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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!”

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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!”

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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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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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26th October 2018

Planning Your Honeymoon: Interview with our Travel Expert, Christopher Kelly

Everyone knows one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding is the honeymoon. It’s a much-needed respite after months of organising, preparation and designing. But for many couples, it’s also the trip of a lifetime!

However, while the actual honeymoon is heavenly, planning it and deciding where to go can get stressful. That’s why at Signature Living Weddings, we have an in-house Travel Expert who can give you the insider knowledge on how to plan your dream honeymoon.

We sat down with our Travel Expert, Christopher Kelly, to learn more about his job, why couples should choose to consult an expert like himself and reveal a few of his all-time favourite destinations!

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Travel Expert Christopher Kelly

Hi Christopher, to get things started I think we should start with a bit about you! How long have you been a Travel Expert and what made you want to become one?

Hi guys, okay great! Well I’m Christopher and I began my own travel expert company in the first quarter of 2018. I had always had a huge passion for travel and amazing experiences, I spent most of my spare time travelling the world and searching for unforgettable destinations. Using Dubai as my headquarters for 8 years, I embarked on ten long haul adventures every year!

I decided that I should put this unique knowledge into practice and help others achieve the incredible experiences I had been lucky enough to be a part of around the world. I obtained the relevant licences and financial protection and now I can offer my customers spectacular holidays at industry rates, so it is both affordable and excellent value for everybody.

Wow, that’s amazing! What would you say is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is definitely the feedback from clients when they return from their trip. I actually get excited when presenting customers with holiday offers, as if it was me going myself! Being a travel consultant means I bring joy to people’s lives, I like to think I give them something positive and exciting to look forward to, when maybe they are experiencing a stressful day. Certainly, when I talk to couples who are planning their honeymoon, it’s nice to put them at ease so all they have to worry about is their wedding and what to pack!

Why should people use a Travel Expert?

There are many reasons why Travel Experts are important. Firstly, our flights are ATOL protected, this means that should an airline not provide the service they promised, your finances are protected. For example, when Monarch went bankrupt overnight, those that booked independently lost their money. Secondly, the holiday itself is ABTA protected, so you won’t need to worry about losing money that way.

A Travel Expert also saves the customer endless hours searching for their perfect holiday. Just a few hours looking, twice a week, can add up to over 24 hours at the end of the month. It’s stressful and often confusing, whether you know what you’re looking for or not.

We have the expert knowledge on hotels, flight paths, airlines, locations, time of year, transfers and especially, offers. A normal travel company can only provide you with what they have been given to sell, an independent agent can personally tailor a package or an offer just for you.

However, I believe the most important thing is the point of contact. If you book with a large holiday supplier, it is incredibly difficult to contact them about queries you may have. A Travel Expert like myself is always on hand to help with any questions you may have, extras you’d like to add to the holiday or just simply chat about what you might expect from your trip.

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Travel Expert Christopher Kelly

What do you think makes you different from other Travel Experts?

I am completely independent, so I am never under any pressure to provide you with offers from particular holiday consolidators. I also have over 200 suppliers that are contracted to me, so the choices are just about endless!

I am extremely passionate about travelling, I see every new client and their holiday as a project. So, whereas a travel agent will usually allocate around 30 minutes to finding a deal for you, I will happily dedicate a number of days to filter through every supplier and guarantee you have a fantastic offer presented to you.

Due to my extensive knowledge, it is very likely that I will have visited either the country or definitely the region you want to visit. This means I’ll be able to give you some great first-hand help and advice!

Why do you think Signature compliments you as a travel expert so well?

I think, as a brand, Signature Living Weddings share a similar ideology. You are unique and offer personalised luxury at affordable prices. Like myself, Signature is all about creating unforgettable memories by being innovative and taking the lead within the industry. Our clients both look for a high standard of customer service and seek a personalised bespoke experience, together we do that very well!

Perhaps a difficult one, but what is your favourite holiday destination?

