Famed for its breath-taking landscapes, majestic ancient castles and stunning natural beauty, Scotland is the perfect destination to host a wedding.
For many US citizens, getting married in Scotland would be a dream come true! And it can definitely become a reality, but there are a few steps you need to take first.
So, what exactly do you need to know before you begin to plan your dream wedding in Scotland as a US citizen?
The first thing you need to know is: you’ll need to apply for a marriage visitor visa. This will enable you to get married in the UK and will be valid for 6 months so you can use it to explore the country after your wedding. The earliest you can apply for this visa is 3 months before your date of travel, you should have your visa within 3 weeks of applying. The application will cost you £95 or roughly $115.
Registering your marriage in Scotland
To get married in Scotland you must by law lodge marriage notice forms and the associated documents to the registrar in whose district you intend to be married. After completing the forms, they must be posted (emails will not be accepted) to arrive between 10-12 weeks before the date of marriage, and at the very latest 29 days before. All of the forms are available from the National Records of Scotland.
There are two different types of ceremony you can have in Scotland:
- A Civil Ceremony- This can take place in a registration office, or anywhere agreed with the registrar, with the exception of a religious premises.
- A religious or belief ceremony- This can take place anywhere approved by a registered celebrant.
The most popular option is the civil ceremony as most wedding venues have already been approved for civil ceremonies. Once you have found the perfect venue, it is important to confirm your date with both the venue and the registrar’s office to make sure both have availability.
If you’re coming all the way to Scotland for your dream wedding you will want your venue and its surroundings to pretty spectacular. Somewhere unique, somewhere that wow’s you, somewhere you can’t wait to create memories to last a lifetime in.
Here at Conifer we specialise in making this happen! Whether it’s an old converted barn, one of Scotland’s exquisite castles, or a small intimate venue steeped in Scottish history. We’ve got you covered.
A luxurious affair, Crossbasket offers the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding experience for you and your guests. Complete with a four-storey private bridal tower and an array of opulent public rooms including a Grand Roosevelt Ballroom with space enough to welcome over 250 people, Crossbasket Castle promises a truly magical experience.
The spectacular 16th century tower and 18th century castle is tucked away on the outskirts of the bustling city of Glasgow overlooking the stunning waterfalls on the River Calder transporting you to the tranquillity and beauty of a vast country estate.
The Brig O’ Doon
The Brig O’ Doon House & Hotel is one of Scotland’s most iconic wedding venues, situated within the historic village of Alloway, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The impressive banqueting hall with its breath-taking views of the famous Brig o’ Doon immortalised in Robert Burns’ famous poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ make it a truly unique venue. The banqueting hall can seat up to 180 guests.
Brig o’ Doon House provides the perfect setting for a distinctly Scottish themed wedding for bridal parties who wish to embrace their Scottish heritage. All arrangements can be made to ensure your wedding has a truly Scottish flavour, including tartan dressings and embellishments, bagpipes, heather, thistles, whisky miniatures and, needless to say, some classic and imaginative Scottish cuisine – something the Brig o’ Doon is renowned for.
Getting married at Neidpath Castle will be an experience like no other. The Castle is totally exclusive, with entrance to the public only available by arrangement. Couples seeking a romantic and historic setting, will love the atmosphere. The rough stone walls, roaring log fires, sumptuous tapestries and profusion of candles, are breathtaking.
Situated above the River Tweed and just minute’s distance from Peebles, the interiors and grounds of this venue are beautiful to say the least and will have your wedding photographs looking incredible. Neidpath has, in the past, welcomed diverse people through its doors, from Mary Queen of Scots, to Sir Walter Scott, and Wordsworth wrote a poem about it. It has been used as a film set, hosted medieval fairs, musical evenings, historical re-enactments and so many other exciting occasions – and we can think of no better addition to that list than your wedding.
If you have any queries about getting married in Scotland, or even just want to find out about some of the exquisite venues the Country has to offer. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Drop me an email on Hannah@coniferevents.co.uk
That’s all for now!