Weddings at St Paul’s Cathedral
We are delighted to hear that you have decided to get married and that you may be thinking of having the marriage service or blessing at St Paul’s Cathedral. The information here should help give you an idea of what being married at the Cathedral will involve.
Since 2017, the Scottish Episcopal Church recognises and is able to celebrate marriage between same-sex couples. St. Paul’s is therefore delighted to be able to celebrate equal marriage.
The legal side
Under Scots law every wedding must have a Schedule from the Registrar of Marriages, otherwise the ceremony cannot go ahead. I Want to Get Married in Scotland: How Do I Go About It? explains what you need to know about how to obtain a Schedule. It will take at least a month, and the sooner you contact the Registrar to arrange it, the better for your own peace of mind. The Registrar of Marriages in Dundee can be contacted at 20 City Square, Dundee, Angus DD1 3BD; +44(0)1382 435222.
If you already have a date in mind and you are thinking of having the ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral, please contact the Cathedral Office as soon as possible and before you confirm any other bookings, to check that the Cathedral is available.
Why get married at St Paul’s Cathedral?
St Paul’s Cathedral is a wonderful place to get married or in which to have your marriage blessed. A spectacular setting at the heart of the city, great music which can include bells and the Cathedral choir, the grand yet intimate surroundings of the Cathedral, and a service you have planned that is both joyful and reverent, will all help to make this a fitting way to mark the commitment you are making to each other and a day to remember all your lives.
Do I have to be a member of the Cathedral or another church to be married at St Paul’s or to have my marriage blessed there?
No, but we’d love to see you at one of our Sunday or midweek services.
I’m not sure if I believe in God – can I still get married at St Paul’s?
We welcome couples at St Paul’s wherever they find themselves on their journey of faith.
I’ve been married before – can I still get married in Church?
St Paul’s marries a lot of people who are doing this for the second time around. The clergy can agree to marry people in that situation with the bishop’s permission. The important thing to do is to talk to one of the clergy about this.
We’re living together – can we still get married at St Paul’s?
Of course you can. Most of the couples we marry at St Paul’s are already living together.
We are getting married elsewhere, but would like a church blessing – is this possible?
What will the service be like?
You can see some of the options for the words that will be said here:
What kind of music can we have?
Here at St Paul’s we have a Pastoral Musician who will talk with you about options for music during the service. The Cathedral has a wonderful organ, built in 1865 and it is also possible to book the choir or other musicians for the service. If there are any particular pieces you would like played, just let our Pastoral Musician know. We can also arrange for the bells of the Cathedral to be rung on your wedding day.
How much will it cost?
Fees for 2023 provides a guide (fees are updated annually and the fees for the year of your wedding will apply). The total amount will vary depending on what you choose. We’ll be happy to talk you through the various choices and possibilities.
Please contact the Cathedral Office if you would like to meet one of the clergy team to discuss your wedding. If you already have dates in mind, please let the office know. We look forward to hearing from you!