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Wednesday, September 4th, 2019



Gretna Green Winter Wedding Open Day 2019

Thinking about planning your big day? Find your wedding inspiration at Gretna Green, Scotland.

Join us on Sunday 17 November 2019 for our Winter Wedding Open Day across our family-owned venues; including The Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel, Gretna Hall Hotel and Historic Marriage House and Greens at Gretna Hotel.

Chat with our wedding planners, take a look around our venues, view our suites and discover our local suppliers.

Open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Click Here to Register

Spring Wedding Open Day

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Our Spring Wedding day is on Sunday, the 10th of March 2019, 10-4pm.

Calling all those who’re thinking about tying the knot this year! If you’ve recently got engaged, or have been for a while but haven’t found the right place to say your vows, or even if you’re just thinking about marrying, come along to our special Spring Wedding Open Day.

We invite you to visit our stunning venues and experience Gretna Green first hand. This wedding open day will allow you to see our entire suite of wedding venues and also meet and chat with our dedicated team of experienced wedding planners. They’d love to talk you through the many different and varied options Gretna Green has to offer and make your special day as unique and memorable as possible.

From the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, the original home of romance, where the legend of the Gretna Green Anvil Wedding began, the historic Gretna Hall, to the cool contemporary environment of Smiths Hotel (link), and, finally to the gorgeous Water Gardens at Greens at Gretna. Come along and visit our uniquely historic and entrancing venues. We are here to make your dream wedding come true!

With dramatic settings, beautiful countryside and iconic backdrops to set the scene for your wedding pictures, Gretna Green has it all.  Become part of our living history when you marry at Gretna Green and join the unbroken thread of romantic history that is woven through this little Scottish village.

Register your interest or book an appointment with one of our team today and receive a guided tour of your preferred venue. It is a great chance to explore, enjoy and gather heaps of wedding inspiration and find out all you’ll need to know to create your perfect day.

Can’t make it on that day?

If you can’t make it on this time and date, you can always book an appointment with one of our wedding planners to chat about your specific questions, you can call us on 0333 300 4803 or email via

Don’t forget our amazing new fully 3D virtual hotels tour links here.

Smiths Hotel tour link

Smiths Hotel Penthouse Suite tour link

Gretna Hall Hotel tour link

Greens at Gretna Hotel tour link














St George’s Themed Weddings

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Add an English twist to your big day

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Planning on marrying in Scotland but want to add an English twist to your big day?  The team here at Gretna Green have come up with a few ideas to help you plan a St George’s themed wedding.

St George’s Day celebrates the life of St George (patron saint of England) who by all accounts was quite the romantic. According to legend, St George bravely fought and slayed a dragon to save a princess.

If you’re a groom, don’t worry, we don’t suggest tackling a mythical beast to impress your bride to be. We suggest choosing a special gift and luckily, here at Gretna Green, we have loads to choose from. As well as our range of Scottish products, we stock a great range of ‘made in England’ gifts at our Gretna Green Visitor Centre from clothing and accessories to beautifully handcrafted jewellery. Keeping with the English twist, treat your new bride to a chic Grafea bag which are lovingly created in Manchester.

For a wedding fit for a knight and his princess, the theme has to be planned to perfection. Think about love and weddings. What colours spring to mind? For us, it has to be red and white. Red is the colour of passion and white symbolises purity and of course wonderful wedding dresses. And these colours aren’t just for brides and grooms wanting to add an English twist to their wedding, but also for those who want to inject colour and make a bold statement on their big day.

Red and white wedding table

Now for the flowers, and the most popular wedding flower of all time – the rose. It’s no surprise that this flower has become a firm favourite amongst brides with it being a symbol of love, as well as the national flower of England. Red roses are a classic bridal accessory and if you really want to run with the rose theme our Rose Suite at Smiths Hotel is the perfect choice, complete with a four poster bed, this luxurious room is fit for a princess.

