- Bridal Bouquet
- Evening Reception
- 30 Guests (including couple)
- Gretna on your marriage certificate
- Price per additional guest £60.00
- Additional guest accommodation from £130.00 per room per night
- Deposit £1,500.00
- A bottle of red or white wine
- A selection of finger sandwiches
- Mini pasties and quiche
- Scones with jam and clotted cream
- Mini desserts
- A flask of tea or coffee
Add an English twist to your big day
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND OF FAMILY FUN
Easter is one of our favourite times of the year where we spend some quality time with our families, enjoy the first signs of spring and of course overindulge in chocolate, guilt-free! Here at Gretna Green we have a range of fun activities planned to keep the whole family entertained.
1) Find the Easter Bunny
Your little ones will love this free Easter bunny hunt! Find 7 Easter bunnies hidden around our shopping complex to win a lovely goodie bag.
2) Family Fun in the Sun
We have our fingers crossed that the sun will make an appearance this Easter weekend. If you’re heading to Gretna Green, take in some fresh spring air at our Courtship Maze, Sculpture Garden and Outdoor Play Park – free family fun!
3) Stock up on Easter Treats
Easter wouldn’t be the same without… CHOCOLATE! Whether you’re a milk, white or dark chocolate fan – we have an impressive selection to choose from at our shopping complex. Looking for a chocolate-free alternative? We also have a range of handpicked gifts from seasonal tea sets to Peter Rabbit merchandise.
4) Explore Gretna Green and the Solway Coast
Spend some quality time in Gretna Green and the Solway Coast. This short break includes quality accommodation at Greens or Gretna Hall with full Scottish breakfast each morning and an evening meal each night. On the Tuesday explore the Solway Coast across the border and see Gretna Green from the other side of the water. Take advantage of your 10% discount voucher to use within our Famous Blacksmiths Visitor Attraction and shopping complex on the Wednesday. Plus, discover the secrets of Gretna Green at our museum. You might even see a wedding or two! For availability and bookings please call 01461 337621 and quote code ‘SOLWAY.’
5) Meet the Easter Bunny
We are welcoming a very special guest to the Blacksmiths Restaurant on Easter Sunday between 12 noon and 3pm. The Easter Bunny himself will be here and will be giving out free chocolate eggs to the children. Bring the whole family along for a hearty two course carvery, including a main course of gammon or turkey served with a Yorkshire pudding, fresh seasonal vegetable medley and roast or mash potatoes, followed by a delicious dessert of sticky toffee pudding or fruit crumble. All for £8.99! Call 01461 338365 to book a table.
6) Easter with a Difference
Fancy trying something different? Gretna Hall has the answer. Make your Good Friday GREAT with Fizz Friday – sparkling cocktails only £5.00 each! Or start a new family tradition at Gretna Hall’s Easter Sunday Indo-Asian Curry Buffet – £18.00 per person for a three course buffet. Call 01461 338257 to book. Plus, experience some fantastic live music from acoustic singer, Jonny Lopez, on Easter Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm.
What do you have planned this Easter? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Easter from all of us at Gretna Green.
A NICE DAY FOR A WHITE WEDDING FAYRE
On a snowy Sunday morning in March, the team at Gretna Green were busy preparing for the much anticipated Wedding Fayre Extravaganza.
With finishing touches in place, the doors opened to a crowd of very excited (but very cold!) future brides and grooms, all coming to seek out inspiration for their big day. And inspiration was certainly what they got!
Smiths, Gretna Hall and Greens at Gretna were packed full of exhibitors displaying their finest products and services.
All of our soon-to-be-married couples were given the opportunity to browse a series of carefully curated stalls set up by local suppliers, all hand picked by our expert Wedding Team. Couples could build their dream wedding day, with tours of our three hotel venues giving our guests an insight into the luxurious bridal suites available. Our lovely Wedding Team were on hand to answer any questions and chat through all of the options available, taking the stress out of wedding planning.
Visitors were amazed by the wedding décor ideas on show, including beautiful floral decorations from Gretna Flower Basket – the perfect way to put your stamp on the wedding venue.
Next, the important bit – catering! A delicious array of food was available to sample from canapés, prepared by our very own chefs and wedding cakes by Jenny’s Cakes, to delicious sweet treats supplied by Glen Urr Ice Cream and So Sweet Trees. Our sugar levels were kept up during the day so a huge thank you for the free samples – yum!
