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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
..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.
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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!!
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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!