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Gretna Green

Gretna Green

Ever heard of Gretna Green? It’s a small village in Scotland, UK with a unique tradition or rather myth – I don’t know which one comes first. Anyway, today this small town in the border between England and Scotland was made famous of couple’s destination to get married.

The tradition begun when in 1712 a young couple from England runaway to get married in Gretna Green as it was the first village in Scotland at the border between England and Scotland, and as the marriage act in Scotland allowed”irregular marriages”, which means that if a declaration was made before two witnesses, almost anybody had the authority to conduct the marriage ceremony. Thus even the black smith in Gretna Green allowed to marry young couple. On top of that, young couple as young as 16 could get married without parental consent; whilst in England the regulation was 16 with consent and 18 without consent.

But what attract Scotland more for those who wants to get married is the marriage act; in any other country mostly they required residency of 21 day before they could get married in that particular country. Recently it lifted its residency regulation. The couple doesn’t have to take residency at all to get married in Scotland. They can come in and out at the same day, provided all the paper works are in tacked 4 weeks prior to the wedding.

Solely due to the last reason then we decided to get married in Scotland but may be not Gretna Green.

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I used to live as an expat and travel around the Middle East. After 10 years working in the Arabian Gulf I am now retired and living in the UK but still retain my interests of further travels and exploring new horizons.


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