Having a Civil Ceremony in ScotlandIf you are not having a church ceremony, then the first thing you need do once you have booked your wedding venue is to book a registrar to conduct your civil ceremony.
In the recent past you could only have a civil ceremony in a Registry Office, but thankfully these days you can be married in a hotel or another venue, as long as that venue has a license to hold a civil ceremony. Getting married in a registry office has never really appealed to me, but I am looking forward to my ceremony, which will be held in a lovely room in the Balmoral hotel.
Once you have your venue booked you need to fill in an AP1 form and hand it into or send it to your nearest registry office. If you have booked a hotel for your wedding ceremony the wedding/events co-ordinator should be able to give you this form. He or she will need to fill out part of the form before you can send it to the registry office.
The main registry office in Edinburgh is in India Buildings in Victoria street (the road that leads from George IV Bridge to the Grassmarket:
2 India Buildings
Tel: 0131 220 0349
There is also a registry office in Ferry Road, Leith and Currie, Kirkliston and South Queensferry.
You also need to make a payment with the AP1 form. At the time of writing this is a £220 for getting married on a Saturday.
I decided to hand in the form and cheque in person and I received a pack with lots of information in it about the ceremony itself - what was going to happen during the ceremony and which parts we could change or add to ourselves - more about that nearer the time. There was also a booklet of suggested readings plus a load of advertising bumf.
I would recommend getting the registrar booked as early as possible, especially if your wedding is in the summer. I booked the registrar about a month ago and I was the first name in the book, but this is probably because we are getting married at the end of October, which isn't as popular as the summer months.
You can find out more about registering marriages on the Civil Ceremony in Edinburgh page.
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