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Last update: April 2024

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 remain a flourishing wedding destination to this day.

Our enchanting range of historic wedding and ceremony venues offers a truly unique setting in the beautiful Scottish countryside. Whether you choose to marry in the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, the historic marriage house that is Gretna Hall Hotel, or the contemporary penthouse of Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel, you can be sure that your Gretna Green wedding will be a truly magical experience.

With eight ceremony venues to choose from, along with four reception venues in our two stunning hotels, Gretna Green has something for everyone. From large-scale weddings up to 180 guests, to intimate ceremonies just for two and everything in-between, you can be sure that Gretna Green’s award-winning wedding team will help you through every stage of planning your big day.

The only place where you can have ‘Gretna Green’ on your marriage certificate.


The authentic, original home of the Anvil Wedding since 1754, the Famous Blacksmiths Shop is world-famous as the runaway wedding destination of choice. Follow in the footsteps of lovers of old and marry over the iconic Blacksmith’s Anvil.

Famous Blacksmiths Shop Original Marriage Room

The Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green’s original marriage venue where the legend of the anvil wedding was born, offers a unique setting with 270 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 will bring you good fortune in affairs of the heart.

'Gretna Green' on your marriage certificate. Accommodates up to 50 guests.

Famous Blacksmiths Shop Forge Marriage Room

The Forge Marriage Room is a unique ceremony venue in the romantic heart of Gretna Green. Built within the walls of our historic Famous Blacksmiths Shop, it offers an immersive look into our Blacksmiths story, as well as space for up to 50 guests to join you on your special day. The Forge combines many of the historic features found in the Original Marriage Room with a unique, modern touch.

'Gretna Green' on your marriage certificate. Accommodates up to 50 guests.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence
Religious ceremony license

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Evening reception facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
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09 Nov
Open Door

Find out why Gretna Green are the Original Home of Romance at their Open Weekend, 9 am - 5 pm each day. Enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and canapes while you chat with their award-winning Wedding Team and feel the allure of Gretna Green.

Here at Gretna Green, they have two wedding venues - the Famous Blacksmiths Shop (where couples first ran away to in 1754!) and Gretna Hall. Explore their magnificent marriage rooms, see their stunning reception set-ups and tour their exquisite 4-star hotels Gretna Hall and Smiths Hotel, all just a 5-minute walk from each other.

Both hotels have a range of function rooms, dining options an accommodation options to help create your dream wedding.

Please email if you have any questions.

Date: From 09/11/2024 to 10/11/2024 Schedule 09:00 - 17:00
Place: Headless Cross, Gretna Green, Dumfries Galloway & Ayrshire

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