Arranging a civil marriage or civil partnership ceremony

Civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place in registration offices or one of the other approved venues across Dumfries and Galloway.

Registration offices

There are a number of registration offices across the region where you can organise a civil ceremony. Our registrars can check availability and arrange the relevant paperwork for your marriage or civil partnership.

Find your nearest registrar

Authorised venues

Our registrars can also conduct civil ceremonies at authorised venues in Dumfries and Galloway. You should contact the venues to discuss availability and costs but you'll also need to contact a registration office to complete the required documents.

You can contact the Registration Development Team on 030 33 33 3004  if you'd like to become an authorised venue or if you would like to have your ceremony at a venue which isn't already authorised. The process can take at least 6 weeks.

Registration Development Team
Municipal Chambers
Buccleuch Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3004


The amount you pay depends on how you'd like to get married. Marriage fees must be paid once your forms and documents have been submitted.

Statutory fees
Notice fee - £45 per person (non-refundable)
Civil marriage solemnisation or civil partnership registration - £55
Marriage or civil partnership certificate - £10
Postage fee - £10

Enhanced fees - additional fees charged by Dumfries & Galloway Council
Advance booking for registration office ceremony - £110
Registration office ceremony with more than 8 guests - £115
Registrar's attendance at authorised venue ceremony - £245 (non-refundable)
Ceremony on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday - £196
Postage fee - £710

How to Pay
There are a number of ways to pay for your marriage or civil partnership fees.

  • Send cheque (payable to Dumfries and Galloway Council) when you submit your application
  • Pay online using the Pay It option at using a debit or credit card.


To be able to pay your fees online, you must submit your M10 or CP10 forms first providing an email address and contact telephone number.  Upon receipt of your application, we will process your forms and send you an email with a reference number and instructions on how to make payment for your marriage or civil partnership fees online at

Please note:  You cannot make payment online until you have submitted your application and received a reference number from the Registrar.


Payment should be made within 5 days of submitting your marriage or civil partnership application. Do not sent card details with your application.  Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected and returned.

Page last updated: 04/04/2024
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