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Civil ceremonies or Religious & Belief ceremonies are the two types of marriage ceremony you can have in Scotland. All our local celebrants we suggest are exceptionally welcoming & would be delighted to perform your marriage ceremony inside Crear House or outside on the beach, as well as in the local churches. 

Decide what type of marriage ceremony you would like & contact the wedding celebrant of your choice to discuss your requirements. You must also notify our local Registrars giving four weeks notice of your wedding regardless of who performs your marriage ceremony. 

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Non Religious Civil Weddings are conducted by a Registrar. You must also notify our local Registrars giving four weeks notice of your wedding regardless of who performs your marriage ceremony. 

Should you chose to have a Civil Wedding ceremony, Shona Brechin & her team of Registrars are delighted if you wish to compose your vows & personalise your ceremony with readings & music & composing your own very personal marriage vows.

Shona Brechin is the Area Registrar at Argyll and Bute Council 

T 01546 604515

E shona.brechin@argyll-bute.gov.uk

1A Manse Brae

Lochgilphead

PA31 8RD  

PLEASE NOTE You must notify our local Registrars giving four weeks notice of your wedding regardless of who performs your marriage ceremony. This can be done by email & post. You are not required to be resident in Scotland prior to your marriage ceremony & you are not required to notify the registrar where you live. 

Your civil wedding ceremony can take place inside at Crear or anywhere on the Crear Estate including the beach. You can decide on the day where your ceremony will be.

Click to read more about contacting the Registrars

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South Knapdale Church, Achahoish, Church of Scotland

David Carruthers, the Church of Scotland Minister of the South Knapdale Parish, welcomes everyone to his church in Achahoish where he  would be delighted to marry you, or in the 'Great Highland Cathedral' outside or inside Crear House.

David may also wear his kilt on request!

The Rev David Carruthers can be contacted by phone at his home on 01546 603269

The best time to reach David by telephone is in the early evenings. He is also often home for lunch. 

David's email is davidcarruthers@waitrose.com 

Please note that as an ex scientist his speed of reply is not always a priority so please be patient if you are waiting! 

If you wish to bring your own minister & use David's Church, please make this request directly.

If David is unable to conduct your ceremony, then we also suggest Robert MacLeod at the Tarbert & Lochgilphead Free Church. Robert's email is robertmacleod43@gmail.com & his mobile number is 07427 684206.

PLEASE NOTE You must notify our local Registrars giving four weeks notice of your wedding regardless of who performs your marriage ceremony. This can be done by email & post. You are not required to be resident in Scotland prior to your marriage ceremony & you are not required to notify the registrar where you live. 

 

Shona Brechin - Area Registrar at Argyll and Bute Council 

T 01546 604515 Monday to Friday during office hours

shona.brechin@argyll-bute.gov.uk


 

Click for contact details for David Carruthers at the Church of Scotland

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Humanist Weddings conducted by the Humanist Society of Scotland

Scotland is one of six countries in the world where Humanist marriages are legal, including same sex couples.

Our local Humanist Celebrants, are always willing to go that extra mile. Naming ceremonies for children is also a lovely way to conclude your marriage to include all your family wee ones.

Humanist Weddings are legal in Scotland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, and a couple of American states.

If you chose to have a Humanist wedding at Crear it will be recognised world wide as a legal marriage.

We highly recommend our local Humanist Celebrants Annie Loughlin & Belinda Braithwaite. A special mention also goes to Andrew Smithsimmons who is a little further away. Should they be unable to conduct your ceremony, we have had great experiences with other Humanist Celebrants based in Glasgow who we would be delighted to recommend.

Annie can be reached on annie.loughlin@humanism.scot or by calling 01852 500558. (Please note that Annie is away annually from December to March & is planning a sabbatical in 2019)

Andrew Smithsimmons T 07891 769248andrew.smithsimmons@humanism.scot

Belinda Braithwaite T 01546 606450 belinda.braithwaite@humanism.com

Please note that if you approach the Humanist Society directly, they may suggest celebrants who are based over 500 miles away! This will increase the celebrants fee to cover travel & expenses & therefore the cost to you. At Crear we are very aware of our carbon footprint so we don't believe its necessary to involve a thousand miles of driving when selecting your celebrant when there are so many really special ones much closer! 

PLEASE NOTE You must notify our local Registrars giving four weeks notice of your wedding regardless of who performs your marriage ceremony. This can be done by email & post. You are not required to be resident in Scotland prior to your marriage ceremony & you are not required to notify the registrar where you live. 

 

Shona Brechin - Area Registrar at Argyll and Bute Council 

T 01546 604515

E shona.brechin@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Click here for more information & contact details

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Saint Margaret's Catholic Church in Lochgilphead

Father David at St Margaret's Catholic Church, Lochgilphead is very welcoming to those outwith his parish & to those in mixed faith unions.

The Catholic Church requires that your marriage ceremony can only be conducted at St Margarets. You will also be required to complete your instruction with your local Parish Priest.

Father David Conner at St Margaret's Catholic Church

St. Margaret’s Church

Argyll Street

Lochgilphead

Argyll

PA31 8NE

Tel 01546 602380

E Father David Connor connordunoon@yahoo.com

Some couples chose to have a Civil marriage or Church of Scotland marriage ceremony, followed by a Catholic blessing, especially those in mixed faith unions or divorcées who are unable to remarry in the Catholic Church. Chat to Father David about your personal circumstances. He would be delighted to help.

Click here to read more about Father David Connor at Saint Margarets Catholic Church

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Alternative Marriage Celebrants

There are many local churches of different denoninations, so please contact us directly for further information.

We have witnessed numerous ceremonies conducted by many celebrants including Interfaith Pagan. Your available options are too numerous to list here, however please don't hesitate to ask us for advice.

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Civil, religious & belief wedding ceremonies can take place anywhere on the Crear estate by someone approved to conduct a ceremony. With the exception of the Catholic Church, all the Christian Church Ministers would be happy to conduct your marriage ceremony in the open air, the beautiful 'Highland Cathedral.'

Typically the length of the actual marriage ceremony can be anything from ten minutes to an hour depending on the type of wedding ceremony you choose.

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