What to drink on your St Georges’ themed wedding day? It has to be Miami Vice! Don’t be fooled with the tropical sounding name, this cocktail is perfect for your red and white wedding theme and is a fruity combination of Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada. Call Smiths Hotel on 01461 337007 to pre-order your cocktails and toast St George’s Day in style on your wedding day.

If you’re heading to a wedding and want to treat the bride and groom to a special ‘made in England’ wedding gift we have a great range to choose from at our Gretna Green Visitor Centre. Alongside our impressive collection of Scottish gifts, we recommend our Dartington Crystal glasses. We particularly love the stunning prosecco glasses in this range, which can be engraved with a personal message for the bride and groom and are timeless keepsakes.

At Gretna Green our Wedding Team are here to help you personalise your special day, no matter what theme you chose! If you would like to discuss your wedding ideas with a friendly member of our Wedding Team, you can email or call 01461 336001.

Getting married on St George’s Day? We’d love to hear how you celebrated your big day so please leave a comment below. The team at Gretna Green would like to wish our neighbours a very happy St. George’s Day.

Smiths, New, Ultimate Luxury Wedding Package

Friday, January 5th, 2018

The next step in luxury Scottish weddings from Gretna Green

We are delighted to announce the newest, all-inclusive, wedding package to the Smiths collection – The Smiths Ultimate Wedding Experience!

Designed for those couples wishing to experience ‘ultimate’ luxury, this new £20,000 wedding package, built with love, romance and true Gretna Green history at its heart allows for up to 75 guests (including the bridal couple) and a dedicated wedding planner to ensure your day runs perfectly through every step.

Key features

  • Exclusive Courtyard Ceremony
  • 4 Star Smiths Hotel Reception
  • Bespoke three-tier Wedding Cake
  • Bespoke Photography
  • 75 Guests (Couple + 73)
  • Gretna Green on your marriage certificate

What does the Smiths Ultimate Experience Package include?

• Marry within the Courtyard Room at Gretna Hall, where the whole courtyard will be exclusively yours for two hours to allow you privacy.

• On the day prior to your wedding, you will be allocated a dedicated wedding planner who will guide you through your day. This planner will be exclusively yours on the day of your wedding and will hand over to your banqueting co-ordinator when you arrive back to Smiths Hotel for your celebrations.

• We will discuss with you your bespoke photography requirements and secure a premier photographer who will arrange and meet with you prior to your wedding. From preparation to your first dance, your day will be captured and from this, you can select 80 images. During your discussion with the photographer, you can choose your album from a collection.

• Your bespoke three-tier wedding cake will be created by our award-winning cake designers who will consult with you. Also included is a cake taster session which can be arranged either at the cake studio or we can organise this at Smiths Hotel.

• Traditional Scottish Piper will escort the Bride to her wedding and then lead the wedding party from the marriage room after the ceremony.

• Choose two cars from a premium collection and agree which members of your party will be escorted to the wedding venue. Each car will be available for two return journeys to and from your wedding venue giving you the flexibility to ensure your wedding party arrives in style at your wedding.

• Exquisite bridal bouquet and Groom’s buttonhole designed for you to enhance your wedding.

• You and your wedding party will have exclusive use of Smiths function area giving you the opportunity to have additional daytime or evening guests (up to 180, additional costs per guest stated below*)

• A DJ will entertain your evening guests who will enjoy your celebrations dancing on our polished pure white LED dance floor.

• Your guests will choose from Menu 3 (pre-order required) which includes three courses, tea, coffee and Scottish tablet.

• Your guests will enjoy our Cocktail Drinks Package which includes an arrival cocktail, a glass of red or white wine with the meal and a glass of champagne for the toast.

• Cocktail Buffet 2 served at your evening celebration.

• The Bride and Groom will spend two nights in a suite of choice including a bottle of champagne, a box of chocolates and full turn-down service.