That is very difficult as you will often hear me say how much I love ‘this destination and that destination’. But if I had to choose, personally, I’d say Cape Town or the Maldives. Both are extremely beautiful and unique.

Of course, you deal with a lot of our couples that are planning honeymoons. What would you say are three essentials for the perfect honeymoon?

The specifics will, of course, differ from individual to individual. However, I’d say whether you’re booking a serene beach honeymoon or a vibrant city honeymoon, making it stress free is the number one priority.

Number two I would say the accommodation has got to be truly excellent. A honeymoon isn’t just any holiday, it’s your first trip abroad as a married couple, so it’s got to be spectacular!

Lastly, I think an essential for the perfect honeymoon is to create everlasting memories. You want to be telling people in twenty year’s time just how incredible it was and revisiting those magical memories regularly.

What are the most popular destinations for honeymoons at the moment? 

The Indian Ocean is the most popular destination by far for honeymoons. More specifically, the Maldives is currently top of the list for a lot of couples I book with.

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Travel Expert Christopher Kelly

We’ve talked a lot about honeymoons, but there’s something new called a mini-moon which has taken off lately. What is a minimoon and why do you think they have become so popular?

A mini-moon is a short break or short holiday that usually lasts around 3-7 days, straight after the wedding party. Used instead of, or just before the honeymoon, many couples book a mini-moon to take a break after the wedding planning and have a little time to themselves.

Lots of couples don’t plan to go away for their honeymoon a month or so after the wedding has taken place, so getting away for a short time before that can be perfect. It is a chance for the bride and groom to instantly enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the amazing wedding. These short trips are often just a quick plane journey away, so you don’t have to worry about extended travelling.  Many people even choose to enjoy a couple of days in a hotel a short flight away, before embarking on the journey to their final honeymoon destination.

Thanks so much for talking to us, to round things off can you tell us a fun fact about you?

Of course, okay. I once went to an evening social event in Dubai and 24 hours later found myself, unintentionally, sat on a beach in the Maldives eating an Alfredo pasta and feeling confused as how it all transpired!

Planning a honeymoon when you have a Travel Expert like Christopher couldn’t be easier! With his wealth of knowledge and passion for travel, he’s sure to plan and book a trip you and your partner have always been dreaming of. If you’d like to get in touch with Christopher, he’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have! You can call him on 07885670143 or email christopher.kelly@ite.travel.

At Signature Living Weddings, making your wildest dreams come true is what we specialise in. We have a plethora of exquisite wedding venues, dotted all over the UK. From historic spaces, to magical woodland areas and venues with real character and charm, a wedding with Signature is always unique and unforgettable.

To begin the first steps to your perfect wedding, get in touch with us today by calling 0151 305 3753.

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10th September 2018

A 30 James Street Wedding is the Luckiest in Liverpool

Our talented team at 30 James Street recently carried out a fascinating study into all of the wonderful weddings we have hosted in our luxurious venue over the years. We know that a 30 James Street wedding is something many couples dream of, from the amazing views, to the historic backdrop and the opulent features.

But, what we really wanted to find out was just how lucky our beautiful venue was. So, we decided to ask all of the brides and grooms who have graced our aisle how they were getting on since their big day!

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After hearing the news from the Office of National Statistics in 2016 that revealed 101,055 opposite sex couples divorced in England and Wales, we just had to find out whether this was true for our happy couples.

To our amazement, of the 500 weddings that have taken place at our glorious venue 30 James Street, 485 of them are still going strong today! That’s a wonderful 97% of our beautiful brides and grooms that chose to tie the knot with us are still happily married.

Our amazing hotel 30 James Street first opened its doors in 2014, set within a magnificent piece of Liverpool’s historic maritime past, Albion House. Once home to the White Star Line’s headquarters, this iconic building had been left empty and had sadly fallen into disrepair.

Aspiring to breathe new life back into the beautiful building, the Signature Living Group saved and redeveloped this magical building, transforming it into the luxurious Titanic inspired hotel we see today.

