Couples come to The Mill Forge for their wedding - but did you know........ ? The word "wed" is derived from the ancient Greek word for "pledge." And that's exactly what a wedding ceremony is, no matter what country it takes place in, no matter which culture its part of. To wed is to pledge yourself to another. There are few acts we perform that are more pure or more beautiful than the act of marriage.
At the Mill Forge we know them as wedding favours... but have you ever wondered where this tradition came from? A lot of people think this is a modern wedding practice, in fact it is a tradition steeped in history.
The custom of giving wedding favours dates back to early European history where they were given to celebrate marriages, birthdays and christenings by the wealthy aristocrats of the period. In those days these treats were luxury items such as sugar cubes which would illustrate your wealth and were symbolic of royalty.
Pastor Sandy Jamieson is a minister with Assemblies of God a Christian denomination. He has been serving Gretna now for 11 years conducting Religious marriages and blessings in and around the area.
Pastor Sandy says " it's a real privilege to serve the couples on their wedding day at the Mill Forge, I always try to put them at ease and help them to enjoy their day by putting a bit of my personality and humour in where appropriate".
Pastor Sandy Jamieson is married to Jan a primary head teacher and has 3 children; he loves eating out ...