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Wedding News and THANKS to newbarnsleygirl

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Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 21:01:42

After the budget weddings thread the other day and newbarnsleygirl mentioning her [non tacky] gretna green wedding I have provisionally booked mine for Saturday 16th July this year!!!!! I rang up and had no chance of getting a saturday until next year but then they got back to me with a big cancellation

Anyone other gretna brides here???

Hulababy Tue 29-Mar-05 21:03:13

Congratulations Peckarollover

Newbarnsleygirlsjustinsane Tue 29-Mar-05 21:04:12


Did you go for the package Pecka?

gingerbear Tue 29-Mar-05 21:06:46

A Pecka Package to Gretna ??

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 21:07:38

lol! Just re-read that!

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 21:29:56

Little tip for you Pecka make sure you get the bridal suite at the Hotel if you do the package. When they book it they'll probably get you a double room which they did with us but because we were staying 2 nights they gave us the bridal suite for no extra charge.

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 21:30:29

I meant to add, if they do ring them up and they should change it for you.

Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 21:33:14

Well, after reading your post it got my mind ticking then I was at a party on Saturday and was talking about our plans (or lack of) and they said "I would go to gretna green" so that set me off too!

Spent a few hours on the net trawling gretna package sites and other discussion forums and came across The Mill Forge . Here you can get married at the Forge then have a meal and stay over at the Mill. I called them up this morning and was told there was no chance until I got the cancellation call. It is a 14.30pm wedding and 16.00pm meal which takes you through to about 18.30pm and then (and I love this bit) the hotel puts on a disco every saturday and everyone who has married that day can all join in!!

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 21:37:36

It looks great. That's just up the road from where I got married.

Be warned there'll be lots of tourists wanting to take your photos!

Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 21:47:36

In Gretna generally or in that place I chose?

What does it look like "in the flesh"?

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 21:52:25

In Gretna itself.

We actually got married at the original Blacksmiths.

Let me try this link,

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 21:54:58

Sorry it didn't work.


Mill Forge is where all the tourists go so there might be a couple of coaches there and if I remember there is a Gretna Green sign right opposite.

Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 21:56:06

oh bugger!! not sure if that bothers me or not hmmmmmm I had come across from a couple of posting in wedding forums saying they had been married there and it was lovely etc etc

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 21:56:50

Do you mind if I'm completly honest with you?

jampots Tue 29-Mar-05 21:56:59

my best friend married there 8 years ago - had a brill time - congratulations

Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 21:57:43


go on, be honest

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 22:02:40

Sorry, I really don't want to upset you but...

Mill Forge is the make up anvil IYKWIM with the tourist shop.

The blacksmiths is the original bona fide wedding place.

The grounds at the Blacksmiths are lovely and you get great photos.
You also can choose from the actual blacksmiths workshop, the blacksmiths cottage or a suite to be married in.

marthamoo Tue 29-Mar-05 22:04:06

Are you still having meatballs and gravy? Or eels and mash? Or tripe? Can't remember what it was but I remember a big debate on it!

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 22:05:59

God I feel awful now!

Are you bothered by that?

TBH I never knew that until we went there, just want you to be aware of whats there.

My mum and dad got married there anddidn't even realise you could get married at the anvil so they went to the registry office at Gretna. My mum was gutted when they found out.

Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 22:06:52

Newbarnsleygirl - dont worry you wont upset me - hmmmmmmm so does it look really crappy im not TOO bothered about it being the touristy bit (altho i would rather it wasnt) but if the actual place is ok im not bothered) i like the idea of being married, having do and staying all in the same place

hmmmm I have got it so wrong havent I - I thought it was the blacksmiths bit that was the touristy bit

Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 22:07:33

Marthamoo - it was to be Mince and Dumplings but no, that plan went in the bin along with princess for the day dress etc etc

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 22:11:15

Don't be daft, you haven't got it wrong at all.

I just wanted to tell you all the places there are. As I was unaware of it and like I said before, so was my mum.

The place is lovely, and I'm sure the famous Gretna sign is right opposite it.

Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 22:12:13

Is it lovely? or at least lovely-ish? lol

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 29-Mar-05 22:14:57

Yeah it's lovely honestly.

We got invited to the disco but before we knew it it was too late and we missed it.

Are you having family with you?

Peckarollover Tue 29-Mar-05 22:22:04

Yes, about 40 altogether - close family and best friends on each side.

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