No more than 5 people to attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony (or 6 where an interpreter is necessary). This figure represents the minimum number of participants for a legal ceremony in Scotland (the couple; two witnesses; the registrar or celebrant; and any interpreter). As before, no receptions are to take place anywhere in level 4. Venues must also continue to be able to safely accommodate those attending, with appropriate physical distancing and other safety measures remaining in place.
From 8 August wearing a face covering will become compulsory at certain indoor premises. Everyone attending an indoor marriage or civil partnership service in a place of worship or wedding venue or Registration office will be required by law to wear a face covering. This also includes the couple to be married or entering into a civil partnership. children under the age of 5 are not required to wear a face covering.
West Dunbartonshire Registrars are now able to accept notice of marriage or civil partnership. Marriage/Civil Partnership notices with witness sheet and all original documents should be posted to the district of where you are getting married. If you are getting married in West Dunbartonshire please post paperwork to:
Registrars of Births etc.
If you live local and wish to hand deliver your paperwork, please contact the office on 01389 738350 (Monday –Friday 9am-4am) for more information.
When we receive your paperwork we will contact you to take payment by card over the phone.
Couples must give a minimum of 29 days notice from when we receive and process your paperwork. For more information please contact the registrars on 01389 738350 (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm)
If you have already submitted notice to the registrar for an earlier date that had to be postponed and now plan to have your ceremony later this year please contact us on 01380 738350 (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm).
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 does not set out a legally prescribed ceremony. You may have a simple registration with the Registrar and 2 witnesses; or you may prefer to opt for a ceremony. The Registrar will work with you in suggesting a suitable form of words. Your registration/ceremony can be conducted at our office or at a mutually agreed local venue. We can take bookings for a Registrar up to 2 years in advance. You must book a Registrar whether your registration/ceremony will take place in our registration office or a local venue. You can find out more information on fees on the price list webpage.
Please telephone or e-mail the Registration Office to make a booking. You will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit. You may pay by credit/debit card.
When the non-refundable deposit is paid, we will send a letter confirming your booking and a receipt for monies paid.
Around 3 months before your ceremony, we will post the Civil Partnership Notice forms and explanatory Civil Partnership in Scotland leaflet to you. We advise you to submit your completed forms, relevant documents and balance of fee payable to the registration office 8 weeks before the date of your ceremony.
Please note all Civil Partnership documentation must be submitted to our Dumbarton office.
The Registrar will contact you to arrange to meet with you to discuss your requirements. This is essential to finalise the legal requirements before your ceremony.
We operate an appointment system. Please telephone our office to make an appointment on 01389 738350.
In an emergency out of hours please telephone our registration office on 01389 738350 our answering machine will give you the Registrar's mobile telephone number.
West Dunbartonshire Council offers same sex couples civil partnership registration and civil partnership ceremonies in our office at Dumbarton and in Clydebank Town Hall, and also at other mutually agreed venues outside the registration office.
For further information on civil partnerships you can contact www.civilpartners.org
As of 16 December 14, couples can opt to convert their civil partnership to marriages using 1 of 2 routes. Further information can be found on the Civil Partnership conversion guidance page.