Destination Wedding in Scotland–step by step?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got married in Glasgow  this past August (DH is Scottish and his parents ares till there. This is the website for the Scotland registry offices. It gives you a break down of what you need to do. 

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/regscot/getting-married-in-scotland/index.html?PHPSESSID=c890e823fa48c6c3b1b5002b4e3a842e

Make sure you look into Visas too. If you’re both American, I don’t think you need them, but double check!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It was actually really easy. Filled out the paperwork, mailed it in. Make sure you call the registrars office and book your date/officiant As soon as you can. It didn’t take long. The paperwork was really a formality. I called and booked, then sent in paperwork. you just have to tell them the US doesn’t issue a certificate of no impediment And that’s all they need 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it goes for any office. I just asked when I called to book my date/officiant 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@foxhoundqueen:  The laws about marriage in Scotland relate to Scotland in its entirety so there are no variations from county to county. We don’t have the same federal/state law split in the UK as exists in the USA. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@foxhoundqueen:  I’m not sure that you’ll require any special visas if you are merely visiting Scotland to get married. In other words, you are travelling as tourists and without any intention of establishing residence in the UK.

However, I really would get advice from the people who know best so that you are certain about exactly which steps you need to take, and when, if you plan to marry in Scotland. This link is where I got the information, below, http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/acs/living_in_the_uk_scotland.html

“Getting Married in Scotland

For full details on the requirements and procedures for getting married in Scotland, you should contact the British Embassy in Washington D.C. or the British Consulate closest to you.  The U.S. Government does not issue “Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage”. Local marriage registrars are aware of this and generally waive the requirement for Americans. “

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@foxhoundqueen:  I did have to get a marriage visa since I was marrying a British citizen. The visa was a ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS!!! Yours may be different since you aren’t marrying a UK citizen, but research the hell out of the requirements. And you can’t apply before 3 months before the wedding date which makes it stressful 🙂 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Gosh! From reading that link I’ve realised that it’s much harder for US citizens to get into the UK than it is for me to visit the US. I have an ESTA which lasts for a couple of years, cost about $14 which I applied for online from your Homeland Security peeps. No supporting documentation was required. 

So far as your plans are concerned, OP, I would warn that our Border Agency staff are not particularly nice people. So if your paperwork isn’t 100% ticketyboo, you could easily be put straight back on a plane.

I have an American DIL who, despite having a valid 6-month tourist visa was once nearly denied access back into the UK because she couldn’t remember, down to the last pound, exactly what my son earned in a year. They’d only left the UK for 10 days to have a holiday in Slovenia! Things are a little easier now they are married but the whole fiance and subsequent work visa process was heavy going and cost a huge amount.

I’d hate to rain on your wedding parade but if you aren’t marrying a UK citizen or have a particularly good reason to marry in Scotland you might well find the whole process outweighs any benefits. No matter how darling a venue you have!

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