Making history at Gretna Green

wedding dress 19 century

'Gretna Green indeed, is as superior in reality as it is in name. It looks as if it were the capital of the God of Love'. -Robert Smith Surtees

Tartan is back in fashion

Tartan: We all know it, and love it or hate it, this definitive Scottish textile, has conquered the fashion world again this autumn.

Christmas gift ideas from Gretna Green

Here at Gretna Green, Scotland’s original Home of Romance, we love Christmas and we know this is the best time to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. 

So, our very own Christmas elves have been busy preparing a host of beautiful gifts to surprise and delight your mums, dads, brothers, sisters, partners, kids or best friends. Christmas is the time of year that brings people and family together. Here at Gretna Green, we’re giving you the opportunity choose special gifts and exclusive experiences to make happy memories that will last a lifetime, not just a day. Here is a list of our top picks this festive season:

Q&A with our wedding planners at Gretna Hall

Gretna Hall hotel, as a Historic Marriage house, was initially built in 1710. This traditional Scottish hotel has stood in the heart of Gretna Green for over 300 years as was made famous for hosting a series of high-profile aristocratic weddings in the 1800’s. Set in a beautiful parkland, Gretna Hall appeals to everyone with its unique combination of Scottish tradition, modernity amenities and refined décor.

 Gretna Hall

Give the gift of love

Handfasting at Gretna Green

new handfasting photo

Our clients always tell us: “the Famous Black Smiths shop is a magical place”, it brings people together and celebrates love in all its forms. At Gretna Green, we believe that experiences are worth more than gold. And we aim to offer the best (and unique!) handfasting ceremony, tailored to you.

Gretna Green loves cashmere

Cashmere: we all love it.

It’s soft, comfortable and effortlessly chic. It doesn’t just perfectly protect you against the chill, ideal for the Scottish winter, but if cared for well, will last you for years.

Here at Gretna Green, we have an extensive array of cashmere pieces to suit your fancy- including our own exclusive Gretna Green branded range!

gretna green own brand cashmere

The exclusive Gretna Green collection of 100% cashmere garments and accessories offers a little piece of luxury, directly from Scotland’s original home of romance. It is available to see here. Cashmere is versatile in both function and style and with the variety of designs offered at Gretna Green, these pieces can be both formal and casual, a great addition to any wardrobe.

The First of Our NEW Anvil Baby Blessing at Gretna Green

A baby'smile is LOVE winking at everyone. We celebrate the first of our NEW Anvil Baby Blessing in The Famous Blacksmiths Shop

 Dana

On the 1st of September 2018, we were honoured to host the first of our NEW Anvil Baby Blessing & Naming ceremony which took place in the original marriage room at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop.

Get Some Ginspiriation This Autumn From Gretna Green

Let us #Ginspire you this Autumn with our new gin range now at the Gretna Green Since 1754 Foodhall

Gin Cocktails

Credit: Monkey 47 Gin Cocktails by Arijit Bose, Flickr - Intercontinental Hotel, Hong Kong

A 'Gintle' Introduction

Gin has fast become a global trend and was recently voted as the UK’s favourite tipple of choice. With all the wonderful gin flavours and tonic mixer combinations available, it’s no surprise that the world has fallen head over heels in love with gin!

Find out why we're in love with Gin too!

Top 15 Places to Have Your Wedding Photographs Taken in Gretna Green

The Gretna Green Brides and Grooms guide to perfect wedding photography

The top 15 places to have your wedding photographs taken in Gretna Green

Credit: Colin Carpenter Photography

We’re lucky enough to live in one of Scotland’s hidden treasures; Dumfries and Galloway. Often forgotten, behind more familiar tourist destinations, such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Loch Ness, this does give Southwest Scotland the added advantage of being largely ‘untouched’ in terms of its landscapes, castles and historical landmarks.

Here at the home of love… the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, stands proudly against the green landscapes of the hills and nearby Gretna offers an opposite vista; overlooking the Solway Firth and the fells of Cumbria beyond.

So what does this mean for wedding photography? In essence, you are spoiled for choice! But… wedding days can be busy enough, without worrying about where to get your perfect snaps, so let us give you our top 15 places to have your wedding photographs taken in Gretna Green and Gretna!

10 Reasons to Love Gretna Green

As the home of romance, there's plenty to love about Gretna Green. 

Here are 10 reasons why we think you'll fall head over heels in love with our magical part of Scotland. 

We love Gretna Green

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