Posted by Susan Adams - November 01, 2012
1. Keep Warm
It's Scotland and it's winter so tip number 1 has to be wrap up nice and warm... and before you gasp we know it would be a travesty to cover up your beautiful dress so we'd recommend a lush ivory fur bolero (or whatever colour you like). A recent bride here at Gretna Green was seen sporting one of these boleros and we think she looks just fab! It's not only a timeless stylish accessory but one which will keep the chill at bay if you choose to spend any time outside for those all-important photos.
2. Winter Wedding Photography
Speaking of outside and photography, another top tip is to plan your wedding photography before you arrive. You can see great shots on all our package pages right here online or feel free to discuss with your wedding planner. Here in Gretna Green we've enjoyed white winters for the past few years now but lying snow (as well as falling snow) can prove problematic when trying to get some photographs done. We really love this image of a recent bride and groom here at Smiths but we know the bride had to lie on a warm blanket to get this shot done so be sure to bring something like this with you should you want a similar shot.
3. Timing, Daylight and Night-time
Remember this is crucial when booking your winter wedding. Here in Gretna Green we can start to lose daylight at around 3.40pm at the height of the winter so make sure you leave enough time after your ceremony for some daylight wedding shots. Well, that's only if you want to... we particularly like the below image of a bride and groom in our sculpture garden around Christmas time. If you like this image too then you can choose to leave your ceremony time until a little later and enjoy great wedding shots in and around the Famous Blacksmiths Shop.
4. Your Winter Wedding Breakfast
That first meal together as husband and wife is so important! Our 4 star hotel Smiths at Gretna Green are experts at offering fabulous menu ideas! Make sure you consult with your wedding planner about menu options and bear in mind a soup in winter may be preferable to a salad or a lighter starter etc. A great place to start would be with one of our all-inclusive wedding packages which includes your meal, buffet and drinks package! If you're just joining us a couple then our private dining option is a great idea. You can then choose from our delicious a la carte menu which is seasonal also.
5. Travel Plans
Lastly but certainly not least think about your travel plans to and from your wedding. We'd certainly advise staying with us the night before so you can relax and know have left yourself enough time to get ready for your big day. There can be a few problems on the roads during the winter and we'd hate anyone to miss their wedding due to bad weather or traffic.
We have great rates in Smiths over the winter period so be sure to call us +44 1461 336001 or email us to check room rates.
Posted by Susan Adams - July 23, 2012
As a future bride-to-be I'm honestly amazed at the amount of different wedding cakes available out there...
Whilst out and about in Smiths Hotel last week I spotted this one and thought it looked amazing! A lovely large cupcake with fresh cream to 'cut' and lots of miniature 3 tier individual cakes for guests... A fantastic cake idea! Congrats to the Bride and Groom (and the baker) as they were all clearly very creative people.
It's always great to see all the wedding cakes showcased by our suppliers at Smiths Hotel Wedding Fayre each year in January (plus you get to taste them too!). In fact we have recently added a lovely vintage-style cake to our wedding calculator which you can add as part of your Gretna Green wedding!
Has anyone else seen a wedding cake recently that has stopped them in their tracks? Perhaps some of our lovely brides would like to share what they'll be having...?
Posted by Susan Adams - July 20, 2012
Did you know we have our very own 'exclusive to Gretna Green' celtic wedding rings? Stocked in our Whisky & Gifts shop here onsite, you can also buy them online from our shopping section. A fabulous idea if you're thinking about getting married in our Famous Blacksmiths Shop.
Choose from 2 designs, Celtic Twist and Celtic Love-Knot and 3 different precious metals, Silver, Gold and White Gold...
All rings are available in sizes J-Z.
Contact us now if you need any other info...