Gretna Green is a small village on the Scottish border that is world-famous as a romantic wedding destination. The first village over the border became a haven for young lovers following the 1754 Marriage Act introduced in England and Wales. You were forbidden to marry without your parent’s permission if you were under 21. So the young and in love began eloping to Scotland, where the law did not apply.
Gretna Hall was built in 1710 as a manor house for Gretna Estate and later became a coaching inn in 1825, the first official stop in Scotland for traveling stagecoaches and private carriages. The Hall is one of two historic marriage venues in Gretna Green frequented by run-aways desperate to marry but forbidden to do so back home. Gretna Hall witnessed many romantic elopements as a venue for aristocratic weddings.
Gretna Green is synonymous with Anvil Weddings and it is the other historic marriage venue, the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, where the tradition of an Anvil Wedding began. Legend has it that if you touch the famous Gretna Green Anvil it brings you good fortune in affairs of the heart. It was here that the blacksmith would repair and make tools for the farms and shoe the horses. From 1754 the blacksmith in Gretna Green became notorious for a different kind of forging: joining couples in marriage.
It’s not every day that you get to say “I do” so choosing a memorable location to pledge your love is crucial. Both historic venues are available to you for your Gretna Green wedding. No other venues in the area can give you Gretna Green on your wedding certificate so follow in the footsteps of the romantic young couples and become part of living history. Our family of venues can make your dreams come true.