Getting Married in Scotland

Wedding Laws

A wedding is as much a part of the larger concept of marriage, since there will be no marriage in the first place if the wedding, for some reason, is not valid from the start. For couples wanting to have their wedding in Scotland, the country imposed laws on weddings which the would-be husband and wife must adhere to, regardless of whether they are foreigners or Scotland locales. The basic Scotland wedding laws are:

  1. Both bride and groom must be at least 16 years old on the wedding day.
  2. Scotland strictly imposes restrictions in intermarriage among blood relations, specifying degrees of blood affinity that cannot be married, such as father to a daughter, mother to a son, sister to a brother, grandparent to a grandchild, and the like. In most countries and in most societies, these restrictions are also followed by virtue of moral and cultural practice, and there should be no problem between the bride and groom in general.
  3. Documentary evidence declaring that both bride and groom are free and legal to marry.
  4. Despite liberal laws in some countries like the United States, same-sex marriage is still not allowed in Scotland. The bride must be female and the groom must be male.
  5. Both bride and groom give full consent to the wedding ceremony that will take place in the country.
  6. Both bride and groom guarantee that the wedding ceremony that will take place would be recognized in the country where they are citizens.
  7. Scotland law requires that at least two persons of legal age witness the wedding ceremony and sign the wedding or marriage certificate.

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