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29th January 2019

7 World Famous Celebrities That Married a Fan

If you’ve ever dreamed of marrying your celeb crush or dating a celebrity, there may still be hope! Because some of the world’s most famous faces have fallen head over heels for none other than a fan.

Celebrities Who Married Fans

From some of Hollywood’s most prolific actors to stars of the 60s, we’ve delved into the love stories of 7 celebrities that married fans…

Justin Bieber Married Hailey Baldwin

Without a doubt one of the most famous married couples in the world, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s love story is far from ordinary! Years before her modelling career took off, Hailey was a self-confessed ‘Belieber’ and one of millions of fans hoping to catch Justin’s eye at his concerts.

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In 2009, Hailey struck lucky when she was introduced to her future husband by her father Stephen Baldwin. Behaving like any other starstruck teenager, Hailey stood awkwardly with her arms crossed as her dad took the lead and told Justin, “We’ve been enjoying your music”.

Elvis Presley Married Priscilla Beaulieu

It may come as a surprise that the King of Rock himself ended up marrying one of his fans. At 14 years old, Priscilla Beaulieu met Currie Grant, a friend of Elvis’ at the Eagles Club. Grant asked Priscilla, ‘How’d you like to meet Elvis Presley?’

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When it came to the night of meeting the rock ‘n’ roll icon, Priscilla was overcome with nerves. Elvis played songs for her, while Priscilla didn’t say much at all. After the night they met, Priscilla wondered how anyone at school would believe she’d been to the house of Elvis Presley…and the rest was history!

Reese Witherspoon Married Jim Toth

Now for a slightly different fan scenario, Hollywood superstar Reese Witherspoon fell in love with Jim Toth, who worked at a talent agency paid to promote the actress and her work.

 

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The pair are said to have crossed paths at a party, when Jim stepped in to save Reese from his drunk friend! Reese told ELLE magazine, “Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’ She added, ““That’s just kind of who he is, a really good person.”

Ringo Starr Married Maureen Cox

The story of the next couple means rewinding back to the 1960s, the height of Beatlemania! Maureen Cox, a hairdresser at the time, was a regular at The Fab Four’s early shows.

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Living the dream of Beatles fans around the world, Cox was noticed by Ringo Starr at a show and married the drummer in 1965. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and the pair divorced in 1975.

Tom Cruise Married Katie Holmes

They were once one of Hollywood’s most famous married couples, but did you know that Katie Holmes was fan girling over Tom Cruise before the term even existed! The Dawson’s Creek star had a crush on Cruise as a teenager and even had posters of him on her bedroom wall.

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In 2004, Holmes told Seventeen Magazine ‘I used to think I was going to marry Tom Cruise’. A year later, the famous duo were engaged. Less than ten years on, Holmes filed for divorce in 2012.

Kim Kardashian Married Kanye West

One of the most talked about celebrity weddings of all time was of course, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s! And though it may have seemed like a whirlwind romance, it took the famous rapper years to start dating the reality star.

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West is said to have fallen head over heels for Kim when he saw a photo of her with Paris Hilton in 2006, but as people say, timing is everything. Though Kim and Kanye crossed paths multiple times over the years, one or the other was involved with someone else. Kanye admitted he dreamed about being next to Kim for years, and rumour has it, he’d even go as far as drawing himself in to the Kardashian family Christmas card next to Kim!

 Posh Spice Married David Beckham

David and Victoria Beckham are one of the rare famous couples to have stood the test of time. But Posh and Becks have also made it onto the list of celebrities who married fans.

 

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Though it may seem unlikely, the story is that Beckham was a big fan of the Spice Girls back in the 90s. The football star finally got the chance to meet his future wife in 1997 after a match. After they met, David was determined to win her over, and it’s safe to say it all worked out!

Plan Your Dream Wedding

If you’re planning to say ‘I do’, look no further than Signature Living Weddings for the ultimate wedding venue. Our dedicated team of coordinators will bring the wedding of your dreams to life.

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Country venue Rainhill Hall is one of our most exciting venues to date. To enquire today about your special day, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753. 

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25th January 2019

The 7 Different Types of Bride

They say that planning a wedding is up there as one of the more stressful things you can choose to do. It can bring out the bridezilla in most brides-to-be, but it’s all with the best intentions. All you want is a practically picture-perfect day that everyone will enjoy, great dress, amazing venue, flowers, good weather and last but not least a wedding that feels unique to you and your beau.

