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29th November 2018

How to Craft a Magical Christmas Wedding

A Christmas wedding is slightly less conventional but perfectly festive and fun! In fact, it has the potential to be one of the most special days of your life. From beautiful wintry décor to festive floral bouquets, there are so many elements of a winter wedding to embrace.

To help you craft the most magical Christmas wedding possible, we at Signature Living Weddings have rounded up the best tips and tricks to ensure that your winter nuptials are remembered as the most wonderful time of the year.

Seasonal Decorations

There’s something truly charming about soft candle light, twinkly lights and icy-cool décor. Synonymous with togetherness and joy, the decorations that come hand in hand with Christmas time are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Weave a sense of Christmas cheer into your special day by incorporating luxurious colour schemes, plenty of candlelight and fun little touches like snowflakes – anything that will bring that all important feeling of enchantment and wonder.

Plenty of light sources will also come into their own in a practical sense when it comes to getting the photos just right, as this will remove the need for too much flash photography.Originally a church, Alma de Cuba is a perfect venue for a seasonal theme. Awe inspiring architecture and rich heritage mean that Alma is ideal for a Christmas wedding full of wonder and intrigue.

Wedding breakfast at Alma De Cuba

Bring the Outside In

Think outside the box when bringing outdoor elements into your wedding venue. Incorporating seasonal greenery and foliage into various parts of your wedding is a sure-fire way of creating picture perfect Christmas nuptials; think birch, thistles, branches, mistletoe, roses and anemones.

For example, why not have a row of trees lining the aisle, with the branches and twigs glittering with ‘snow’? Looking to nature like this will create a cosy, rustic feel to your day as well as creating unique photo opportunities! Don’t forget to apply the same thinking to the bouquet. A festive arrangement full of wintry berries, leaves and texture will complete the theme perfectly.

Winter wedding bouquet

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Having a wedding at this time of year does have its challenges. One of the most important things to bear in mind is the weather – especially if you will be moving from one venue to another in between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Don’t worry though, just a little bit of creative thinking and you’ll have yourself covered if it gets too chilly. A long-sleeved dress is a usual go-to for a winter wedding, as is making sure your bridesmaids are equipped with a shawl, stole or something to that effect to protect them from the elements.

Sometimes, in addition to the dress, a coordinating jacket or coat can be added to add utility but without compromising on style. The groom and his groomsmen also have the option to get creative – with velvet suit jackets hitting the mark when it comes to being on trend as well as adding that little bit of extra warmth.

Bride and Groom wrapped up for winter

It’s the Little Things

If you don’t want to go all out with the Christmas theme but still want an atmosphere full of festive cheer, adding small nuances into your special day will help to create a wedding that is both memorable and unique. Singing carols at appropriate times during the service can be a great way of tying the time of year in with the celebrations. Instead of standard bubbly, break the mould and serve mulled wine and cider to warm your guests up ready for the wedding breakfast. Instead of confetti, why not have your guests light sparklers or candles as you exit as a newly married couple?

Winter wedding table setting

Keep It Simple

A great solution to some of the main problems you may face when planning a Christmas wedding is keeping the entire day contained in one venue. Instead of traipsing through the cold to another site, why not find somewhere with plenty of flexibility so you can have your wedding, meal, party and guest accommodation all under one roof? Venues like 30 James Street, The Shankly Hotel and Exchange Hotel are great options for those who want to keep their day seamless, luxurious and stress free.

Christmas wedding at 30 James Street

Start Your Christmas Wedding Journey Today

Feeling inspired? Want some more information? Give our team a call on 0151 305 3753 and we will help you begin to plan your very own winter wedding

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16th November 2018

Why Signature Living is the Only Choice for a Liverpool Asian Wedding

Traditions are what makes a wedding special and unique to the happy couple and at Signature Living, whatever your faith or religion, we’re able to accommodate your preferences to make sure your day is a completely personalised celebration.

A popular choice for Asian weddings in Liverpool, all our venues boast flexible and versatile facilities to match your dream big day. Whether you’re looking for a colourful, energetic occasion or sleek, low-key nuptials, our stunning locations all have something unique to offer you.

From specialist catering, to making sure all those little necessary extras are sorted, our wedding coordinators are well versed in ensure your wedding is the most wonderful day it can be.

