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29th August 2018

8 Magical Flower Arrangement Ideas for Your Winter Wedding

Hosting your wedding during the winter can seem daunting floristry wise. Fewer flowers bloom in the colder months, meaning many popular varieties are more expensive or have reduced availability. Peonies, for example, are hard to come by.

But that doesn’t mean that your floral arrangements have to be drab. Instead, winter weddings open up a host of possibilities for creative and innovative floristry, allowing you to play with striking colours and bold arrangements, without compromising on style.

Don’t be afraid to go bold

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Rich, jewel colours work well at winter weddings – think royal purples and opulent reds. These decadent colours are best displayed in your bouquet.

Don’t be afraid to be bold – an eclectic mix of flowers in varying rich tones set against a deep green foliage will be suitably eye- catching for your big day, and bring warmth to a winter colour scheme.

You can afford to amplify your use of colour at a winter wedding – look to red anemones and yellow ranunculus for a flash of dazzling sunshine on a winter’s day.

Think about adding texture

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Added elements such as figs, grapes, hypericum and pomegranates within floral table arrangements help create depth in a display. For a warm winter colour scheme, think about matching the velvety soft reds and dusky pinks of roses with the deep jewel tones of the fruits for a dramatic touch.

Make the most of foliage

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What might seem a little dark and heavy for a summer wedding can make a winter bouquet really stand out. Foliage is less pricey than flowers and helps achieve a natural look on your wedding day.

For a soft effect, look to ferns for your bouquet base while the rounded silverly shapes of eucalyptus leaves contrast beautifully against darker greens to add depth to a bouquet.

Think about matching the deep greens of foliage to rich reds and and dark pinks in bridesmaids’ dresses.

Don’t be afraid to go festive

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There’s a reason why red berries are a popular addition to many floral arrangements around Christmas time – their vibrant reds bring a warmth to a winter display and a celebratory feel to any special day.

Try adding red berries to your table decorations for an easy focal point in any floral arrangement.

Think about what’s available

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Many flowers are available year round but for a special touch, it’s nice to think about using seasonal winter flowers. Look towards hyacinths, amaryllis, hellebores, paper whites and ranunculas for a seasonal addition to any bouquets and arrangements.

Hyacinths, in particular, can make beautiful table centerpieces – try having pure white ones on their own in a vase for a striking, simple display.

Add some magic at the table

Some beautifully table displays don’t have to use flowers at all! Why not go back to basics and consider using wintry branches covered in fairy lights or vases filled with pine cones for a rustic effect? Or return to tradition with elegant candelabras along the tables for a timeless décor scheme.

Little touches, like added flora at each table seat, can help warm the scheme up as well. On a chilly winter’s day, it’s important to keep the decorations cosy so that a room doesn’t look cold.

Cedar can make a beautiful centrepiece

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Adding ceder to your table displays will give your wedding reception a rustic feel. Try replacing your table runner with boughs of the rich, green tree for a Scandinavian touch that’s soft and whimsical. Add red roses or pine cones to create a fairytale theme.

Don’t forget the cake!

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It’s easy to forget that the cake should fit in with your wedding décor scheme as well. At a winter wedding, you can tie together your theme by matching the cake to the floral displays. Unconstrained by the inevitable pastels of summer months, why not go for a bold, brightly coloured sweet treat?

Think about decorating the cake with signature notes from the floristry – if you have bright orange ranunculus, why not include orange peel or dried slices in your cake decorations? Winter fruits, such as blackberries, can also tone well with a colour scheme that includes rich reds and deep, jewel tones.

Winter Weddings at Signature Living

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A happy couple at 30 James Street

At Signature Living Weddings, we think hosting your special day in the winter can make it even more magical. Our beautiful venues always look extra special dressed for the colder months.

The White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street in Liverpool is the perfect venue for a white winter wedding scheme, with it’s beautiful period features and gorgeous ceiling. Or, for a traditional take, why not take a look at our stunning Exchange Hotel’s Grand Hall? It’s wood panelling and grand interiors are a great backdrop to your special day.

For more information, and to start planning your magical journey today, call our incredible wedding specialists on 0151 305 3753.

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22nd August 2018

Wedding Venues In Liverpool: 10 Reasons To Choose The Garden of Eden

Choosing wedding venues in Liverpool needn’t be a struggle especially when there are so many reasons to pick The Garden of Eden as the perfect place to spend your special day.

Here are 10 reasons why The Garden of Eden stands apart from other wedding venues in Liverpool.

