Update: 19 September 2023
This service is currently receiving an exceptionally high volume of notice submissions and email enquiries, therefore response times are taking longer than usual as our team work through the extensive backlogs. Current response time for email enquires in relation to bookings or other is around 3 weeks.
Please do not email our service to check the progress of your enquiry/application, unless in the event of an emergency e.g. terminal illness or other. We work through these in date order and will respond as soon as we can.
Upon receiving marriage and civil partnership application forms, you will normally be contacted within a few days to confirm receipt of your notice forms.
Please ensure you read all of the information below and remember to include all the necessary documents and contact details with your application as we may not be able to offer or confirm a date with you until we are in receipt of all the paperwork. This will help avoid any unnecessary delays in processing your application.
You can be married or have a civil partnership in either of two ways in Scotland - by civil ceremony (Conducted by a Registrar) or by a religious or belief ceremony:
If you are planning to get married in Scotland/Glasgow, you must by law lodge NRS - M10 (Marriage Notice Form), submit the associated documents, and pay the statutory fee, to the registrar in whose district you intend to be married. Please check with your venue and/or celebrant to ensure that your ceremony is taking place within Glasgow city registration boundary before sending your notice forms.
Further information on Marriage in Scotland can be found by visiting the National Records Of Scotland website.
At present, we only accept marriage notices by post. These, along with any supporting documents should be submitted to:
Registration Service, Glasgow City Council, Mail Room, City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DU
Please remember to complete a notice form for each party to the marriage and include contact details and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange payment over the phone by credit/debit card allowing us to lodge your notice or to check any additional information. Contact details should include a UK landline or mobile number and email address.
Please DO NOT hand deliver notices and documentation as they will not be accepted!
When submitting marriage notice forms to the registrar, each of you must supply the following:
When sending your original NRS - M10 (Marriage Notice Form), please send photocopies of documents only (not originals). We will arrange to see originals prior to your marriage ceremony or in the case of a religious/belief ceremony, prior to issue of your marriage schedule.
Timing is important. The notices must be submitted early enough to enable the registrar to be satisfied that you are free to marry one another.
Therefore, notices should be handed in 8-10 weeks before your marriage is set to take place.
If either party has been married before, or if any of the parties are a non-UK national, the notices should be with the registrar 10 weeks beforehand.
The minimum period is 29 days before the date of the proposed marriage, but if you leave it as late as this you run the risk of needing to postpone your marriage.
Only in exceptional circumstances will the Registrar General authorise a marriage to take place when less than 29 days notice has been given.
Notice forms cannot be submitted any earlier than 3 months before your proposed date of marriage.
Notice forms will only be accepted and lodged if:
You have a minister or authorised celebrant etc. arranged to deliver your ceremony in Glasgow and require the Registrar's service to produce a schedule document permitting the ceremony to take place
You have arranged a booking or wish to arrange a booking (subject to availability) to be married by a Registrar, in our Ceremony rooms or at a third-party venue in Glasgow. Please visit our Civil Ceremonies page.
Provided you have returned your application forms within the statutory 29-day minimum notice period, including contact details, we will contact you to make further arrangements and arrange payment.
Where a couple are unable to give the required 29 days notice (e.g. due to serious illness of one of the parties), then please email email@example.com for advice.
We can only accept notice forms and their supporting documents by post - Address noted above.
Upon receipt of your application we will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your paperwork, which will be filed in ceremony date order to be processed by our team.
Please do not email our service to check the progress of your application - unless, in the event of an emergency e.g. terminal illness or other. We work through these in date order and will get to your application.
When the registrar is satisfied there is no legal impediment to the marriage, a schedule will be prepared from the information you have given. The schedule is the most important document - no marriage can proceed without it.
If you are having a religious marriage, the schedule will be issued to you by the registrar. The schedule cannot be issued more than seven days before the marriage and the registrar will advise you when to visit the office to uplift the schedule, which is by appointment only. The schedule cannot be collected on your behalf by a relative or friend- the registrar will only issue it to one of the prospective parties.
The schedule must be produced to the person performing the marriage before the marriage ceremony begins.
Immediately after the ceremony, the schedule must be signed by both parties, the person performing the ceremony and by the two witnesses. Thereafter, it must be returned to the registrar within three days for the marriage to be legally registered.
Costs will depend on your chosen venue, date and number of guests. Please see below for current fee lists.
For a religious or belief ceremony solemnized only by a minister, clergyman, pastor, priest or other person the cost will be £100. This includes the fee for the marriage certificate which is issued a few weeks after your ceremony has taken place.
From 1 April 2023:
If you are having a religious or belief ceremony, please contact your celebrant for any other associated fees chargeable by them.
When posting Notices to us please include contact details so we can arrange payment. We cannot lodge notices if no contact details are given to allow arrangements to be made for payment by credit/debit card.
Please note, Glasgow City Council now operate a cashless system, therefore, ALL payments should now be in the form of a credit/debit card. We are unable to accept cheque payments.
We are currently not offering any face-to-face appointments at this time for the lodging of any marriage notices.
However, if you are having a religious or belief system marriage and have been asked by the Registrar to attend the office to collect the schedule, then please be on time. If you are late, you will need to re-schedule your appointment.
If you are having a religious or belief ceremony and have been asked by the Registrar to attend the office to collect the schedule and are unable to keep the appointed time then please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
We have a very limited number of appointments and welcome your assistance in keeping to our schedule/time allocated.
If you have already lodged notice or paid a booking fee and your arrangements have changed then please email email@example.com with the heading Cancelled/Postponed Ceremony with the name of the couple who were to be married.
For all other marriage enquiries not listed above please email firstname.lastname@example.org