Weddings in Scotland

How & where to get married

Scotland makes a truly wonderful setting for your wedding - whether you wish to get married in a historic Scottish Castle, or a fabulous Scottish hotel with amazing views over the famous countryside...

Overview

Top reasons to get married in Scotland

Why choose Scotland for your wedding?

  • Dramatic
    Get married in a spectacular Scottish castle or ancient Church.
  • Simple
    Legally it is relatively simple to marry in Scotland.
  • Locations
    A castle next to Loch Ness or a Grand country house overlooking the Highlands - Scotland really has it all.
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Overview

Scotland makes a wonderful setting for your wedding, with a limitless selection of magical settings & scenic backdrops for your big day!

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There are plenty of wedding locations in Scotland providing a great deal of options & styles for a Scottish wedding. There are many spectacular romantic Scottish castles that offer full services for your wedding day, also many spectacular hotels plus country houses offer wedding services.

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One of the most popular destinations to get married in Scotland is Gretna Green - located on the English border - which was once, due to relaxed marriage laws, the British' favourite place to elope.

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So whether you wish to get married in a local Church, a historic Cathedral, a castle next to Loch Ness or a Grand country house overlooking the Highlands - Scotland really has it all.

Couples from overseas are catered for as Scotland is becoming a ever more popular destination wedding location.

Legally it is relatively simple to marry in Scotland. Getting married in Scotland is legal for couples from the US, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe & most other countries.

You can have a Religious ceremonies conducted at any time and in any place in Scotland as long as the Priest / Vicar or registered marriage celebrant agrees. In Scottish churches, there is no provision for getting married by the publishing of banns.

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Civil weddings however can only take place in a register office with the ceremony conducted by Registrar during office hours. Because the weather in Scotland is so unpredictable - wedding venues are booked early to take the limited short summer dates. For this reason a wedding should be planned early.

 

Gretna Green

Gretna Green is famous for being the wedding capital of the UK and has been the top wedding venue since 1745, when couples from England eloped to Gretna Green because of the relaxed wedding laws. Although the laws have changed - Gretna Green still holds a romantic charm and so has many wedding orientated services to offer, from hotels and guest houses to flowers and wedding cars.

Gretna Green is a small village in the south of Scotland on the English border, distinct from the larger nearby town of Gretna, Scotland. It is on the west coast, in Dumfries and Galloway, and near the mouth of the River Esk.

The most popular locations in Gretna Green to get married are the Gretna Hall Blacksmiths Shop, The Mill Forge, Gretna Hall, The Old Smithy & Anvil Hall.

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Anvil Hall is a refurbished church, built in the early 1900s is becoming one of Gretna's leading wedding venues. Ceremonies can be conducted by either a minister or registrar.

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The countryside setting of The Mill Forge and its Scottish Chapel design create a very romantic and tranquil setting. A walk up the aisle to the Anvil offer the church like entrance followed by a traditional Gretna Green style candle lit marriage 'Over the Anvil'!

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The cobbled Courtyard of the Gretna Hall Blacksmiths Shop dates back to 1710 and is situated in the ground of Gretna Hall, the home of the lord of the manor until 1792 when it became a coaching inn. It is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens which include a pond and gazebo.

Old Smithy - the hub of village life in days gone by, the local smithy not only provided the joining of two metals but also two lives in the form of a marriage. This quaint building has three rooms available for your ceremony.

So whether you wish to get married in a local Church, a historic Cathedral, a castle next to Loch Ness or a Grand country house overlooking the Highlands - Scotland provides it all. Getting married in Scotland is legal for couples from the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Europe & most other countries. Couples from overseas are catered for as Scotland is becoming a ever more popular destination wedding location.

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  • We got married then had our reception at Dalhousie Castle. It was really impressive & picturesque. It was our perfect setting...Nathan & Emily, married in Scotland