Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for looking at my blog!

Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for looking at my blog!

How to use this blog

This blog is structured as a series of questions and under each posting, I've provided what I hope will be helpful advice for you in planning your humanist wedding. All of the posts are on one page, but each one has been condensed in size, so to read the full details, just click on the post title or 'read more'. When you get to the end of the post, just click on 'home' to get back to the full page of posts. If you're interested in a particular subject, you can also click on the list to the left or you can do your own search by using the box below.

I've started with a short video clip, so happy watching, happy reading and happy wedding planning!

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What do we need to do about the legal procedures?

 (Picture by Martin Weir Photography)

The legal procedures for all weddings in Scotland fall under the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014. We sometimes get inquiries from couples abroad or in England and Wales who are concerned about the legalities. This is because Humanist marriages aren't yet legal south of the border and in fact, Scotland is one of only 8 countries in the world where you can legally marry in a Humanist ceremony. So if you're not from Scotland, just a few points to reassure you :

  • Yes, we can legally marry you!
  • Yes, a Humanist ceremony conducted by a Celebrant of Humanist Society Scotland is fully legal.
  • Yes, that means that your marriage has legal status in the same way as if you were to marry in any other part of the UK or in a religious or civil ceremony (with a Registrar).
  • No, you don't need to have a separate ceremony with a Registrar, as you currently do south of the border.
  • No, there are no residence requirements, so you don't have to live in Scotland in order to legally marry here.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need further clarification - I'm always happy to help!

As far as the legal procedure is concerned, the first thing to stress is that it's all very straightforward and the following points should help you through the process: