Post # 1
Hey UK Bees, I need some advice! My boyfriend and I are thinking of eloping to Gretna Green (a la victorian lit). We really want to have a low key ‘find s civil celebrant and a pretty spot and get it done!” type wedding. However, we’re Americans, and it seems like it might require more planning to find a spot and a person to marry us. Any advice for how to go about a genuine elopmenet, excitement and spur of the momentness and all, when travelling from the US to Gretna? We’d love to be married outdoors in a pretty garden somewhere.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
Hmm… In Scotland you can get married outdoors. Have you checked out the Gretna website?
You can get married at the Smithy where people used to get married in times gone by:
I think once you pick one of their packages, the officiant’s included? But I’m not 100% sure. I’d advise giving them a call or dropping them an email though – they’ll be able to advise better!
Congrats to you for doing it! It does look beautiful, but I’ve got too many people invested in a proper wedding to actually elope. Literary props! 😀
ETA: If it’s just the two of you, this looks perfect, but doesn’t include the officiant – they should be able to advise though!
I’ll stop editing in a minute – they list the prices for an officiant on their page, which is a separate cost, but they’ll help organise them:
“Once you have booked and paid for your venue we will arrange a civil marriage celebrant or help you arrange a minister for your ceremony. Please arrange payment for your ceremony direct with Gretna Registrars or your Minister if you chose a religious ceremony.”
Post # 4
@jennathehun: OMG so fun! I love Victorian novels! I can totally picture that in my head, enjoy it!
Post # 5
@chronicwhimsy: Thanks for all the information! I did look at that place and it looks super cute. I think this place looks really sweet too and a bit more private: http://www.themill.co.uk/. I am hoping to avoid cheese-factor. The old blacksmith’s place is sweet, but I am worried it might be a marriage factory, because it’s so popular. I don’t want it to be like a Vegas wedding so much as a European adventure, but it’s so hard to tell from the photos! Thanks for great advice.
Post # 6
Hi, I’m guessing you already know this but since it wasn’t mentioned I wanted to make sure. As Americans you can’t just go there and get married. You have a lot of legal requirements you have to meet, like having a marraige visa, being there at least 7 days (not including date of arrival) for residency (staying at a hotel is fine) before going to the registrars office, and then waiting another 15 days to get your license. You also have to use specific registrar offices, not just the nearest one.
Most Americans get legally married in the US first and then go international for a more elaborate ceremony. Here’s a link with some useful information on the ceremony. For the legalities, you’ll have to contact the UK embassy.