Those days of teenage brides hightailing it with unsuitable fellas over the Scottish borders to get married have long gone. However there is still something strongly appealing about eloping to foreign climes and enjoying a co-ordinated wedding and honeymoon.
But what about good old Gretna Green? Well it’s still going strong and is still recognised as probably the most famous wedding venue in the world. Since the eighteenth century anyone over the age of 16 could marry there without parental consent, unlike in England.
As anyone could marry couples (until 1940 anyway) the task usually fell to the blacksmith. The lucky chap was usually the first person elopers came across and so ‘anvil weddings’ were forged.
Be warned though, the continued popularity of Gretna Green means you should book well in advance – and these days it’s the registrar who’ll perform the ceremony. Apply here
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