It’s not too much to ask…is it?

You may be so laid back you’re horizontal or you’ve ended up swinging from the chandelier in your dream venue refusing to come down unless they fit you into their schedule. There are 7 types of bride; which one are you?

1. A Serial Spender

This is the most important day of your life and you’re prepared to give an arm and a leg to make sure it’s the dreamiest wedding your guests will have ever had the pleasure of attending. Outfit changes throughout the day have been discussed at length and you’ve been trying to get John Legend’s agent on the phone to organise the entertainment for the evening. Budget? You don’t know her.

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You’re fancy yourself as a bit of a Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton – that red carpet isn’t going to buy itself now, is it?

2. Bridezilla

Knock knock – it’s me, The Moodswing! This wedding is the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about before you go to bed. You’re willing to sell your soul for the perfect dress and are currently responsible for the local shortage of waterproof mascara. You currently love this wedding more than you love your fiancé.

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You’re Liv and Emma from Bride Wars combined into one; you’ll stop at nothing to make sure your day is absolutely-100%-without-a-doubt faultless.

3. The Budget Bride

You’re determined to cut any unnecessary costs to make sure your big day doesn’t end up quite literally breaking the bank. You’ve searched Pinterest high and low for the best DIY wedding hacks and have already started searching for the perfect second-hand gown on Etsy. Mum has agreed to tackle the cake and you’ve got all your bridesmaids on hand to help craft your own table decorations. Girl, you’ve got this!

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You’re a Phoebe from Friends getting married in the snow or a Miranda from Sex and the City tying the knot in the park in front of all her nearest and dearest.

4. A Laid Back Lady

You’ve put everyone on edge with how un-bothered you are, but you just don’t care. You know you’re going to be exchanging vows with your significant other one way or another. It’s not really an issue that you’ve left it too late to book the caterers; you’re happy to just order pizza for everyone. That’s if they turn up. You forgot to send your invites out in time, so just posted it on Facebook instead.

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You’re more of a Pam from The Office when she sneaks off with Jim to seal the deal. You’re not bothered what the celebrations are as long as everyone’s there to celebrate with you at some point.

5. The Life and Soul

Forget the ceremony, you’re here for the party! The hen ‘do was probably the highlight of this whole wedding shebang, but you can’t wait to carry on the celebrations as soon as the formalities are over. You’ve put more planning into the evening’s playlist than what flowers you carried down the aisle and your bridesmaids can’t wait to bust out the moves you’ve all been practising for weeks.

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You’re a Lillian from Bridesmaids, but only once she’s dropped the bridezilla routine and lets loose with her best mates.

6. Miss Meticulous

Clipboard? Check. Colour coded spreadsheet? Check. Walkie-talkies and headset? Check. The planning started before you were even engaged and you’ve put the Maid of Honour out of a job because you’ve already arranged your own hen party.

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You’re a Monica from Friends through and through, and the prospect of all that new wedding stationary feels much more exciting than actually getting hitched.

7. The Hopeless Romantic

Your head is in the clouds, the stars are in your eyes and birds are tweeting on your shoulder. We’ll just call you Cinderella. You’ve watched all your favourite romcoms throughout the entire process and the wedding scrapbook you made when you were 11 has been used as a very serious and detailed reference. You’re a walking, talking bridal stereotype – and you love it!

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You are most certainly a Charlotte from Sex and the City. You’ve been dreaming of this moment since you were little and no amount of stress or any obstacle can pop your lovey-dovey bubble.

No matter what type of bride you are, what really matters is that you’ll get to marry the one you love on your big day. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to tie the knot, then look no further than these five beautiful places to get married.

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17th January 2019

The 10 Most Romantic Places to Propose in Liverpool

The dramatic skyline, spectacular sunsets and dreamy waterfront of Liverpool make it an idyllic city in which to pop the big question. Here at Signature Living, we know your engagement is the first step on the path to a magical wedding, so we think you should make the proposal as romantic as the special occasion itself.

The city is full of stunning viewpoints, adorable hideaways and incredible experiences that can help make your proposal a magical moment. In no particular order, we’ve pulled together our favourite places to propose in Liverpool.

On the Waterfront

Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is undeniably one of the most romantic spots in the North West. From its palatial architecture to its stunning views across the Mersey – a proposal at Pier Head on a warm summer’s evening could be a truly unforgettable experience.

