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.
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.
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!