You can be married in Scotland by a religious ceremony, a civil ceremony or a humanist ceremony:
- A religious marriage, which may take place anywhere, may be solemnised only by a minister, clergyman, pastor, priest or other person entitled to do so under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977. Fees and donations vary by be ready to make a donation of £150 and upwards. Religious ceremonies in Scotland can take place in Church, or in another location of your choosing providing the minister is happy to do it, which they often are.
- A civil marriage is a simple ceremony, solemnised by a registrar who has been authorised by the Registrar General for that purpose. The fee to solemnise a civil marriage is £55 but this can vary depending on where you get married or if the registrar needs to travel. Registrar’s have a few more restrictions in terms of location and timings, but they are often able to accommodate guests wishes. Civil ceremonies must not be religious in nature, but you can include readings or small details to personalise things.
- Humanist marriages are performed by a Humanist Celebrant, and are not religious but are deeply personal in nature. Your Humanist will be able to perform your ceremony in any place at any time, and before the wedding he or she will take time to get to know you are create a completely bespoke ceremony that tells your story and reflects your views as a couple. Visit the Humanist Society Of Scotland (humanist-scotland.org.uk) or Independent Humanist Ceremonies (www.humanist-ceremonies.org) for information and fees but expect to pay between £500 and £600.