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Getting married in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Scottish and Northern Irish laws do not require the couple to have stayed in the country any length of time prior to the marriage. For arranging a wedding in Scotland or Northern Ireland, please find information via the links on the right.

The Consulate General in Edinburgh does not have the authority to solemnise marriages. The Norwegian Church and Seamen's Mission in London and the student chaplain may solemnise marriages according to the law of the United Kingdom.

Documentation needed prior to the contracting of a marriage abroad varies from place to place, and you are advised to contact your local Registry Office or Church. Most Registrars / Vicars / Priests will request a 'Certificate Of No Impediment'  ("ekteskapsattest"), which confirms that there is nothing to prevent you from contracting marriage.

In order to obtain a 'Certificate Of No Impediment', a Norwegian subject must submit a passport together with a sponsor's declaration (to be made separately by one sponsor for each of the two parties) and a personal declaration (bridal declaration – "forlovererklæring") duly filled in and signed. If you have been married before, a decree absolute must also be submitted.

For more information and various forms, please click here. Please note that some of the forms have been updated. Please follow this link for the most recent forms concerning marriage and partnership.

Obtaining a CONI for non-Norwegian citizens:
British citizens residing in Scotland, must contact the General Register Office for Scotland (http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk//). British citizens residing in Northern Ireland, must contact the General Register Office for Northern Ireland (http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk).

Other nationalities must contact their nearest Foriegn Service Mission (Embassy, Consulate, HIgh Commission, etc) or their home country for further information.


Church wedding:
If you wish to get married in a Church in Scotland, please contact the Church of Scotland. 

If you wish to get married in a Church in Northern Ireland, please click here.


Civil wedding:
If youy wish to get married in a Registry Office, please click here for a list of Registrars in Scotland.

Click here for a list of Registrars in Northern Ireland.


Lesbian & Gay Civil Partnerships & Commitment Ceremonies in Scotland
For information about Lesbian & Gay Civil Partnerships & Commitment Ceremonies in Scotland, please click here.


For more information about getting married in Scotland, please click here.

For more information about getting married in Northern Ireland, please click here.

 

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