Publication - Advice and guidance

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

Published: 26 Oct 2020
Last updated: 6 Jan 2021 - see all updates

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

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

Definitions

Marriage

This is a marriage ceremony or the registration of a civil partnership.

Venue

This is any location in Scotland at which a marriage can take place.

Person responsible for the venue

The person or persons responsible for the management of a venue that has been provided for the purpose of the marriage.

Where the venue is a place of worship, the person responsible may be a faith leader, a lay person, or a management body or committee.

‘Attendee’ or ‘guest’

Individuals who enter a venue or, where the venue is outside, attend a venue in order to participate in or witness a marriage.

‘Celebrant’

This is the religious or belief celebrant, or in the case of a civil marriage the local authority registrar.

Use of the term ‘must’

Where this guidance states that an activity must take place this means it is a legal requirement.

Use of the term ‘should’

Where the guidance states that an activity should take place this is not a legal requirement. However, the Scottish Government strongly advise following the guidance in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.


First published: 26 Oct 2020 Last updated: 6 Jan 2021 -