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Coronavirus (COVID-19): wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations

Published: 14 Sep 2020
Last updated: 14 Sep 2020 - see all updates

Guidance to assist couples planning to get married or form a civil partnership in Scotland, as well as celebrants.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations
Local measures: if the place where you live, or where your marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration will take place, is in an area affected by additional COVID-19 restrictions  you should comply with these measures.


As part of Phase 3 of Scotland’s framework for easing restrictions on lockdown, from 15 July it is possible for marriages and civil partnerships to take place indoors at public venues, including registration offices, hospitality venues and places of worship as well as outdoors. As outlined below, there continue to be limits on numbers attending.

This guidance for marriage and civil partnership has been drafted on the basis of the scientific evidence available. The guidance will be kept under review and updated as more evidence becomes available. We will continue to consider how to permit all marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations to take place, with improved hygiene and other precautions, in Phase 4 of our route map, taking account of medical and scientific advice.

This guidance is not an instruction to any venue to reopen for the purpose of hosting a wedding ceremony or civil partnership registration. The person responsible for managing each venue should make their own decision about when it is ready to do this and should only reopen if this can be done safely.

This guidance is based on scientific and medical advice at the time of writing. It does not constitute legal advice. Please ensure that you are reviewing the latest version of this guidance and other guidance mentioned by visiting Coronavirus in Scotland.

First published: 14 Sep 2020 Last updated: 14 Sep 2020 -