The Cunard Building, one of the city’s Three Graces is situated right on the waterfront. A perfect spot to pop the question and get some snaps to mark the occasion!

Atop Liverpool’s Best Rooftop Bar

Located at the top of 30 James Street Hotel, this incredible rooftop spot is part of the amazing Carpathia restaurant and champagne bar. After an exquisite fine dining experience, why not take your spouse-to-be onto the rooftop and propose as the sun sets? Carpathia will be sure to have some bubbly on hand to celebrate afterwards.

It doesn’t have to end there, though. Book yourselves into a luxury room in the hotel and see where the night takes you.

Climb the Anglican Cathedral

For breathtaking views and spectacular sunsets, there is no better place in the city than the top of the Anglican Cathedral. Sitting 500ft above sea level and with 360˚ rooftop views of Liverpool and beyond, the incredible Vestey tower has been the site of many Liverpool proposals.

For only a few pounds, you can ascend the 108 stairs and enjoy stunning, uninterrupted views of the city, providing an unforgettable spot to begin your engagement.

Under the Petal Shower

If you’ve ever experienced an Alma de Cuba petal shower, you’ll know it’s a moment like no other. So why not surprise your other half with the big question just as the flowers begin to fall? For those not in the know, the petal shower at Alma De Cuba happens every Friday and Saturday at 11pm in Liverpool’s most famous Latin American inspired bar and restaurant. On the hour, a gorgeous petal display rains down on revellers in the spectacular venue, as our samba dancers take to the stage for a vibrant, fun-filled performance.

Plus, the formerly Grade II listed St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and it’s new Vestry floor is available for weddings, so you can complete your wedding journey in the place it all began. Retaining many of its original features including the altar and magnificent ornate glass windows, this spectacular venue offers a romantic venue in the heart of Liverpool for your special day.

On the Liverpool Wheel

With the wheel being known as more of a tourist destination, this may be a less obvious choice. But when you think about it, you’ve got a great set up and everything you need for a proposal all in one! You’ll have privacy, amazing views and enough time to build up the courage to ask the vital question as the wheel turns.

Walking Down Crosby Beach

For a more relaxed proposal that takes you back to nature, a romantic stroll along Crosby beach on a Sunday Morning is the perfect time to pop the question for low-key couples. You’re sure to find a moment of intimacy on the dramatic stretch of coastline that has views out to the Wirral and North Wales.

During a Relaxing Spa Break

Why not book you and your partner a romantic spa break before you surprise them with the big question? Morgan’s Spa at 30 James Street is an opulent hideaway in the centre of Liverpool that’s sure to make your partner feel preened and pampered – and more inclined to say yes!

Featuring a 40sq ft hydrotherapy pool, private treatment rooms, sauna and spa-side bar, the indulgent retreat is the perfect spot to spoil your other half either before – or after – an engagement. Why not request a couples massage?

Outside (or Inside!) Sefton Park Palm House

The Victorian architecture of Sefton Park Palm House evokes the dreamy days of times gone by when courting couples would take walks in the park with their betrothed.

Reignite the romance of the past with a proposal amongst the arching glass windows and beautiful flora that fills this spectacular glass house.

By the Love Locks at Albert Dock

Propose right by the water and secure your own unbreakable bond with your very own love lock! Make it even more special by inscribing your own message onto the lock and leaving it as a symbol of your everlasting love.

Within the Intimacy of a Private Suite

For a seductive proposal, why not book the intimately private Signature Living Lust suite and sweep your future spouse off their feet?

The Lust Suite is the perfect place for a cosy, private proposal between you and your partner. Located within The Shankly Hotel, this beautiful pale-pink suite features Signature padding and sensual velvet furnishings. Complete with an indulgent double bed, and a beautiful mirrored ceiling feature, the suite is completed by a luxurious ensuite with whirlpool bath and waterfall shower.

Only a stone’s throw away from some of Liverpool’s most romantic restaurants, The Shankly also boasts a spectacular rooftop bar overlooking the city skyline

With all this on offer for your big proposal, we reckon that Liverpool is one of the most romantic cities in the UK!

Your Future Awaits

Already engaged? Congrats! The proposal is only the first step on your wedding journey. Get some inspiration for your big day over on our blog!

To start planning your dream day at one of our spectacular venues, contact our friendly team on 0151 236 0166. 

