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After the excitement of deciding to get married, there’s

a lot to do and think about. Our guide will help you

get started.

Where will you get married?

The most important decision is where you want to get married.

You can have your wedding at any registration office or venue

of your choice – for example, a private garden, a local

landmark or a hotel. Our Registrars can help you choose a

suitable venue. Registration staff will visit your chosen venue

and, following satisfactory inspection, approve your choice.

What forms do you need to fill in?

For both civil and religious ceremonies both parties to the

marriage must complete Marriage Notice M10 forms. These

can be obtained from any Registrar’s office in Scotland or

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the National

Records of Scotland (NRS) website



These can be submitted to the Registrar in the district where

you are getting married (along with supporting documents

and a fee) no later than 29 days before the proposed date of

marriage. However, it is advisable that you allow six to eight

weeks. If you are not a British Citizen you may have to obtain

further documentation. Non-EEA citizens who are subject to

immigration control will not require entry clearance for the

purpose of giving notice. However, it will be required for

immigration purposes. Contact the UK Border Agency

Immigration Enquiry Bureau on 0870 606 7766 or visit to

find out about entry requirements

for the UK under immigration rules.

The Marriage Schedule

The Marriage Schedule is a very important document – it is

authority for the marriage to go ahead and no marriage can

take place without it. It is issued when the Registrar is satisfied

that there is no legal impediment to getting married. You will

sign the marriage schedule at your civil marriage ceremony.

What charges must be paid?

A list of current statutory registration fees is available from any

Registrar’s office. This is subject to change so it is best to check

in advance. Current fees are also available on the Argyll and

Bute Council website,


Civil Marriage Ceremonies

Your big day in Argyll and Bute - getting started

‘‘Thanks again for all

your help and the

excellent service. Many

thanks for everything

you did for us and

for making our day

so special.’’