Wedding Blog

Dec 2012
24

A Very Merry Christmas

The staff at The Mill Forge would like to wish all our customers, past present and future a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We're thinking of you at Christmas time,
Sending this cordial Christmas rhyme,
With our very best wishes and heartfelt good cheer;
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


May you all receive you desire for Christmas, and some Alka Seltzer and Aspirin for New Year.


Best wishes from all at The Mill Forge.


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Dec 2012
19

Winter Weddings

Winter weather has now firmly set in and all we can hope for is that there isn't too much more rain.

Yet when the temperature drops there can be some stunning backdrops in our gardens as the dew freezes to create a hoar frost.

Alternatively there may be a drop or two of snow which can also enhance the scenery for your wedding photographs.

Don't worry though, the frost or snow has never been so bad that weddings couldn't take place.


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Dec 2012
12

All the Twelves

Special dates are always popular at The Mill Forge and today's date is no different. 12/12/12 is also the last time until the 1st of January 2101 that the date will run the same.

Today in Gretna Green there are fifty-one weddings taking place, six of which are at The Mill Forge.

Over the last few years we have seen a rise in bookings for dates where all the digits are the same. The ninth of September 2009 was especially popular with brides and groom who worked in the emergency services.

As you would expect for ...

Dec 2012
8

That Time of Year Again

Come the end of November, start of December we start digging out the boxes of decorations and the Christmas trees.

With decorations to go up in the restaurant's function rooms, reception and the Forge there is plenty of festive fun for the staff as they add that Christmas touch to all the various areas.

As happens every year in almost every household the lights for the Christmas tree refused to work prompting a shopping trip in search of replacements.


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Nov 2012
28

Wedding Day Makeover Tips


Every bride wants to look her very best on her wedding day. Here are a few tips to avoid disasters with makeup and hair styling.

  • If possible have a trial with your stylist and beautician.
  • If you are having your hair dyed make sure that it is dyed a few days before so that you have time to change the colour if you do not like it.
  • If you are having a spray tan or home tan make sure that you have a trial first if the treatment is not a regular part of your beauty regime. ...

Nov 2012
21

The Brides Bouquet

Bride's bouquets come in all different styles with teardrop, tied bouquets and bridal posies being just a small selection of the options available.

Bride's can have simplistic designs with one kind of flower or a more elaborate design which incorporates many different kinds of flowers.

After the reception the bride throws her bouquet over her shoulder to a group of unmarried female guests. Tradition states that the person to catch the bouquet will be the next of those present to marry.

A male version of this custom is for the groom to remove the bride's garter and ...

Nov 2012
7

The Mill Forge Wedding Fayre

Come along and see for yourself what a beautiful Wedding Venue The Mill Forge is. Everyone welcome. Admission Free.

Our wedding planners will be waiting to show you around and answer any questions. Meet and have a chat with all the people who work with us in the wedding industry.


Whatever you require from Wedding Cakes, Photographers, Pipers, Bridal Wear, Florists, Bridal Hair & Makeup, Horse & carriage, and many more, there will be someone here to help you with any queries.

Our rooms are offered at a special rate for customers travelling from ...

Nov 2012
2

Halloween Hi-Jinks

One couple really got into the spirit of the day for their wedding on Wednesday.

With a few Halloween touches a bride really went to town with her outfit. The wedding cake was be-decked with the moon and stars and the bride brought her own unique style to the event with some nifty touches.

Not one to be left out, the groom sported a Freddy Kreuger glove.


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Oct 2012
25

Coming Prepared

Some brides like to come prepared for the weather and as you can see from the picture above this particular bride and her bridesmaids have made sure that they are going to keep their feet dry.

What makes it extra special is the detailing of the sequins which spelled out the bride's married name, while the bridesmaid's welly's each bore the slogan "Maid in Gretna".

What nifty ideas have you seen? Please comment below.


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Oct 2012
17

Who's the Best Man

In bygone days when the groom would "capture" his bride the best man was there to help him meet any resistance from the girl's family or other suitors.

It is the duty of the best man to protect the groom from bad luck. He must ensure that once the groom has begun his journey to the church he does not return for any reason. He must also ensure that the groom carries a small charm or small mascot in his jacket pocket on his wedding day. The best man should pay the church minister an odd fee to ...

Oct 2012
10

Getting Your Wedding Flowers

Getting Your Wedding Flowers

A few handy tips for brides to consider when arranging their wedding flowers. Feel free to share any of your tips in the comments.

  • Select your flowers from a florist who you have confidence and trust in.
  • There are many different styles of bride's bouquet, whether a simple tied posy or an elaborate teardrop bouquet. Try to choose a style which will complement your wedding dress.
  • Choose the colours carefully to match or provide a striking contrast you and your bridesmaid's dresses.
  • If selecting flowers such as orchids which have a high pollen ...

