Why Scotland Is The Perfect Destination For Your Same Sex Wedding

Scotland has some of the most amazing scenery in the world,from cliff tops to castles to inner city gems, they’ve all been host to beautiful same sex weddings. With Scotland having been rated the best in Europe for LGBTQ equality in 2015, you can expect to be warmly welcomed to host your same sex wedding, vow renewal or symbolic ceremony. 

Image by @christinemcnallyphoto

Image by @christinemcnallyphoto

One of the best things about getting married in Scotland is that you can conduct a legal wedding anywhere (Yes, anywhere!) meaning you can choose a location that has deep and significant meaning to you and your partner with ease. You can also hold a legal same sex religious Ceremony at the Christian Scottish Episcopal Church who allow same sex couples to be married in their churches. The Church of Scotland are expected to pass a similar motion to allow same sex marriages in their Churches in 2021.

Same-Sex marriages conducted in Scotland by a person recognised as a legal officiant are legally recognised throughout the world which makes Scotland one of the most attractive locations for amazing destination and elopement weddings. There are also no laws or requirements surrounding your time in the Country before or after the Wedding takes place – meaning you can jet in and out, or even step off of a Cruise liner to host your legal LGBTQ Wedding in Scotland!

Over 1500 gay and lesbian couples tied the knot in Scotland the year after the Marriage and Civil Partnership Act came into force which allowed same sex couples to marry from January 2015. Since then Scotland has continued to grow as a perfect location for all couples to have their dream wedding. 

Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash

Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash

Incorporate Scotland’s LGBTI heritage into your celebrations by having your ceremony during pride month in June or LGBTI History Month in February where there are parades, events, film screenings and festivities right across the country - what better way to celebrate these events than with your brand new husband or wife! 

 You could also embrace Scottish culture in your ceremony by incorporating historic traditions into your day such as wearing kilts, tartan, including thistles in a bouquet or buttonhole, or having a handfasting ceremony – you could even cut cut the cake with a sword!

Eco friendly wedding ideas - how to make your wedding more environmentally friendly

Environmentally Friendly Confetti

The best types of confetti to use are water soluble, rough cut seed paper, flower petals, seeds or herbs. The water soluble confetti breaks down when exposed to moisture so it will disappear meaning small animals won't eat it and get sick. Rough cut seed paper will sproutflowers when planted (more on this later!) however it is best to check with your venue before you use sprouting confetti. 

When using flower petals or seeds, make sure they’re not poisonous if ingested by animals. Rice is a popular confetti trend however it can be damaging to birds that eat it so it is best to avoid it. 

PHOTO BY Chris Henderson

PHOTO BY Chris Henderson

Seed Paper Stationary

This is very cool – Why not consider using seed paper for your Wedding stationary? The seed paper, when planted will sprout flowers! Our lovely friends at Paper Skeleton (@paperskeleton_) provide this product in all sorts of beautiful, fresh designs. We suggest that your guests would wet the paper, tear it up, plant it under a thin layer of soil then watch as your beautiful flowers grow. This is a great way for your guests to recycle their save the date or invitations and remember your wedding.

Eco Friendly Paper choices

When you’re choosing your invites, check if the paper they use is FSC approved. According to the FSC, “FSC certifies forests all over the world to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards. Products made with wood and paper from FSC forests are marked with their ‘tick tree’ logo. When you see this logo, you can be confident that buying it won’t mean harming the world’s forests.”

Guests and suppliers travelling to your venue will probably create the most carbon footprint out of everything at your wedding. If you choose to hire suppliers that are local to your venue, this decreases the travel emissions from their travel as well as supporting small local businesses. 

Booking a bus for your guests that leaves from one place is also a great way to reduce carbon emissions as all your guests arrive in one vehicle.

Local catering companies are most likely to be using farm to table produce which means it is both locally sourced and fresh! When food is bought directly from growers it needs less packaging, less transportation and less time in the fridge which is definitely more environmentally friendly!

PHOTO BY DONNA MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY DONNA MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Favours 

For eco friendly favours, try sourcing plantable gifts like seeds, herbs or a small succulent. Or go for edible favours however try and avoid excess plastic packaging, paper bags are better! 

Donate Your Wedding Flowers 

A good way to prevent wasting your wedding flowers is by donating them to a church, community centre or care home or you could even task someone with arranging them into smaller bouquets for your guests to take home with them. If you use potted plants they are easier for guests to take home and will last a lot longer as they haven’t been cut. A great excuse to have a themed Herb garden courtyard at your Wedding or use incredible trees or plants.

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