Arranging your civil ceremony

Bespoke ceremonies by South Lanarkshire's Registrars

From Monday 29 June marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can now take place outdoors.

Members of three separate households, up to a maximum number of 8 people, are permitted to attend an outdoor wedding or civil partnership. This allows the parties (who may not be part of the same household prior to marriage) and the witnesses to attend. This limitation does not include the registrar/celebrant or any necessary interpreter.

To ensure the health and safety of all attending the celebrant or registrar will ensure physical distancing measures take place and that there are no more than eight people attending.
For couples who require to submit marriage/civil partnership notice forms (within three months of the date of marriage/civil partnership and no less than 29 clear days):-

National Records of Scotland has authorised registration offices to accept and process marriage/civil partnership notice forms. Our offices remain closed to the public at present however notice forms for ceremonies taking place within South Lanarkshire can be posted to Licensing and Registration Services, Floor 11, Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA together with the supporting documents.

Before the marriage/civil partnership schedule is issued we will require to see the original documents. An appointment will be made for you to attend the Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA to collect the schedule and to check the documents. Please make sure you provide a daytime contact phone number with your documents to allow us to contact you for payment.

Ceremonies postponed due to COVID-19

If your ceremony has been postponed due to the health pandemic and you wish to arrange a new date you will not need to submit new marriage notice forms if the date is this year and no additional fees for notices will be due. If the date is in 2021 you will need to submit new marriage notice forms however no additional fees will be payable.

Please do not hand deliver notices and documentation as they will not be accepted.

Bespoke ceremonies by South Lanarkshire's Registrars

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