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Gretna FAQs

If you are reading this webpage then you may have questions about the legal process of getting married in Scotland, or you may have questions about the type of ceremonies I perform. Here are some answers to the questions I am asked most frequently, and if you want to know anything else, then send me an email or give me a call.

What do I need to do to get married in Scotland?
It is possible to get married in Scotland regardless of where you live. your Gretna wedding co-ordinator will be able to talk you through the process, or you can have a look at the website of the General Register Office for Scotland. This is the link to the relevant pages:

Can you perform a legal wedding ceremony or do we need to be married by a registrar first?
I am trained and ordained by the Interfaith Foundation. For each wedding I conduct, I am registered through the Registrar General for Scotland under the category of non-conformist minister, and authorised to legalise your wedding and sign your marriage schedule. You will not need a registrar.

I am not religious, can you still perform the ceremony?
Yes. As an interfaith minister I can perform wedding ceremonies for people of all faiths or of none. Usually if people have a strong affiliation to one particular religion they will want to get married within that tradition. However there are many people who comes from different faith backgrounds, or where one partner, or both of you, have no specific religious belief at all. Some people feel constrained by what is offered to them by a traditional church wedding and may feel uncomfortable about what they are asked to say during their marriage ceremony. There are also many people who are not church goers and do not have a religious faith, but who do have a sense of something spiritual, who find that a civil ceremony is lacking something special. I can help you to create a wedding ceremony and vows that reflect and respect the beliefs and values of each person getting married, and can also honour the traditions of the wider family.

Can you conduct a civil partnership ceremony?
The law in Scotland means that at present the legal signing for a civil partnership between 2 people of the same sex can only be completed by a registrar, and must take place in a registry office or on registered premises. Some couples choose to follow the legal signing with a public ceremony, often in a different location, and I can undertake this part of the ceremony.

Can you help me plan the rest of my wedding?
I am not a wedding planner, and I do not arrange any other part of your wedding. I can however make recommendations about other people who might be able to help you. My role is to help you design the marriage ceremony that you want, to support you as you agree your vows, and the words that you'll say if you exchange rings. I can suggest suitable readings or music for the ceremony, and can advise on traditions and rituals that you might want to include. I will perform the ceremony and sign the marriage schedule. The rest of the celebration is over to you!

What are the next steps?
The first thing is to contact me to confirm your wedding date. I will contact you by email, skype or phone to discuss the type of ceremony you would like and to find out if you have any particular spiritual beliefs or traditions that you would like to reflect in your ceremony. We will discuss readings, music and rituals that might be included , and who else might be involved in the ceremony.

As your wedding day come nearer, I will finalise the ceremony with you. On the day of your wedding I will meet you at the venue, check the final arrangements and then conduct your wonderful, personalised marriage ceremony.