Same-sex weddings in Scotland

Scotland is known as a very open and inclusive country, welcoming diversity and supporting LGBTQ+ rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Scotland since 2014. At Venachar Lochside, we have hosted many wonderful weddings for same-sex couples. If you’re considering getting married here in Scotland, here’s what you need to know…

Religious and civil wedding ceremonies

In Scotland, both civil wedding ceremonies and religious/belief ceremonies are recognised. However, each religious body has its own stance on same-sex marriage. Read more here on who can get married, the different types of ceremonies and how to apply to get married in Scotland.

A wedding at Venachar Lochside near Loch Lomond

Civil partnerships and same-sex marriages

Before same-sex marriage became legal in 2014, civil partnerships were introduced for same-sex couples in 2005. Civil partnerships are similar to marriages, but there are some legal differences. They are now available to all couples, whether same-sex or opposite-sex. Civil partnerships are seen as a less traditional alternative to marriage, which some couples prefer and may still opt for.

However, if you previously formed a civil partnership in Scotland, you can now change this to a marriage if you wish. It can be done by an administrative process. Or, if you like, you can have a marriage ceremony. This is an excellent excuse for a party! Especially if you had a low-key celebration the first time around. Find out more about changing a civil partnership to a marriage.

Pink wedding cake with Mrs & Mrs topper

Scottish wedding celebrations

In Scotland, wedding celebrations usually include a wedding ceremony, followed by a meal and then an evening reception. They can be small, intimate occasions or large and vibrant celebrations. You can include any wedding traditions that you like, and ditch any that you don’t. It’s your day. At Venachar Lochside, our LGBTQ+ friendly wedding venue in Scotland, we can host weddings for up to 100 guests. Our setting on the banks of Loch Venachar is truly stunning and we offer a choice of wedding packages, which can be tailored to your individual needs. If there’s anything specific you would like, please get in touch to discuss it with us. We’re all about creating bespoke experiences and celebrating what makes every couple unique and special.