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11th January 2019

Looking Back at the Love Story & Wedding of Miley and Liam

It’s rare in Hollywood to find love that stands the test of time. But after a roller coaster ten years of on and off romance, things have finally fallen into place for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.

Rumours began to circulate that the famous duo had tied the knot in late December 2018, and Miley took to Instagram later in the week to confirm the news herself. Of course, the announcement spread like wildfire!

How Did Miley and Liam Meet?

So as the couple begin the next chapter of their story, we thought we’d take a nostalgic look back at how it all began…plus, how one of the world’s most influential couples chose to say ‘I do’…

The newlyweds met all the way back in 2009 during the filming of coming-of-age rom-com The Last Song. The film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel was a surefire success, but it was the relationship between the lead actors that really kept fans hooked.

Over the years, their whirlwind romance has made headline after headline and filled the pages of magazines. In 2012, Hemsworth decided to take their romance to the next level by proposing to his former co-star.

But any plans that may have been made for a wedding were called off just a year later. The couple decided to go their separate ways, and fans were left wondering if the pair would ever reunite for a number of years.

Casting all doubts aside, Miley and Liam officially rekindled their love story in 2016. And it didn’t take long for speculation to start that an engagement was on the cards once again.

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Between them, the power couple have their fair share of fans! So, it’s no surprise that social media went into meltdown as rumours of their marriage were confirmed. But one of the most notable Tweets was one posted by The Last Song author himself, Nicholas Sparks. The romance novelist re-shared a wedding photograph posted by Cyrus, and congratulated the couple on their wedding.

An Intimate Ceremony to Say ‘I Do’

2018 was a big year for weddings, from the royal weddings to Nick and Priyanka’s week-long celebrations. But opting for a low-key, family affair, Miley and Liam were married in an intimate ceremony on December 23rd.

The special occasion took place at none other than Miley’s property in Tennessee. Noticeably informal, the wedding photographs shared to social media offered fans some personal insight into the secret celebrations.

 

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Cyrus has never been one to shy away from making a fashion statement….but when it came to her wedding day, Miley stayed way from eccentricity. Instead, she opted for an elegant off-the-shoulder gown by Vivienne Westwood. The flowing fit and trail of the dress were certainly in keeping with the ethereal decorations of their wedding backdrop.

 

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Of course, the couple’s wedding snaps included a selfie…the ultimate marking of a modern romance! But social media aside, this story really has finished with a good old-fashioned happily ever after.

Signature Living Weddings

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re home to a wide range of versatile wedding venues. So whether you’re opting for big and extravagant or planning a more intimate affair like Miley and Liam, look no further for the perfect setting for your special day.

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Rainhill Hall wedding venue

Rainhill Hall is one of our most exciting venues yet; the Grade II listed country house will be transformed into a fairytale wedding venue surrounded by enchanting grounds. So for those with a love of the great outdoors, our dedicated wedding coordinators can bring your dream wedding to life.

The luxury venue will also be home to spa facilities and woodland-style cabins, including a treetop Bridal Suite. What more could you wish for on the most memorable day of your life?

To be one of the first to get married at Rainhill Hall, get in touch today! Our helpful team will be ready to assist you every step of the way. You can reach us by completing our online contact form or on 0151 305 3753.

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9th January 2019

The Best Moments from the Wedding Fayre

When future bride and grooms are looking for the perfect place to get inspired for their big day, the Signature Living Wedding Fayre is just the thing. With the chance to meet some of the UK’s leading wedding suppliers whilst enjoying live entertainment, a catwalk and even a cheeky glass of bubbly – the wedding fayre has it all.

So, without further ado, here are our favourite moments from the Signature Living Wedding Fayre 2019!

The Venue

Shankly Hotel Wedding Fayre

This year, the day was hosted at the amazing Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. Set in the heart of the city, the beautiful event gave to-be-weds the perfect opportunity to begin planning their journey towards marital bliss. It really was the perfect setting for the day, as it allowed couples to get a closer look at a real-life Signature Living wedding venue. In fact, the Shankly is also home to two of the most popular wedding venues in the Signature repertoire; The Garden of Eden and Baby Eden. Alongside the glass of fizz on arrival and live entertainment, guests were also treated to goodie bags and even a VIP lounge.

