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24th December 2018

Come Along to Signature Living’s Wedding Fayre Liverpool | Sunday 6th January

Join us at the beautiful Shankly Hotel on Sunday 6th January for the most wonderful wedding fayre Liverpool has ever seen.

Perfect for couples looking to kick start their wedding plans, this free event will be jam packed full of spectacular suppliers, live entertainment, wedding experts and much more!

From the perfect dresses, to the most delicious cakes, talented photographers and spectacular florists, you’re sure to find everything you need to plan your magical day.

Wedding Fayre Liverpool

When: Sunday 6th January

Where: The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool

Hosted at the luxurious Shankly Hotel in the heart of Liverpool, this magical event will give couples the chance to start their journey to the perfect wedding day. During the event, you will have the chance to meet some of the UK’s leading suppliers, enjoy dazzling live entertainment and watch a stunning designer catwalk featuring some of the hottest new styles.

The wedding fayre will also allow couples to take a look at our amazing Signature Living Wedding venues up close. The Shankly Hotel alone is home to both The Garden of Eden and Baby Eden, some of the most luxurious wedding venues in Liverpool.  We also offer the White Star Grand Hall, set within stunning 30 James Street, the former Catholic church now Latin American inspired bar and restaurant Alma de Cuba, The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff and loads more.

What to Expect

Each enchanting moment of our wedding fayre has been meticulously planned to help you make the most of every second.

  • A tasty glass of fizz on arrival
  • Access to a range of suppliers from the North West
  • Live entertainment
  • A designer catwalk show
  • Goodie bags
  • VIP lounge

If you’d like to come along to the most spectacular wedding fayre Liverpool has seen, register for tickets by filling out our registration form.

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Who Will Be There?

At Signature Living Weddings, we have forged some really great relationships with some of the very best wedding suppliers in the UK. And of course, we’ve invited them all to our wedding fayre, so you’ll get to meet each and every one of them! You will have the chance to meet:

  • Photographers and videographers
  • Wedding car suppliers
  • Jewellers
  • Florists
  • Celebrants
  • Dress and suiting
  • Wedding bakers
  • Wedding stationery
  • Live entertainers
  • Signature Fit Club
  • Hen and stag party planners

We can’t wait to welcome all of these amazing suppliers to our fabulous wedding fayre. In the run up to the event, we will be announcing the names of the brands, experts and professionals that will be joining us during the day.

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The already announced include, Heather Elizabeth Photography, The Big Event Group, Matthew Rycraft Photography, Jeanette Flynn, Jonny Ross Music, Love and Carriage Wedding Cars, Dream Escapes, Pretty Your Party, Thornton Events and many more!

With loads more suppliers to be announced before the big day, we can’t wait to see everyone at this fabulous wedding fayre.

To keep up to date with news about the event and be the first to find out which suppliers will be joining us, follow our Facebook page.

If you’d like to join us at the best Wedding Fayre Liverpool has ever seen, register for tickets by filling out our registration form.

We’ll meet you at the altar!

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20th December 2018

Nick and Priyanka | Highlights from Their Spectacular Wedding Week

Dubbed by magazines as “Hollywood’s royal wedding”, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding was a highlight of 2018. Following their engagement in late July, the week-long wedding celebrations began on Monday, November 26th in Mumbai.

From breathtaking outfits to dazzling festivities, their glamorous wedding week is still making headlines, and we loved seeing such an amalgamation of cultures and faiths as the families joined together.

Nick and Priyanka – Wedding Highlights

So if you’re planning an interfaith wedding or simply in search of some inspiration, take a browse of the highlights!

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To start the wedding celebrations, Priyanka’s mother Dr Madhu Chopra hosted a traditional puja ceremony. Both sides of the wedding party gathered together before the big day to enjoy the tradition.

 

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It all began as a fierce song & dance competition between the families but ended, as always, as a huge celebration of love.  Nick and I were looking forward to the Sangeet (musical evening), another pre wedding ritual.. and to see what each side had put together. And what a performance it was. Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. We were both filled with gratitude for the effort, the love and the laughter and will carry the memories of this special evening for the rest of our lives. It is an amazing start to a lifetime of togetherness for our families and friends…#grateful @nickjonas 📹/📷: @calebjordanlee @josevilla @josephradhik

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The sangeet was held at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhavan Palace on Friday. The families enjoyed putting on competitive performances of singing and dancing. Chopra’s family opted for Bollywood-style pieces, while the Jonas family blew everyone away with lip syncing of Hindu songs!

Priyanka also showcased highlights of The Mehdi on Instagram, captioning: “One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other’s faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing.”

