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Civil Ceremonies in Edinburgh and Scotland

Just a few years ago, if you wanted to have a civil ceremony you had to do it in a registry office. In 2002 the Marriage Scotland Act was introduced allowing couples to get married in places other than registry offices. Now there are over 60 different venues in Edinburgh, including hotels, museums, universities and colleges that have licenses for civil ceremonies.

You'll find that the majority of big hotels and many smaller hotels in Edinburgh have licenses to hold civil ceremonies so you may want to browse a list of The Best Edinburgh Hotels or the The Best Scottish Hotels to get some ideas for civil ceremony venues.

As soon as you have decided on a venue or a provisional date for your wedding, the first thing you need to do is check if there is a registrar available. There are two offices in Edinburgh:

Lothian Chambers
59-63 George IV Bridge
Tel: 0131 529 2600
Fax: 0131 529 2613

30 Ferry Road
Phone 0131 554 8452

There are also offices in Kirkliston (0131 333 3210), South Queensferry (0131 331 1590) and Currie (0131 449 5318). If you phone them they will be able to tell you dates with available registrars.

The costs for Civil Ceremonies in Scotland are:

Registrar Fees for Attendance:
Monday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm - £150
Monday - Friday 4pm - 6pm - £220
Saturday 10am - 6pm - £220
Sunday & Public Holidays - £250

Statutory Fees
Lodging Civil Notice Forms (2) - £30 per person
Civil Marriage Fee - £50
Marriage Extract - £9

Note that these fees were correct as of 2010, but may change in the future so it is best to check with your local registrar office.

When you visit or write to the registrar office and book the registrar for your wedding day you will also receive a useful information pack. I visited the registry office in Edinburgh and received a booklet of suggested readings, a booklet with lots of information about the ceremony itself and a guide to getting married and registering a civil partnership in the UK. Each page in the ceremony booklet describes what will happen and what will be said by the registrar. It also explains what you are allowed to change and gives you lots of useful suggestions.

Make sure you find out about all the forms that you need to fill in well in advance of your wedding ceremony dats. You must submit your notice of your marriage (form M10) at least 15 days before the wedding, but it is recommended to do this 4 weeks before the wedding, or 6 weeks if you have been married previously.

To download marriage registration forms just visit the General Registrar's Getting Married in Scotland pages.

If you want to get married in the Registry office you can see photos of registry offices in Scotland here.

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