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Wedding FAQs

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Q. Is this where you can get married?

Yes! In fact, people have been marrying here since 1710 in Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House and since 1754 in the Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop. Today, nearly 2,000 couples tie the knot every year and about 200 couples renew their vows.

Q. Are there other venues to get married?

Yes, there are a variety of venues nowadays in and around the Gretna Green area but the Famous Blacksmiths Shop offers the most authentic experience of the original buildings and is located at the heart of Gretna Green Village. It is by far the most well-known and is home to the legendary Anvil.

Q. How long does a Gretna Green wedding ceremony take?

The ceremony takes around 20 minutes to half an hour.

Q. Is there a waiting list to get married in Gretna Green?

No - Popular or iconic dates (such as Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve) DO get booked out very very quickly here at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmith Shop, Smiths Hotel, Gretna Hall, Greens Hotel and The Old Toll Bar. If your heart IS set on getting married on one of these iconic days, booking in advance may be necessary..... and is definitely a good idea! There will often be space especially if you're willing to make a few compromises (for example, changing to earlier or later in the day, having a smaller reception). Don't be put off - contact our wedding team here at Gretna Green even if you think you've left it too late!

Q. How many guests can we bring with us?

The Original Marriage Room can take up to 45 guests, the Saddlery Room up to 35, the Rennison Room up to 8, The Coach House at Gretna Hall 70, The Courtyard Room at Gretna Hall 80, The Cottage at Gretna Hall 8, Smiths Marriage Room 20 -180, Smiths Penthouse Balcony 6, Bonshaw Tower up to 60, Anvil Hall up to 120 seated plus 60 standing and Gretna Old Parish Church up to 300.

Q. Is the wedding room private?

Yes, the Original Marriage Room is adjacent to an exhibition area inside the Famous Blacksmiths Shop. Visitors are not permitted to enter the marriage room which is screened off during the ceremony. The Saddlery room and Rennison room within the Blacksmiths Shop, Anvil Hall, Gretna Old Parish Church, Penthouse Balcony, Smiths Marriage Hall, Greens Water Gardens and Conservatory, Gretna Hall Marriage Rooms and the Old Toll Bar are all private.

Q. What is the difference between a religious wedding and a civil ceremony wedding?

A religious ceremony is similar to that which you would have in a church, although it is not as deeply involved as a church ceremony and is less formal. Civil ceremonies are conducted by a civil marriage celebrant and are slightly shorter than a religious ceremony.

Q. Do you have to stay in Gretna Green before the wedding?

No, it is no longer required for a couple to reside in the parish where they wish to marry for any longer than the duration of the ceremony. Back in 1856, a marriage act was introduced which enforced the requirement for one member of the couple to reside in the parish for at least 21 days. This law has since been repealed. Many of our couples like to arrive in Gretna Green and stay at Smiths Hotel, Greens Hotel or Gretna Hall for a number of days before their wedding day to finalise and relax before their big day.

Q. How long do I need to arrange my wedding?

You can no longer just turn up to be married at Gretna Green, the minimum period of time required for arranging your wedding is 29 clear days (this is how long it takes the Registrars to check your documentation and draw up your marriage schedule). The maximum period for submitting your M10 form to the Registrars is 3 months.
For booking a wedding on a day such as Valentine's Day we advise you book well up to a year in advance.

Q. How do I obtain the M10 forms (marriage notice forms)?

Please download your M10 form from us or call Gretna Registration Office on 01461 337648 who can also provide them.

Q. What forms do I require?

Contact the Gretna Registrars and they will send you the M10 forms or you can download them here. When you have completed the M10 forms return them to Gretna Registrars along with your birth certificates and any other relevant documents such as divorce papers and fees. On your wedding day, all you need is your marriage schedule, which will have been prepared by the Gretna Registrars.

Q. What if I am divorced?

Both religious and civil ceremonies are possible. You will need your Decree Absolute to organise a wedding but that is the only difference.

Q. Can I have my reception in Gretna Green and is it private?

Yes, we have a range of function rooms and reception options available in our Gretna Green - (Smiths and Gretna Hall) and Gretna - (Greens Hotels), as well as the option to host your reception in the Old Toll Bar cafe in Gretna. You can find out more on our website, by speaking to one of our wedding planners, or from our brochure. Request a copy here!

Q. Do you have accommodation on site?

Yes, only a stones-throw away from the Famous Blacksmiths Shop is our Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green, a very stylish and modern 4-star boutique hotel. We also have the historic Gretna Hall hotel, just a short walk from the Blacksmiths Shop and our Gretna Hotel - Greens at Gretna - which is located in Gretna Village, directly opposite the iconic Old Toll Bar.

Q. Do I need to book the photographer?

No, we can arrange a photographer for you and take care of the booking. We work with reputable local suppliers and all photographers we work with come highly recommended. You can, of course, choose not to have a professional photographer present but we would certainly advise it as it is a wonderful way to treasure your special day at Gretna Green. We can also arrange other items such florists, car hire and much more should you require them.

Q. How far are you from the registrars?

We are a short 5-minute drive (1.5 miles) from the Gretna Registry office. Our Wedding Planners offices are based in our hotels. In Smiths Hotel it's beside reception on the ground floor and at Greens and Gretna Hall, please come to main reception.

Q. How far are you from the nearest airports?

We are 90 miles from Glasgow Airport, 70 miles from Newcastle Airport and 150 miles from Manchester Airport. Postcode DG16 5EA. We are also just 14 miles (20 minutes by car) to Carlisle Lake District Airport (CAX), due to open for commercial flights in 2019.

Q. How do you get to you by road?

From the M74 or A75. Come off at the Gretna/Gretna Green junction and follow the brown tourist signs to the "Old Blacksmith's Shop Visitor Centre". More information & travel directions to Gretna Green

Q. How do we get to you by train?

Trains from Carlisle and Glasgow stop at the Gretna Green station. We are a 5-minute walk away.

Q. What is the distance from local hotels and guesthouses?

Smiths at Gretna Green is adjacent to the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, along with our Bensmoor Suites at Smiths, which are on the Famous Blacksmiths Shop site.  We also own Gretna Hall hotel, which is a short 5-minute walk from the Famous Blacksmiths Shop and Greens Hotel, which is in Gretna - directly across from the Old Toll Bar and a 5-minute drive from The Famous Blacksmiths Shop. The area of Gretna Green and Gretna is no larger than a small town. With both villages only a stone's throw from one another. There are a number of hotels, guesthouses and B&B's close by.

Q. Can my family buy us wedding gifts from Gretna Green?

Along with a range of Gretna Green personalised gifts, there is a wide selection of crystal, from vases to a set of wine glasses; China, from a delicate trinket box to a dinner set as well as figures and other gifts.

Q. Can I wear a kilt?

Of course, in fact, our kilt hire specialist onsite here in Gretna Green can advise on cost and fitting. You don't have to be Scottish or of Scottish descent to wear a kilt. You can contact them on 01461 337662.

Q. What about music .... can I choose my own songs? What format does my music need to be in?

We have a resident piper here at Gretna Green whom we can help book for your big day or you can choose to enter to a tune of your choice. We have a CD player as well as a dock and auxiliary cable to connect to almost any phone or personal music player enabling us to play almost any tune requested!

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