Soon to be brides were drawn to the display of elegant wedding gowns courtesy of Carol’s Bridal Boutique and the glistening jewellery by Nicolson & Coulthard. Our in-house salon, Spoilt at Smith’s, demonstrated how to create flawless bridal makeup which gave our brides lots of inspiring ideas.
For the grooms, Weddings Silver Lady Wedding Cars and Tartan Carriages showcased a range of lavish transport options to get the couple to their venue.
Visitors enjoyed dancing on a pixel LED dancefloor from Northern Star Events whilst listening to popular hits from Stephen Chatterton’s Jukebox.
The day was enjoyed by all and was a huge success for Gretna Green.
Getting married and missed the Wedding Fayre? Don’t worry our helpful team of Wedding Planners are available to help you plan your day. From choosing the right venue to selecting a photographer to capture those precious moments, contact our Wedding Team today by calling 01461 336001 or emailing email@example.com.
GO GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY
We’d like to join our friends from across the Irish Sea and celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Saturday 17th March. Here are our top 5 ways to commemorate St Paddy’s Day with food, drink and gifts from Gretna Green:
1) Sample some Irish Whisky – Our Whisky and Gifts Shop at Gretna Green is home to a range of both famous and unusual blends of malt whiskies. So whether you prefer Scottish or Irish whisky, raise a glass to St Patrick’s Day!
2) Go green – go all out with green face paint, green hair dye and green clothing or opt for the more subtle green accessory – we have a range of gorgeous green items to choose from including green tartan, coats, scarves, gloves and bags. Getting married? Why not incorporate an Irish theme into your wedding with one of our stunning Celtic rings.
3) Irish food – the only day when green food dye is acceptable is St Patrick’s day! So you can either turn your family meal green or join us at Gretna Hall for a meal that has been given the seal of approval from our Irish friends – traditional leek and potato soup, followed by smoked salmon or steak and finished off with Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee – delicious! To book a table visit https://gretnahallhotel.com/contact/ or call 01461 338257.
4) Throw an Irish themed party – the Irish certainly know how to party so why not join them with an Emerald Isle-style party. Think Irish flags, shamrock confetti and fancy dress!
5) Guinness galore! Guinness has been a St Patrick’s Day staple for centuries. Our bars at Smiths and Greens at Gretna serve Guinness as well as a range of other Irish-inspired beverages. Gaelic Pop (Chambord and sparkling wine) is one of our favourites or why not try our aptly named St. Patrick’s apple martini cocktail?
Happy St Patrick’s Day or “La Fheile Padraig” from the team at Gretna Green!
Treat your mum to mother’s day at greens
With Mother’s Day just around the corner we thought we would give you a helping hand in planning a day to spoil your Mum. Here are some ideas that promise to impress on Mother’s Day.
Spoil your loved one with a 4-course romantic dinner at Greens Hotel this Valentine’s Day
Four-course Candle-lit Dinner
This Valentine’s Day, why not treat the love in your life to a romantic, candle-lit, four-course dinner for 2 here; at Greens at Gretna Hotel – just £40 per couple.
Stay with us too
Why not also add an overnight stay? We have double rooms available for just £80 per room per night and our balcony rooms available for just £150 per room per night.
How to book
To book your romantic table for Valentine’s Day, please call us on 01461 337621 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While you are in Gretna, why not visit Gretna Green?
When you stay here at Greens hotel, as our guest you can enjoy exclusive discounts at our Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop Museum and Shopping Village, where you can shop major brands including Swarovski, Ness, Harris Tweed, Barbour and Joules for less… as well as a huge range of tartan and clan gifts, hampers, our own Gretna Green brand luxury cashmere and our fantastic Famous Blacksmiths Shop Foodhall… full of tasty, Scottish delicacies!
Love and Romance
How about surprising the one you love with a romantic Anvil Handfasting at Gretna Green this Valentine’s Day. A unique ceremony, performed by one of our Blacksmiths Guides, a handfasting can be an informal renewal of vows if you are already married or a romantic demonstration of your commitment to each other for those still to walk the aisle. You can book our exclusive Valentine’s Day Handfasting Deal, including a FREE LoveLock to commemorate your day, for just £40 by calling us on 01461 337893 or by emailing: email@example.com.
Live and Kicking
Live Music Nights at Greens for Everyone
Tell us more…
You may or may not know, that we’ve been running LIVE music nights at the weekends, here at Greens at Gretna, for a few months now and we are excited to announce that these will continue, weekly throughout 2018!
Our three regular acts – Cory Spedding and Stu, Russell McKenzie and Kyle Newrick have really brightened up our Friday and Saturday nights and it has been great to see new faces and old favourites joining us at the weekends for drinks, dining and dancing!
