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Weddings

Congratulations on your decision to be married, and welcome to our website as you consider whether the Abbey Church of Dunfermline is the place for your ceremony to happen.

In choosing to be married in the Abbey Church you will be married within a unique historic setting according to the practice and tradition of the Church of Scotland.

On the day of a marriage ceremony, brides enter through the great medieval West Door, progressing through the ancient Nave into the Church for the Wedding Ceremony. The service is then conducted in accordance with the custom and practice of the Church of Scotland, and with respect to the worship and tradition of the present congregation.

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Those wishing to be married within the Abbey Church should contact the minister and make an appointment to discuss dates and times. More information about what happens during a marriage ceremony and potential costs are discussed at this first meeting.

Once the minster has agreed to a marriage taking place within the Abbey Church, couples receive contact details for the Master of Music and the Flower Convener. In the three months prior to a wedding taking place, couples are required to be in touch with the Master of Music to discuss the music for arrival, during and leaving, as well as hymns. The Master of Music will offer advice and help to those who are uncertain of what to choose.

Wedding enquiries can be made by telephone (01383 727311) or written requests can be sent to the address below. To send us an e mail click here

Rev. MaryAnn R Rennie, BD, MTh.
The Abbey Church of Dunfermline
Dunfermline
KY12 7PE
Tel: 01383 727311

Marriage Schedules:
The bride and groom must submit a marriage notice to the registrar for the district where the marriage is to take place at least four weeks before the date of the wedding. If the bride or groom has previously been married, they must submit a marriage notice to the registrar at least six weeks before the date of the wedding.

When you visit the registrar you must take with you your birth certificate. If either of you were married previously, you should also take with you your divorce certificate. If you are a widow, or widower, the death certificate of your former spouse will be required also. (Please note that an appointment should be made with the registrar to submit the forms as well as collect the schedule)

The registrar will prepare a marriage schedule, which is necessary for the wedding to take place. The bride or groom must collect the marriage schedule during the week in which their marriage takes place.

Witnesses to the marriage (i.e. the best man, chief bridesmaid must be sixteen years of age or over.

The wedding cannot take place without the marriage schedule. This must be presented to the minister prior to the wedding ceremony beginning.


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