Marriage in Scotland is recognised in the form of both civil and religious unions between individuals. Historically, the law of marriage has developed differently in Scotland to other jurisdictions in the United Kingdom. These differences led to a tradition of couples from England and Wales eloping to Scotland where the legal minimum age to enter into a marriage in Scotland is sixteen years and does not require parental consent at any age.

Religious Marriage

Religious or belief marriage ceremonies vary greatly, depending on the religion or belief involved. They include marriages by celebrants of many Christian denominations, and celebrants from other religions such as Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus. They also include celebrants from other belief systems.

Your marriage certificate

If you wish to obtain a replacement marriage certificate, you can apply online at Replacement Certificates or please contact one of our registration offices.