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Wedding 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. I can talk you through the process, but the best place to get advice is on the website of the National Records of Scotland. This is the link to the relevant pages: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/registration/getting-married-in-Scotland

  
Where can I get married?
Scotland is unique in that it is possible to hold a wedding ceremony anywhere, as long as it is appropriate and safe. So you could get married on a beach, in an ancient castle, a romantic hotel, or on a misty highland island. You just need the permission of the person who owns the property, and an authorised celebrant.

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 celebrant 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. 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 same-sex marriage or a civil partnership ceremony?
Yes! The law in Scotland changed in December 2014 and I am authorised to hold opposite sex marriage, same-sex marriage, and same-sex civil partnership.

How much will it cost?
The exact cost will depend on what you want included, whether you want to write your own ceremony or whether you want me to write most of it (guided by you, of course). You may want to include a particular ritual, such as handfasting, or you may want to combine it with another ceremony such as a baby blessing. In general, the cost is likely to be in the range £400 - £650. I may also charge travel and accommodation costs if your wedding is in a far-away remote location.

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 discuss your wedding date - Saturdays in the summertime are always busy! I start by asking you both some questions to help me understand what you love about each other and what getting married means to you. I will 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. I can do this face-to-face if it is convenient or we can do it over the phone, by email or on skype. We will then agree an outline for your ceremony.

As your wedding date comes nearer, I will finalise the ceremony with you, and you may want to have a rehearsal. 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.

jane@yourserviceinscotland.co.uk


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