Civil Ceremonies in Edinburgh
Registrar's offices and venues
You can have your civil marriage or civil partnership ceremony in a registrars office or in any venue or location of your choice.
Lothian Chambers - no more bookings
We are not taking any more bookings for marriages at Lothian Chambers
The registration service will be relocating at the end of this year to
253 High Street
Our new marriage suite will be available from 2 April 2018. Make a booking by calling 0131 529 2600.
The suite will be on the ground level of the City Chambers and accessed by the main entrance at 253 High Street. Once inside this historic building, the suite of rooms are to the right. While the ceremony room for approximately 35 guests shall overlook the quadrangle courtyard to the south, privacy will be maintained with partially frosted glass in place.
The suite comprises of
- the ceremony room
- waiting lounge for guests with public facilities
- a smaller ante room for the registrar to meet the couple prior to the ceremony.
The décor will be to a high specification.
You will be able to play music.
The entire suite will have disabled access.
Leith Registrars Office
Set in a complex of buildings dating from the 1930s, which includes Leith Theatre, Thomas Morton Hall and the former Leith Town Hall.
The ceremony room can hold up to 40 guests in addition to the couple and two witnesses. Your guests will go up the impressive staircase to the first floor of Thomas Morton Hall to a large reception area where they may await your arrival in comfort.
The beautiful parquet flooring of this room continues into the marriage ceremony room which is decorated in subtle shades of corn silks. The windows are enhanced by swagged and tailed curtains with voile to diffuse the sunlight.
South Queensferry Registrars Office
The registrars office is on the cobbled High Street of the historic town of South Queensferry, on the seafront between the Forth rail and road bridges.
The ceremonies take place in the impressive former council chamber with its beautiful corniced ceilings. The rose coloured seating and turquoise velvet curtains add to the elegance of the room and there are stunning views over the River Forth. The chamber can accommodate 37 guests in addition to the bride, groom and two witnesses.
A civil ceremony can take place in a venue agreed with the registrar. Usual proceedure is to obtain an AP1 form from the venue of your choice. If the venue does not have these please call 0131 529 2600.