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When it comes to life’s momentous occasions – getting married,

reaffirming your wedding vows, naming a baby – choosing where

to hold the ceremony plays a significant part.

If you are thinking about a civil wedding or other ceremony in

Argyll and Bute you can be rest assured that you will find the

perfect location for your special day. Whether you dream of a

winter wedding in a romantic castle, a marriage made in heaven

against a backdrop of stunning mountains and coastline, or

standing hand-in-hand, barefoot on a sunny sandy beach, Argyll

and Bute has it all.

Situated on the Scottish west coast, Argyll and Bute is one of the

most stunning and diverse areas in the country. We have 3,000

miles of coastline, six main towns and 25 inhabited islands – no

matter where you go, you will receive the warmest of welcomes.

The Argyll and Bute Council area is divided into four distinct areas

– Bute and Cowal; Helensburgh and Lomond; Mid Argyll, Kintyre

and the Islands; Oban, Lorn and the Isles. Each area has its own

unique character and culture and all offer a wealth of beautiful

locations and venues for your perfect day – whether you want

something a little different in the great outdoors or are looking for

a traditional ceremony in one of our lovely civic buildings. You can

find out more about these places later in the guide, to help you

find the right place to celebrate your special day in Argyll and Bute.

When it comes to weddings, it is important to distinguish between

civil and religious marriages in Scotland. A religious service will be

conducted by a Minister, Clergyman, Priest, faith group or any

other person entitled to carry this out under the Marriage

(Scotland) Acts. Alternatively, a civil ceremony can be conducted

by an authorised Registrar or Assistant Registrar who has been

specifically appointed by the Registrar General. Whether you are

having a religious or a civil ceremony you will need to contact your

Local Registrars to complete the necessary paperwork.

This guide concentrates specifically on civil ceremonies. In it, you

will find useful information about the legal requirements you must

fulfil before you can get married in Scotland, contact details for all

our registration offices and Registrars and a useful frequently asked

questions section.

Welcome to Argyll and Bute

We hope you enjoy our guide to civil marriage and other ceremonies and

look forward to welcoming you to Argyll and Bute for your special day.