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The White Star Grand Hall was the first Signature Living venue to host an amazing Liverpool wedding. Within walls that once served as a first class waiting lounge for White Star Line passengers, couples began to walk down aisles, say their vows to each other and celebrate their marriage in truly elegant surroundings.

Since the very first 30 James Street wedding, we have always made sure that our couples experience the day of their dreams, from catering to planning, decoration and thoughtful personal touches. We specialise in delivering the most enchanting wedding days.

Signature Living’s proprietor and co-founder Katie Kenwright said: “30 James Street has become synonymous with weddings since we opened the hotel over four years ago. We offer complete packages – luxury bridal suites, rooftop bar and restaurant and spa – so brides and grooms feel completely relaxed in preparation for their big day.

“We know people want to relive the moment they officially tied the knot, so on their anniversary couples can return for a complimentary stay. Perhaps this is just one of the reasons why our approach has proven to be successful, with marriages that have taken place in our venue truly standing the test of time.

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But, don’t just take our word for it, newlywed Becky who married her now-husband Charlie in June told us; “We chose 30 James Street for our special day because of its perfect location. People within the hotel go above and beyond to accommodate requests, putting you at ease on what is arguably the biggest moment of your life. Our winter wedding was perfect and we have nothing but happy memories, and other married couples appear to feel the same as we do!”

A 30 James Street wedding is the perfect venue to begin your journey to the rest of your lives together. The White Star Grand Hall is perfect for larger weddings, whereas Carpathia is perfect for smaller, more intimate receptions. With a range of seating plans to suit weddings of all sizes, we can help to personalise your big day. Our dedicated wedding coordinators are on hand to make sure every detail is meticulously taken care of, so you can enjoy every special moment.

To start planning your special day with Signature Living Weddings, email us at weddings@signatureliving.co.uk to enquire or call our team on 0151 305 3753.

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22nd June 2018

The Best Wedding Movies of All Time

A wedding, of course, is one of the most memorable and meaningful days of a person’s life, filled with happiness and joy! So, if you’re planning your dream day and you need a little inspiration, check out these amazing wedding movies and delve into the dramatic world of marriage on the big screen.

Expect elation, laughter, tears, flirting, embarrassing speeches and wince-inducing dancing from these classic wedding movies. You probably won’t want the lows to feature at your special occasion, but there are definitely loads of great moments that are sure to get you excited for your own magical day.

The Wedding Crashers

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The Wedding Crashers is one of the all-time classic wedding movies. Featuring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, the duo spend the film crashing other people’s weddings during the height of the season, but surprisingly both find the women of their dreams whilst doing so.

A fantastically ridiculous ‘00s comedy, this is the perfect feel good film featuring more weddings than you can shake your bouquet at.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Next up is one of our favourite wedding movies, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. When a Greek bride falls in love with a non-Greek groom, their respective families try their best to accept the differences.

This hilarious and heart-warming film depicts a clash of cultures, with the perfect balance of comedic and romantic moments.

Bridesmaids

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Considered to be one of the best R-rated comedies in the last decade, this female-driven laugh-fest stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey as the best, or worst, bridal party.

With plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and brilliant depictions of what best friends are for, this wedding movie even earned itself two Oscar nominations!

Muriel’s Wedding

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This ‘90s throwback wedding movie stars Toni Colette in her break-out role as Muriel, a socially awkward small town girl who steals her dad’s cash to seek out the wedding of her dreams.

She moves to Sydney, comes out of her shy shell and finally walks down the aisle feeling fabulous. A quintessentially Aussie comedy, this film has become a surprise cult hit that still delights viewers over twenty years on.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

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My Best Friend’s Wedding stars Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts, who plays a struggling woman who has fallen for her best friend. The film sees her deal with him getting engaged to another woman and realising she’s completely missed her chance with the love of her life.

Her mission to become the object of his affections in the lead up to his wedding doesn’t quite according to plan!

