Runaways Through Time

77 years ago Dennis and Eileen Howell 'ran away' to get married here in Gretna Green. Dennis knew that there was a war on the horizon and that he would enlist. Both their parents were aware that they were in love but they did not approve of marriage since they were so young. Back in those days one person needed to stay in Gretna Green for the 21 day residency act and Eileen did this without suspicion from her parents by saying that she was visiting a friend on the coast... She had even left pre-written postcards with Dennis whom then played his part by cycling to the coast to post the postcards for 3 weekends in a row... Dennis then followed his wife-to-be once the 21 days had passed and they were married here on 17th June 1939.

Last week, Dennis and Eileen's grandson Simon and his fiancée Beccy did the same on the exact same date, along with their children (although they didn't have to stay for 21 days!).

They even recreated the iconic photo from all those years ago!



Wedding Town Gretna Green - Coming to a Small Screen Near You

Who doesn't love weddings....especially weddings held in romantic Gretna Green? Here's your chance to sneak a peek into the world of Wedding Town Gretna Green!

Think back to last summer when we had a film crew here at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop collecting footage following different weddings, blessings and vow renewals taking place across Gretna Green including the special ambience and tales from our very own Famous Blacksmiths Shop.

We can now reveal that after many weeks of waiting and wondering, the big reveal is just around the corner coming to a television near you June 2016!

Party Time! FREE room hire for 2016 Events....

If you looking the perfect function space for that party you've got coming up, we've just heard some news we think you'll want to know all about....

It's party time with our Blacksmiths Functions - we're offering FREE Room Hire with any 2016 events*!

100 Weddings Features Gretna Green

It was nice day for a wedding!

Here at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop we have welcome a wedding extravaganza! Couples are saying 'I Do' all over the world in the "Good Morning America" "Wide World of Weddings" epic 24-hour, live-stream event, tying the knot in romantic ceremonies across the globe.


Eloping - Top Tips from Gretna Green

Think of the word 'elope' and Gretna Green often springs to mind. For one, it's what made this wee place just over the Scottish border famous as young couples in love made the journey here determined to wed.

Although times have changed (and now a little more time and notice is required to complete the legal aspects), many couples still choose to 'elope' to Gretna Green. Modern elopements can vary from just the couple to a select, intimate group of friends and family.



If a traditional wedding just not your thing, you may be looking for some tips or elopement ideas? We've gone to our team of expert wedding planners to share some of their favourite advice on 'eloping' to Gretna Green - 2016 style!

Did you hear? Tartan is the new black...

Tartan. Lots comes to mind when one thinks of tartan including the hit series Outlander.

Today, 6th April, is Tartan Day so what better excuse to celebrate the trendy tartan in your wardrobe!? For those of you keeping a countdown until the return of the historical drama, there's even more exciting news - Outlander season two is due to start airing this weekend - time to make sure your tartan is ready to wear!

Got your eye on our Stay, Marry & Memory Wedding Package?

A favourite wedding package for many couples planning their big day at Gretna Green, our Stay, Marry and Memory Package combines the romantic legacy of our Famous Blacksmiths Shop with our 4 star luxury hotel venue, Smiths at Gretna Green...


Undiscovered Gretna Green - What to See and Do

Roadtrips and visits...who doesn't love them? Especially when your destination is one of international renown... there's nothing quite like the romance and feeling of a wee corner of Scotland known as Gretna Green. From the moment you step on site, the history, romance and tradition of Gretna Green surrounds you and invites you to come explore...this wee site is much more than just weddings! We believe it to be well worth a's just a wee taster of what's at Gretna Green to see and do.

10 gifts your Mum will LOVE for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is coming up quickly but, as we all know, finding that perfect gift that your Mum will LOVE without copying what you found last year can be challenge...

If you are looking for a gift that will leave a lasting impression and show her how much you care then take a look through our Gretna Green Mother's Day gift ideas! We have loads of memorable Mother's Day presents to make her feel loved and appreciated.

There's three weeks to we're rounded up 10 of our favourite thoughtful and unique gift ideas to inspire you on your hunt for the perfect Mother's Day gift.

Baby and Toddler Tartan Kilts Made in Scotland

What's small and covered in tartan? That would be the adorable cuteness of wee ones in baby kilts! The sight of these tiny kilts has the ability to melt any heart....

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