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The Garden of Eden Suite

Whether you’re inviting 30 guests or 300, Signature Living’s flexible venues can accommodate any size of party. We understand the importance of accommodating a large wedding party while still ensuring you have a beautiful and luxurious setting for your big day. From the intimate and charming Baby Eden in the centre of Liverpool, to the expansive soon-to-be open woodland wonderland at Rainhill Hall, we’ve got a range of spaces to suit your needs that don’t compromise on size over quality.

The showstopping Garden of Eden suite is a popular choice for couples planning a Liverpool Asian Wedding, with its stunning panoramic views over the city skyline, a gorgeous outdoor terrace area and a light and airy indoor venue space. Neutrally decorated, so that your colour scheme can shine through, we’re happy to help plan your furnishing choices for the special day.

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Your very own specialist wedding coordinator

Organising your wedding can be complex, but the Signature Living Wedding Coordinators are on hand to help make your special occasion run smoothly.

All our coordinators have ample knowledge of cultural elements and religious requirements you might want to include in your wedding and always strive to provide whatever the happy couple require for the perfect occasion.

“We welcome everyone to host their special day at Signature Living,” says coordinator Ciara Martin. “And Asian weddings are some of my favourite to help organise. They’re always incredibly glamorous and beautifully extravagant. Each wedding we host is bigger and better than the ones before. They’re a joy to help plan. Even if you want a more subdued event, we’re able to offer you that dream wedding whatever the scale of your ambitions.”

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Luxury accommodation for family and friends

At all our venues, you and your guests can enjoy luxury accommodation moments from the wedding location. Our stylish hotel suites are ideal for both you as newlyweds and your party guests.

Offering a range of fantastic amenities, guests can enjoy everything from waterfall showers to whirlpool baths. Plus, you can get ready at our ornate dressing tables and relax at the end of all the celebrations in deluxe beds, perfect for a blissful overnight stay.

Whether you’ve chosen the historic White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street as your venue (perfect for an elegant and timeless nuptials), the glamour of the rooftop Garden of Eden suite at The Shankly Hotel, or the dramatic interiors of Alma de Cuba in the centre of town, we can provide nearby (and luxurious) accommodation for everyone,

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Bespoke catering just for you

When you book a Signature Wedding, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down with our catering team and discuss a specific and bespoke menu for your big day. Our chefs love sitting down with the family to offer a personalised service. Whether you’d like the more standardised three course meal or would rather look at buffet catering, our team can match the food to your exacting preferences.

Start your wedding journey today

We can’t wait to begin planning your wedding with you. Call our team today on 0151 305 3753 or fill in the contact room below to start your journey.

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8th November 2018

Woodland Wedding Locations | Introducing Rainhill Hall

Once known as Loyola Hall, Rainhill Hall wedding venue is certain to sweep you off your feet. Signature Living are set to restore the Grade II listed country house into one of the best woodland wedding locations.

Only a short distance from Liverpool city centre, Rainhill Hall sits in a quaint but easily accessible location. The breathtaking venue dates back to 1824 and is the perfect setting for bringing the wedding you’ve been dreaming of to life.

So, discover the magic of Rainhill Hall…

Woodland Wedding Locations

A Fairytale Wedding Venue

Rainhill Hall itself sits within majestic woodland and lush greenery. We will be able to craft the most romantic backdrop for your special day, as showcased on our CGI visuals…

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Signature Living Weddings are always designed with a difference. So, whether you opt for traditional charm or a touch of extravagance, we can make it happen!

woodland wedding locations

The woodland setting is idyllic for bringing your loved ones together in the great outdoors. What better spot to say ‘I do’?

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We can tailor the space exclusively to you and your vision for the day. From colours and themes to special touches, your wedding will be entirely your own.

Woodland Cabin Accommodation

When it comes to accommodation, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice! Rainhill Hall itself will offer the chance to stay within the historic country house and soak up the heritage of the building.

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Meanwhile, we’ll be making the most of our vast outdoor space by building unique woodland cabins. Each luxury cabin will feature its very own hot tub, perfect for keeping cosy and enjoying the celebrations with a glass of fizz.

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Of course, we wanted to create something extra special for the Bride and Groom! Our treetop Bridal Suite is a breathtaking space to stay in for your wedding night accommodation.

