Marriage ceremonies

There are few moments in a lifetime as unique or memorable as your marriage ceremony. We know that every single ceremony is special, and our experienced registrars enjoy working with couples to ensure that on the big day, their marriage ceremony is just perfect.

Choosing your venue and type of ceremony

Our registrars can conduct a civil marriage ceremony anywhere in Aberdeenshire. With so many beautiful locations and excellent venues available, the variety of options is considerable but whether you wish to be married in a castle, a hotel on the top of a hill or one of our own marriage rooms, our registrars will be honoured to stand before you both.  Some locations, especially those outdoors, may be subject to a Health and Safety risk assessment, but there is no charge for this. 

Throughout the year we officiate hundreds of civil marriages in a wide range of circumstances, from traditional Scottish marriage ceremonies, to more ‘off-the-wall’ alternatives and everything in between.

It is quite normal that modern civil ceremonies include music, personalised vows and contributions from family members or guests in the form of readings or poems, but we often find that couples are unaware of additional elements that can be incorporated into ceremonies; these include the Candle ceremony, Quaich ceremony, Ring ceremony, Rose ceremony, Sand ceremony, to name but a few.

Our registrars enjoy helping couples to compose a ceremony that is right for them. We will not charge any additional fee to couples who wish to incorporate any of these elements, or personalise their ceremony in any way. And we will always ensure that ceremonies are appropriately tasteful and that a solemn vow of love and commitment between two people lies at the heart of every ceremony. 

View our civil ceremonies brochure (pdf 1.09MB).

When you have decided on a date and venue for your civil marriage you should contact the appropriate registration office as soon as possible. Our team will be delighted to offer assistance and advice on any aspect of your forthcoming marriage. There is no such thing as a silly question.

Registering your marriage

Whether you are having a civil or religious marriage you will need to complete and submit marriage notice forms (M10's) together with an additional information sheet (word 59KB).

The time period in which you can submit your marriage notice forms has been changed to no more than 3 months and no less than 29 days prior to the date of the marriage.

You will be required to submit further documentation as detailed in guidance to Marriage in Scotland leaflet - RM1 (pdf 72KB).

Additional information

If you are coming to Scotland to get married and you are subject to immigration control, it is advisable to check the Registrar General's advice to reduce the risk of marriage tourists running into visa problems at the ports when they arrive.

In accordance with the Marriage (Scotland) Act 2014, the above information above applies to all marriages irrespective of the sex or gender of either party.

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