#1 The Flexibility

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When it comes to choosing where to spend your wedding day, The Garden of Eden is a blank canvas which can be turned into a work of wedding art.

The flexibility of the venue allows you to choose outdoor or indoor wedding ceremonies, receptions and dinners.

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You could have a festival themed wedding in our rooftop glamping Tipis, a pool party themed wedding using our rooftop hot tubs or an elegant and ethereal wedding taking inspiration from the Garden of Eden itself.

It’s entirely up to you to make the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.

#2 The Hotel

Sitting beneath the most ravishing rooftop wedding venue in Liverpool is a selection of the city’s most luxurious hotel rooms.

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All of them designed with unique features to amaze your both your wedding guests and you newlyweds.

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From the breath-taking Bridal Suite, for the happy couple to enjoy to the gorgeous group accommodation for your guests, The Shankly Hotel has something to accommodate everyone in style.

#3 The Staff

From start to finish your wedding day will be orchestrated by a talented member of the Signature Wedding team.

Their experience and know-how will help guide you towards bringing together the most perfect day tailored to your wishes.

No task is ever too big for the Signature Wedding team and they love a challenge almost as much as they love to see the perfect personalised wedding come together.

#4 The View

Unlike other wedding venues in Liverpool, The Garden of Eden offers 360 views of the stunning city skyline with iconic Liverpool landmarks visible all the way around.

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Just imagine the photos of your most special day including the Anglican Cathedral and glimpses of the wonderful World Heritage Waterfront in the distance.

#5 The Facilities

The Garden of Eden has everything you need to make your wedding day unforgettable and accessible for both you and your guests.

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Light up LOVE signs, Flower Walls, elegant seating, floral decorations and delicate aisle lighting is on hand to help you create those amazing wedding day memories.

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For the evening, when it’s time to celebrate your new marriage, we have the perfect party accessories such as covered outdoor seatings, detachable dancefloors and a stage for bands and DJ equipment.

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What more could you need?

#6 The Location

One of the most important things when it comes to choosing wedding venues in Liverpool is the location and The Garden of Eden couldn’t be easier to get to.

Whether your guests are arriving by road, train or plane The Garden of Eden is never more than 30 minutes away.

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Liverpool Lime Street station is less than a five-minute walk away, we have our own private city centre parking underneath The Shankly Hotel and Liverpool John Lennon airport has its very own train station or is just a short 30-minute drive away.

Perfect for any relatives and friends who are travelling to be a part of your special day.

#7 The Food & Drink

At The Shankly Hotel we pride ourselves in catering to any special event, and when it comes to weddings our master craftsmen in the Bastion kitchens can provide a selection of mouth-watering menus.

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Any menu can be specially adapted to suit dietary requirements and our catering team work hard to make sure you and your guests are blown away by the food and service from both the bar and kitchen.

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From canapes and bubbly to three-course dinners, wedding cocktails and reception buffets, we can take care of it all with our range of all inclusive wedding packages.

#8 The Venue

Inside or out, The Garden of Eden is one of the most enchanting wedding venues in Liverpool.

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The interior space is filled with natural light and a heavenly décor that gives everything and everyone a wonderful wedding day glow.

There’s plenty of space to comfortably accommodate family and friends all day and night so you can celebrate your wedding day with everyone you hold dear.

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An expanse of green outdoor space, nestled in the centre of the thriving city makes The Garden of Eden feel like your own personal paradise.

An idyllic space to spend the most special day of your lives in with family and friends.

#9 The Experience

From the moment you say ‘I do’ The Garden of Eden at The Shankly Hotel can take care of your entire wedding experience.

Our unique hotel accommodation is ideal for hosting the perfect Hen, Stag or Sten parties where you and your loved one can enjoy nights out on the town, football-themed Shankly Tours of Anfield and Goodison, elegant afternoon teas and private parties.

The night before your wedding, you can enjoy an overnight stay with your bridal parties and groomsmen in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, or host a private party in one of the exquisite pool party hotel rooms.

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The Garden of Eden was designed for hosting spectacular celebrations and nothing could be more special to you and us than your wedding day.

#10 The Connection

Liverpool is a city that has become a home away from home for many people.

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Whether you are born and bred Liverpudlian or have simply fallen in love with the city, getting married in The Garden of Eden will give you a lasting connection to Liverpool you’ll cherish forever.

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From the interesting history to the proud present and bright future, Liverpool has an inescapable charm that will envelop you and your loved ones during a wonderful wedding day in The Garden of Eden.