The couple were married by Jonas’ father Paul Kevin Jonas in a Christian ceremony, but also incorporated traditional Hindu festivities into the week of fun. For the Christian ceremony, Priyanka chose a beautiful custom Ralph Lauren gown. The intricate design took a staggering 1,826 hours to complete! And what a dress it was.

 

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And forever starts now… ❤️ @nickjonas

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Jonas was also dressed in custom Ralph Lauren, opting for a sophisticated double-breasted black tuxedo. The inside lapel of the suit featured personalized stitching of the words “my jaan”. This sentimental phrase translates to “my life”.

Outfits for the Hindu ceremony were especially beautiful. The bride wore a red lehenga designed by Sabyasachi Mukherji. Speaking to Hello! magazine, Priyanka shared: “I always knew I wanted a red traditional silhouette for my wedding, but Sabya brought in incredible French embroidery to the mix, and with incredible jewellery and western-inspired veil. It was just such an amalgamation of who I am!”.

 

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At Signature Living Weddings, we recently interviewed Interfaith Wedding Celebrant, Reverend Phil Parkinson, an expert when it comes to intertwining faiths and cultural traditions. Phil can be hired for Signature weddings across our versatile wedding venues. An experienced celebrant, he is delighted to assist with readings, music and rituals that truly reflect the couple. You can read the full interview here.

Priyanka told the press: “I love that our wedding was a religious mash-up. We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and we personalized them in a way that makes sense for us… It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”

Signature Living Wedding Venues

From rooftop venue Garden of Eden to historic Alma de Cuba, choose from a wide range of venues with Signature Living Weddings. One of our most exciting upcoming venues is the breathtaking Rainhill Hall, a historic country house surrounded by enchanting grounds.

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Rainhill Hall

Each of our spectacular spaces can be tailored exclusively to you, whether you’re having a traditional wedding, extravagant theme, intimate occasion or Asian wedding.

We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look back at this fabulous wedding! To get in touch with us about our luxury wedding venues or dedicated coordinators, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753.

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17th December 2018

An Experienced Wedding Celebrant Shares All You Need to Know

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for designing weddings with a difference. From our unique wedding venues and extravagant packages, to our talented team of bold and brilliant coordinators, a Signature wedding is always one of a kind.

But your wedding ceremony simply wouldn’t be complete without the person who ties it all together. A Wedding Celebrant or Minster plays an integral role in your special day, ensuring every moment is right for you. From song choices to words, every moment matters.

That’s where the fantastic Reverend Phil Parkinson comes in, an Interfaith Minister who likes to think outside the box. Phil has a wealth of experience in leading beautiful ceremonies and interfaith weddings with a personal touch.

Marriage Celebrant and Interfaith Minister – Phil Parkinson

As a gay minster, Phil is also an expert when it comes to same-sex weddings. This is something that closely intertwines with Signature Living; we’re home to some of the most popular same-sex wedding venues in Liverpool, and our coordinators have helped to plan some truly spectacular occasions.

So, for those in search of the perfect celebrant, we sat down with Phil Parkinson. This in-depth interview covers all you need to know before your big day! We wanted to shed some light on his experience and why you should choose him for the most memorable day of your life…

So Phil, what does it mean to be a Marriage Celebrant?

I am a Reverend, so I am a Reverend and a Wedding Celebrant. I’m actually an Interfaith Minister, there are about 800 of us in the UK, all very different from your normal Christian vicar, with no churches, no bibles, and no bishops, nothing to convert anyone to, and all ministering to those of you who don’t usually go to church. I’m one of the very few ministers who is legally able to marry same-sex couples (in one particular building), but as a Wedding Celebrant I can do weddings anywhere.

Every ceremony I do is bespoke. Having met with the couple, I compose my text using what they tell me about themselves and the words of the songs, readings and poems they chose. If elements from any faith traditions are wanted, I’m delighted to include them. If two different cultures are coming together, I can make sense of that. If a couple want to write their own vows, these can be given a central place, as can any national traditional customs, such as the English and Irish hand-fasting, the Scottish Quaich Love Cups, the Welsh myrtle, etc.

As yet, I haven’t come across a couple who’ve refused the traditional vows. But let’s face it, you can’t beat them, because, when “For richer and poorer, In sickness and in health”, is spoken by two people to each other from a place of profound love, everybody cries. Often these words are pronounced in the name of “The Supreme Spirit of Love”, sometimes adding “And My Family and Friends, and All That Is Good On This Earth”, or, if the couple chose, in the name of the God Of Their Understanding.

How/why did you decide to become a Wedding Celebrant?

When I was a child, I was refused the Roman Catholic priest training because I was a slow developer. In 2011, I happened to come across an old friend who mentioned another mutual friend who was an Interfaith Minister in Sheffield. I immediately knew I wanted do what she was doing! And I now realize, that all the things I’ve done in my life, and this is my fifth career, have led up to being an Interfaith Minister. It brings together everything that I believe in, and everything I do.

