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Update: 25 November 2021

Please note, this service is currently receiving an exceptionally high volume of notice submissions and email queries, therefore response times will be longer than usual as our team try to work through the extensive backlog.

Please do not email our service to check the progress of your application, unless in the event of an emergency e.g. terminal illness or other. We work through these in date order and will get to your application.

I want to get married in Scotland/Glasgow

You can be married or have a civil partnership in either of two ways in Scotland - by civil ceremony (Conducted by a Registrar) or by a religious or belief ceremony:

  • Civil Ceremony
    This ceremony may take place in a registration office or at any place mutually agreed between the couple and the local registration authority, other than religious premises.  The ceremony can be personalized to suit your individual tastes and needs.  Your day, your way!

 

  • Religious or Belief Ceremony
    This ceremony can be solemnized only by a minister, clergyman, pastor, priest or other person entitled to do so under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 and the Civil Partnership Act 2004. 

If you are planning to get married in Scotland/Glasgow, you must by law lodge marriage notice forms Form M10, submit the associated documents, and pay the statutory fee, to the registrar in whose district you intend to be married.

Further information on Marriage in Scotland can be found by visiting the National Records Of Scotland website.

How do I submit my notice of marriage?

At present, we only accept marriage notices by post. These, along with any supporting documents should be submitted to:

Registration Service, Glasgow City Council,Mail Room,City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DU

Please include contact details and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange payment over the phone by credit/debit card allowing us to lodge your notice or to check any additional information. Contact details should include a UK landline or mobile number and email address.

Please DO NOT hand deliver notices and documentation as they will not be accepted!

What documents do I need to include when submitting my notice of marriage?

When submitting marriage notice forms to the registrar, each of you must supply the following:

  • your birth certificate
  • your passport
  • proof of current/usual residence - for e.g. Utility bill (not older than 3 months); bank/building society statement (not older than 1 month); most recent council tax bill; valid UK driving licence; letter signed by someone able to confirm period of residence at address e.g. relative accommodating individual (further supporting evidence may be needed)
  • a decree of divorce, dissolution or annulment if the person giving notice has previously been married or in a registered civil partnership and the marriage or civil partnership has been dissolved. A decree of divorce granted out with Scotland must be absolute or final-a decree nisi is not acceptable
  • if you are a widow or widower, the death certificate of your former spouse
  • if your domicile is abroad, a certificate of no impediment issued by the competent authority to the effect that you are free to marry.
  • If any of these documents is in a language other than English, a certified translation in English must also be provided
  • if you are a Non-UK national further documentation will need to be completed. Please also download and complete a Declaration of Immigration Status Form.

When sending your original M10 forms, please send photocopies of documents only (not originals). We will arrange to see originals prior to your marriage ceremony or in the case of a religious/belief ceremony, prior to issue of your marriage schedule.

When to submit my notice of marriage?

Timing is important. The notices must be submitted early enough to enable the registrar to be satisfied that you are free to marry one another.

Therefore, notices should be handed in 8-10 weeks before your marriage is set to take place.

If either party has been married before, or if any of the parties are a non-UK national, the notices should be with the registrar 10 weeks beforehand.

The minimum period is 29 days before the date of the proposed marriage, but if you leave it as late as this you run the risk of needing to postpone your marriage.

Only in exceptional circumstances will the Registrar General authorise a marriage to take place when less than 29 days notice has been given.

Notice forms cannot be submitted any earlier than 3 months before your proposed date of marriage.

What happens after I submit my notice of marriage?

Notice forms will only be accepted and lodged if:

You have a minister/celebrant etc. arranged to deliver your ceremony in Glasgow and require the Registrar's service to produce a schedule document permitting the ceremony to take place

OR

You have arranged a booking or wish to arrange a booking (subject to availability) to be married by a Registrar, in our Ceremony rooms or at a third-party venue in Glasgow. Please visit our Civil Ceremonies page.

AND

Provided you have returned your application forms within the statutory 29-day minimum notice period, including contact details, we will contact you to make further arrangements and arrange payment.

Where a couple are unable to give the required 29 days notice (e.g. due to serious illness of one of the parties), then please email mar&cpr@glasgow.gov.uk for advice.

We can only accept notice forms and their supporting documents by post - Address noted above.

Please do not email our service to check the progress of your application - unless, in the event of an emergency e.g. terminal illness or other. We work through these in date order & will get to your application.

How do I pay?

When posting Notices to us please include contact details so we can arrange payment. We cannot lodge notices if no contact details are given to allow arrangements to be made for payment by credit/debit card.

Please note, Glasgow City Council now operate a cashless system, therefore, ALL payments should now be in the form ofacredit/debit card. We are unable to accept cheque payments.

What happens if I am late for my appointment?

We are currently not offering anyface to face appointments at this time for the lodging of any marriage notices.

However, if you are having a religious or belief system marriage and have been asked by the Registrar to attend the office for collection, then please be on time. If you are late, we may need to re-schedule your appointment.

We are operating under strict physical distancing and Health & Safety measures, thus, can only have a limited number of people in the building at any given time.

Can I reschedule an appointment?

If you are having a religious or belief ceremony and have been asked to attend the office to collect the marriage schedule and are unable to keep the appointed time then please email mar&cpr@glasgow.gov.uk as soon as possible.

We have a very limited number of appointments and welcome your assistance in keeping to our schedule/time allocated.

If your ceremony is cancelled or postponed

If you have already lodged notice or paid a booking fee and your arrangements have changed then please email mar&cpr@glasgow.gov.uk with the heading Cancelled/Postponed Ceremony with the name of the couple who were to be married.

Contact Us

For all other marriage enquiries not listed above please email mar&cpr@glasgow.gov.uk

Disclaimer

Should unforeseeable circumstances prevent my ceremony from proceeding as planned at the agreed date and time, Glasgow City Council shall not incur any liability. For the avoidance of doubt, unforeseeable circumstances include fire, flood, severe adverse weather conditions, casualty, lock-out, strike, labour disputes, industrial action of any kind, unavoidable accident, national calamity or riot, act of god, the enactment of any act of parliament or the act of any other legally constituted authority, any cause or event arising out of or attributable to war, or any other cause or event (whether of a similar or dissimilar nature) outside the control of Glasgow City Council.

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