Signature Living Wedding Venues

All our Signature Living wedding venues in Liverpool and the rest of the country bring something special to the table.

The Garden of Eden is just one from a selection of stunning wedding venues in Liverpool each available to host the most extraordinary wedding ceremonies and receptions in the heart of the city.

Signature Living Wedding’s also deliver perfect wedding experiences in Cardiff and will soon be making wedding dreams come true all over the UK.

The only unchanging factor between each Signature Living Wedding venue is our dedication to delivering you the most unforgettable experience. So, share your wedding day dreams with us so we can make them a reality.

Call now on 0151 305 3753 and start planning your perfect day with Signature Living Weddings. 

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15th August 2018

5 Unique Wedding Themes to Inspire Your Special Day

If you’re stuck for wedding theme ideas, look no further! Enjoy our guide to 5 wedding themes to inspire your special day.

So, it’s time to get planning an unforgettable occasion…

Great Gatsby 1920s Weddings

Recreate the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s with a dazzling Gatsby wedding. Gatsby themed weddings often follow an opulent gold motif. This can be enhanced by feathers, tassels and sparkle!

Liverpool’s Cunard House is an exquisite location for hosting the 20s wedding you’ve been dreaming of. The historic venue is vastly spacious, with flexibility ensuring your every wish comes true.

The grand venue can be decorated from head to toe in lavish decorations. The building can also play host to 1920s entertainment creating the perfect atmosphere. What better way to celebrate your special day, Old Sport? As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

Beatles Themed Weddings

Liverpool is the ultimate wedding location for Beatles fans. And when it comes to securing the perfect venue, Cunard House and 30 James Street Hotel are only moments from the city’s famous Fab Four statues. Surrounded by the exquisite Three Graces opposite the breathtaking waterfront, the Pier Head is a wonderful wedding backdrop.

So, if you’re preparing to embark on the beautifully long and winding road of marriage, Liverpool could be just the place to exchange your vows with friends and family.

For the ultimate Beatles wedding, why not illuminate the venue with neon lyrics from your favourite hits? For memorable table decorations, quirky Beatles ornaments or photographs may come in hand. And when it comes to musical entertainment, we all know how smoothly that Love Actually scene went down! A talented band of musicians could be the perfect finish for incorporating the Fab Four.

Carnival Themed Weddings

Ever thought of having a carnival themed wedding? If you haven’t already, we’re sure you will now! Alma de Cuba is renowned for playing host to weddings with a unique carnival twist.

Showcasing Brazil’s colourful carnival culture, Alma’s samba ladies will have guests on the dance floor in no time. Carnival-style weddings can be as daring as you like, and Alma is a fantastically flexible venue that can be tailored to you.

Creating the perfect party atmosphere with a sprinkle of romance, carnival weddings wouldn’t be complete without a mesmerising petal shower!

Nautical Themed Weddings

Create waves of seaside charm with a stylish nautical theme, perfect for your special day. A nautical theme may be chosen for a wide variety of reasons. Couples may opt for a scenic seaside wedding or choose a venue with maritime history.

Alternatively, the bride or groom may have personal ties to the Navy that they wish to celebrate on their special day. This charming theme leaves plenty of room for creativity. Nautical wedding decorations may feature everything from ropes and seashells to anchors and stripes, transporting your guests out to sea in style.

Without a doubt one of the best maritime wedding venues, Cunard House sits along Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. A spectacular Grade II* listed building, the grand venue is rich in maritime heritage.

Christmas Themed Weddings

If you’ll be saying ‘I do’ during the festive season, an enchanting Christmas themed wedding in Liverpool could be the perfect theme for your big day. From mistletoe and wine to the twinkling lights of a magical Christmas tree, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to yuletide touches.

Festive wedding cakes are often adorned by adorable robins, winter branches, glistening stars or delicate snowflakes. Not forgetting, guests could look forward to indulging in an array of winter treats, from mulled wine to festive cocktails.

And when it comes to the most wonderful time of the year, is there any better season for craft making? Wreaths, candle holders and winter flower arrangements are sure to impress your guests!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to wedding themes! To enquire about our wedding venues, you can reach our helpful wedding team on 0151 305 3753.

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9th August 2018

Discover Wedding Planning Tips from Signature’s Events Specialist Ciara Martin

A Signature Wedding is one of a kind. The care and attention put into organising your big day by our incredible wedding team ensures that everything, from the stunning bridal decorations to your first steps on a beautiful dance floor, are remembered and cherished forever.

