A civil ceremony is a great option for partners who are not overtly religious, and don’t want any belief elements in their ceremony.

Often civil ceremonies are tremendously personal and moving, since the focus is on the couple being married and their relationship and commitment to each other. The ceremony is conducted by a registrar, and can de done in the local registration office or in another licensed location – the Old Manor Hotel is an approved location.

A Civil Ceremony can include music, readings, and personal vows – although not of a religious nature – and Old Scottish traditions such as hand-fasting and Quaich drinking can be included too.

If you are interested in having a civil ceremony, why not have it in the beautiful surroundings of The Old Manor Hotel, so you can relax and stay in one place rather than having to arrange transport to and from the local registration office? That way you can make the most of your day – and we will be on hand to help guests participate in all parts of your celebration.

This will give you some idea of what can be included in your Civil Ceremony, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for please talk to us and we’ll try our best to tailor a unique package for your wedding.

To organise the ceremony, contact Fife Council Registration Office in plenty of time to ensure all the legal obligations are complete before the big day. Our team will be happy to advise if you have any queries regarding the legalities.


An Oathing Stone is an old Scottish tradition where you place your hands upon a stone while saying your wedding vows.  It was thought to be the best way to express your solemn promise in physical form. This ancient ceremony is rooted deeply in the Celtic tribal traditions.  Having a connection to your ancestors and the land was a critical ingredient to any important new venture – particularly, marriage. The oathing stone helps root your future into the wisdom of the past at the start of your new life.


A wedding band warming is a lovely way to involve all of your guests at the ceremony. This is where the wedding rings get passed round all the guests (usually tied on a ribbon or on a ring cushion) as the ceremony is taking place so that everyone gets to ‘warm the rings’ and add their own thoughts, wishes and hopes for your marriage. They are passed round until they make their way back to the front in time for the vows.


Handfasting, hand tying or ‘tying the knot’ is an ancient Celtic marriage ritual. The celebrant ties ribbons around your joined hands as a way of confirming your union. It’s a symbolic way of showing that you are joined to one another. Originally, the idea was that they be betrothed for a year and a day a hand fast during a legal wedding will be for life. Handfasting can involve your family members – this is often done with young children, and is a lovely way of involving them in your ceremony.


Drinking from a Quaich is an ancient Scottish ceremony, symbolic of trust, love and peace between two people. This act of sharing is a symbolic of the life you will share together, and the cup represents the cup of life. In drinking from the same cup, you are symbolising your commitment to share all that the future may bring. This is traditionally done with whisky but you are welcome to choose a drink of your choice and create your own special drink (alcoholic or not).

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