Smiths Hotel’s Reception Makeover

July 15th, 2016

You may have noticed a few weeks back that we hinted at some changes coming to the reception area in Smiths at Gretna Green hotel. We’d asked for feedback and a few of you had mentioned that our reception area was needing a bit of TLC …. we’ve listened and for the past few weeks have been very busy bees freshening up the Smiths reception to welcome our fabulous guests to a trendy, stylish and fresh space – the perfect welcome!

Looking for the perfect reason to come visit Smiths hotel? We’ve got it – definitely time to come see the BRAND NEW reception for yourself! We’ve changed the wallpaper, added in a few fabulous lights and added in some stylish furniture which ties everything together! We’ve got a few photos and collages on the way as the finishing touches…

We might be slightly biased but we’re so pleased with how the Smiths reception makeover has turned out. Just be careful with the couch – it’s so comfortable once you sit down, you may not get back up! :)

Let us know your thoughts!


The new look of Smiths at Gretna Green's reception

The new look of Smiths at Gretna Green’s reception






Savour the Summer – Smiths à la carte menu is changing!

June 2nd, 2016

We’ve got exciting news from the kitchen of Smiths at Gretna Green! Our head chef and his team have been busy grilling away as they brainstormed some exciting new dishes to complement the old favourites….and we’re just about ready to reveal the NEW à la carte menu! This new menu is the perfect excuse to pop back to Smiths and try them all! Why not come tuck into the fresh taste of a Scottish summer at Smiths at Gretna Green – they feature only the finest local produce and are sure to delight all the senses!

We’ll be sharing the entire menu shortly – we’re just putting the final few touches on the menu. More than just a meal – Smiths a la carte menu is the perfect complement for any special occasion – and it will be here just in time for summer!

For now….here’s a wee teaser of what’s to come…

Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel. Eating out. Scallops with sea vegetables and dashi broth. 25th May 2016 JONATHAN BECKER

Scallops with sea vegetables and dashi broth.

Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel. Eating out. Beef and truffels. 25th May 2016 JONATHAN BECKER

Beef and truffels.

Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel. Eating out. Baileys creme brulee served with tonka bean ice cream. 25th May 2016 JONATHAN BECKER

Baileys creme brulee served with tonka bean ice cream.

Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel. Eating out. Knickerbocker Glory, 25th May 2016 JONATHAN BECKER

Knickerbocker Glory


Photos courtesy of Jonathan Becker

A little bit of TLC at Smiths Hotel…

May 5th, 2016

Exciting news here at Smiths Hotel – changes are afoot!

We’re always striving to keep everything tip top shape and we’ve been busy working on areas throughout the hotel ensuring things are in full working order as we head into the summer season. (Yes we are being optimistic – we will get a warm, sunny summer this year!)

You’ve mentioned a few things needed some TLC and we’ve listened….

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18 of our rooms are undergoing refurbishment to freshen them up and get them to their very best! Plans for our reception area just getting underway – if you’ve visited us recently, you may have noticed us busily working away! AND we’ve started changing the windows in our rooms facing the motorway (10 rooms so far) replacing them with triple -pane windows (the same style as you’d find in hotels next to an airport) to help minimise noise from the motorway as much as possible…

We’re very excited to see these changes come to fruition…stay tuned to our Smiths Facebook page for the very latest as the refurbishments come together!

Introducing the winners of our Blacksmiths Wedding Package

April 5th, 2016

You may remember a wee way back that we held a competition through Smiths hotel for one lucky couple to win a Blacksmiths Wedding package … fast forward 2 years and we recently welcomed our lucky winners to Gretna Green for their big day!

Lara and her hubby-to-be arrived with us just before their big day on the 25th March. The competition winners had chosen to make their day in Gretna Green even more special with a few extra special touches, electing to have a piper for their ceremony at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, welcoming their guests to their wedding breakfast in Smiths at Gretna Green with arrival drinks and a stunning 3 course meal then dancing the night away with a disco.

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Lara says, “We were over the moon winning the competition. The day was absolutely brilliant the service in the blacksmiths shop was so personal and you were made to feel so special. Our stay at Smiths was lovely we were in the Rose suite and it was beautiful. All in all we had an amazing wedding day and one we will remember for the rest of our lives.x”

The new Mr and Mrs Templeton are already planning a visit back up to the Famous Blacksmiths Shop to leave a lovelock on the wall of Love…

Congratulations to the happy couple – we’re honoured to have been part of your special day! All the best as you start off on your new adventure!


Exploring Smiths Hotel Stay, Marry & Memory Wedding Package

March 16th, 2016

Wedding planning can be a stressful time with many decisions to make from venue to package to catering and more! The wedding team based in Smiths at Gretna Green Weddings hotel aim to make planning one of the most important days of your life as stress free as possible – with that in mind, we’re making short videos covering each of our fantastic wedding packages – starting with our Stay, Marry & Memory Wedding Package!

Our highly popular Stay, Marry and Memory Wedding Package wedding package which is ideal for couples looking for to ‘run away’ to Gretna Green for a modern-day elopement at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop over the Anvil or who would prefer to celebrate their wedding with a small group of family/friends with a luxurious stay for the couple in the 4* Smiths Hotel and a few precious memories kept safe with professionally taken photographs.

