My new husband and I got married here on 2/11/13 in a fantastic and lovely ceremony and we were absolutely blown away by the hotel and their amazing staff, who all helped in making it the best days of our lives.
The Staff - Our wedding planner Liz was outstanding and went far beyond what we were expecting to make the day perfect. She dealt with our numerous problems and requests with ease, constantly going out of her way and never saying to no to help make our wedding experience a brilliant one. The bar and waiting staff were also top class, we stayed for 3 nights in total and ate at the hotel on the Friday and Sunday night with the groom's family and everyone was extremely complimentary about the quality of the service and the food. Also a special mention to the owner Graham, who had to put up with my "bridezilla" emails in the build up to the wedding and always replied promptly, politely and done everything he could to help us out and settle our nerves. In summary, the staff did absolutely everything they could to make our day as special as it was and we owe them a big thank you for their help.
The Venue/The Meal/Reception - The church is absolutely beautiful and a perfect place to exchange vows. We were allowed to decorate it how we wished, allowing us to make it that little bit more perfect. Our entire service was tailored to our needs and we couldn't have been happier with the whole thing. We had our meal and reception in the roundhouse and the staff done a fantastic job in bringing my vision to life, it looked fantastic. We have had several guests complimenting the food and a quite a few saying it was one of the best wedding meals they've ever had. The value for money with the meals is also unbelievably good, we had originally booked up at a different venue who were charging twice the price for the same amount of courses. The hotel allowed my husband and I to have our own choice of meal that wasn't on the menu, another little touch that made the day that little more special. Our guests had a great time dancing during the disco provided by the hotel and one guest in particular didn't sit down all night! We ran into a little hitch with our first dance song but Graham was extremely helpful in dealing with and solving the problem.
The Rooms - The bridal suites are gorgeous and very spacious. They have an extremely comfortable four poster bed and have a tonne of nice little touches that make it a very romantic place to stay. The jacuzzi bath and double shower are also fantastic. My husband also spent the Friday night in a double room, which he says was very comfortable and clean and we heard nothing but good things from our guests that also stayed at the hotel.
Other - We also have to give a special mention to Gretna Flower Basket, who were a huge help with our flowers. Our original collection of flowers that we got elsewhere were awful, so my husband and Mother-in-law went to Gretna Flower Basket on the Saturday morning to see if they could help and they managed to sort us out with an entire new set of bouquets and buttonholes in an extremely short amount of time at a very reasonable price. I can thoroughly recommend them for your big day, their flowers were beautiful. Craig Irving (The Piper) also did a brilliant job piping me to the church and then up the aisle, it was lovely.
Overall - Don't hesitate in booking The Mill Forge for your big day. The grounds are beautiful, the church is perfect, the food is fantastic and the staff are outstanding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With thirty-three en suite bedrooms, a private wedding ceremony venue, three functions rooms, restaurant & bar and stunning gardens, The Mill Forge is an ideal location for Gretna Green weddings. Tourists and passing business travellers are also welcome. We have easy access from the A74(M) from both north and south. carriageways. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mill Forge Lockerbie