Marriage and civil partnerships resume

Published: Wednesday 1 July 2020

A couple are married by South Lanarkshire Council registrar Alistair Gray

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can now take place outdoors in South Lanarkshire.

And members of three separate households, up to a maximum of eight people, are permitted to attend.

This allows those being married (who may not be part of the same household prior to marriage) and the witnesses to attend.

The numbers allowed does not include the registrar/celebrant or an interpreter, if necessary.

At the moment our registrars can only attend ceremonies where the venue is one of the garden spaces at Chatelherault.

Head of Administration and Legal Services, Geraldine McCann, said: “We are delighted that we are able to resume marriage and civil partnership ceremonies as the restrictions imposed by lockdown continue to ease.

“While we appreciate that the current arrangements might not be suitable for everyone, for some it will allow them to proceed with their plans.

“To ensure the health and safety of all attending the celebrant or registrar will ensure physical distancing measures take place and that there are no more than eight people attending.”

Full details on how to plan your marriage or civil partnership are available on the council website.

If your ceremony has been postponed due to the health pandemic and you wish to arrange a new date you will not need to submit new marriage notice forms if the date is this year and no additional fees for notices will be due.

If the date is in 2021 you will need to submit new marriage notice forms however no additional fees will be payable.

Please do not hand deliver notices and documentation as they will not be accepted.