Gretna Green | Wedding Journal

The Original Home of Romance

Nestled just north of the border between England and Scotland sits the historic village of Gretna Green, home to what is widely recognised as one of the most famous wedding venues on the planet – the Famous Blacksmiths Shop.

A unique setting with a rich history of love and romance, our award-winning, five-star family run business has been assisting couples with their wedding plans since 1885 and we are committed to continuing this legacy.

Our range of wedding and ceremony venues offers a truly unique setting in the beautiful Scottish countryside, and the only place where you can have ‘Gretna Green’ on your marriage certificate.

With over ten ceremony venues, including the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, and five reception venues to choose from plus three individually designed hotels, Gretna Green has something for everyone.

From large-scale weddings to intimate ceremonies just for two, and everything in between, you can be sure that the Gretna Green team will look after you and help you plan your big day.

Our Venues:

The Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green’s original marriage venue where the legend of the anvil wedding was born, offers a unique setting with over 260 years of romantic history. Famous for hosting weddings since 1754, this ancient building stands virtually unchanged where couples still marry over the traditional anvil. Legend has it that if you touch the famous Gretna Green Anvil, it brings you good fortune in affairs of the heart.

Smiths at Gretna Green is a contemporary boutique hotel, situated directly opposite the Famous Blacksmiths Shop. With stylish bar, Chainmail Restaurant and highly appointed spacious bedrooms designed to offer the best night’s sleep. The hotel also offers two unique, contemporary wedding ceremony venues. The Penthouse Suite is ideal for intimate parties, while the Marriage Room can accommodate up to 150 guests. Dining at Smiths is an experience in its own right. This award-winning hotel has a team of talented chefs who create delicious, imaginative dishes using the finest of locally sourced produce.

Gretna Hall, the original manor house built for the Gretna Estate in 1710, sits in 10 acres of beautiful parkland and offers all the character of a substantial historical building, with the comfort you would expect from a contemporary hotel. This is an ideal place for a wedding reception or can be your ceremony and reception venue for the entire day. Famous for hosting a series of aristocratic marriages in the 1800s, this magnificent venue is a central part of Gretna Green’s heritage. With historic outbuildings housing three uniquely designed marriage rooms full of character, and with the option to host your ceremony outside or in the main house, Gretna Hall is a flexible venue with a dramatic backdrop and exciting history. Decorated with an elegant colour palette and bespoke finishing, this venue boasts a comfortable and luxurious setting.

The Water Gardens, with views over the Solway Firth, offer an outstanding location and provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photography. A stunning outdoor venue, which changes with the seasons, the Water Gardens at Greens at Gretna Hotel offers a unique open-air setting for your Gretna anvil wedding.

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