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
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.