The essential guide to planning your wedding

Your Guide to Wedding Planning in Scotland – Ross Barber Photography

Your Guide to Planning a Wedding in Scotland | Wedding Photographer in Scotland

lochgreen hotel wedding bride and groomThe Essentials

Don’t let the paperwork involved with your wedding trip you up!

You BOTH must complete and submit a marriage notice from.  This is a form that you can download from the registrars website or from the registry office.  You can submit these completed forms up to 15 days prior to the service, though this is cutting things a little fine.  You should aim to have the form completed and returned at least four weeks before your wedding day; six weeks is recommended for those who have been married before.

The forms must be submitted to the Registrars Office WHERE you are intending on getting married which may not be your local office, along with any fees.  You will also need to supply original birth certificate, divorce certificate (if either party has been married before) and death certificate (if either party has a previous partner who has died.)

The Registrar will enter your names into the Marriage Notice Book and onto a list of planned marriages.  This needs to be displayed for a minimum of 14 days where the public can view it.  If the Registrar is satisfied that no-one objects to you being married they will then prepare the marriage schedule.

The Bride or Groom must collect the schedule in PERSON not more than one week prior to the wedding; note, it cannot be collected on your behalf.  You must then hand it to the Wedding Celebrant prior to the wedding taking place.

You must have two witnesses over the age of 16 present at your wedding.

You must sign the schedule immediately after the ceremony in black fountain pen along with the two witnesses and the celebrant.

You must return the schedule to the Registrar within 3 days, this can be done on your behalf if you are going on honeymoon straight away.

The Wedding Fees

£30 – Each to submit your notice of marriage.


Wedding Countdown

12 Months to go…..

  • Set your wedding date
  • Decide on your budget
  • Book wedding venue
  • Decide on ceremony type & contact celebrant
  • Make guest list
  • Book wedding photographer
  • Book caterer
  • Book wedding entertainment/band
  • Book videographer
  • Book florist
  • Choose bridesmaids
  • Choose ushers & best man
  • Start looking for wedding dress
  • Book wedding cars
  • Book honeymoon
  • Start looking for cake maker

6 Months

  • Dress fittings
  • Choose wedding shoes
  • Shop for other accessories
  • Choose wedding rings
  • Arrange outfits for Bridesmaids, Groom, Best Man & Ushers
  • Order wedding favours
  • Order wedding invitations
  • Arrange to see your hairdresser & make up artist

3 Months

  • Send out invitations
  • Make gift list
  • Contact celebrant
  • Decide on ceremony music
  • Print order of service
  • Have hair trial
  • Have make up trial
  • Buy gifts for Best man, ushers and Bridesmaids
  • Do seating plan
  • Plan Stag & hen parties
  • Arrange ceremony rehearsal date
  • Prepare change of name letters to Bank etc

1 Month

  • Final dress fitting
  • Confirm bookings with – Wedding Photographer, Caterer, Videographer, Band, Florist, Transport, Hotel, Honeymoon arrangements
  • Finalise seating plan
  • Write wedding speech

7 Days

  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Order currency
  • Give rings to Best Man (on the day!!)
  • Relax and enjoy it!