Get married where, when and how you want in the beautiful Orkney islands. We offer fully legal weddings and handfastings, renewals of vows, engagements, betrothals, and anniversary celebrations ... also baby-namings and family blessing ceremonies. Spiritual Orkney offer many services to visitors, seekers, pilgrims and guests to Orkney - fully legal weddings and handfastings and handfastings are just one of our many services.
If you want more choice over how you get married – then Orkney Pagan Weddings (one of the many services offered by Spiritual Orkney) can help!
If you are a couple who are interested in getting fully legally married where you want, when you want, and how you want – then this service is for you! If you want a ritual that is spiritual, unique, beautiful and memorable – whether it is a fully legal Pagan handfasting, a simple but genuine ceremony, or a renewal of vows – then read on!
In Scotland you can get legally married where and when you want, as long as you have a religious celebrant conduct the service. And, unlike in England and Wales, Scottish law permits wedding rituals performed by an approved Pagan celebrant to be treated as a legal marriage under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977.
So, why not get married in Orkney? Orkney is full of ancient sites which resonate with the power of the ancestors, enigmatic historic ruins, and some of the most stunning natural environments in the world. So you could make your vows at a stone circle, a beach by moonlight, or dappled woodland …
We are approved Scottish Pagan Federation celebrants and are available to assist you in making your wedding day what you want it to be: spiritual, unique, beautiful, memorable and fully legal.
We will help you to get married how you want to – you can even write the ceremony yourselves! And you certainly don’t have to call yourselves Pagan to use our services, in our experience, couples expressing a wish to have a marriage ceremony performed by us often don't identify themselves with any named religion, instead they may consider themselves to be more spiritual than religious, or to have an affinity with nature, or maybe just want something a bit different. Whatever the case, we may be able to help.
Possibly the most important point for people who do consider themselves to be Pagan, is that the couple do not need to have a civil ceremony at a registrar's office as well as a subsequent religious ceremony in order to legalise the marriage (as is still required in England and Wales). In Scotland the religious ceremony IS the legal ceremony (exactly as if you were getting married, for example, in a church).
At Spiritual Orkney (Orkney Pagan Weddings), we can help with every stage of organising your wedding. We are approved Scottish Pagan Federation celebrants so we can advise you on the legal processes involved and we are based in Orkney so we can assist with suggesting and arranging a suitable venue.
We are available to discuss your ideas about the ritual YOU want and will do so in person, by email and telephone, so that together we design a ceremony that fits exactly to your specific requirements. We can perform a rehearsal, if required, but most vitally, we will conduct the actual wedding ritual on your special day.
We are both experienced in composing and performing different styles of ritual and ceremony including ones from most of the major strands of modern Paganism and ones which combine themes. We can assist you in producing a ceremony that meets your exact and personal requirements.
Email us even if you would just like to make a general enquiry! Both this web-site and our own are very much just for preliminary information to let you know that this service is available from us and to give you a brief overview of procedures BUT we fully appreciate that all weddings are personal and your wedding is special, so we will do the majority of communication with you individually and in person, either by email or by telephone - it's all part of our service!
Spiritual Orkney is a partnership; the partners are Helen and Mark Woodsford-Dean.