Bridal Couture

Signature Wedding Fayre Catwalk

With the beautifully lit catwalk, the scene was set perfectly for models to showcase the stunning designs from Romancia Bridal. Every crystal, pearl and intricate detail on each gown was admired by guests as the brilliant dress designers revealed amazing pieces exclusively from their unseen 2019 collection.

Pampered and Preened

Carla Lawson MUA

Brides to be were treated to demonstrations from amazing makeup artist Carla Lawson, where she answered any cosmetic-related questions. Whether it was finding the best makeup look suited for those professional photos or making sure that a bride’s natural beauty shone through, Carla was on hand to help.

The Spirit of Cuba

Alma de Cuba Dancer at Wedding Show 2019

The vibrant dancers from Alma de Cuba brought a hint of Cuban flair and style to the wedding fayre. With their bejewelled costumes bringing some showgirl chic to the day, the dancers and their fiery dance moves meant that guests were able to get a glimpse of what a wedding with a difference could look like!

Wedding Show 2019

There was a real buzz and sense of excitement surrounding the new third floor at Alma; an exclusive space in the rafters of the historic grade-II listed old church called The Vestry. With beautiful place settings that Alma de Cuba offers within their wedding package also on display, it was clear that this new space is a perfect choice for hosting a dream wedding.

Floral Fancies

Wedding Show 2019

Pretty Your Party stole the show with their amazing floral backdrops and lettering. The event décor specialists ran happy couples through their wide range of floral letters, numbers & walls – as well as their offering of sequin walls, ribbon backdrops and giant tassel balloons!

Other suppliers in attendance were Heather Elizabeth Photography, The Big Event Group, Matthew Rycraft Photography, Jeanette Flynn, Jonny Ross Music, Love and Carriage Wedding Cars, Dream Escapes, Thornton Events and many more.

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7th January 2019

Finding the Perfect Dress: Top Tips from Bridal Expert Tina Corteen

A wedding with Signature is always unforgettable and unique. The care, attention and love put into organising your big day by our incredible wedding team ensures that everything, from the breathtaking venues, to the beautifully arranged flowers, is all you’ve ever dreamed of. At Signature Living Weddings, we love to provide you with all the tools you need to craft the most idyllic day. That’s why we offer our brides a preferred suppliers list, hand-chosen by us. One of our most popular is Tina Corteen, our star bridal expert and owner of Romancia Bridal Boutique.

Tina Corteen has been involved in the wedding world for over 18 years now and runs her business with incredible passion that makes it the unrivalled and unique bridal experience it is today. We sat down with her to get some top tips on choosing a dream wedding dress and how to ensure your wedding day is an occasion you’ll treasure forever.

Let’s get things started with a bit about you! How did you get into your line of work?

“Ever since I can remember I’ve had a real passion for weddings. But it wasn’t until I was planning my own wedding that I made the decision to follow my dream of becoming a bridal expert. I experienced, first hand, the real lack of choice, advice and ‘wow’ services available for brides-to-be.  I struggled to find a bridal expert with passion and experience, which was really frustrating!”

“So, once I was married, I became absolutely obsessed with weddings. I decided to start on an insane journey to open my very own wedding boutique.”

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Tina with models at a wedding show catwalk in St Helens

How long have you been a bridal expert?

“I’ve been involved in the wedding world for over 18 years now and have developed a real appreciation for the fast-paced wedding industry. Over time, I have learnt from brides, their families and friends, that the search for a real bridal expert is almost like looking for the perfect life partner. From designer influences, to personality, shapes, styles, fabric and much more, there’s so much that brides and experts need to agree on.”

“I have worked extremely hard on this over the years and feel I have finally cracked it in my shop, Romancia Bridal.”

It all sounds amazing! But, what’s the best thing about your job?

“Oh, that is a tough one.”

“I consider myself very lucky because I enjoy every aspect of my job. From handpicking my gowns during international buying trips, to preparing the brides’ gown for collection, it’s all so rewarding! But, if I had to choose one, it would be receiving photos and thank you messages from brides. Knowing that they had a perfect day and felt amazing in their dress is something that really motivates and inspires me.”

“Another thing that always amazes me is when we get customers from all over the world travelling to our shop. We have either been recommended to them, or a family member has visited before. When a bride and her tribe tell me how much they have enjoyed their appointment, that’s something that is always very special.”

“We currently have a bride who lives in Houston Texas, her dress is mega! Her wedding is booked for the New Year and we can’t wait to see how magical it will be!”