Sep 2012
26

Who Cares about the Weather

Whatever time of year you plan your wedding for, there is one thing that you cannot control.The Great British weather!!

You may get washed out in Summer, scorched in Spring or blown away through Autumn and Winter. You can be soaked, sunburnt or windswept yet nothing that the weather can do will be able to spoil your special day.

Typically British weather can see a dramatic change in the weather over a short space of time. One minute it can be throwing it down and suddenly the clouds will disappear and the sun will come out.

Sep 2012
19

The Confetti Shower

After emerging from their wedding ceremony as man and wife the happy couple are usually showered with confetti by their guests.

The wedding photographer will standing ready and will be able to capture a stunning image of bride and groom being showered with confetti.

Today we use paper or metallic effect confetti as well as dried flowers. Traditionally though, Confetti is the Italian name for sweets, which in Italy are thrown over the couple as they emerge from the church. Before the use of paper confetti the happy couple was showered with petals, grain or rice. ...

Sep 2012
5

Arranging Your Wedding Cake

Check out these top tips to help you arrange your wedding cake.

 

  • If you are fortunate enough to know someone who can bake you a wedding cake take advantage of this and either have the cake made for a small fee or ask them to provide a cake in lieu of a wedding present.
  • Don't just stick to a fruit cake because of tradition. If you want a tier made of chocolate sponge instead, go for it.
  • Supermarkets often sell celebration cakes at a fraction of the price which bakers charge. All you have to do ...

Aug 2012
29

Top Tips for Every Couple Planning a Wedding

Below are listed some tips to make planning your wedding that bit less stressful

  • It's your day. Don't let anyone persuade you into having what they want or had at their wedding if you do not want it for your wedding.
  • Work out your budget and take care to stick to it. You don't want to start married life in debt or arguing over money after lavishing every penny on your wedding day.
  • Before beginning planning your wedding find out what contributions to your wedding fund you can rely on from your own savings and your parents.
  • Make sure you know ...

Aug 2012
22

Something Old, Something New...

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in your Shoe

This is a rhyme from Victorian times yet the customs have much older origins.

Something Old represents the couple's friends who will hopefully remain close during the marriage. This was traditionally a garter given to the bride from a happily married woman in the hope that the happiness would pass to the new bride.

Something New symbolises a happy and prosperous future for the newly-weds.

Something Borrowed is traditionally something lent by the bride's family. The bride must return this ...

Aug 2012
15

White Wedding Dresses

The origin of the white wedding dress

The white wedding dress was made popular by Anne of Brittany in 1499. Prior to that time and until the 1900's, a woman would simply wear the best dress in her wardrobe.

The wearing of white has been a symbol of celebration since Roman times. In 19th century Victorian times white was considered a sign of affluence as it was assumed that a woman would only be able to wear white once (twice at the most) before the dress became soiled. At the beginning of the 20th century white ...

Aug 2012
8

Wedding & Engagement Rings

Almost every bride and groom receives a wedding ring from their new spouse as part of the wedding ritual. But what do wedding rings actually symbolise?

Wedding rings are an unbroken circle which is to symbolise the everlasting love and are worn on the third finger of the left hand as in Roman times it was believed a vein ran from this finger straight to the heart.

Engagement rings were first used after Pope Nicholas proclaimed in 860AD that not only was an engagement ring required to seal the agreement of marriage, but that it should ...

Aug 2012
1

Building The Mill Forge

The Mill Forge started off life as a farm until bought by the Smith family in 1988, It had fallen into disrepair and was no longer in use as a farm.

Since then there has been a steady stream of developments and additions to the property to develop it into one of the country's most popular wedding venues.

The pictures show the roundhouse being slated and the placing of the waterwheel which is a popular feature in wedding photographs.


A full history of The Mill Forge can be found here

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Jul 2012
18

Choosing The Date

Choosing the Day & Month

Although weddings are now held on any day throughout the week, certain days were considered unlucky in the past. The famous rhyme advises a wedding in the first half of the week.

Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursdays for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.

The following rhyme advises in which month to be married
Married when the year is new, he will be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, you wed nor ...

Jul 2012
11

All in a Days Work

Pastor Sandy Jamieson is a regular visitor to The Mill Forge where he performs religious weddings.

However he doesn't stop at just performing the ceremonies, he helps out with all manner of things and in the picture above he can be seen tying the laces for a groom who was unsure of the correct way to tie the laces on his brogues.