While Russell will play his last gig for a while on Saturday 13th, we now have Kyle confirmed until the end of April and Cory and Stu until the end of August; and we hope to continue this right through the year!
The information bits…
Our acts generally play from 7pm to 10pm, unless otherwise stated. They play on a mixture of Friday and Saturday nights (a full list of all the performances can be found on our Facebook Events page here:).
Everyone is welcome and it is absolutely FREE to join us! All we ask is that you have a few drinks and maybe even join us for dinner while you are here. Or why not order a selection of starters for some relaxed ‘drinks and nibbles’ in our lounge area if you don’t feel like a full sit-down meal!
The All-new Luxury ‘Solway’ Wedding Package at Greens Hotel
Introducing our new Greens at Gretna, all-inclusive, luxury wedding package
For 2018, we are very excited to announce a new wedding package here at Greens Hotel – the ‘Solway’.
For those of us who enjoy the finer things in life, the Solway wedding package is an all-inclusive solution designed to cover everything you will need for the perfect Gretna wedding, as well as some added indulgences.
What does the Solway Wedding Package include?
• You will have the choice of marrying outdoors in our beautiful Water Gardens, here at Greens hotel or if you prefer an indoor ceremony, you can marry in our Solway function room
• A photography package of 30 (8×6) images mounted in a leather album – a photographer will join you for your ceremony and for a selection of pictures afterwards
• A Traditional Scottish Piper will escort the Bride or Groom to his/her wedding and then lead the bridal couple and wedding party from the marriage room after the ceremony
• Scottish Hand-tied Bridal bouquet and Groom’s buttonhole
• An arrival drink of Bucks Fizz, a glass of red or white wine and a glass of sparkling wine for your toast
• A carvery including a selection of starters, traditional roast dinner served with Yorkshire pudding and a selection of desserts
• Cocktail Buffet 1 for your inclusive evening reception
• The Bridal Couple will spend two nights in a four poster suite including a bottle of sparkling wine
• For your wedding party, we will secure 14 double bedrooms for the night of your wedding including breakfast
For more information or to book, please call our wedding planner team on 01461 336001 or find out more here
Why marry at Greens Hotel?
Not only are we the first and last hotel in Scotland, a unique setting in its self, but we are also home to the Water Gardens; a Japanese-inspired landscaped garden marriage venue – perfect for those looking marry outdoors. We’re just a hop, skip and a jump from the M6/M74, making it the perfect place for couples who are looking for destination weddings in Scotland or have guests who will be travelling from across the UK and beyond. Add to that our history and heritage, as part of the family of Scottish wedding venues that made Gretna Green famous, Gretna Green Ltd.
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: www.gretnagreen.com/weddings; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping you to plan the perfect wedding in Gretna Green this March 2018
Are you can already engaged, with your wedding planning folder (yes we know you have a crazy scrapbook or at least a Pinterest board), bursting at the seams? Or are you still waiting, (im)patiently for your other half to ask that all important question (we’re only a couple of years off another Leap Year)? Whatever your situation, our annual wedding fayre extravaganza, this coming March really is a wonderful day out, and a chance to get to know Gretna Green.
The whole day has been carefully planned to give you the chance to visit all three of our hotels and the Famous Blacksmiths Shop visitor centre. You will have the opportunity to experience everything that the North West wedding scene has to offer, as well everything that Gretna Green have to offer; from our gorgeous, 3 and 4-star hotels and wedding venues, to our wedding planning team, kilt hire and wedding favours to name a few!
You will start your day at Gretna Hall, our newest addition to Gretna Green, where you will be met with a big Scottish welcome for registration. Your next stop will be Smiths, our 4-star, boutique hotel, just around the corner, where all of our exhibitors will be ready and waiting to share with you their wedding treats and talents!
The third stop, is just a few short paces across the road from Smiths, to the Famous Blacksmiths Shop; in all its historic and romantic wonder! As you step through the doors, you will instantly feel the tingling buzz of over 250 years of history, and as you walk in the footsteps of the thousands of runaway couples before you, to reach the famous anvil; don’t forget to touch it for good luck in love.
In the afternoon, you will make your way to our third and final hotel and the fourth stop on our tour – here at Greens Hotel. This is where you will find our demonstrations, including “how to wear a kilt”.
