Following the passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland), Act 2014 into law on 13th March 2014 same-sex couples are welcome to marry in Scotland. Staff in all of the registration offices in the Stirling council area are excited to help plan and legalise your wedding regardless of gender.

After the required notice period has expired and subject to the usual checks same-sex ceremonies can take place.

The legal process preliminary to same-sex marriage is identical to that of any couple.
When you have chosen a wedding date you can contact one of our offices to discuss availability.
We can provide guidance on completing and submitting your marriage notices.
Our registrars are on hand to provide you with help throughout this process.
If you are in an existing civil partnership and want to have this converted into a same-sex marriage we can offer a clear process to do so.
The only factor that affects the conversion is where you and your partner entered into a civil partnership.
The three main differences are civil partnerships made in these areas.



If you entered into a civil partnership in Scotland you have the option of converting to marriage by either a ceremony or an administrative process.

  • The ceremony is conducted in the same way as any other civil marriage.
  • The administrative process involves attending our office and completing documentation with the registrar.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland

If you entered into a civil partnership in England, Wales and Northern Ireland you can convert to marriage by a ceremony only.

  • This must be conducted by undertaking a full marriage ceremony and cannot be done through the administrative process outlined above.
  • Evidence of your civil partnership, namely a legal certificate issued afterwards, will also be required for the process to go ahead.
Outside the United Kingdom

If you entered into a civil partnership outside the UK,

  • you may still be able to apply for conversion to marriage. We recommend contacting one of our offices so that we can provide the most accurate advice to suit your situation.

Last updated: Friday, September 17, 2021 12:36 PM