Get married in Church

There are over 300 Scottish Episcopal Churches in Scotland to choose from if you are planning to get married.

The first thing you need to do is get in touch with the priest who is in charge of the church that you are interested in getting married in.

Once you’ve made contact, you’ll be able to have a conversation about what kind of wedding you are looking for and also about the local booking arrangements.

If you can, try not to book a wedding reception venue until you know whether the church you want to get married in is available.

People sometimes ask whether they can get married in church if they have been married before. The short answer is that a proportion of the people who get married in the Scottish Episcopal Church have been married before.

Local clergy are able to marry couples where one or both have been married before provided the bishop consents. Your local priest will be very happy to speak about this.

Weddings in the Scottish Episcopal Church tend not to be just done off the peg but are tailored to the couple who are getting married. For example, if the couple are parents, there may well be creative ways of involving the children on the big day.

The couple themselves should expect to have a significant involvement in planning the service, including choosing which prayers, readings and vows are used.

The service itself will tend to be put together by the couple using resources from the Scottish Episcopal Church’s marriage rite.

No-one can get married in Scotland without dealing with the local Registrar. On the day of the wedding a couple need to produce a Marriage Schedule from the Registrar Service which is run by the local council.

During the course of the service, the schedule is completed by the person conducting the wedding and this then needs to be returned to the Registrar’s Office within three days.