Planning Your Wedding in Angus and Dundee
Any two people, regardless of where they live, can get married or enter into a civil partnership in Scotland provided that they are:
- Both at least 16 years of age on the day of their marriage / civil partnership
- Not related to one another in a way that would prevent them marrying
- Free to marry / enter into a civil partnership (anyone who has been married or has previously entered into a civil partnership must produce documentary evidence that the previous relationship has been ended by death, divorce or annulment)
- Capable of understanding the nature of the ceremony and of consenting to marriage / civil partnership
In Scotland, you can be married in either a religious or a civil marriage. If you choose a civil marriage or a civil partnership, you can now choose to hold your ceremony at many venues or locations in Scotland. The Marriage (Scotland) Act 2002 permits civil marriages to be solemnised by a registrar or an assistant registrar who has been authorised by the Registrar General, at locations other than a registrar's office. A number of locations across Scotland have already been approved for this purpose. A list of approved venues in Angus & Dundee is available from local registrars or from:
It may also be possible to get married at another venue or location of your choice by applying for 'Temporary Approval' to hold your ceremony at that location.
You can each obtain a marriage / civil partnership notice form, and information about fees, from any registrar in the area. Each of you must complete and submit a notice, along with the required documents and a fee to the registrar for the district in which the ceremonyis to take place.
If your home is in a country outwith Great Britain and you are subject to the marriage laws of that country, you should obtain a Certificate of No Impediment issued by the competent authority, to the effect that you are free to marry. The local registrar in Scotland will be able to advise you of the appropriate procedure to follow. If the certificate is not in English, you should also provide a certified translation.
Unless good reason is shown, it may not be possible to marry in Scotland without this certificate.