Being a fun loving character Sandy, jokingly posed with one of the candles in The Mill Forge only hours after being snapped holding one of the Olympic Relay Torches as the relay passed through Gretna ...

Jul 2012
4

Unusual Wedding Pictures

Not every picture taken of you on your big day needs to be staged for the camera. Why shouldn't there be pictures taken when you are having a laugh or larking about?

Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life and is a fun experience as well as a formal one. Photographs such as the ones above show a bride enjoying her day to the full.

When your official photographer has finished his pictures take full advantage of guests holding cameras and have a ball!!!!


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Jul 2012
1

Leading the Way

When couples book a Scottish wedding piper for their wedding at The Mill Forge, their piper will first escort the groom and the guests from the conservatory bar to The Forge.

Next the piper will collect the bride from the bridal suite and pipe her across to meet her groom.

After the wedding ceremony the happy couple will be piped out of The Forge and around the gardens as their wedding photographer captures some memorable images.


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Jun 2012
20

The Dreaded Speech

The speeches after a wedding meal are an important part of the celebrations.

The bride's father will welcome the groom into his family and talk about his daughter, the groom will reply on behalf of himself and his wife, thank the guests for coming and the bridesmaid's and best man for their help. The best man is tasked with thanking the groom on behalf of the bridesmaids. He will also read out some of the cards, emails and telegrams received. The best man will also talk about the groom and may well share a few embarrassing stories.

Jun 2012
13

Music to Your Ears

Rather than having a CD playing after the ceremony, some couples will ask bagpiper Craig Irving to play some traditional tunes on his smallpipes.

The smallpipes create a wonderfully emotive sound which reverberates around The Mill Forge, creating a marvellous atmosphere.

Also pictured is Hazel Carpenter playing her saxophone while the wedding photographer is taking pictures of the happy couple and their guests.


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Jun 2012
6

Unusual Wedding Guests

Animal loving couples sometimes bring their beloved pets to join in the ceremony. We quite often have dogs wearing a little bow tie or their own little suit.

Other couples have been known to bring a stuffed animal to represent the pets they have left at home.


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Jun 2012
1

Wedding Cakes with a Difference

Here at The Mill Forge we see a wide variety of wedding cakes ranging from traditional one, two or three tier wedding cakes to more elaborate designs such as fairytale castles and cup-cake towers.

Cake toppers can be anything from sugarcraft flowers to caricatures of the bride and groom and their children or in some cases their pets.

There is no right or wrong cake to bring to Gretna Green. Whether a simple design or a more elaborate creation, every cake is personal and special to the bride and groom.


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May 2012
23

Gone to lunch!

Well, a piper needs to keep his strength up - and the anvil in The Mill Forge makes a very useful stand for Craig's hat and pipes while he has his lunch.

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May 2012
16

Double Celebration!!

Our Groom at the weekend was more than excited about coming to The Mill Forge to marry his beautiful bride.

Celebration was doubled when guess what!!

Answers on a postcard please.


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May 2012
9

Did you know ??

..the reason the bride stands on the grooms left was to leave his right hand free to draw his sword, so he can protect her!

Since grooms in early Anglo-Saxon England often had to defend their brides during the wedding ceremony, the lady would stand to the left of her future husband so that his sword arm would be free. It was also customary for the groom to hold onto his bride with the left hand. Thus, by association, the bride's family and guests sit on the left side of the church.

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May 2012
2

A common sight at the Mill Forge.

A common sight at the Mill Forge is the daily delivery of wedding flowers.

The local florists arrive and we never tire of seeing the different arrangements. Bouquets, corsages, button holes, cake toppers, table arrangements and presentation baskets all make up a beautiful sight and the fragrance sets the day off to a great start.

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Apr 2012
24

Farewell Donna…

It's always sad to say goodbye to one of our friends and colleagues, especially when they have been a valued member of our team for over eight years. So we all went out for a meal and some drinks last night to wish Donna well - and let her know how much we're going to miss her.

She's moving on from working with brides and grooms to working with toddlers - a very natural progression some might say! And as Donna is a busy wife and mother, the hours will suit her better and give her school holidays off. ...

Apr 2012
11

May the best man win...

This groom and his best man found an unorthodox way to fill in some time while waiting for the bride to arrive.

However, it doesn't look like a very even contest - and the best man has obviously lifted his elbow off the anvil. Unfair ref!!!


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Apr 2012
4

Meet Craig the piper.

Craig has been been playing the bagpipes since he was seven years old and always knew this was what he wanted to do when he grew up. He now makes his living by piping brides and grooms to of their wedding ceremonies in and around Gretna Green.

He's a real practical joker and keeps everyone on their toes.

