Every Valentine’s Day in Gretna, weddings and recommitment ceremonies are held from 11 am to 3 pm and Judge Wilty, who serves as the Jefferson Parish Justice of the Peace, officiates the weddings. Because this is a legal marriage, a marriage certificate must be obtained from the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court before the ceremony and each couple will be married individually in a short ceremony officiated by the judge. If you wish to just renew your vows, a marriage certificate isn’t necessary but an appointment must be made with the judge. After the ceremony, special certificates and a City of Gretna proclamation is issued to each couple and the couple’s life-long promise is sealed onto an anvil by a blacksmith, as is tradition in Gretna Green, Scotland. The sealing of the anvil is meant to represent the bonding together of two lives forever.
Judge Wilty donates his fee for the ceremonies to the Gretna Historical Society and the members of the historical society keep the day organized, instruct couples on what to do during the ceremony and serve refreshments to couples and their guests. A Valentine’s Day wedding at the Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop is a unique way to commit your life to the one you love and the memories made here are sure to last a lifetime.
For more information on the Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop visit www.gretnala.com.