The Wedding Planner

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Starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey in his golden rom-com years, before the prestigious Oscar wins, this iconic movie tells the story of a wedding planner who lands the biggest job of her career, only to fall for the groom.

One of the most romantic wedding movies going, this is the perfect film to watch in the run up to your own special day.

Bride Wars

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This hilarious films follows two best friends, played by Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson who are both planning to get married.  However, they quickly become  enemies when they realise their respective weddings are scheduled on the same day at their dream venue!

We see the two brides release their inner demons, with their lifelong friendship as a possible casualty. 

Four Weddings and a Funeral

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No wedding movie list would be complete without the definitive British romantic-comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Starring the British heartthrob Hugh Grant, this romantic flick sees Grant politely stuttering his way through life.

During the film, he finds himself stuck in a room with newlyweds consummating their marriage, placed on a table with all his exes. We see him falling for a near-unattainable American and play his part in the singular most iconic kissing in the rain scene ever recorded on film.

The Wedding Singer

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Next up is a feel-good comedy classic, The Wedding Singer.

Set in 1985, Adam Sandler plays a nice guy with a broken heart who’s stuck in one of the most romantic jobs in the world, a wedding singer. He loses all hope when he is abandoned at the altar by his fiancé.

But, he soon meets a young woman named Julia, played by Drew Barrymore, who enlists his help to plan her wedding. He falls in love with her and must win her heart before she gets married.

The Princess Diaries 2

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Princess Mia is back for this second instalment of the Princess Diaries. Still coming to terms with life as a princess, she returns to Genovia after graduating with her best friend Lilly.

When they arrive, Mia’s grandmother (Julie Andrews) informs her that she cannot become queen unless she is married within 30 days. Nicholas Devereaux, played by the very handsome Chris Pine, is one of her top suitors, though he seems to be more interested in the crown than Mia. 

It’s one of the best feel-good wedding movies on the list.

27 Dresses

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Perennial bridesmaid Jane, played by Katherine Heigl, always puts the needs of others before her own, making her the go-to gal whenever someone needs help with wedding plans.

So when Jane’s younger sister Tess snags the man Jane secretly loves, she finds herself questioning her role as a wedding-oholic for the first time in her life. 

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Last but certainly not least in the list of our favourite wedding movies is Sex and the City. Following on from the hugely popular TV series, this film sees the fab four a couple of years later.

Carrie Bradshaw finally gets the commitment she has dreamed of from the non-committal Mr Big, they are getting married! Having been married before, he would prefer a small affair. But, Carrie soon gets carried away with dreams of a fashionista’s perfect wedding. When Mr Big deserts Carrie at the alter, the girls take off on what-would-have-been her honeymoon and have an amazing time together, just like old times.

On Valentine’s day, Miranda confesses to Carrie that it was her fault that Mr Big got cold feet. Consequently, Carrie and Mr Big reconcile and have a small, romantic wedding at a registry office.

Have a Wedding to Rival the Movies

Whether you dream of a wedding to rival the Hollywood films, or a small and more intimate occasion, at Signature Living Weddings we offer some of the very best venues in the UK that are suited to all tastes.

From the unique rooftop terrace of The Garden of Eden, to the opulent White Star Grand Hall in the famous 30 James Street Hotel, our venues offer brides and grooms something truly special.

Our dedicated wedding coordinators have a wealth of experience to share, easing your worries while you enjoy every moment. From the finer details to the big decisions, you can count on our team to be on hand and sprinkle their magic.

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Our luxury venues range from grand heritage buildings to contemporary, stylish spaces with plenty of atmosphere.

If you’re searching for a dream wedding venue in the centre of Liverpool, you can choose from The White Star Grand Hall which formerly served as a first-class lounge for the White Star Line shipping company. And today, the spectacular space continues to showcase its ornate ceilings and intricate period features.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, why not enjoy a hidden gem in the heart of the city, The Garden of Eden within Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel. This ethereal rooftop space will sweep you off your feet with its breathtaking skyline views.