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The Bridal Suite will be designed with style, comfort and luxury in mind to ensure your stay is truly unforgettable. From the stand alone bath and personal hot tub to outdoor lounge area, this peaceful location is a wonderful spot to relax and unwind.

Rainhill Hall will also offer an array of spa facilities to ensure you look and feel your very best. Our facilities are also ideal for spending time with your bridesmaids or groomsmen leading up to the big day.

Signature Living Wedding Coordinators

At Signature Living Weddings, we never say no! Our talented wedding coordinators are there to listen, advise and make the wedding of your dreams reality. We start with a blank canvas to ensure your wedding is personalised to you.

From fairy lights to fireworks and jazz bands to fire breathers, our versatile wedding packages offer something for everyone. So whether your wedding day will be a small, intimate affair or an extravagant occasion, our dedicated coordinators will take care of every detail.

Start the next chapter of your love story by getting in touch with us today. Our friendly team at Signature Living would love to hear from you. You can reach us on 0151 305 3753.

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6th November 2018

Celebrate With Those Who Missed Out on Your Destination Wedding

If like so many brides of today, you have opted for a dream destination wedding overseas then you’ll be looking forward to spending your special day with all those closest to you, as well as a great holiday.

But what to do about all those family and friends who you left behind in Blighty?

Fear not because at Signature Living Weddings, we have a long list of stunning wedding venues that were designed to host exquisite wedding receptions, regardless of where you hosted your special day.

All our amazing wedding venues have something unique to bring to your reception, perfect for making it up to all those people who were left behind on your big day.

A Rooftop Reception Venue in Liverpool

After sunning yourself in whatever climate you chose for your dream destination wedding you can continue the magical experience upon the only rooftop wedding venue in Liverpool; The Garden of Eden.

Bring your guests to paradise high above the bustling streets of the city where you can enjoy the flexibility of both the exquisite indoor venue and spacious outdoor roof terrace.

Garden of Eden - destination wedding recpetion

In the Garden of Eden, all your wedding reception dreams can come true as our talented wedding coordinators cater to your every whim.

The exclusive space on top of The Shankly Hotel gives you and your guests total privacy to celebrate your marriage, with plenty of space for dancing, a large well-stocked bar and flexible seating arrangements.

The Garden of Eden allows you to treat your guests and yourselves to a wonderful wedding reception experience in the centre of Liverpool.

Rainhill Hall’s Wonderful Woodland Wedding Venue

Everyone who has ever dreamed of the perfect wedding venue in Liverpool will find exactly what they are looking for at Rainhill Hall. The latest and most exciting venture of Signature Living, Rainhill Hall is an enchanting fairy-tale space on the outskirts of the city.

Give your guests the chance to share your wedding celebrations in a stunning stylish venue. Inside and out this remarkable space will provide flexibility to host your wedding reception anyway you wish.

Rainhill Hall - destination wedding reception venue

Indoors, the gleaming white hall has period features including arched ceilings complemented by viewing alcoves and kaleidoscopic stained-glass windows letting rainbows of natural light.

Outside an enchanting woodland can be transformed to accommodate your wedding reception, complete with carpets of natural foliage, and curtains of twinkling fairy lights.

Come rain or shine Rainhill Hall has everything the perfect wedding reception requires, simply let your imagination run loose and create your vision with our wedding team.

Carry on the Carnival at Alma de Cuba

For those of you who chose a destination wedding, we have the ideal venue to carry on an exotic Latin theme at Alma de Cuba. This stunning space is steeped in Liverpool’s history and has long been the home of the city’s Cuban carnival spirit.

Inside you’ll discover plenty of original features, retained from its time as a Catholic church. These include a magnificent marble altar, striking exposed roof beams and intricate stained-glass windows.

Alma de Cuba destination wedding reception

Today, Alma de Cuba is adding another level to the already flexible space, creating a lofty private space in the eaves of the old church.

Your wedding reception can be hosted within any of the private spaces or the entire venue can be yours to fill with all those guests who hadn’t attended your special day abroad.

Destination Wedding Receptions at Signature Living

You can’t take everyone away with you for your destination wedding, but that doesn’t mean you cant include them in the celebration of your marriage.

