Beach, castle, Valentine's Day, Halloween?

Archived news: published on Thursday 19 Jan 2017 by Fife Council

Lady's Tower, Elie

Lady's Tower, Elie

Fife Registration Service knows no boundaries


GOING to the Registrars to tie the knot isn’t what it used to be.  If it makes you think of a drab and dowdy registry office, think again!  You will have to fill out some legal forms and then Fife Council can help tailor-make your civil ceremony giving you the freedom to celebrate your special day in whatever style you choose and wherever you’d like it to be.


Ceremonies can be held on any day of the week, at any time and in any number of venues and settings across Fife.  From historic buildings and fairy tale castles, to beaches and gardens or even your own home.  Any place which has a special significance or holds special memories is possible and couples can personalise the ceremony with any readings, music, poetry, vows, declarations and promises they choose.


Remember the scene in "Love Actually"?  Fife Registrars have conducted a similar ceremony when musicians and a singer hidden throughout the seated wedding guests broke into song once the couple turned to make their way back up the aisle.  It was the groom’s idea, much to the surprise of the bride and guests.


Angela Lumsden, Registrar in North East Fife, told us, “There’s never a dull moment when you’re a registrar, which makes it a fantastic job.


“We have been asked to conduct marriage ceremonies in many wonderful settings, some very lavish venues and other smaller, more intimate venues.


“Last Christmas Day (2015), a couple wanted to be married in their parents' home, but they didn’t tell their family and friends.  When the registrar arrived, the family thought she was one of the bride’s friends until she announced she was going to conduct a wedding.  The couple were married before everyone tucked into their Christmas dinner!


“Another couple invited their family and friends to a Halloween party which turned out to be their wedding and our registrar was dressed as Morticia Addams. 


“So whether it’s your own house or garden, a holiday cottage or a grand hotel - the edge of a cliff or on the beach – we can marry people anywhere that holds special memories.  We also have lovely, bright, well designed venues of our own as well as going here, there and everywhere.”


Even visitors to Fife have been married amongst the region’s beautiful scenery.  A couple who had travelled from Sweden with friends, finished a round of golf, walked straight on to the beach and exchanged vows, their friends and golfing group had no idea.


Another couple from the USA visualised their marriage taking place above crashing waves with the wind blowing and dark clouds emerging. The council team took on board their requests and suggested Lady's Tower in Elie as a venue to meet all their specifications.


If you’re starting to plan your own wedding with a registrar, why not consider some of the picturesque settings around Fife?  And whatever style of ceremony, the council’s registrars will work with you to ensure you have a day to remember.  For more information, visit or email

Angela Lumsden, Customer Service Advisor - Registrar 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 45 28 50 Contact Angela Lumsden online
By Post: St Andrews Local Office St Marys Place St Andrews Fife KY16 9UY
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