Ceilidh Baird
Ceilidh Baird 29 Aug 2017

Hi there everyone!! So I really have no idea where to start with the...

Hi there everyone!! So I really have no idea where to start with the 'legal' side off arranging our wedding. I have my venue and date booked for my wedding next September near Lockerbie, but have no idea what I'm supposed to do next? Neither my h2be or myself want a religious ceremony (any alternative suggestions are welcome!!) and I know we need to arrange the marriage certificate or something though I'm sure it's not that simple, any advice on what I need to do/how to do it would be hugely appreciated!! I feel so stupid asking but google has been no help at all!

Lisa Keenan
Lisa Keenan 29 Aug 2017

First you'll need to give notice to the local authority, then you'll need to look at booking a registrar. If you don't want a religious ceremony but still want it to be legal, look at a civil ceremony. Does your venue allow civil ceremonies? If so, you can book a registrar to attend your venue. If not, you may need to go to a registry office before going for the reception after. Look at the website of the local area for information on marriages - I think that's Dumfries and Galloway for Lockerbie but could be wrong! In any event, lots of places don't allow you to book the registrar and stuff until a year before the ceremony, but that's entirely locality dependent. Good luck :-)

Ceilidh Baird
Ceilidh Baird 29 Aug 2017

Aww thankyou, my venue does allow civil ceremonies and things yeah. I am trying to figure it all out so I can maybe book an appointment in advance. I want to be as organised as possible and just didn't know where to begin. So much to do and don't want to miss anything out lol

E Wilson
E Wilson 29 Aug 2017

Contact your local registry office. They will provide all of the information you need

Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 29 Aug 2017

Hi contact your local registry office :)

Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker 29 Aug 2017

I get married next September too. I rung up my local registry office and asked to book the registrar for my date. Luckily, nobody else had booked my date yet so I could choose any time I wanted. I had to give my name and my partners name and pay a deposit. I also booked an appointment for exactly a year before my date to give notice as thats only valid for 12 months. Both my partner and I will have to go down to the office to show our passports and driving licence. We will also have to pay another fee each.


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