Marriage and Civil Ceremonies

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Isle of Bute

Rothesay registration office covers the island of Bute. 

Bute Service Point

Address: 37 Victoria Street Rothesay Isle of Bute PA20 0AN

Enquiries for ceremonies please contact:

Samantha Gillies 

Tel: 01546 605521 (Option 2)


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Our Registrars

Weddings on the Isle of Bute may also be covered by the registrars from Dunoon
Sandra Cobain

Sandra Cobain – Registrar for Bute 

Started in Registration – July 2009

‘I have worked in Registration for 12 years, it was a complete change for me having worked for the council for the previous 20 years in Housing and Council Tax benefits. I love every aspect of my job from the joy of registering a new baby, to my ceremonies all over the island and beyond, even having married some friends and family members, to being able to help people in their darkest moments when they are registering the death of a loved one. I really enjoy helping couples make their day special whether it is helping them choose a Quaich or candles or having  a sand ceremony to bring two families together, it is their day, their way as we say. I have been involved in a ‘cloaking ceremony’ for a Game of Thrones themed wedding. I think I am the only person on the planet not to have watched it so my son helped me with my research!!’ 


We’d like to give huge appreciation to The Isle of Bute for making our wedding day very special. We’ve been visiting Bute for years and as soon as we decided to elope it was the only place for us.

Sandra and Samantha at Argyll and Bute Registrars supported us through the process with friendliness and ease from the beginning. They answered any questions quickly and encouraged us at each stage to have exactly what we wanted during the ceremony. We chose hand fasting, readings and songs that DJ Sandra organised for us. I didn’t know a registry office could provide such an intimate, personal experience but this more than delivered, especially in its stunning surroundings – on top of a hill looking out over Rothesay and the sea.

Planning our wedding was a little complicated as I was undergoing cancer treatment and didn’t know what dates would work alongside appointments. Samantha and Sandra reassured us that things would be able to be rearranged if need be. Their consideration and support through planning made the whole experience peaceful and exciting, when it could have been stressful and daunting.

We were able to organise everything on island, from my beautifully styled hair, Hair By Claire, stunning flowers, Flowers By Janine, and natural, care free photos by Paul Simpson. We also had an impromptu drink in Bute Yard who kindly gave us a goody bag full of merch and delicious gin. A few weeks after the wedding we even got a shout out on Bute Radio Station. Another highlight of all that the Isle of Bute, and its people, has to offer for important occasions.

We are now celebrating being happily married and being cancer free. Thank you so much to everyone for making the day extra special. We are looking forward to returning to Bute to celebrate our one year anniversary in June 2024.’

Sarah and Kenny – June 2023  –  Rothesay Marriage Room

Travelling to Bute

By Ferry – from Colintraive or from Wemyss Bay – Caledonian Macbrayne

At the heart of the Firth of the Clyde lies the beautiful island of Bute, which has long welcomed visitors to its shores.

Rothesay Marriage Room

The registration office and marriage room moved on the 1st of November to 37 Victoria Street PA20 0AN. The marriage room can seat 15 people and has limited standing space. The room can be decorated by a couple if they wish, arrangements will need to be made for access. 

The room has a bluetooth speaker for music. 

There are various car parks around the town or street parking. 

To view the rooms please make an appointment.