Marriage and Civil Partnerships Ceremonies
Now that all of Scotland has moved beyond current level 0, here's our current advice:
- Most of the remaining legal restrictions on marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, as well as the receptions that follow, have been removed
- Guidance on maximum numbers allowed to attend both ceremonies and receptions no longer apply
- Legal restrictions on gatherings such as receptions at private dwellings no longer apply
- Guidance on marriage and civil partnership ceremonies indoors at private dwellings no longer apply
- There's no requirement on venues to maintain physical distancing at ceremonies or receptions
- Guests at a ceremony or reception can mingle and dance with one another, both indoors and out
- Face coverings can be removed to eat, drink and dance (both indoors and out) at receptions
However, some restrictions will remain in place which are specific to marriage and civil partnerships:
- Unless exempt, people must continue to wear a face covering in an indoor public place such as a registration office, hotel or other wedding/civil partnership venue – this includes during marriage and civil partnership ceremonies
- The Registrar/celebrant will be exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering if they are able to remain 1 metre from others, or there is a screen/partition between them
- Provided they maintain a 1 metre distance from others, or a screen/partition is present, the couple is also exempt from wearing a face covering throughout the marriage or civil partnership ceremony
- Couples must still wear face coverings in any public areas prior to and following the ceremony
- If one party is being accompanied down the aisle, the accompanying guest or guests are not required to wear a face covering for that part of the ceremony
- Children under 12 will not be required to wear a face covering
We are currently accepting marriage and civil partnership notice forms and all supporting documents* by email. These should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can scan your marriage notice forms (M10s) or civil partnership notice forms (CP10s) or take a clear photograph of everything to email it. To obtain either M10s or CP10s, please visit the National Records of Scotland website.
When emailing in notice forms and supporting documents, please send these to us around 10-12 weeks prior to your proposed date of marriage or partnership to allow us time to process all your paperwork. Once you scan your paperwork, this will be passed to the appropriate office and a Registrar will then contact you to go over your paperwork, take payment of fees over the phone and discuss the next stages.
If you would prefer to post your paperwork to us, please contact us at email@example.com and we will advise which office to post to, and what documents to send.
*Supporting documents are:
- Birth certificate – full extract is preferable but abbreviated can be accepted. If you don’t have a birth certificate and you were born in Scotland, the Registrar can search for your entry for a fee of £5. Alternatively, you can purchase a certificate from your local Registrar. If you were born outwith Scotland, you will need to contact authorities in your birth country.
- Proof of nationality – eg valid passport, your country’s ID card. Alternatively, your mother’s birth certificate
- Evidence of residency – eg valid driving licence, utility bill (not older than 3 months), bank or building society statement (not older than 1 month), a council tax bill (not older than 12 months), a current residential tenancy or mortgage agreement (not older than 12 months)
- Divorce decree (if divorced)
- Foreign divorce questionnaire (if required)
- Civil Partnership dissolved or annulled document (if applicable)
- Death certificate (if widowed)
- Certificate of No Impediment to marriage (CONI) (if applicable)
Please note, translations into English are required for foreign documents.
Booking a Ceremony
For civil ceremonies with a Registrar, we are extremely busy for the rest of 2021 and have many bookings for 2022 and 2023.
If you would like to enquire about a new booking, please complete our Request information on Getting Married or Civil Partnered in Fife form.
Fife has incredible spaces for outdoor marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, including parks and beaches. You may need permission from the land owner for an outdoor ceremony. For further information, please visit our Planning an event pages.
Alternatively, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org