• For clarity, this packing includes 20 deluxe double bedrooms for the night prior and the night of your wedding inclusive of breakfast and a bottle of wine per room on arrival.

For more information or to book, please call our wedding planner team on 01461 336001 or find out more here


How do I book or find out more?

There are lots of ways to find out more about our wedding packages, from our brochure, which you can request here, to talking to our wedding planners on 01461 336001 or visiting the Gretna Green website here:; where you will find a full list of all the wedding packages, venues and other options available for a Gretna Green or Gretna wedding. You can also take a look at our Facebook page or email us here:

Other information

  • Additional daytime guests £93.00 per person
  • Additional evening guests £22.50 per person
  • Additional bedrooms £160.00 per room per night
  • Deposit £3,000

Gretna Green Wedding Fayre 2018

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Are you ready for our Wedding Extravaganza

What to expect at a Gretna Green Wedding Fayre

Whether you can already hear wedding bells, or if you are still waiting (im)patiently for the question to be popped, our wedding fayre in March is certain to be an excellent day out!

Set over our three hotels and the Famous Blacksmiths Shop visitor attraction, you will have the opportunity, not only to experience all that the North West bridal scene has to offer, but all that Gretna Green have to offer too; from our luxury hotels and wedding venues, to wedding planners, kilt hire and gifts to name a few!

The Grand Tour

You will start your journey at Gretna Hall, the newest Jewel in our crown, with a warm Scottish welcome and registration; moving onwards to Smiths hotel round the corner – our 4-star, luxury, boutique hotel – where you will find all of our exhibitors ready and waiting to share with you their wedding talents and treats! From here, you can make your way, just the short, few steps across the road, to the historic, romantic home of the Famous Blacksmiths Shop! Step through the doors to over 250 years of history, in the footsteps of thousands of runaway couples to reach the famous anvil – not forgetting to touch it for luck in love! Then in the afternoon, make your way to our third and final hotel and the fourth stop on our tour – Greens Hotel – where you can enjoy a range of demonstrations, including ‘the right way to wear a kilt!’

It’s good to talk

You will have the chance to talk with our very experienced weddings team, throughout the day and perhaps even get a chance to rub shoulders with the Houston family themselves in our VIP room; sample dining treats from all of our hotels and take home a wonderful goody bag to remind you of your incredible day out!

It’s got your name on it…

Even better, this year, we are giving you the chance to pre-register to give you even more time to explore and enjoy Gretna Green on the day. If you would like to be the first to hear when pre-registration opens, you can sign up to our wedding fayre newsletter below! **Please note that sign-ups for the wedding fayre are now closed – 25/06/2018*

So… SAVE THE DATE – 18.03.18 and don’t forget to join our Facebook Group too!

Get Ready! The “Best Wedding Fayre Ever” is coming soon to Gretna Green!

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Gretna Green is holding it’s largest wedding fayre ever! Maybe the largest wedding fayre in the world. On Sunday 19th March 2017 from 12 noon – 4pm Gretna Green will be welcoming prospective brides and grooms from all over the country to discover what this romantic destination can offer to make a couple’s wedding dreams come true.

Couples will register for the event at Gretna Hall Hotel, where they will be entered into a free prize draw for an exciting mystery prize, which will be announced at Greens at Gretna following a bridal fashion show presented by Carol Roberts Couture Bridal and Genevieve of Carlisle.

During the day visitors will be invited to view the historic marriage rooms at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop and the marriage rooms at Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House plus the Old Toll Bar, Greens at Gretna Hotel and Smiths at Gretna Green. Gretna Hall will host the largest number of wedding suppliers to ever attend this event, with over 35 exhibitors; from bespoke invitation designs to unique entertainment and unusual party ideas.

All venues will have banqueting rooms set up to view how stunning your wedding celebrations could look and at Smiths, visitors will be able to sample culinary treats that couples can enjoy on their wedding day.