All through the day, you will have the chance to meet and chat with our experienced wedding planning team and maybe even get a chance to meet with the Houston family themselves in our VIP room; as well as sample a selection of dining treats from all of our hotels and, of course, take home a wonderful goody bag to remind you of your day at Gretna Green!
To make things even better in 2018, we are giving you the option to pre-register; to allow 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, then please sign up for our wedding fayre newsletter below!
Remember to… SAVE THE DATE – 18.03.18 and don’t forget to join our Facebook Group too!
*Please note that registration has now closed.*
Where to dine in Gretna and Gretna Green
Coming to Gretna/Gretna Green soon? Don’t miss out on the tasty treats which await … nothing beats the smell of homemade cooking especially when you don’t have to do any of the work! We’ve got just the thing – or should that be things – to satisfy that appetite! The only thing you’ll need to do is choose where to start!
Greens At Gretna
Here at Greens we love providing our guests with delicious, wholesome, meals just like the ones served at home! Come relax with us every Sunday from 12noon-4pm and enjoy our slow-cooked, irresistible Sunday Roast Carvery available from only £9.50!
Indulge in fall-off-the-fork roasts, roasted potatoes and vegetables, Yorkshire Puddings and more with our delicious Sunday roasts…
Still have room? Why not add a starter or perhaps even a pudding?
Tuck into banana bread with caramel icing, macaroons*, Pimms & Strawberry trifle, fondant fancies, éclairs, Victoria sponge, marshmallow*, chocolate tart with Chantilly cream, popping candy & honeycomb, scones, gin & tonic sorbet, delectable finger sandwiches and soup all accompanied by a lovely pot of tea or coffee?
Even better, our macaroons and marshmallows change in flavour so you can come back again and again!
Interested? Simply give us a call on 01461 337007. Afternoon tea is now available Monday – Sunday from 2pm – 4.30pm.
Each dish served is an individual whole joint slow cooked to perfection – choose from beef, chicken, lamb or pork – and dressed with seasonal roast veg, a fresh veg medley, bubble & squeak, braised red cabbage, cauliflower cheese and a tasty jus! A vegetarian and fish dish will also be available each week.
A la carte
Our chefs have carefully selected only the finest seasonal and local ingredients to put together a range of dishes sure to delight your sense. Bursting with flavour, there’s something here for everyone … all with a unique Smiths twist of course!
High Tea (tea or meat tea) is one name for the early evening meal. It is associated with the working class and is typically eaten between 5 pm and 7 pm. High tea typically consists of a hot dish, followed by cakes and bread, butter and jam. Occasionally there would be cold cuts of meat, such as ham. The term was first used around 1825, and “high” is used in the sense of well-advanced (like high noon) to signify that it was taken later in the day than afternoon tea. How interesting ….
Best news? It’s now available here at Gretna Hall! Treat yourself to high tea from 3-6pm – choose from a selection of soups, hot dishes, scones and of course tea or coffee to finish.
Fancy something a little lighter? Why not try the picnic menu? Sit looking down over the green fields over the village out towards the Solway and even the Lake District on a super clear day! Set underneath the canopy of the majestic trees which line the drive, your picnic will be set up on the lawn for you with a picnic blanket and a wicker basket full of goodies for you to enjoy.
Curious what’s inside that wicker basket? Of course you are! You’ll get:
Available daily from 12noon to 3pm – rain or shine! Although we’ve got fingers and toes crossed for a sunny summer, if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, we’ll whisk everything inside and your picnic will be waiting for you in our cosy lounge!
Fancy trying a high tea or picnic (or even both)? Simply give us a call on 01461 338257 and our team be happy to get you booked in!
Old Toll Bar
Selection of sandwiches, cakes, traybakes, scones, & unlimited tea or coffee … celebrating? We can add an extra special touch with a bottle of prosecco … just ask!
There’s so much choice you may just need to return for another weekend to sample all that’s on offer! See you soon – don’t forget to share your favourite meals with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
Self-service Drinks and Dining, Bar, Carvery and Take-Away
Neatly tucked inside our Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop visitors’ centre, is our fabulous licensed restaurant – The Blacksmiths Restaurant. Offering a wide range of hot and cold meals, snacks, cakes and even a weekly carvery; it’s the perfect place to sit, warm-up on a cold day and watch the world of Gretna Green go by. Perhaps with a glass of Prosecco or a tipple of whisky too! A great place for groups to also dine together, with our large group dining area and we also offer take-away meals, for those wanting to eat outside in the square or take with them on their onward journey.
Open daily during the visitor centre open hours and some evenings for special functions. Call 01461 338365 for more information or group bookings.