Better still, if you’re looking for a venue with a quirky twist, Signature Living Weddings also offer Alma de Cuba. Formerly St Peter’s Catholic Church this breathtaking bar and restaurant has returned to its roots as a striking wedding venue, offering the chance to celebrate beneath the original altar and glistening stained glass windows.

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Not forgetting, you could discover the opulence of The Exchange Grand Hall within Cardiff’s luxury Exchange Hotel. Formerly the Welsh capital’s iconic Coal Exchange, the Grade II* listed building is truly one of a kind.

With so much choice of venue, there really is no other option than Signature Living Weddings. If you’d like more information, or would like to chat with one of our dedicated wedding coordinators, give us a call today on 0151 305 3753 or email us using the form below.

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8th June 2018

6 Things You Need for a Summer Wedding

If you’re dreaming of a summer wedding, we’ve got the perfect guide to everything you need to make the most of your special day.

Enjoy the ideal sun-kissed day with Signature Living Weddings, from the ultimate outdoor wedding venue to the most fabulous floral arrangements, it’s time to put your mind at ease and start planning!

A Spectacular Terrace Venue

The Garden of Eden is the most breathtaking spot for a rooftop wedding in Liverpool. Showcasing unrestricted views across the city of Liverpool, it’s the perfect venue for an idyllic summer wedding.

Featuring 360-degree glass exterior, enjoy panoramic views of the Liverpool skyline while gazing down at the world famous waterfront and exquisite Three Graces.

Every magnificent moment is complemented by the unrivalled beauty of Liverpool’s architectural gems and maritime magic. So for a day you’ll never forget, Eden Terrace is truly one of a kind.

Summer Themed Flowers

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No summer wedding would be complete without a stunning bouquet of vibrant flowers.

From Craspedias, to Yellow Gerberas, Snapdragon’s and of course the wonderful Sunflower, there are a whole host of seasonal flowers that are sure to give your big day a fragrant burst of colour and sunshine.

A Floaty Dress

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Obviously, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you’re going to need a dress that is cool, light and stunning in the sunlight. The key to achieving this is to find a dress that is gloriously floaty and flattering, with a beautiful boho feel.

Think, cool lace details with light fabric, short sleeves, or off the shoulder and a gorgeous vale that will catch the light just like in a fairy tale.

Picturesque Photo Shoot Venue

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You’ll need to capture your amazing wedding on camera, and you want to make it look the best it possibly can. That’s why you need to find an idyllic backdrop for your wedding photo shoot.

At Signature Living Weddings, our venues range from the stunning Cunard House, which is situated on Liverpool’s famous waterfront, 30 James Street on the Pierhead, to the beautiful Alma de Cuba and The Shankly Hotel. Each of these venues offers a unique backdrop that will make your photos look fabulous.

Why not have your wedding photo’s taken in front of one of the Three Graces and make memories you’ll cherish forever?

Summer Cocktails

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There’s no better way to celebrate the sunshine than with a delicious tipple that has been mixed and crafted to perfection by talented bar tenders.

Why not plan some summer wedding cocktails that are personalised to your occasion and make the most of the glorious weather?

Enjoy a delicious Daiquiri or maybe a Pina Colada! If you’d like something a little different, why not try a Watermelon Martini and raise a toast to many more years together.

Live Music

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Live music is a must at any wedding, but when it comes to a summer wedding, having a live band is all the more special.

Really give your celebration a festival feel with some live music that everyone will enjoy. It’s the ultimate romantic soundtrack to your idyllic wedding day.

At Signature Living Weddings, we offer a range of amazing venues that will suit your dream summer wedding. They each have a unique character and charm that can be tailored to be everyone’s perfect wedding.

From the elegant and intimate to the grand and remarkable, each Signature Living wedding venue delivers exactly what any and every bride could dream of for their perfect wedding day.

Call 0151 305 3753 or have a browse around our website to see the different Signature Living wedding venues, keep up to date with news from our wonderful wedding open days and browse our blog archives for more ideas and inspiration.

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