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Weddings at St Mary's Blairs

St Mary's Blairs, is a Roman Catholic chapel and therefore available for weddings where the bride or the groom or both are baptised members of the Roman Catholic Church and are parishioners of either St Mary's Blairs or St Mary's Stonehaven.

Consistent with Canon Law, marriages can only take place outside your own parish for valid pastoral reasons.

If you are not a member of these parishes, in the first instance contact your own parish priest to start the pre-nuptial enquiry documentation process and undertake marriage preparation at least six months before the date of the wedding.

If you are members of these parishes, contact Fr Mark Impson (details below) to start the pre-nuptial enquiry documentation process and undertake marriage preparation, again at least six months before the date of the wedding.

St Mary's Blairs does not charge a fee for the use of the chapel for a wedding, but asks that a donation be made to the Blairs College Chapel Trust which goes towards the ongoing maintenance of the chapel building and grounds.  Currently donations are made in the order of £450.  The booking should be made with Fr Mark Impson.  Everyone who wishes to book St Mary's Blairs for their wedding is encouraged to complete a Gift Aid form when making their contribution to the Chapel Trust.  For weddings taking place from 1st October to 31st March, a donation in the order of £600 is requested to cover the additional cost of heating.

It is solely the responsibility of the couple to notify and make the necessary arrangements with the local registrar's office for their wedding. In Scotland the signing of the civil 'schedule' takes place during the wedding ceremony in the presence of the priest or deacon who is officiating. It is the responsibility of the couple to notify the registrar in good time (at least three months before the wedding day). Contact details for the Registrar's Office for St Mary's Blairs are provided below.

St Mary's Blairs is first and foremost a Roman Catholic Church where the sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated on a weekly basis.  The following limitations are in place to ensure that the dignity and respect of this Holy place are pre-eminent as you consider the arrangements for your special day:

There is no choir or resident organist at St Mary's Blairs, therefore couples are at liberty to make their own arrangements to engage an organist, or an organist can be arranged by Fr Mark Impson.  Any other form of musical accompaniment must be approved by Fr Mark Impson or the officiating priest or deacon. Electric guitars and drums are not permitted.

Couples should also make their own arrangements with a florist and photographer for their wedding day.
  • The official photographer, which includes taking video recordings, must observe the wishes of the celebrant during the wedding ceremony, regarding taking photographs or video recordings. The presence of photographers or video camera operators on the sanctuary is not permitted.
  • Floral arrangements in St Mary’s for your wedding day must be approved, in advance, by Fr Mark Impson or the officiating priest or deacon.
  • A wedding rehearsal can be arranged prior to the wedding day.

Administrator contact details:





Civil registrar's contact details:
Registrar's Office,
The Square,
High Street,
Banchory,
AB31 5RW 
Tel: 01330 822878