About Gretna Green One Stop Weddings ...
We are Gretna Green Wedding Planners! For over ten years, we've been helping couples arrange the happiest day of their lives, making sure everything runs smoothly and providing complete peace of mind.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. It can also be one of the most stressful, but it doesn't have to be!
Gretna Green One Stop Weddings is dedicated to making your Wedding Day one to remember, for all the right reasons. We're with you every step of the way, guiding you through all the options and helping to find the right wedding for your budget and preferences.
Our award winning wedding planners can cater for your every need, and the personal consultancy and advice we offer is always designed to help find the right wedding package for you, whatever your requirements or budget.
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About Gretna Green
Gretna Green is one of the world's most popular wedding destinations, hosting one of every six Scottish weddings!
Gretna Green History
Gretna's famous "runaway marriages" began in 1753 when Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act was passed in England; it stated that if both parties to a marriage were not at least 21 years old, then parents had to consent to the marriage. This Act did not apply in Scotland, where it was possible for boys to marry at 14 and girls at 12 years old with or without parental consent (see Marriage in Scotland). Many elopers fled England, and the first Scottish village they encountered was Gretna Green. The Old Blacksmith's Shop and Gretna Hall Blacksmith's Shop became the focal tourist points for the marriage trade. The local blacksmith and his anvil have become the lasting symbols of Gretna Green weddings.
Scottish law allowed for "irregular marriages", meaning that if a declaration was made before two witnesses, almost anybody had the authority to conduct the marriage ceremony. The blacksmiths in Gretna became known as "anvil priests".
Gretna Green Today
Today there are several wedding venues in and around Gretna Green, from former churches to purpose-built chapels, to nearby Scottish castles and stately homes. Gretna Green endures as one of the world's most popular wedding venues, and thousands of couples come from around the world to be married 'over the anvil' at Gretna Green.