What makes you different from the rest/ why should brides go to you for advice?

“This is such an important question! At Romancia Bridal, we have created our own magical place to provide a high professional and personal service, in an opulent environment that instantly invites you to relax and enjoy the experience.  We genuinely care about our brides’ journey, our moto is ‘create a feeling of memory to last a lifetime’. Whether or not our bride finds her dream dress, our job is to make every bride feel accomplished and amazing after her appointment. 99% of our brides come to us via recommendation and have done so for many years. This is something we are extremely proud of.”

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Tina and Elica at Moda buying event

“Our main goal is to help the bride explore which shapes, styles and fabric compliment her shape, skin tone, hair colour and personality. We always have a good giggle and make sure the experience is one she will talk about for years to come. It’s these things that really make us different from any other bridal expert.”

“We strive to provide an exceptional service with a diverse choice of gowns that I personally handpick and continuously update. Whilst also offering a range of accessories, inhouse alterations by our experienced seamstress, complimentary gown pressing, storage and packing service for overseas weddings. We eat, sleep and breathe weddings!”

“Our team also know the importance of keeping up to date with the latest trends, news and events, plus staying ahead of the industry with regular training courses and research. Whether it’s celebrity news, bride forums, social media comments or ‘advice guides’, we consume ourselves to ensure that we see what our brides see.”

“I think what really makes me different is my goal. I always make sure our bride-to-be is confident and excited to wear her dress every single time she puts it on, from her inspection, to fittings and of course, her big day!”

What can brides expect when they visit you for advice – talk us through the process.

“When brides book an appointment with us, they get the royal treatment! We offer exclusive use of the boutique, we never have more than one bride trying on gowns at any one time. Our shop is very warm and relaxed with luxury comfy seating, an ambient atmosphere, great music, refreshments and a very friendly welcome. I have a dislike for boutiques that make their staff wait by the door for people to come in. Brides are usually nervous, so walking in and everyone looking at you can be intimidating and uncomfortable for customers! We make sure brides are relaxed and confident in our shop.”

“When a bride comes in for an appointment, we will usually have a quick, informal chat and a bit of a giggle! She can show us any ideas and inspiration for the dress, then talk us through her shopping journey so far. We always like to hear about choices of venue and the stories behind it. Colour schemes, flowers and anything else that is important. We will then give the bride a short introduction to the shop and show her some of our collections.”

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Romancia Bridal Boutique

“After that we leave her to choose some initial gowns. We encourage our brides to choose various necklines, shapes, styles and materials.  Then it’s time to try on! We will arrange the initial gowns into an order that will help us determine her likes and dislikes. In the shop, we have a luxury carpet catwalk with large, ornate mirrors, so the bride can see herself and her friends and family. We admire each dress, listening to feedback, asking questions, offering customisation options if applicable and bringing new dresses that follow the style.”

“Throughout the appointment, information is always given about dresses such as colour options and alterations. We also allow brides to take photos of themselves in the wedding gowns, and of course advise them on the prices of the gowns they like. It’s such a huge decision, so we always encourage any bride to go away and think about it.”

Are there any particular items brides should bring to a bridal appointment?

“It’s important to wear appropriate underwear because during fittings you will be helped in and out of dresses. This is usually a good quality strapless bra and nude pants.”

“We also ask brides to wear little, or no makeup. This gives them the chance to see which shades are more flattering to their skin tone.”

“And always bring along any items that you have already decided to wear, such as a veil or piece of jewellery, to make sure it matches with the dress.”

How long before the wedding do brides tend to start thinking about the dress?

“Brides come to us at all different times before their wedding. We see last minute brides with only a few months until their big day, right up to brides shopping 3 years in advance. It all depends on the person.”

“However, usually brides will come to the boutique between 12 and 18 months prior to their wedding.”

Who are your favourite dress designers and why?

“It’s so hard to choose just one! There are so many international and independent brands out there that are so awesome.  In our shop, we have a few designers that I think really stand out from the crowd though.”

“The first is Ian Stuart. His gowns are completely unique, theatrical, dramatic and always have the wow factor. His designs are brave and bold. I really think he has redefined bridal wear for those who really want to stand out.”

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Tina with dress designer Ronald Joyce and Romancia colleague Lesley Howard

“Next is Enzoani. They create young, fresh and cutting-edge designs that are always of an exceptional quality and fit. Their use of luxurious fabrics, exquisite beadwork and unrivalled construction techniques is always outstanding.”