He was a little stumped the other day when a bride asked if he could play Mull of Kintyre as they walked to the chapel as it had been her grandmother's favourite tune. It was a tune he hadn't ...

Mar 2012
21

The One Show 1000 Sport Relief

A group of local runners gathered in The Mill Forge car park today to be collected by The One Show minibus and taken to their starting point at Kirkpatrick Fleming to join the other runners and run their mile for Sport Relief.

The group were passing though our region on their way from The Isle of Mull in Scotland to The Mall in London in 10 days from 16th March.

Congratulations and well done to all the runners!!


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Mar 2012
14

A Gaelic Blessing !!

One of our ministers used this blessing in The Mill Forge today.
Lovely words for a wedding ceremony !!

"Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness for you.
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one Life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your ...

Mar 2012
8

Gorgeous, glamorous gum-boots!

We know it's fashionable to wear posh wellies to music festivals now - a good idea to keep your feet warm and dry when you're up to your ankles in mud.

But we can only assume this bride had heard that it rains a lot in Scotland because she arrived prepared for anything the weather could throw at her!

Thankfully, the day remained dry and fine and the bride looked lovely and glamorous nevertheless!

May we wish you many years of happiness.


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Mar 2012
1

Pucker up...

It's always an emotional moment in The Mill Forge when the minister says, "You may now kiss the bride..."

Mothers weep, fathers give a manly cough into their hankies to hide a tear, flower girls jump up and down - and the groom kisses his radiant bride.

However, our wonderful minister Jack Strachan gets very caught up in the moment as you can well see - this groom had a bit of a choice to make... hmmm, let me think, shall I kiss the bride or the minister?
Thankfully, he made the right choice and opted for ...

Feb 2012
22

We love our brides!

Be they traditional, tall, tiny or tickled pink .
Blonde, brunette, brushed or back-combed.


With friends, family, flower-girls, footloose or fancy-free.
A bit shy, short, showy or shaking
Quiet, quick, quarrelsome or quirky...


We love them all.


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Feb 2012
14

Who says romance is dead!!

Each year in Britain, we spend around £503m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine's Day. Traditionally these were sent anonymously, but nowadays we often make it clear who is sending each 'Valentine'

It is said Spring begins on St Valentine's Day, the day on which birds chose their mates.

This year it is also the day that 7 couples exchange their vows over the Anvil in The Mill Forge.

Will You Be Mine?
Valentine, you make me silly;
You make my heart beat willy-nilly;
When I'm with you, the world is hazy;
Valentine, you ...

Feb 2012
2

Early flowers

The first snowdrops have appeared at The Mill Forge and they make a very welcome sight, reminding us that Spring is just around the corner.

Did you know that another name for a snowdrop is Candlemas bell? And how appropriate that I'm uploading this photo today because Candlemas is 2nd February!

Just for the record, snowdrops are also known as Mary's taper, Snow piercer, February fairmaids and Dingle-dangles!

 

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Feb 2012
1

Drinks on demand…

Here's Nikki, one of our wonderful Duty Managers, doing what she does best. She's ready and waiting for a wedding party to arrive after their ceremony in The Mill Forge and I'm sure she'll be a very welcome sight.

Although her job involves lots of running around and sometimes quite long hours, Nikki's not complaining: "It's so pleasant to be able to serve happy, smiling customers all the time. The wedding parties are always in the mood to celebrate. There's quite a sense of relief after the actual ceremony is over and everyone is ready to have a drink ...

Jan 2012
25

25 January, Robert Burns Day or Burns Night (Burns Nicht)

"My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" Beautiful words in Scots by Robert Burns 1794

0, my love is like a red, red rose,
that's newly sprung in June.
0, my love is like a melody,
that's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair thou art, my bonnie lass,
so deep in love am I,
And I will love thee still, my dear,
till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
and the rocks melt wi' the sun!
And I will love thee still, my dear,
while the sands of life ...

Jan 2012
18

Spot the happy couple!

Cruella de Vil definitely didn't get an invitation to this wedding at The Mill Forge today - and the other 99 Dalmatians had to wait outside!


But these two cute canine characters, all dressed up in their best waistcoats, made the most of their starring role. And the bride and groom were obviously 'dotty' about them...


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Jan 2012
11

Man’s Best Friend….

This handsome chap turned up as a guest at a wedding at The Mill Forge and instantly won a number of hearts.

He was extremely patient, with impeccable manners and was in great demand to appear in all the photos. We thought he was one of the nicest good luck charms we've seen in a long while and were very tempted just to keep him!

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Jan 2012
3

The Mill Forge Special Offers Extended !!

Please contact us on 01461 800344 to check availability and discuss any questions you may have.

Let us help you arrange your perfect Wedding Day at an affordable price.


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