Registration service coronavirus updates

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies - 5 January 2021

The Scottish Government has announced that as of Friday 8 January 2021 wedding and civil partnership can take place with a maximum of five people, this includes the couple, the witnesses and the person conducting the ceremony.

The latest government announcement is to stay at home and avoid any unnecessary travel to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Should you wish to reschedule your ceremony please email [email protected]

Anyone subject to quarantine restrictions must complete their quarantine in full before attending a wedding ceremony. Evidence of when you arrive in the UK may be required.

Please see guidance on quarantine restriction

Anyone awaiting test results should be self-isolating until a negative result is received, please do not attend a ceremony. 

Marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations may take place outdoors at a private dwelling, with a maximum of 5 people attending.  Indoor ceremonies in private dwellings are now restricted.

Marriages and civil partnerships can only take place indoors at private dwelling where it is not possible for them to take place outdoors because a party to the marriage or civil partnership is seriously ill or disability prevents such a party from attending a ceremony at a public venue. The maximum number of attendees is five people.

Face coverings at marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registration

Couples are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering during their marriage or civil partnership ceremony, provided there is a distance of at least two metres maintained between the parties and any other person. 

Witnesses are still required to wear a face covering during the ceremony, unless exempt under existing regulations.  The size and layout of a venue may also determine the need for face coverings to be worn at certain points in the ceremony – for example,  gathering beforehand, moving through rooms or corridors, walking down an aisle where a two metre distance cannot be observed, or at the signing of the schedule.  Registrars will continue to work with couples to ensure the ceremony is able to be conducted safely. 

Please see guidance on face coverings

Should you wish to enquire about booking a ceremony with us, now or for the future, please email [email protected]. A member of the team will email or call you to discuss your plans. 

Please state where and when you would like your ceremony to be.  Any bookings that are made with the registration service will be subject to any government restrictions that are in place at the time of the planned ceremony.

Within the Alexander Suite, City Chambers, Edinburgh a maximum of 5 people can attend (which includes the Registrar)

Within the Suite, Registration Office, High Street, South Queensferrymaximum of 5 people can attend (which includes the Registrar)

No further bookings for Leith Registrars Office can be taken.

The City of Edinburgh Council Registration Service can  accept notice of marriage with accompanying documents by post only. 

The Registrar City Chambers

253 High Street

Edinburgh   

EH1 1YP

Weddings/Civil Partnerships and Receptions - Scottish Government Protection Levels Framework

Level 0

  • No more than 50 people to attend*
  • No more than 50 people to attend any reception following the ceremony
  • Venues must be able to safely accommodate those attending with appropriate physical distancing in place.

Level 1

  • No more than 20 people to attend*
  • No more than 20 people to attend any reception following the ceremony
  • Venues must be able to safely accommodate those attending with appropriate physical distancing in place

Level 2

  • No more than 20 people to attend*
  • No more than 20 people to attend any reception following the ceremony
  • Venues must be able to safely accommodate those attending with appropriate physical distancing in place

Level 3

  • No more than 20 people to attend*
  • No more than 20 people to attend any reception following the ceremony
  • Venues must be able to safely accommodate those attending with appropriate physical distancing in place

Level 4

  • No more than 20 people to attend*
  • No receptions can take place following ceremonies in level 4 areas
  • Venues must be able to safely accommodate those attending with appropriate physical distancing in place.

*includes children under 12 years of age, photographer, etc. 

**please check with your venue to verify maximum socially distancing capacity.