Does this sound perfect? Check out our short video as Vicky, one of the wedding team, walks you through the package from start to finish!

Questions? Just give us a quick call on 01461 336001 and we’ll be happy to help!

Did you choose this package? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

Easter Dinner Ideas? Come for Easter Sunday Brunch at Smiths!

March 15th, 2016

It’s that time of year again….Easter is just around the corner! It’s been a very busy few weeks here at Smiths at Gretna Green hotel – we’ve gone from Valentine’s Day to Mother’s Day to Easter weekend all in 7 weeks!

Our talented chefs here at Smiths Hotel have been working their magic again….and without further ado, we’re excited to present this year’s very special Easter menu! This delicious homecooked Sunday lunch has something for everyone whether you’re a lighter eater and would just like a main/starter or are treating yourself to the scumptious offering of the 3 course menu! Why not start with savoury soup of the day or perhaps prawns are more your style? Choose your favourite roast….don’t forget to tuck into the parsnips, roast tatties and gravy! Still got room for dessert? Profiteroles are always a hit! Not to be missed – the cheese plate! Perfect way to wrap up a delicious Sunday outing to Smiths!

We would recommend booking a table if you’re planning on joining us here at Smiths Hotel on Easter Sunday – it can be very busy with tables in high demand! Simply give us a quick call on 01461 337007 and we’ll gladly get your table sorted for you!

Our Easter Sunday menu is available 27th Marchmain course £13, 2 courses for £16 or the full 3 courses for £19. Bringing the wee ones with you? Children’s portions are available too – main course £6.50, 2 courses £8.00 or £10.50 for 3 courses if your youngster is keeping up with Mum or Dad!

Whether’s it’s Easter brunch, lunch or dinner we can’t wait to welcome you for a very hoppy….err happy…Easter!



How to – Book your Gretna Green wedding!

January 28th, 2016

Do you have a question about getting married in Gretna Green? Not sure where to start? Relax….here at Gretna Green we’ve got heaps of experience and knowledge to help smooth the way to a stress-free (well… stress-free as we can make it) wedding!

We’ll be teaming up with our wedding team to answer some of the most frequently asked questions which you’ve been sending through….

Not sure where to start? Vicky, one of our wedding team, is here to walk you through the process! Click here to watch the video!

We’re hoping to make more videos soon….so send us your questions on our Facebook or Twitter! Make sure to keep watching this space as we’ll be posting more videos soon…

How to book your Gretna Green wedding?

How to book your Gretna Green wedding?

Becoming a Wedding Planner at Smiths Hotel – Introducing Ashley!

October 23rd, 2015


We’ve recently welcomed a new member to our Wedding Team here at Smiths Hotel! Ashley joined us a couple of months ago …. we’ve convinced her to introduce herself!

My name is Ashley Louise Conlan and I am 18 years old. I studied at Annan Academy for 6 years then furthered my education at Dumfries & Galloway College studying another 3 Highers last year. Before starting at Smiths hotel I used to work at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village for over a year. I was first employed when the shop was just being refurbished ready to open so it was a great experience to be a part of opening a new, exciting and fashionable store. It was sad to leave there but I’m pleased to have taken a step towards my future career (hopefully as an Events Manager!).

 My role as a wedding coordinator I do everything from answering the phones, taking bookings for weddings, decorating the Bride & Groom’s function room with their chosen favours, sprinkles & table decorations, put buttonholes on wedding guests, look after the Bride & Groom by ensuring their wedding day runs smoothly, putting the bride into her wedding dress, helping brides and bridesmaids get into the cars that take them to the wedding venue & witness weddings for couples that are eloping.

 The best part about being a wedding coordinator is being hands on with the bride & groom – literally (as I sometimes have to put the bride in her dress or put a buttonhole on the groom). I am able to create more of a relationship with the couple by making sure their wedding day runs perfectly and they have a lovely time. I also love decorating the function rooms as I feel I am very creative and have a good attention to detail.

 I am excited about progressing and being able to book a wedding from the very beginning and seeing it through until the newly married couple check out. I am also excited about looking after a larger wedding with around 75-100 guests as I love a challenge and I would love to say the wedding ran just as smoothly as a smaller wedding.

 The biggest challenge so far has to be days when we’re VERY, VERY busy! I was on my feet for most of the day looking after the wedding parties marking sure each party was made to feel special and ensuring they received the best Smiths has to offer. The hotel was buzzing with people with nearly 100 guests being treated to the Smiths experience at about the same time! The time flew by because I was so occupied with making sure every wedding had a great experience at Smiths hotel. It was tiring but rewarding at the same time.

Welcome to the Smiths family Ashley!

6 top tips for the perfect winter wedding!