Michelle Hall, Wedding Manager, Gretna Green, and her team have been planning the Wedding Fayre Extravaganza for months and are excited to meet everyone who comes along. “This is something special. A wedding extravaganza like no other, showcasing one little village in the south of Scotland that has the largest romantic heart in the world! As a special treat we are also offering 20% discount on selected packages so if you fancy saying ‘I do’, Gretna Green Wedding Fayre Extravaganza needs to be a date in your diary.”

Planning on coming along? Make sure to join our Gretna Green Wedding Fayre Extravaganza Facebook group for a list of exhibitors, our suggested plan to make the most of your day here and much, much more!


Wedding photo courtesy of Colin Carpenter Photography.

A Penthouse Proposal at Smiths Hotel Gretna Green

Monday, January 30th, 2017

We love a good love story here at Smiths Hotel and the other day we were told one that’s sure to warm your heart with a touch of #howheasked!

Gillian got in touch to say thank you for a wonderful surprise stay … which turned out to have a very special ending!

“My partner proposed to me in your penthouse suite on Saturday and it was wonderful. The room is lovely and the staff are so welcoming, nothing is a trouble. The champagne and birthday gifts in the room were a lovely touch and the dinner was fantastic. The private booth was the perfect touch. Thanks for a lovely stay, we will definitely be back soon!”

Gillian and her new fiancé have been together for 12 1/2 years – they’ve always talked about getting married and Gillian loves coming to Gretna Green to see all the weddings so she thought it absolutely perfect that Danny brought her to Smiths for that all important question!

Congratulations once again Gillian and Danny – enjoy this exciting new adventure! We hear Gillian’s already planning the next trip …. “to check out the wedding fayre!”



Do you have a proposal story from Gretna Green? We’d love to hear it – share with us on our Facebook page!

Wedding Fayre Extravaganza 2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Save the Date: Sunday 19th March 2017 from noon – 4pm. Admission is FREE!

It’s that time of year again! Hard to believe but we’re busy putting those final touches on our annual wedding fayre and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

If you’re getting married in the area soon, at the early stages of planning your Big Day or even just thinking about getting married, then our Wedding Fayre Extravaganza should definitely have a tick on your ‘must attend’ list…

Combining Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Hall, Smiths Hotel, Greens at Gretna and the Old Toll Bar, our new wedding fayre format is very exciting – the perfect way to see all the Gretna Green/Gretna has to offer. Come see all our venues and hotels on one day and get some great deals too! Plus you’ll get to spend the afternoon in one of the most romantic spots!

All our lovely wedding co-ordinators will be on hand during the day to help you with any questions you have about our surrounding wedding venues. Not only that, you can also see for yourself our full range of accommodation.

Bring your friends and family – it’s sure to be a great day out!

For the very latest, make sure to keep in touch with our Facebook group!







Gretna Green coming to a small screen near you…

Monday, August 15th, 2016

We’ve got some exciting news to share….and on a Monday to boot! Time to launch the countdown for #WeddingTown on Channel 4!



Think back to last summer when we had a film crew here at Smiths Hotel and our sister site Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop collecting footage following different weddings, blessings and vow renewals taking place across Gretna Green including the special ambience and tales ….well fast forward to August 2016 and we’re only 7 days away from the very first episode of #WeddingTown!

Definitely feeling real now…. don’t forget to keep an eye on our Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop Facebook page where we’ll be sharing updates and more as Gretna Green arrives on the small screen!

Join us in one week as Wedding Town shines a spotlight on Gretna Green, one of the world’s most famous wedding destinations, on Channel 4 starting at 14.40 (2.40 pm)! We’ll get the popcorn ready…


Introducing the winners of our Blacksmiths Wedding Package

Tuesday, 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.

Mr and Mrs Templeton 25.03.16(3) Mr and Mrs Templeton 25.03.16(2) Mr and Mrs Templeton 25.03.16

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!