Weddings at Brora
If you are considering marriage then congratulations to you!
We are delighted that you should be considering marriage and we rejoice at the love you have found for each other. We hope the information you find here will be useful as you continue to grow in love and commitment to one another.
We believe marriage should be a thing of beauty, blessed by God and fulfilling to both you and your partner. It is important not to rush into marriage and to think carefully about the promises that you will make to each other.
Remember that the wedding day, no matter how big and exciting, is not nearly as important as what follows – your married life together. In the Church we believe marriage to be a binding commitment for the rest of your life and we encourage everyone to set out on their marriage plans with this firmly in mind.
Some of the questions you may have are answered below. If you have any other questions then please contact us.
Congratulations again on your decision to make a commitment to one another.
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Who can be married in Clyne Parish Church?
The short answer is anyone! But please take time to read the long answer too...
Anyone who lives within the bounds of our parish may be married in our churches, by our minister. If you are resident out-with our parish but have a connection with the church, the minister may also agree to conduct your wedding. Every square inch of Scotland is served by a parish church, and it may be appropriate for you to ask the minister of your own parish first. Even people from out-with Scotland could have their wedding service within our church.
What are the legal requirements of marriage?
In Scotland, the most important thing for all couples to organise is the Marriage Schedule (or licence as the names are used interchangeably), this is a legal requirement and to do so the couple must lodge wedding notices with a local registrar.
Couples should visit the registrar around 3 months before the wedding is due to take place (a shorter time may be allowed by arrangement with the registrar). You should direct any legal queries to the registrar at the local council office. You can get more information and download the forms you need for the registrar by clicking here –
Inverness Registration Office
The Highland Archive and Registration Centre
Telephone 01349 781131
What is the difference between a religious and a civil wedding?
Legally, there is no difference.
We believe, however, that being married by a Christian minister that you are making promises not only to each other and before your witnesses (as you would in a civil ceremony) but also before God. The minister also asks God to bless the wedding couple during the service and prays that God will be with them throughout their married life.
Can the guests take photographs inside the church?
Given the ceremony is a religious service we would ask that guests refrain from taking photos during the service. Only your professional photographer(s) is permitted to take photos during the ceremony. Once the final blessing has been given there will be an opportunity for guests to take photos at that point.
Can the guests throw confetti?
We would ask that in order to respect our environment any confetti that is thrown is biodegradable (e.g. natural flower petals or made from corn / rice paper).
Can the minister marry us somewhere other than the church?
We do however believe that the natural place for you to have a religious wedding ceremony is in the church. The Church of Scotland allows ministers to marry out-with the church building but it is up to each individual minister to decide whether this is appropriate or not.
Our minister would be happy to discuss all possibilities with a couple looking to be married.
What are the costs involved in a church wedding at Clyne Parish Church?
There is no fee or cost associated with the services of the Minister in respect of the wedding ceremony.
If the church building is used there is a charge for the actual use of the church building of (£275) that will include the services of an organist and church beadle.
Any supplementary request for flowers, decorations or other specific arrangements should be covered by the wedding party