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Marriage Ceremonies

How to arrange a ceremony in West Lothian

Are you getting married in 2019 or 2020 in West Lothian? Have you thought about having a registrar perform your wedding ceremony?

With prices starting from just £125.00 we have lots of availability left for 2019 and 2020.

Our team of experienced registrars are able to marry you at a venue of your choice in West Lothian. We can attend your home, garden, a local social club, restaurant, hotel or even a local beauty spot.

By choosing a registrar to perform your ceremony you can really personalise your ceremony so it is just the way you want it. Feel free to give us a call on 01506 281898 to discuss or check availability.

How much notice do we need to give?

The notice period for submitting your Marriage Notice increased on 1 March 2015 to a minimum of 29 days, this is due to The Immigration Act 2014.

You can submit your Marriage Notice between 29 days and 3 months prior to your wedding, however we are requesting all documents 10-12 weeks prior to your ceremony.

Where do I hand in my paperwork?

If you are to be married at a venue in West Lothian, you must submit your paperwork to our Livingston Office. You do not require an appointment to attend our Livingston Office.

Please avoid all offices between 12.30pm-1.30pm as we may have to close for lunch.

If your wedding ceremony is being held in the Bathgate Registration Office, you can submit your marriage paperwork there.

Bathgate Office cannot accept any marriage paperwork for weddings outside the Office.


What documents do we need?

Please read this list carefully and ensure you bring all documents, fully completed to our office as this may delay in processing your Marriage Notice.

  • pdf icon Marriage Notice guidance and application form (M10) [101kb] Print off 2 x pages 7 & 8 (one for each party to the marriage)
  • pdf icon Witness Form [165kb]
  • Birth certificates (translated in to English if necessary)
  • Proof of address i.e. utility bill, dated within the last three months
  • Valid passport
  • If a registrar is conducting your ceremony, please complete a pdf icon Ceremony Requirements Questionnaire [28kb]
  • If you are travelling from a non EEA country or are non EEA national further documentation will need to be completed please also download and complete a pdf icon Declaration of Immigration Status form [23kb]
  • If you have previously been married,divorce or dissolution documents, or if you are widowed, a copy of your spouses death certificate.
  • If your domicile is abroad, a Certificate Of No Impediment (CONI) issued by the authority in your home town or country to the effect that you are free to marry (translated in to English if necessary)

All the paperwork must be handed into the  Livingston Registration Office with, original documents. If your wedding is to be held in Bathgate Registration Office, you can hand your documents into there. 

It is also possible to send these documents into the registration office, we can take photocopies of your birth certificates and passports, but will need to see your original documents prior to your ceremony. When we receive these we will give you a call on receipt and take your payment over the phone with a debit or credit card.

How much does it cost?

Appropriate pdf icon fees [99kb]


What kind of ceremonies are there?

There are three types of ceremonies in Scotland- Civil, Religious and Belief Ceremonies.

Civil Ceremony

A Civil marriage between two people (this includes same sex couples) can take place in a registration office or at a venue agreed by the Registrar.

Civil marriages can only be carried out by;

  • A Registrar who has been authorised by the Registrar General
  • or Assistant Registrar who has been authorised by the Registrar General
  • see information on same sex marriage

 

Religious Ceremony

A Religious marriage (Christian or non-Christian) can be carried out by;

  • Minister
  • Member of the Clergy
  • Pastor
  • Priest
  • or other person entitled to do so under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977.

Belief Marriage

A Belief marriage can be carried out by someone authorised by the National Records of Scotland.


We are having a Civil Ceremony, how do we book a Registrar?

You can book a registrar online whether having your ceremony in a registration office or a venue of your choice.

You should contact the Registrar in the district where your marriage will take place well in advance to book your wedding. This is very important to secure the date and time. Advanced booking is very important for popular venues and times of the year.

For further information, please call us on 01506 281897 or 01506 282916 or email us registration@westlothian.gov.uk

  • Complimentary services can be discussed with registration staff. (hand fasting etc.)

Marriage schedules

Religious or Belief Marriage

If you are having a Religious or Belief Marriage, either party to the marriage will need to collect the Marriage Schedule from the registration office, no earlier than 7 days prior to the wedding. This will not be issued to anyone other than the parties to the marriage.

The schedule then needs to be returned to the registration office within three working days of the ceremony, anyone can hand this into the office and your marriage certificate will be produced at this time.

Civil Ceremony

If you are having a Civil Ceremony, the registrar will bring the schedule to the ceremony. Once the ceremony is complete the registrar will return the schedule to the office to create your marriage certificate. This can then either be picked up from the office or posted out second class post.

Your fees include one marriage certificate. If you require further certificates please discuss this with the registrar.


Are you subject to immigration controls?

You should contact the UK border agency for advice on entry requirements to the UK under immigration rules for marriage and civil partnerships.

If you are unable to provide proof of your Immigration status in the UK or a valid Visa, your Marriage Notice period may increase to up to 70 days pending Home Office Clearance. If you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland such as, for example, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States etc. If you intend to visit Scotland to get married or to register a civil partnership, then you will need relevant entry clearance to enter the UK.