Gretna Green sits alongside the main town of Gretna. Gretna Green is one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations, due to its romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements stemming from differences between Scottish and English marriage laws. It has usually been assumed that Gretna’s “runaway marriages” began in 1754 when Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act came into force in England. Under the Act, if a parent of a person under the age of 21 objected to the minor’s marriage, the parent could legally veto the union. Scottish law allowed for “irregular marriages”, meaning that if a declaration was made before two witnesses, almost anybody had the authority to conduct the marriage ceremony.