Scotland’s Runaway Brides
We have written before about the elopement industry in Scotland and how it is very much the birthplace of eloping. However, after recently coming across an article about the renewed interest in eloping to Gretna Green, we thought maybe it was about time to revisit the topic of Scotland’s runaway brides!
Gretna Green: A Mecca for Runaway Brides
Over the years, Scotland’s Gretna Green has become famous for it’s so-called ‘runaway brides’! This dates all the way back to 1753, when young lovers in England fled north to take advantage of Scotland’s more lenient marriage laws. Check out our History of Elopement blog for a full rundown of how elopements became so popular at Gretna Green!
Taking Advantage of the Runaway Brides Market
Although Gretna Green is still an incredibly popular choice for eloping couples in Scotland, as more couples begin to reject the idea of a traditional wedding there is an increasing number of elopement opportunities all over the country. Wedding planners and venues all over Scotland are cashing in on this growing demand for elopement packages.
So, why the sudden renewed interest in eloping? One of the things that stood out in the article was the reasons given for couples choosing to elope. It probably comes as no surprise, that they are the same reasons that we have seen come up time and time again! This only serves to prove that the reasons couples choose to elope are universal and will apply to couples anywhere in the world.
Why Scottish Couples Choose Elopement
One of the main reasons mentioned in the article was of course money! For as long as WhereToElope.com has been in existence it has been clear that the money-saving aspect of eloping is one of the most important factors. However, it is certainly not the only reason. Check out some of the other reasons highlighted and see how many you recognize from our own investigations into why couples elope:
- Avoid the stress of organizing a big wedding
- It feels romantic
- It’s the second, third or even fourth time around
- To focus on the most important part of the wedding – love!