(Closed) Eloping to Gretna Green – UK bees please advise!

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
3585 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@jennathehun:  OMG so fun! I love Victorian novels! I can totally picture that in my head, enjoy it!

Post # 6
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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.


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