of any changes occurring during your time together. These changes may also give you the opportunity to allow your children or grandchildren to make a contribution to your unique ceremony. You can also include the exchanging of rings, regardless of whether they are new or old!

Fees

£115.13 (includes pre-ceremony consultation, ceremony and certificate). Additional fees may also be payable depending on where and when you wish the ceremony to take place. The Registrar will advise you on this.

This ceremony is to celebrate the birth of your child or children or to welcome an adopted child or stepchild into a new family.

Becoming a step-parent, step-brother or step-sister is a big event in all families and one worthy of celebrating.

It may be that your child/children will be taking on the surname of a step-parent following your marriage or civil partnership. A Naming Ceremony gives you a perfect opportunity to acknowledge this change of name either afterwards or as part of your marriage/civil partnership ceremony.

Our friendly and professional staff can perform a naming ceremony that gives you the opportunity to make an open commitment to parenthood in the presence of your family and friends.

The ceremony also provides an opportunity for you to formally announce the chosen names and your commitments to the child.

The child or children can be of any age.

Please note, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies have no legal standing and cannot be used for identification purposes.

Ceremonies can be performed at any of our registration offices or at a venue of your choice.

Please contact the Registrar for the fees or for further information.

Guests are most welcome to take photographs before and after the ceremony but we would advise them not to use their cameras during the marriage ceremony.

At Stirling registration office, after the ceremony, you have 10 – 15 minutes of photography time.

Staff at all offices will be able to suggest local scenic locations for photography if you are unfamiliar with the area.

Fees & Forms

Please note: Fees may be subject to increase

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Forms required for civil and religious or belief marriages

Basic statutory fees for all civil and religious or belief marriages

  • £30.00 for each person registering a marriage notice form
  • £55.00 civil marriage fee
  • £10.00 for each extract of the entry in the register of marriages (applied for within one month of registration of the marriage)

Therefore, the minimum statutory fee a couple will be charged is £125.

In addition to the basic statutory civil marriage/partnership fees, depending on where and when your civil marriage/partnership is taking place, some of the following fees may also apply:

Provisional marriage/civil partnership booking fee

  • £30.00

Civil Marriage/Partnership at a Registration Office:

  • £195.00 Saturday
  • £250.00 Sunday or Public Holiday

Accommodation fee at Stirling (Viewforth room hire)

  • Free – Drummond Room- up to 12 (incl. Bridal Party)
  • £65.00 – Drummond Room – seats 13-50 guests
  • £250.00 – Council Chambers – seats 60 guests

Civil Marriage/Partnership at an alternative Venue:

  • £155.00 Monday to Friday
  • £230.00 Saturday
  • £300.00 Sunday or public holiday

Payment by debit or credit card can also be accepted at most offices, cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Stirling Council.

Example costs

A Saturday ceremony for 15 people in the Drummond Room

Provisional booking fee £30

Accommodation £250

Statutory fees (based on one marriage certificate) £125

Total £405

 

A full list of registration fees can be found in Registration Fees & Charges

Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:55 PM