Archive for the Wedding Focus on the Month Category

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














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.

Love is the air! Celebrating Valentine’s at Smiths…

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Are you feeling the love this Valentine’s?

It’s time to wave good-bye to January and welcome February with open arms! Whilst it may be the shortest month, February certainly isn’t short on love, romance and happiness!

You may have noticed that Valentine’s Day 2017 is just around the corner – certainly a fitting time to pull out all the stops when it comes to sweeping that someone special off their feet….

The perfect Valentine’s gift awaits at Gretna Green…

Looking for the perfect excuse to come back to Gretna/Gretna Green? Not only do we have the perfect unique gift for your Valentine this year, we’ve pulled together a few other Valentine’s ideas full of romantic gestures are sure to be appreciated!

Show the love! Join the tradition of romance here at Gretna GreenFamous Blacksmiths Shop with one of our handfastings – go on, be spontaneous! Or come add a lovelock to our Wall of Love and stop by to touch the Famous Anvil after a blessing by one of our Blacksmiths Guides….after all, legend has it that doing so will bring you good fortune in affairs of the heart!

Share the love …

We’re sure Smiths Hotel is the perfect destination for a romantic evening away…. Remember that visit/trip back you’ve been planning for ages….now’s the perfect time!

Enjoy an overnight stay with a stunning meal for two (we’ll even make breakfast!) for only £99! Or how about that perfect romantic dinner for two? Let us do the cooking! Our talented chefs have whipped up some delightful treats sure to be loved by all who enjoy them! From tempting starters to mouth-watering puddings, our Valentine’s menus are perfect for sharing…(just sayin’)

Why not take a sneak peek at our special Valentines’ Day menu

We do believe that we’re lucky enough to be in a very special place where love and romance fill the air year-round….why not stop by Smiths Hotel this Valentine’s and see for yourself?

PS…We’d love to hear your favourite stories of romance – both here in Gretna Green and further afield! Share them with us on our Facebook or Twitter

Exploring Smiths Hotel Stay, Marry & Memory Wedding Package

Wednesday, 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!

Smiths Hotel – Carnival Wedding Fun

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

We see all sorts of fabulous decorations, table settings, favours and themes come through the door here at Smiths Hotel with many of our Gretna Green weddings having their wedding breakfast with us! From traditional and romantic to bespoke, fun and festive, in any colour imaginable! Every once in a while, one appears that captures our imagination! So we decided we’d start a new theme….a Wedding Focus of the Month!

Starting us off is this fantastic and fun carnival theme from a February wedding! We all wanted to join the party….especially with the disco going and the raffle prizes to be won!

Head Table - Carnival Fun

The fun started even before one got through the door! The seating chart was made up of bags of ‘goldfish’each with the name of a guest….who were admitted entry only after picking up their fish!

Carnival Wedding Seating

Then one reached the tables! Guests were treated to table favours of tubs of popcorn and candy floss bringing back memories of the carnival! Remember trying to hook prizes floating in a barrel?? The tablecentres were bowls filled with bright rubber ducks….complete with rods to fish them out – just like at the fair!

Carnival Fun Tablecentre   Carinval Fun   Raffle time!
Who doesn’t love a raffle….winning tubs of sweets or adorable stuffed animals?? Guests of this wedding were in for a trip down memory lane, bringing back memories of happily heading out the fair gates with prizes clutched tightly!

Last, but certainly not least, the cake of course! The main two tier cake was topped with a Lego Bride and Groom surrounded with highly decorated cupcakes displayed on a Ferris wheel! How fun is that!

Carnival Fun - Cupcake Ferris Wheel   Carnival Fun - Cake time!