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  • Dunrobin Castle and Grounds
    Dunrobin Castle and Grounds
  • Two men pose with a 'Save the Date' sign in Edinburgh (Credit: Scottish Government)
    The first same-sex marriage ceremonies in Scotland took place on 31st December 2014. (Image credit: Scottish Government)
  • Rainbow Anvil commemorating Scotland's same-sex marriage act (Image credit: Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop)
    The Rainbow Anvil at Gretna Green, designed to commemorate Scotland's same-sex marriage act (Image credit: Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop)

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, high in the mountains or in the legendary village of Gretna Greeen, 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 taking 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, or download the Equality Network's Guide to Marriage and Civil Partnership in Scotland.  

Find out more about organising your wedding in Scotland, 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.