There are plenty of friends and family who might not have been at your ceremony, but you can still share the special occasion with them in any of these fabulous Liverpool wedding venues.

Your wedding reception can be anything you imagine when booking with Signature Living Weddings. Our gifted wedding team are ready and waiting to help you make your dreams a reality, using years of experience and wedding know how.

Call today on 0151 3053753 or sign up with Signature Living Weddings to receive news and discuss planning your destination wedding reception in Liverpool.

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1st November 2018

Sustainable Wedding Ideas for a Planet-Friendly Big Day

Reducing plastic use, minimizing our carbon footprint – we’re all aware of our alarming impact on the planet and how to reduce it. But weddings can be a minefield of plastic wrappings, unwanted favours and food waste, making your big day a not-so green wedding.

Aiming towards environmentally friendly nuptials isn’t just better for the planet – it can help you save money and stress by simplifying wedding plans and reducing unnecessary spending on defunct items.

If you’re serious about making your wedding sustainable, there’s lots of steps you can take to make it a plant-friendly day. You don’t have to go all the way – but even taking a few steps to reduce your impact will make a special occasion to be proud of as you help the planet alongside celebrating your marriage.

And the best part? You don’t have to compromise on style for sustainability. Thanks to this year’s trend for botanical-themed weddings, green is now a timeless touch for any nuptials.

Go local

Air miles and traffic fumes are some of the worst polluters in our world, so cutting down on travel for your wedding gives big green brownie points towards sustainability.

And it’s not just about hosting your wedding in the local area – using local companies and sourcing flowers and food from your region will cut down on carbon production.

Get serious about sustainability by making a promise to use local brands where possible during your big day preparations.

Think carefully about the location of your venue

When it comes to eco-friendly venue choices, inevitably it’s better to choose permanent wedding spaces rather than renting marquees, as hired tents must be transported to the location.

Even better – pick a venue that’s close to public transport hubs. At Signature Living Weddings, all our Liverpool venues are just moments away from the city’s Lime Street Station. From the historic White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street, sitting elegantly on the waterfront, to the sumptuous Shankly Hotel Garden of Eden rooftop space, your guests can travel to the big day without hassle and reducing their carbon footprint.

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Rainhill Hall cabin visualisations

For a green wedding with a unique twist, why not take a look at our new Rainhill Hall venue? With a stunning open air, woodland ceremony space and gorgeous treehouse suites tucked into the trees and lakeside luxury cabins, all available from March 2019, you can bring the outdoors straight into your big day.

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A visualisation of what a Wedding in the Woods at Rainhill Hall will look like

Hosting your ceremony and reception in one space also helps cut down on guests travelling. At Signature Living Weddings, we’re happy to accommodate every aspect of your big day from start to finish – making your planning easier, and helping the planet.

Choose favours that benefit the Earth

Inevitably, wedding favours often seem to come wrapped in cellophane or tucked into plastic bags. And sadly, they’re often left behind, thrown away, or unused despite the effort put into sourcing them.

But favours are also one of the easiest ways to make your wedding more planet-friendly. For a more sustainable choice think about using edible favours (everyone will want to eat a personalized biscuit) or consider offering small, potted plants which guests can take home.

A quirky option that’s increasingly popular for couples-to-be is offering packets of wild flower seeds, which can be personalized and double-up as place names, allowing guests to give back to the environment when they go home.

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For a zero-waste option at your green wedding, why not chose to give charity donations in lieu of a material gift? Ask guests to pick from a list of charitable donations, or chose just one close to your heart and give the money you would have spent on favours helping ecological causes.

The dress

Your wedding dress is arguably the most important part of the day if you’re a bride. But sadly, it’s also often the least environmentally friendly aspect of the occasion.

Vintage dresses are an increasingly popular route to sustainability, as are ethical designers produce custom-made garments. But sometimes that won’t work out – and we don’t want to suggest you give up on your dream dress because you feel guilty about its eco-impact.