“Lastly, I absolutely love Ronald Joyce. They’ve been around for 70 years and are one of the most respected names in the bridal industry. The gowns they create are always very glam and made using modern materials. Offering a wide selection of styles, from classic shapes, dramatic detail, structured tailors and everything in between, brides will feel incredible no matter what their size.”

Have you got any top tips for choosing the perfect dress?

“The most important thing to do before choosing your perfect dress is to try on a range of different styles and don’t buy your dress online! You may fall in love with the first gown you try, but always try a couple more on, just in case.”

“It’s also really important to never sacrifice your personal style, if you are quirky, embrace it! Remember to sit down in your dress, think about venue practicalities, always check your dress is authentic and if you’re getting married abroad, make sure you choose a gown that is suitable and can be easily packed.”

“Ignore the label size, wedding dress designers have different sizing methods. And lastly, think about the logistics for fittings and collection of your gown. Does the boutique offer an in-house alteration service? Does the boutique have easy access and parking? Will they store your gown until you’re ready to collection it? These are all important factors to consider before making your purchase.”

Favourite celebrity wedding dress or wedding of all time?

“I really can’t ever choose just one favourite wedding dress, so I’ll have to list a few of my favourites.”

“Firstly, I loved Kate Middleton’s lace Alexander McQueen gown. It has become iconic and given a whole new definition to the notion of a traditional princess dress.”

“Next has got to be Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy couture wedding dress, it really flattered those signature killer curves!”

 

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“I couldn’t not mention Kate Moss’ fabulous 1920s Gatsby inspired Galliano gown, it will go down in history as one of the most stunning dresses. I also loved Coleen Rooney’s demure Marchesa dress, Abbey Clancy’s Giles Deacon gown and Kelly Clarkson’s lace Temperley creation.”

What’s your favourite current wedding theme or trend?

“At the moment I love a statement back on a gown. From daringly low dips, to sophisticated scoops, glitzy detailing, long lace trains and a never-ending variation of buttons and materials, I just love how imaginative you can be with this style.”

“This beautiful trend has also sparked some real competition between designers, they all want to create the signature statement back, which is just brilliant!”

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

“I think we have common goals and a lot of passion for the industry we’re in. Just like Signature, I saw a gap in the market for my business as a bridal expert. I started my bridal shop from nothing and successfully built it up over the years through a lot of hard work and belief.”

“I saw that the bridal industry was confusing, with staff often becoming more wrapped up in the sale than the experience, I believed I could offer brides value, choice, uniqueness, exceptional products, service and unrivalled advice. This is something I think I have achieved!”

“My shop is also only 20 minutes away from Liverpool, so, many of brides choose Signature Living’s venues for their wedding. I also really enjoy working with the team at Signature, they have the same ethics and passion for customer delivery as my team.”

Have you got a favourite Signature Wedding venue?

“Wow, that is so hard to answer! I love all of them for different reasons. I think because I know different brides have different dreams, so they all have completely different venues to match that dream. Signature offers so much choice, which is great!”

Winter wedding venue White Star Grand Hall

The White Star Grand Hall – 30 James Street

“If I really had to choose, I’d say my personal favourite, from an aesthetic point of view, would be between 30 James Street and The Shankly. Both venues are magical, can be personalised and are very opulent.”

What inspires you?

“Overall, I’d have to say relationships. People and their relationships are extremely important to me and inspire me to really excel in my job. Having come from a working-class background, I have been through a spectrum of experiences to get where I am today. This has taught me that what is really important to me is making people feel happy!”

“I have learnt that no one cares what class or environment you’ve come from, it’s how you show up and how you treat people that counts. And that is something that really inspires me every day.”

Lastly, tell us a fun fact about you!

“Maybe a bit of an odd one but, I have an abnormally sensitive nose. The smallest whiff of something can hit me like a bus!”

Romancia bridal expert

Romanica Bridal stall at the last Signature Living Wedding Fayre

If you’re looking for your dream wedding dress, get in touch with bridal expert Tina Corteen by following Romancia Bridal on Facebook and Instagram. You can also email her at info@romancia.co.uk or call 01744 894443.

For more information on our stunning venues, or to get in touch with one of our wedding coordinators and start planning your perfect day, call us today on 0151 305 3753.

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