After the excitement of deciding to get married, there’s
a lot to do and think about. Our guide will help you
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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Records of Scotland (NRS) website(www.nrs-scotland.gov.u
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 visitwww.ukvisas.gov.uk 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,www.argyll-bute.gov.uk
Civil Marriage Ceremonies
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