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  • The marriage anvil at Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway
    The marriage anvil in Gretna Green, one of the world's most popular wedding destinations

Scotland has long been a popular wedding destination for couples from around the world, and in 2014 became the 17th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

With spellbinding landscapes, mystical islands and fairy tale castles, Scotland is the ideal choice for a truly magical wedding day. Whether you envision tying the knot on a sandy white beach, in the great hall of an ancient castle or high in the mountains, you’re sure to find the perfect place to say ‘I do’ here.

In February 2014 the Scottish Parliament passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act, becoming the 17th country to legalise same-sex marriage, with the first weddings due to take place on 31 December. Civil partnerships, which have taken place in Scotland since 2005, will also remain available. Please check the Scottish Government website for more information. 

Find out more about organising your wedding, including wedding venues, honeymoons and Scottish traditions. There are also numerous wedding planners specializing in same-sex weddings and civil partnerships in Scotland, and many other organisers will of course be delighted to help you plan your ceremony.