For every wedding we host, our Wedding Specialist Ciara Martin supports soon-to-be wed couples through their magical journey. With her Signature smile and never-say-no attitude, she’ll be your best friend throughout the build-up to your wedding, on the big day, and beyond.

Ciara has worked at Signature for over two and a half years, making sure every wedding is an unforgettable day for the couple and their guests.

We sat down with her to get some top tips on planning your dream day and find out why you should start your Signature journey with her today…

Signature’s Wedding Specialist, Ciara Martin

What’s the number one thing everyone forgets while planning the big day?

“The one thing we always have to remind people about is actually legally booking your wedding! That normally takes place in St George’s Hall in town. That’s the one thing I can’t do for you and people always forget that.”

“I think they also tend to forget planning the evening of the wedding: what they want, if they want a DJ, what dance floor to have and all those extra bits and pieces. Couples try and do the most sensible things first, like booking a photographer, finding the perfect dress, sourcing suits, so then all the fun bits get a bit lost. You should be asking yourself ‘do we want a selfie mirror!’.”

What would you recommend couples do so they don’t forget anything?

“I always recommend that they make a list of ‘necessities’ and ‘desirables’. And under ‘necessities’, you would be writing things like registrar, your license, your dress – all the things that you definitely need for the wedding to go ahead.”

“Then, under desirables are the things that you really want, but aren’t necessary. Like a huge, light-up ‘love’ sign at your reception.”

“Once you’ve done that, you can work out what fits into your budget and make sure you’ve sorted all the necessities first.”

Credit: Matthew Rycraft

What would be your five top tips for planning a wedding?

“Firstly, organisation! Write those lists. Be organised.”

“A great thing to do is work out as a couple what you do not want at your wedding. Ask yourself what you would not like your wedding to be, because it’s so much easier to answer that. Make a big list of things you definitely don’t want and from there, you can work out what you want on the day.”

“Thirdly, pick your Maid of Honour well. Make sure she’s organised and you trust her to sort your hen-do. She needs to be able to take the stress off. Pick well.”

“Fourth: research. You should be shopping round for the best prices on everything. Look around to see what you can get for less. You don’t want to be spending an arm and a leg on everything.”

“And finally, get Pinterest! Look for ideas on it, for designs you like and how you might be able to do some things yourself. It’s always more affordable to do that.”

Credit: Matthew Rycraft

What makes a Signature wedding so special?

“We don’t ever say no! We’ve hung cakes from the ceiling, we’ve had stilt-walkers, we’ve had fire-breathers. We can do barbecues or hog roasts. I’ve even put ponies up on the beautiful roof terrace at The Shankly. We’ve had all sorts.”

“And because we never, ever say no, each Signature wedding is completely unique. No wedding is ever the same. And they’re never mundane and boring. I’ve had six weddings in one week before and they’ve all been completely different. And they’re always fun.”

One of our happy couples celebrating at The Shankly | Credit: Andy J Photography

Which is your favourite Signature venue?

“I shouldn’t answer this so quickly, but it’s Eden at The Shankly Hotel. That’s my baby. I think that venue just allows you to be so different. It’s traditional, but its also got a modern twist. I know I’m a bit mental and I would want a mental wedding. Eden weddings are always just so fun.”

“30 James Street is stunning, it’s absolutely beautiful and it’s very traditional. I love all the venues and depending on what you are looking for from your wedding, Signature will have something that suits you.”

The roof-top terrace at Eden is perfect for a stunning wedding photo | Credit: Matthew Rycraft

What was your favourite-ever wedding to work on?

“It was probably also one of the most stressful to organise, but it has to be the wedding of our very own Katie Kenwright’s brother which was completely amazing. It was the biggest one we’d ever done. It had so much happening, it was like two weddings in one but it was the most enjoyable to see on the day.”

“But for every wedding, it’s such a special moment for me. I make a lot of connections with the couples I work with. I’ve ended up spending a long time with them during the planning process and I get an emotional connection with them. When they go down the aisle, it feels like my friends are getting married.”

“I have a couple who got married two years ago and they just had a baby, so they brought it in for me to say hello and we’ve kept in touch.”

“For me, planning a couple’s weddings is about forming a personal connection.”

Ciara enjoying a special moment with Bride Vicky at her favourite Signature wedding.

And for Liverpool hen and stag parties what do you recommend?

“Signature Living, of course!”

“In terms of where to stay, it’s too hard to chose between them all. But I definitely recommend staying in a venue that’s not where your wedding will be held. If you’re going to have the big day at The Shankly, don’t stay there for your hen-do.”