What I find is that a lot of younger couples who haven’t had a religious upbringing, though they wouldn’t know how to put it into words, have a great hunger for something you might call sacred or spiritual, something that is above what normal life is usually like, the ‘something’ that the church has always represented.

So what I bring to a wedding is the sense of something intangible, something profound, even sacred, even numinous. A wedding is the most important public rite of passage we make as adults. Only giving birth equals it. You will never feel the same again. And I absolutely love being with the couple throughout the whole journey, from the initial setting up meeting, maybe on Skype, though better in person, then the detailed meeting about a month beforehand, then the rehearsal, and finally, the big day itself.

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What is the legal position?

What you have to get your head around is that your marriage is about your money – who legally owns what – and that your wedding is about publicly showing your love for each other to the world. Parliament has begun the process of updating our antiquated marriage laws of 1836, but Brexit has delayed any recent progress. The laws will change, but not quite yet.

So the simplest way to get married is not to use me at all, but have the registrars come to your chosen hotel and do the whole ceremony. You are not allowed certain words or music, and you can’t use the traditional vows. Depending on the day of the week, it can be relatively expensive.

If money is no object and you want everything under one roof, have the registrars marry you in the hotel, and then, after they are gone, have myself do your much more elaborate ceremony.

The other, cheaper, way, is to do the legal bit separately at your local registry office (Mon -Thurs mornings are cheapest, St George’s Hall, Liverpool, is a mere £50). You only need yourselves and two witnesses present, yourselves to answer “I do” to the several questions, and all four of you to sign the register. That’s really is it. You can be out in less than ten minutes. Then have your proper ceremony with myself, around fifty minutes works well, with whatever music, words, customs, and unique little or big touches you want, on the day you want, at the time you want, at the signature hotel you want.

Did you have to do any training?

I completed a two year in-depth training, with 16 weekends and a lot of written work and placements. The training was in London, but there were enough of us to form a North West group which met once a month as well. One way and another it was a very consuming commitment.

What is the best thing about being a Marriage Celebrant and Interfaith Minister?

Being with people at the most important moments of their lives. Because people are really real then, and it’s people’s hearts I’m dealing with. Being with people’s hearts is the best bit.

Is there a particular wedding that is memorable to you?

Several I think! There was one going along fairly normally, when I began to quote the words of a song the couple had chosen, and then I said in a surprised loud voice, “Oh, it looks like we’ve got some visitors!” and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, complete with trumpets and trombones crashed in, dancing round the church. Nobody knew except the couple. I got them up in the pulpit, it was completely hysterical.

Then there was one for a couple of gay women who had lived in 6 different countries. I researched a wedding blessing from each of those countries, one of which was a 2000 year old Mayan blessing, and built their ceremony around these, with a live musical blessing from a friend of theirs and my usual sung ending blessing. It was just lovely to make the whole of their life story together into their own ceremony.

Then there was a secular Jewish one complete with canopy and shawls, and the one based around the bride’s favourite Shakespeare play which I conducted on the actual day of Shakespeare’s anniversary, as well as the one half in French, and another half in Danish! And, close to my heart, the one by the River Esk, at my favourite place in the Lake District.

Whose ceremony would you most like to conduct from the past?

I would have loved to have been Prince Charles’ Minister, but with Camilla!

What’s the process of couples getting in touch with you?

Usually word-of-mouth, Google, and referrals through organisations I belong to, like Signature.  Then it’s www.revphilparkinson.co.uk, or, best of all, 07730 337 300 –  nothing like a personal chat – and philinterfaith@gmail.com

Why do you think you work well with the Signature brand?

Thinking outside the box. Signature has all the infrastructure for weddings, usual and unusual. I took just one look at Eden and thought this is it, they have got it all, I don’t have to think of anything, I can just be with the couple. And as an architecture-mad person, I applaud Signature’s mission in restoring old buildings and giving them a new direction, a new lease of life. That’s just fabulous, couldn’t be better.

Do you have a favourite Signature Wedding venue?

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Rainhill Hall

They all look superb. Eden is amazing, think rooftop view without parallel. James Street is so wonderfully grand, yet with gritty cast-iron pillars. Rainhill Hall is just beautiful, it’s Grade II listed, and when outdoor weddings get going there in the garden it’s going to be just magical. Plans for the Old Post Office in Preston look exciting, I’m waiting to see the brand new interior unfold itself. And these are the Up North hotels, there’s Cardiff and Belfast as well.

What inspires you?

I suppose what really turns me on is seeing beauty, often in the most unexpected places and the most unexpected of people.