October 15th, 2015

The crisp clear air. Sparkles everywhere. Rich sumptuous colours, roaring log fires and hopefully a sprinkling of snow…winter weddings are magical, romantic and – most importantly – budget friendly! We all love the thought of a winter wedding…so we’ve put together some of our favourite suggestions …

Candlelit Wedding Reception Ideas Smiths Hotel Gretna Green

1. Keep the Cosy. What do we mean? Well, think about bringing in light and warmth – from materials to colours. Keep your guests comfortable with little touches such as candles, twinkling tealights or fairy lights, or rich coloured blankets if your ceremony is outdoors. Deep colours as accents add to the rich warm feeling.


2. Match your colour theme with the type of winter wedding you want. A sleek white winter wedding comes to life with silvers, whites and accents of green. Going for starlit/candlelit? Choose gold or bronze instead! Go wintery with your favours such as blankets or pashminas, sparklers, cookies, mulled wine spices, candy canes or little bottles of Baileys are all cute & doable winter wedding favour options. Love the winter look of trees coated in snow or the glitter of freshly fallen snow? Hang garlands or icicles or add candles, pinecones and glitter into your table centrepieces or room decorations.

3. Choose hearty, warm dishes for your wedding breakfast. Tasty soups during cocktail hour, shortbread with coffee, spiced cider or mulled wine for toasts. Another great option? A decked out coffee bar with extras like whipped cream and chocolate shavings will warm everyone up.


4.Hold your ceremony earlier during the day to leave enough time (and daylight) after the ceremony for any outdoor shots….or later afternoon if you’d love that warm winter sunset light! Nobody has fun when they’re shivering, so work with your photographer to plan group shots in advance and ensure guests aren’t left standing around for hours outside.  And perhaps consider handing out warming drinks and blankets for guests whilst photographs are being taken….it will be much appreciated!

5. Remember the accessories. …it’s likely to be a wee bit chilly so accessories will be important to keep warm. A faux fur stole, a veil, a cape or a chic cardigan are all good options. None of these have to be white! Boots can be a stylish (and warm) bridal shoe option for winter weddings, especially if it rains.


6. Last but not least….Locate your ceremony & reception in the one venue, or venues very near to each other. This will make transport easier, no matter what the weather does! On a similar note, remember that it goes dark quite early (something to keep in mind if your guests need to travel between venues especially if they’re unfamiliar with the area).

We’ve love seeing these setups here at Smiths at Gretna Green and we’re happy to help turn your Gretna Green wedding into your white winter wonderland. The only thing we can’t guarantee is the snow…

Did you have a winter wedding? Any tips or suggestions for future brides and grooms? Leave them here!


Top Tips for Planning A Vintage Wedding

September 4th, 2015

Recently engaged and starting to plan your wedding? Congrats….that’s fab news!

We wanted to give you a wee bit of a hand to get your wedding planning underway… we’ve put together a few pointers from our wedding team on how to plan your perfect vintage-theme wedding!

Vintage themes are incredibly flexible with lots of accessories, colour schemes and decorations which can all be worked into your vintage wedding set-up!

Here our top tips for creating your ideal vintage style…

1. Age your venue with carefully placed, charming decoration – antique detailing on a few items, a touch of lace, and weathered accents go a long way to creating that vintage/decade feel!  Let your venue define your style. Some places suit certain vintage décor better than others so let the room do the talking! For example, if you’re having your vintage reception in a ballroom, 1920s art deco would be perfect! Hosting the wedding breakfast in a barn? Rustic, lace and hessian work their charm best! Whereever the venue, a simple touch not only adds a period feeling but simply oozes romance! This hessian/lace tablerunner, spotted at one of the wedding breakfasts held in Smiths at Gretna Green, set the room perfectly for this reception tying together the timeless atmosphere created by flowers and accessories placed around the room.


2. Use your invitations and  to set the tone – from ‘old-world’ font to aged paper to antique designs, creating your save-the-dates and invitations in the same style lets your guests know what to expect….and sets the mood!


3. Keep your flowers simple. Loose bundles, centrepieces made from pastel colours or light flowers (such as these baby’s breath-inspired vases from Smiths) add a wonderfully vintage feeling to any space….especially when paired with lace or hessian ribbon or table runners!


4. Work in your family history. From old photos to heirlooms (if you’re happy and willing to share these ….), pocket squares to watches, nothing says vintage like pieces from the period!

5. Live music! Have a look at what bands are available in your area – live music, especially if the band plays tunes from the decade of your choice, will not only compliment your theme but get your guests into a dancing mood! Here at Smiths, our wedding team is happy to recommend or help put you in contact with musicians who will help kick off the exciting entertainment you’ve got planned!

6. Colour/Table Setup – choosing neutrals (ivory, silver, beige) with subtle pastel accents, coloured glass and antiqued details (stacks of old books, clocks, birdcages) is the way to go! Need inspiration – here’s a few photos from a couple of our favourite vintage-theme weddings spotted at Smiths Hotel! For even more ideas, why not check out our Wedding Receptions album on facebook!

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Got that all sorted? Thought about your send-off? Classic confetti or even white rice will do the trick!

So there you have it! One vintage-themed wedding checklist ready to go….fancy planning your own vintage ‘do here at Gretna Green? Our talented wedding team love themed receptions so give us a quick call on 01461 336001 and we’ll get your vintage wedding underway!