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Instead, focus on the second life of the garment to reduce environmental harm. Too many wedding dresses end up in landfill, so focus on what happens to the dress after your wedding to make a change. Think about hiring your dress, so that you can be certain it gets a second life, or keep it for relatives to also use. Or, think of ways to reuse the materials. Why not craft a cushion or sew parts of it into a quilt? There’s companies all over the UK who specialize in re-purposing wedding dresses into beautiful keepsakes so that you’re once-in-a-lifetime garment can be used again and again.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

Try to cut down on paper-use by minimizing the amount of stationary you send to guests. Rather than sending save the date cards, why not use an online e-card service?

And for invitations themselves, source recycled and recyclable paper that won’t be cutting down any more trees for its creation. Some printers even offer vegetable-based inks rather than traditional ones that contribute to chemical pollution.

For an extra green wedding touch, why not use seed paper? Available at a number of online retailers, seed paper lets your guests ‘plant’ the invitations after use, which then grow wild flowers thanks to seeds embedded in the biodegradable paper!

Look local for food

Catering for large parties is difficult – and food waste is one of the worst offenders when aiming for sustainability at weddings.

At Signature Living, all our restaurants offer regionally-produced and locally sourced food, meaning your can be sure your wedding day menu doesn’t carry unnecessary air miles. Whether you opt for an elegant sit-down meal or a laidback buffet style, we’ll strive to create a menu that uses the best local, fresh and tasty produce for your wedding.

And to cut down on food waste, make sure you designate someone to pack up any leftover food for the fridge after your wedding night. You could even try to arrange for any leftovers to be delivered to a homeless shelter, although bar in mind that once left at room temperature, the perishable food will have a short life span.

Avoid plastics when decorating the venue

If you’re looking to be as sustainable as possible on your wedding day, decorating the venue can be a minefield. From flowers to balloons, you’d be surprised how much single-use plastics and carbon footprints creep into the least expected areas of wedding planning.

As a rule for green weddings, always look to hire rather than buy to reduce waste. Luckily, according to Signature Wedding Specialist Ciara Martin, borrowing decorations is a great way to keep costs down on your big day. At Signature, our couples-to-be love the centerpiece blossom trees we offer for your reception tables.

Other easy ways to reduce waste include hiring lanterns rather than balloons, using beautiful liquor bottles to hold flowers (all those gin bottles you stored could come in handy) and finding household products that can be re-utilised on the table. Why not keep it homely with tealight lanterns made from jam jars or add a touch of Bohemia by arranging your flowers into jazzy old food tins? A trip to your local vintage store will spark your imagination.

Forego your gift register

Do you really need that ice-cream maker, or will it just end up in landfill a few years down the line? Ask for sustainable and ethical gifts from your guests to ensure you’re not throwing things away a few months after you’ve received them.

Why not ask for monetary donations to help with your dream honeymoon, or request that guests donate to a charity working towards minimizing the effects of climate change?

Pick your confetti with care

The confetti toss as you leave your wedding venue can produce some of the most beautiful photos of the day. But throwing rice or paper around outside isn’t particularly environmentally conscious.

As an alternative, look towards biodegradable and water soluble substitutes or revert to nature with plant-based confetti made from lavender, rose petals, fresh herbs and micro flowers.

Pick seasonal flowers for your green wedding

Flowers won’t last forever – but they might have a lasting impact on the environment. Many cut flowers are flown in from far-away countries like Kenya and have been treated with damaging pesticides that decimate local bio-climates.

To keep your green wedding on track, go seasonal and local and ask your florist to source your blooms from known sustainable producers. You’ll benefit from the freshest, brightest blooms and the planet will benefit from a reduced carbon impact.

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Hydrangeas make the perfect Summer wedding bouquet. Credit: Pinterest | Wedding Chicks

For a Spring wedding, consider bulb plants like daffodils, hyacinths and muscari, as well as ranunculus, lilacs and viburnum. In Summer, look towards hydrangea, peonies, the sunshine blooms of sunflowers and larkspur. As you head into the colder months, pick wax flower, stephanotis and dahlia.

Make sure to ask your florist to avoid using floral foam (commonly known as oasis) – this traditional material that is used to hold blooms in place is an open-cell plastic and pretty nasty, causing skin irritation and breathing issues. It’s also not great for the environment.

Or, if you’re keen to make your wedding totally sustainable, opt for potted plants rather than cut blooms. Make like Kate Middleton and hire small saplings to fill an airy venue or buy your own plants which can be planted afterwards for a lasting memory of your special day.

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

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