“Keep your wedding venue special. Stay at 30 James Street or Arthouse. Actually, the Arthouse Hotel is great for a hen-do.”

Our beautiful Garden of Eden Suites are perfect for hen parties | Credit: Instagram, @lucya_brown

“And the one thing I would recommend is to go and have afternoon tea at Alma de Cuba on your hen-do. I absolutely love that samba afternoon tea.”

“If you’re involving older relatives, treat yourself to some spa-time at Morgan’s Spa in 30 James Street. It’s OK to combine activities and have two different types of hen-dos put together. But I would always recommend that you have a party.”

“We always ask the Maid of Honour to get in touch with us. And when she does, we’ll pass her over to our party specialists in the reservations team, because they can advise her of all the best packages and most exciting suites.”

What’s your favourite part planning the wedding?

“Probably the evening. The day-part of the wedding is often quite structured. But it’s the evening when you see the couple’s personality come through and their ideas come alive.”

“Planning the evening is always fun because you get to know the couple and get to find out what will truly suit them.”

“I’ve got a couple getting married in New York soon, but they’re having their evening with us when they fly back. There’s a special reason why they’re getting married there so we’ve customised everything.”

“Their food is going to be New York-themed, with hot-dogs, nachos, tacos, things like that. And they’re going to have a balloon wall of the American flag. Everything can be personalised for you at Signature.”

Nighttime at our Eden venue is always a magical occasion

So, is that why a future couple-to-be should chose a Signature Wedding?

“Yes! Because we have the best venues in the city and we never say no to anything. We always deliver and our weddings are always out of this world.”

“The idea of a Signature wedding is that everyone enjoys it – even the staff have a brilliant night!”

To see some of her favourite Signature Weddings, follow Ciara on Instagram @signature_ciara.

For more information on our stunning venues, or to get in touch with Ciara and start planning your perfect day, contact us today on 0151 305 3753.

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2nd August 2018

Take a Look at Signature Living’s Stunning New Wedding Venues

A Signature Living Wedding is like no other. Stunning, exquisite, radiant, magical – they’re just some of the words used to describe a special day in one of our venues. And we’re so excited to give you a sneak peek at what our next beautiful, new events spaces are set to look like.

Form the iconic Cunard House in Liverpool, to the elegance of The Exchange Grand Hall in Cardiff, our current venues are located within some of the most historic buildings in the UK. We’ve got experience in helping couples have a perfect, romantic day with a backdrop to match.

And now, we want to give you an exclusive look at our newest venues, so you can feel inspired to start planning your dream day with Signature Living Weddings.

Take a look at some of our magical new wedding venues and get in touch with our dedicated wedding coordinators today. You could be one the first couples to exchange rings in these stunning locations…

The Shankly Preston

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Our first hotel in the historic city of Preston, this unique wedding venue is located at the heart of the city. Inside, The Shankly Preston will be a breathtaking venue in which to exchange your vows – the perfect place to make lasting memories.

We’re so excited to reveal this intimate wedding venue, seating up to 320 people, which includes self-contained banqueting and kitchens ready to serve all your guests without a fuss.

A CGI visualisation of The Shankly Preston wedding venue

The stylish bar area inside The Shankly Preston is sure to keep drinks flowing throughout your big day and the roof-top terrace will be the perfect place to take some stunning wedding photos, with fantastic views across the Market Square and beyond.

Why not contact us today, and we can start discussing your dream wedding in this luxurious hotel?

The George Best Hotel

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Prepare to be awe-struck by the breathtaking wedding venue at our George Best Hotel in Belfast.

The delicate pale pink interiors and stunning floral display will ensure that the George Best Hotel is a must-book venue in the city. This intimate, elegant space is the perfect romantic backdrop for your special day.

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Your wedding will be an unforgettable occasion in this beautiful room, with its magnificent chandeliers, dramatic decor and opulent golden furnishings.

If you haven’t already, make sure you have a look at the first glimpse inside this iconic new hotel, which is set to celebrate the legacy of one of Belfast’s most famous sporting stars.

Loyola Hall

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For a truly special wedding day, there will be nowhere more magical to exchange vows than at Loyola Hall in St Helens.

Previously a spiritual retreat for the Society of Jesus, this beautiful wedding venue and luxury hotel will have a unique events space within the old chapel of the historic property.

A CGI visualisation of Loyola Hall wedding venue

The ornate, stain-glass windows and dramatic high ceilings add a touch of tradition to this airy, elegant space, while the stunning floral displays and opulent chandeliers will ensure your wedding is a heavenly affair.

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