Scots Marriages On The Up

Over 30,000 marriages took place in Scotland last year - the highest total since 2005.

There was also an increase in the number of civil partnerships with 554 in 2011 to 574 last year.

Tim Ellis, from the National Records of Scotland said: "In historic terms, the number of marriages in 2012 was relatively low. However, the total number of marriages has been rising since 2009 and in 2012 reached 30,534, an increase of 4.8% on the 2011 figure.