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We would like a family friend to solemnise our marriage. Is this possible?

We would like a family friend to solemnise our marriage. Is this possible?

Under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977, the Registrar General can grant authorisation to solemnise marriages in Scotland to a celebrant affiliated to a religious or belief body, and who is supported by the office bearers of that body to conduct a marriage ceremony on its behalf.  The following guidance (267 KB PDF) lays out the details of NRS’s policy and procedures in regard to marriage authorisation.

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