Getting married in Scotland: the paperwork

Paperwork is super dull, but luckily with our essential guide, you’ll be finished with it in no time!

NAME CHANGE

After a marriage or civil partnership, if you want to be known by your partner’s surname (or combine names), you don’t have to fill in any extra paperwork.

You will simply need to contact the likes of the passport office, the DVLA, your employer, doctors and banks, and will most likely be asked to produce a copy of your marriage certificate to explain the change.

CEREMONIES

  • RELIGIOUS AND BELIEF CEREMONIES

What: A ceremony conducted by an approved celebrant of a religion or belief system. This includes the likes of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam, but it also incorporates non-religious bodies like humanist and interfaith ceremonies.

What’s involved: Religious ceremonies are not restricted to religious buildings “ they can be conducted anywhere by an approved celebrant!

Restrictions: Same-sex couples can have a religious or belief ceremony as long as their belief system has agreed to do so “ however there is no legal obligation for a religious or belief body to conduct same-sex marriages.

How much: £0-£400+, depending on the type of ceremony.

More info: nrscotland.gov.uk, humanism-scotland.org.ukinterfaithscotland.org

  • CIVIL CEREMONIES

What: A ceremony conducted by a district registrar.

Where: You can get married wherever you want “ but it must be conducted by a registrar from the district where you’re getting married!

What’s involved: Opposite sex and same-sex civil marriages can be conducted anywhere as long as it’s by the appropriate district registrar. You can customise your ceremony with readings and music “ the only requirement is that you exchange vows accepting each other as husband or wife.

How much: £55 for a civil ceremony in a registry office “ additional fees apply for ceremonies held elsewhere.

More info: nrscotland.gov.uk

MARRIAGE NOTICE FORM (M10)

The Marriage Notice Form, also known as the M10, is the one of two vital pieces of paperwork you’ll need to make your marriage legal “ the second being the Marriage Schedule. The form must be completed no more than three months and no later than 29 days before your wedding date.

As well as the completed form, you’ll need to send both your birth certificates (no photocopies!). If either of you have been married before, you’ll need to send your divorce, annulment or death certificate to prove you’re free to marry again.

While only one of you needs to hand in the notice form, you may both be asked to visit the registrar’s office before the date of the wedding. You will be asked to provide evidence of your residence (like a utility bill or a bank statement) and may even be asked for a form of ID like a passport or driver’s licence.

How much: £30 per person

MARRIAGE SCHEDULE

The Marriage Schedule is the document that you, your celebrant and two witnesses sign during the ceremony to make your marriage legal! If you don’t have a schedule at your wedding, you can’t get married!

If you’re having a civil ceremony, your registrar will bring the schedule along to the wedding however, if you’re having a religious or belief wedding, you or your partner must collect it from the register office during the week before the wedding.

Your witnesses can be someone you know or complete strangers, as long as they are over 16.

Here’s the really important bit: your schedule must be submitted to the register office within three days of the wedding so, if you’re jetting off on a honeymoon right away, ask someone trustworthy to hand it in for you. You can obtain a copy of your marriage certificate one month later at the register office.

How much: £10 for each ˜extract’ (aka, your marriage certificate!)