Lastly, could you share a fun fact about you!

Previously, I worked in schools as a music teacher, and then privately and in the NHS as a psychotherapist. And what I really like is Earl Grey tea at 4:30pm, but it’s got to be in a teapot, with proper tea leaves, and served in a real cup and saucer.

To enquire about booking your wedding at a Signature venue with Reverend Phil Parkinson, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753. You can contact Phil directly on 07730337300 or at philinterfaith@gmail.com.

For more information about our venues, services and suppliers, please come along to our next Liverpool wedding fayre on Sunday 6th January 2019 at The Shankly Hotel.

 

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11th December 2018

How to Nail the Coolest Winter Wedding Looks for 2019

So, you’ve chosen a winter wedding date, opting for frosty hues of silver and blue and the crispy whiteness only the freshest winter snow can bring.

But what to wear?

Of course, you want to look your best on the most special day of your life but, let’s face it, winter in Britain can get quite glacial. So how to look good and keep warm at the same time?

Here’s our guide to putting together the coolest looks for the most wonderful winter wedding day.

Top Winter Wedding Dress Trends

Straight from the bridal catwalks of 2019, we’re seeing some of the most stunning winter weddings dresses with designers wrapping brides in layers of lace, flurries of feathers and elegantly elongated sleeves.

There’s a style to suit everyone, whilst also keeping every bride’s body shielded from the chilly winter elements.

Choose minimalist detailing and impeccable tailoring for a look that screams Snow Queen chic and embodies the purity of freshly fallen untouched snow.

Achieve this impeccable style by channelling looks seen from Susan Neville’s 2019 collection or the Savin, Volume III Emerald Collection.

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Or why not flutter in a flurry of white downy feathers, bringing a touch of old Hollywood red carpet glamour down the aisle of your winter wedding.

Add feathers to trim a daring cold shoulder neckline as seen in the Halfpenny London lookbook or tuck yourself into a hooded feather cape like the one worn on the Pronovais catwalks.

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Bring a touch of Bohemian beauty to your winter wedding wardrobe with whimsical gowns inspired by nature.

Tiered lace gowns that wrap brides in top to toe layers of luxurious lace were seen at Katya Katya’s 2019 show whilst at Leanne Marshal’s, lighter than air floating sleeves, simple bodices and swishing skirts stole the show.

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It was back through the fashion pages of time for some designers with many channelling the sophisticated style of the 20s.

Eliza Jane Howell’s intricately beaded sheath dresses, marabou feather capelets and jewel-encrusted pearl headbands harken back to an age where glamour and opulence were all the rage.

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Overall the message of the moment was to cover up and show off at the same time.

The peak of a shoulder, a whispering of sheer panelling, daring necklines each element allowing the bride to show off her style yet keep warm during her winter wedding day of dreams.

Winter Wedding Accessories and Makeup

Tis’ the season to sparkle and what better way to do so on your winter wedding day than with diamonds and crystals of all shapes and sizes.

Embellish your veil with a frost like trim using thousands of delicate Swarovski crystals, or go big and bold with shimmering snowflakes captured mid-fall in translucent tulle.

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Statement earrings are a must at a winter wedding and this year they sparkle with the richest blue, green or dazzling white jewels.

Using the whiteness of winter as your inspiration why not stud your ears, fingers and neckline with classic strings of gossamer pearls.

There’s no need to go all Ice Queen for your makeup, it’s not a fancy dress party, after all. For your make-up keep things cool or heat things up is all up to you.

Warmer winter makeup includes berry shades and natural hues. Go for a daring claret lip and simple delicate smokey eyes, channelling the alluring beauty of Disney Princess Snow White.

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Or turn things fairytale frosty with a dusting of silvery blue across the eyes, a dewy natural blush and barely-there lips.

You’ll be the bell of your own winter wedding day ball shining out among the rest.

Where to Book Your Wonderful Winter Wedding

At Signature Living Weddings our selection of venues can cater to your winter wedding of dreams with ease.

Match the theme of your special day with the elegance of the White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street where a gleaming heritage décor provides an exquisite backdrop to host your special day.

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30 James Street – Home of the Titanic White Star Grand Hall

Or invoke the heat and passion of Cuba to warm up your winter wedding in Alma de Cuba’s Vestry. The flexible new events venues gives guests the chance to enjoy a vibrant carnival atmosphere from the privacy of an exclusive upper-level space.

Winter wedding venue Vestry

Alma de Cuba – Vestry

These wonderful wedding venues are available to host the magical winter wedding you’ve always dreamed of as well as others to be found all over the UK that are still yet to come.

Call 0151 305 3753 or get in touch using our enquiry form to start planning the winter wedding of your dreams with Signature Living Weddings.

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