Civil ceremony - marriage
3. Legal requirements for all marriages
To be married in Scotland you must complete the Marriage Notice Form and Witness Information Form.
These should be completed, signed and sent to the office for the district in which your marriage is
taking place approximately 8-12 weeks before your marriage date.
Along with your marriage notice forms you must submit the appropriate supporting documents required and correct fee. Our experienced registrars can advise on an individual’s statutory requirements, which can vary considerably depending on age, nationality, country of residence and any previous marriages. We will guide you through the legal preliminaries and will check and process all submitted documentation.
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How to submit forms
You can submit the forms by post, in person yourself or have someone hand them in on your behalf. Please make an appointment if attending the registration office in person. If returning notice forms by post please ensure correct postage to avoid delay in delivery. See below for payment methods.
Your marriage schedule will be prepared from the information contained in your marriage notice forms. This schedule is the document which you will sign on the day of the marriage ceremony and for religious marriages, i.e. any non-civil marriage ceremonies, and can only be issued to the bride or groom in person and within 7 days of your marriage date.
The schedule must then be returned to this office within 3 days of your marriage to allow us to complete your marriage registration. Anyone can return the schedule for you. Following the completion of your marriage registration you will be sent an official marriage extract certificate.
Cheques should be made payable to 'South Ayrshire Council'. If you intend to pay by card please contact this office shortly after you expect your notice forms to have arrived. Marriage notice forms will not be processed without payment.