Purpose of guidance
This guidance is for:
- people planning to get married in Scotland, their guests, and anyone the couple employs at the ceremony
- people responsible for venues that host marriage ceremonies
- the celebrants who conduct them.
The guidance sets out how people planning to get married can arrange their ceremony in a way that is safe and in line with physical distancing guidelines. This will ensure that for everyone attending, the risk of exposure is minimised, including for those who are employed at the venue.
This guidance does not set out how marriage ceremonies must meet the legal requirements in order to be lawfully constituted, nor how couples must give notice of their intention to marry. National Records of Scotland has published information about:
- marriage notices
- cases where there is a pressing need for a couple to marry within the usual notice period.
This guidance is about marriage ceremonies. It does not apply to other life event ceremonies such as christenings or baby naming ceremonies.
Those conducting other life event ceremonies should refer to other guidance as appropriate: